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Good Thursday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump meets with the secretary of State
  • The president delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Trump wants to release sketchy FISA warrants

I cannot wait for this day. FNC host Sean Hannity aired an interview with the president last night and Trump referenced the questionable FISA.

“I have plans to declassify and release. I have plans to absolutely release,” Trump said, adding that he wanted to declassify documents in 2018 but was told by his lawyers not to do it during the Mueller investigation.

“One of the reasons that my lawyers didn’t want me to do it, they said if I do it, they will call it a form of obstruction, so they will say, oh, you released these documents so we would make all of this information transparent,” Trump said of his lawyers advice, declaring, “But at the right time, we will be absolutely releasing it. I did the right thing by not doing it so far.”

Now that the Democrats care about transparency, it's time to actually be transparent. How these clowns can claim that separate and distinct from the salacious and unverified dossier they had credible evidence that the Trump camp was conspiring with the RUSSIANS, is beyond me. But let's do this, let's see what the evidence is because they have spent hours defending the basis for their snoop operation.

Senator Lindsay Graham said he will ask AG Barr to set up a special counsel to look into the circumstances of the FISA. We'll see.

Related:

He'll get you the report when its ready, pushy lady. Nadler ‘disturbed’ that Barr won’t commit to providing full Mueller report

Trump: Schiff should be forced out of office

Impeach Trump? Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib submits resolution calling for congressional probe

Schiff on Mueller: 'He is going to have to come in and testify' before Congress

Rand: Brennan made sure dossier was included in briefing

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) dropped a bombshell tweet yesterday.

Citing a "high-level source," Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul charged in a bombshell Twitter post late Wednesday that anti-Trump ex-CIA Director John Brennan "insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier" be included in a classified intelligence community report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections -- a decision that ultimately lent credibility to the dossier and may have played a key role in fomenting unfounded fears of Russia collusion for two years.

So in other words, Brennan provided the "news hook" the media was waiting for so they could talk about the dossier and humiliate and damage Trump. Brennan gave it to them. No surprise here, Brennan was the ring leader of this entire operation.

Although the decision to brief Trump on the dossier and the intelligence community's reliance on it, then-FBI Direct James Comey would later testify, was ostensibly intended to make Trump aware of potential blackmail risks, the unexplained and nearly immediate leak of the meeting legitimized the dossier's significance and prompted a cascade of unfounded media-driven theories about what purportedly compromising information the Russian government may have on the president.

Brennan needs to face justice for his action.

If you read only one thing today--other than the Morning Briefing: Read Lee Smith's latest at Tablet: "System Fail." Lee was the first one to nail this collusion racket to Brennan.

Comey's latest TV appearance

Deep Twitter thinker and fired spook James Comey spoke with Lester Holt last night. I haven't watched it yet, but as you can see from the media coverage, Comey is unquestionably a partisan participant in this mess.

Related:

What kind of idiots are staffing our intel agencies? Comey: When Trump fired me, 'I thought that's potentially obstruction of justice'

NBC News' Lester Holt 'went easy' on James Comey during interview on Mueller report, critic says

Um, I think it was. Comey: Imagine if it were Obama and Iran, not Trump and Russia

Comey Accepts Mueller Finding On Collusion, Defends Opening Russia Probe Anyway

Comey: I don't know why Mueller didn't subpoena Trump

State's Attorney Kim Foxx defends Smollett decision

Questions abound following Chicago officials' decision to let hate crime hoaxter Jussie Smollett off the hook with a $10k bribe off by forfeiting his bail. Foxx's actions have come under scrutiny after text messages between Foxx and Michelle Obama's former chief of staff surfaced, discussing Smollett's case. Foxx was busy telling the media that this alternative arrangement is not unusual and that she didn't mean to seal all the documents related to the case. Sure.

Now the feds are curious. "The FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett, two law enforcement officials confirmed." Meanwhile, Foxx's office was scrambling to find other examples of cases that were dropped and similar to Smollett's. Man, this stinks to high hell.

Do you think Foxx's office would have treated the actual perpetrators of a hate crime with this magical "charges disappearing" act? I bet not.

Related:

Booker Pivots To Trump When Asked About Smollett

New film details how Qatar has bought off the D.C. political establishment: watch the short film "Blood Money."

Your daily WTF:

2 police officers shot after responding to man with sword at Church of Scientology

Historical picture of the day:

Aerial view of Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pa., scene of a nuclear accident, Thursday, March 28, 1979. The plant started leaking radioactive steam contaminating the area. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Amazon Still Gives Southern Poverty Law Center Veto Power Over Charity Program

Teen who pushed friend off 60-foot bridge gets two days in jail

White supremacist pleads guilty to federal hate crimes in deadly Charlottesville attack

Board weighs new rules after 22 horse deaths at Santa Anita

Malta armed forces seize tanker hijacked by migrants

White House has no 'fresh' health care proposal, but plans to send one to Congress this year

$80 million awarded to man who jury says got cancer after Roundup exposure

Cory Booker wants everyone to know that Rosario Dawson is "an incredible girlfriend"

Winning ticket for $768.4M Powerball jackpot, third-largest in history, sold in Wisconsin

Teen who admitted to shoving her friend off Washington bridge will spend 2 days in jail and serve 38 days on a work crew

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

Special Olympics will be funded.

Override achievement unlocked!

Breaking from The Hill:

"The Special Olympics will be funded, I just told my people," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in Michigan.

"I've overridden my people," he added.

Fusion GPS may have targeted congressional staff...

Some gems from the Nellie Ohr testimony.

Oh, and Nellie Ohr would not have performed opposition research into Hillary Clinton of the same sort she performed into Donald Trump ... because she didn't want Hillary to lose.

WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTION AND HOW DOES IT WORK?!?!?

We have a winner.

AOC says Betsy DeVos has an "anti-everybody" agenda.

Um...

Yeah, no.

Horrible.

Mollie Hemingway, the Federalist, Liz Sheld, and those of us on the Trump-Russia skeptic side were proven gloriously right, but the mainstream media still won't admit it.

On "the Editors," a National Review podcast, NR editors suggested that the Mueller report will do serious damage to the media — a 7 or an 8 out of 10. Respectfully, I disagree. The blasting of the Trump-Russia #FakeNews should destroy the mainstream media, but it won't, because people don't think they have an alternative.

Perhaps I'm too much of a pessimist, but I don't really believe everyone will flock to PJ Media, the Federalist, and other conservative outlets just because the liberal media is so bad. Gatekeepers like Google and Facebook will still consider the legacy media "more reliable" than us, and only you, excellent readers, can help push back on this. Please do, but until Americans realize there are real and trustworthy alternatives, they'll keep going to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Let's make this scandal hurt the media.

Meanwhile in Brunei...

So, I cover a lot of the SPLC slamming "anti-LGBT hate groups." But Brunei actually is institutionalizing anti-LGBT hate, by leveling the death penalty on people for same-sex activity.

Here's some stuff from the Family Research Council (FRC), an SPLC-designated "anti-LGBT hate group" that advocates against the death penalty for gay people. Who'd a thunk?

From February:

Family Research Council vigorously opposes acts of violence against anyone because of their sexuality. According to NBC, there are eight countries which permit the death penalty for homosexuality—most of them also known as abusers of religious freedom and other rights, and supporters of terrorism. An end to those laws, and other physical punishments such as flogging, is a legitimate goal.

It's almost like FRC isn't an "anti-LGBT hate group." But then the SPLC would be lying... that can't be, can it?

THREAD:

Good stuff. Click over.

Matt Sheffield over at The Hill:

Just 36 percent of registered voters in a new Hill-HarrisX poll say they would "definitely" or "probably" vote for President Trump's reelection...

But wait, there's more:

— an anemic number but one that is line with surveys about his immediate predecessors, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton at about this point in their presidencies.

For what it's worth, I think Dems have waaaaay overplayed their hand by jumping on the infanticide bandwagon. They set a huge trap for themselves and they're not bright enough to realize it. People at my church and Christians I know on Facebook are really upset by recent news out of New York and Virginia -- where lawmakers came out in favor of post-birth abortion. Upset doesn't adequately describe the mood -- they are distressed and want to know what they can do about it. It reminds me of the glory days of the Moral Majority, when evangelicals were a powerful voting bloc that lawmakers dared not cross. We'll see how the numbers play out as it gets closer to Election Day and we see more in-depth polls, but don't be surprised if this ends up being a major issue. GOPs from California (all four of them) to New York (both of them) should take this issue and run with it.