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Good Friday morning.

Here is what's out of the president's agenda today:

  • The president visits Lake Okeechobee and Herbert Hoover Dike in Canal Point, Fla.

Republicans want Schiff out at Intel (HPSCI)

The Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee want Rep. Adam Schiff out. Schiff is the chairman of the powerful committee and he has been parading around the media for two years, squeaking about all the secret information he has seen that we dirty, unwashed dummies have not, and about how his secret information shows that Trump colluded with RUSSIA. Schiff is a punk.

We know from the Barr letter on Mueller's findings that this is not true. Mueller had infinitely more resources than Schiff and he didn't manage to confirm Schiff's hallucinations.

The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: "[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

These are the words of Mueller: "did not establish." Not that the special counsel didn't find enough, but that it did not establish coordination or conspiracy at all. Nada, nothing, zilch. Which means that Schiff is a liar and he used his position of authority to lie to the public for two years. He should be removed or Trump should yank his clearance.

The #resistance caucus is now clamoring for the release of the entire report. I guarantee you that Mueller has seeded that thing with all kinds of Easter eggs so that the Democrats have little crumbs to obsess over until the next presidential election. But the Mueller report should not be released unless all the documents surrounding this "investigation" are released. All of them. Let's see what got this party started, shall we?

Related:

House GOP leader: Nunes 'proven correct' by Mueller report

Rand Paul Implicates Obama, Brennan In Dossier

Nellie Ohr: ‘I Favored Hillary Clinton’

Lawsuit Seeks Documents Potentially Showing FBI Ignored Intelligence Community IG Evidence That Chinese Hacked Clinton’s Server

Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ official, did extensive oppo research on Trump family, aides: transcript

Judge orders Justice Dept. to turn over Comey memos

Chicago State's Attorney Kim Foxx did not really recuse herself from Smollett case

Foxx claims that she was using the word "recuse" in a colloquial sense not the literal sense. Nuts.

“Instead, in an abundance of caution, she informally separated herself from the decision-making over the case and left it to her First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats, a 29-year veteran prosecutor," the statement added. "Although we used the term ‘recuse’ as it relates to State’s Attorney Foxx’s involvement in this matter, it was a colloquial use of the term rather than in its legal sense.”

Do you believe this? Foxx recused herself because Michelle Obama's former chief of staff contacted Foxx on behalf of the Smollett family to move the case over to the feds. Now why would they want to do this? What's going on with the feds that would make it better for Smollett? Curious.

Chicago is demanding that Smollett pay $130,000 for police overtime following his hate crime hoax.

“[Y]ou made a police report in which you falsely claimed that two men had attacked you while yelling racial and homophobic slurs. The Chicago Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into this report,” a letter stated, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating the false claims, including a substantial number of overtime hours.”

He has seven days to pay up.

Meanwhile, Smollett has been nominated for an award by the NAACP. Go figure.

Related:

Illinois Rep. Wants Legislation That Would Punish Any Filmmakers Who Hire Jussie Smollett

Trump rally round-up:

Trump blasts Democrats at Michigan rally, calls investigations 'bulls--t'

Impassioned ‘AOC sucks!’ chant breaks out at Trump rally

Trump: ‘Pencil-Neck’ Adam Schiff ‘Is Not A Long Ball Hitter’

Your daily WTF:

Teen dies of tapeworm egg infestation in brain

Historical picture of the day:

With his tuxedo in disarray, rock singer Meat Loaf shakes his finger at Karla de Vito during the song "Paradise By The Dashboard Light," March 29, 1978, in Union, N.J. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Jerk. Holder: America Was Never Great

U.S judge strikes down rule allowing 'skimpy' health insurance plans

Trump exaggerated wealth, hid debts as a businessman: report

Texas attorney general probing San Antonio for banning Chick-fil-A at airport

ACLU to launch first-ever 2020 issue campaign

WUT. 'Black Press Only!': Political meeting in Georgia turns away journalists based on race, reports say

10,000-year-old mastodon species specific to California recently discovered by scientists, study says

Trump-related school assignment prompts anger, death threats against Houston-area teacher: report

Police raided a home to take an unvaccinated child to the hospital. A lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn't happen again

Nielsen asks Congress for new authorities to deport and detain migrants

Group claims it raided North Korean embassy in Spain

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to stop NSA's mass data collection

He's not wrong. Fox's Tucker Carlson attacks CNN: 'It's a super PAC'

McConnell sets stage for 'nuclear option' to change rules on judges

HUD Is Also Probing Twitter And Google For Housing Discrimination Practices

Pope Francis explains reluctant ring kiss: Fear of spreading germs

AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. Former figure skater's family blamed suicide on false accusation

House votes to condemn Trump's transgender military ban

Illinois woman held 33 Guatemalans in basement, forced them into labor, threatened deportation, authorities say

Krispy Kreme employee stabs man in dispute, police say

Juan Guaido has been banned from running for office in Venezuela

Defense Dept. begins scouting sites for new border wall

President Donald Trump says Special Olympics will be funded, Betsy DeVos says that's what she wanted all along.

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

Kamala cleans up in South Carolina.

Endorsements galore...

The State reports:

Presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Thursday announced five endorsements from well-known S.C. Democrats ahead of the 2020 Democratic primary.

That includes the support of three state lawmakers and a 2018 Democratic candidate for governor, Florence attorney Marguerite Willis.

With California and South Carolina, Kamala Harris could take a powerful early lead in the 2020 primary.

Pence says let's go to the moon.

NASA's estimate for Americans back on the moon — in 2028 — is not good enough, Vice President Mike Pence says. From the National Space Society:

The National Space Society supports the administration’s efforts to accelerate the timetable for getting U.S. personnel on the Moon permanently. Chair of the NSS Executive Committee Dale Skran stated, “An accelerated return to the Moon should focus on the goal of mining the resources of the lunar polar regions and not simply putting boots on the ground. We need a reusable architecture that is cost-effective, not another one-shot space stunt.”

Vice President Mike Pence announced on March 26 the administration’s revised plans for Americans to return to the Moon within the next five years, as the 50th anniversary of the first crewed mission to the Moon approaches. Speaking at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Pence stated that the earlier NASA-estimated year of 2028 for the next Americans on the Moon was “just not good enough.” He went on to urge NASA to set “bold goals” such as landing a crewed mission near the Moon’s South Pole, which scientists believe contains abundant water ice for fuel and life support.

Journalism instructor compares conservatives to KKK.

My Hillsdale College classmate Kat Timpf has the story at National Review:

A Mississippi State University journalism ethics instructor seemed to suggest that a conservative student group, Young Americans for Freedom, was kind of similar to the KKK.

“Hey the White Male Student Caucus holding a gathering,” stated the lecturer, Ryan Phillips, in a March 20 tweet commenting on a photo of one of the group’s events, which featured a “Build The Wall” display.

“Hoods and burning crosses optional,” he continued, followed by an emoji face with glasses.

Liberal professors are demonizing dissent.

Spencer Brown, YAF’s national spokesman, said that the incident was “emblematic of a major problem within higher education — and to an extent within the larger culture today — where ideological opponents of conservatism turn to ad hominem attacks and poison the well of ideas in their attempts to silence conservatives.”

A new version is up of that deleted tweet I wrote about earlier, so here it is.

For now?

Shot.

Chaser.

ICYMI: AOC and Liz Warren had a pow wow.

Is the Green New Democrat mulling a 2020 endorsement?

AOC and Warren were clearly making fun of the idea that it's news they're meeting together, but when the hot new thing among the Democrats is meeting with a 2020 candidate, that does matter.

YOUR PJMEDIA LIVE BLOG OPEN THREAD

Sorry I’ve been slack on posting these things this week, but my kids are on Spring Break, I had to put my car in the shop for a recall repair, and the latest macOS software update blew out my external video card.

So how’s your week been?

Trump in Florida.

Yes, keep the Sunshine State red.

I'll give you just a few of the tweets here, then encourage you to read the entire thread:

It ain't paranoia if it's actually happening.