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Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president participates in the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council meeting
  • President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • The president meets with the vice premier of the People’s Republic of China

Important: National Burrito Day features specials from Chipotle, Moe's, Del Taco and more Thursday

The war against Trump

The New York Times published a gossip piece yesterday, trying to remind their demoralized Trump-RUSSIA cult readers that the Mueller report is, in fact, bad for Trump.

Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

Is there anyone out there that doesn't think there are bad things about Trump, his family, and his associates in that report? Come on now. But there are no indictments and that's the kicker, because the vast unhinged masses were promised the orange man was going to prison. Here's the real cause for concern from these "government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations":

Some members of Mr. Mueller’s team are concerned that, because Mr. Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel’s findings, Americans’ views will have hardened before the investigation’s conclusions become public.

Oooooh, I see, I see. These "officials" wanted their narrative floating around because this is all really a narrative war.

The facts of the Barr letter will remain the same when the Mueller report is released: there was no evidence of collusion, cooperation or conspiracy; no one was or will be indicted on any crimes related to the fake RUSSIA-collusion mythology, and that there were no charges brought against Trump or those close to him on obstruction. The Democrats in Congress just want this information to continue the butthurt investigation of the president because they lost the election and want to obstruct his agenda.

So what exactly are the objections of these NYT "sources"?

The officials and others interviewed declined to flesh out why some of the special counsel’s investigators viewed their findings as potentially more damaging for the president than Mr. Barr explained, although the report is believed to examine Mr. Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation.

Just more spin. Barr said he will release the report when he has complied with the legal requirements surrounding its disclosure. End of story. Everything else is political posturing.

Related:

Mueller Hid Crucial Evidence, Manafort’s Attorneys Argue in Heavily Redacted Doc

Dems escalate Mueller demands with subpoena

FISA Motion Allowed FBI To Share US Citizens’ Info With Foreign Agencies. Here’s How That May Have Played Into The Russia Probe

Dems want Trump's taxes

Moving right along, Politico wants you to know that "in a single day, House Democrats demanded President Donald Trump’s tax returns for six years, moved to get a decade’s worth of his financial records and prepared to issue a subpoena for the full Mueller report from the Justice Department" and that this was all "more by accident than design."

Of course. Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the IRS to turn over six years of the president's tax returns.

In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal said he wanted to investigate whether the IRS is following its policy of auditing the sitting president’s and vice president’s tax returns.

“This request is about policy, not politics; my preparations were made on my own track and timeline, entirely independent of other activities in Congress and the Administration,” he said. “My actions reflect an abiding reverence for our democracy and our institutions, and are in no way based on emotion of the moment or partisanship.”

In no way, sure. The Democrats didn't care about the IRS when it was abusing its authority all over the tea party, did they?

Trump doesn't seem interested in releasing his own taxes. “I’m always under audit,” said Trump. “Until such time as I’m not under audit, I would not be inclined to do it.”

The war against Joe

The operation against former veep Joe Biden continued yesterday as Biden released a "not exactly sorry" video regarding the allegations that he is an inappropriate toucher and some more ladies came forward.

“Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying," Biden tweeted. "Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it."

Vail Kohnert-Yount, Sofie Karasek, and Ally Coll all shared their stories of Biden touching them in a way-too-familiar manner.

Do you think Biden's video will help him? I continue to wonder why all these principled folks weren't talking about creepy Uncle Joe when he was behaving with his hands during his time in a very powerful political position. Was it because their principles are not more important than their power?

You can watch Biden's video here.

"Folks, in the coming month I expect to be talking about a whole lot of issues, and I'll always be direct with you. But today I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement that I've made to women and some men that have made them uncomfortable," Biden said. "And I'll always try to be, in my career, I've always tried to make a human connection. That's my responsibility, I think. I shake hands, I hug people. I grab men and women by the shoulders and say 'you can do this.' And whether they're women, men, young, old, it's the way I've always been. It's the way I've tried to show I care about them and I'm listening."

Will this keep Biden out of the presidential race? I don't think so.

Related:

True. Joe Biden Created the Culture He Is a Target Of

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax releases polygraph results, reiterates claim of innocence

Biden accuser D.J. Hill defends decision to come forward: ‘We’re patriots’ seeking ‘cultural change’

Historical picture of the day:

An elderly Jew is harassed by Hitler's Brown Shirts in a Berlin, Germany street on April 4, 1933. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Kushner's security clearance was denied due to concerns of foreign influence: report

Police investigating report Ohio middle schoolers bullied biracial student with 'MAGA country' taunts

Eat Your Veggies: Study Finds Poor Diets Linked to One in Five Deaths

Australia Passes Law to Punish Social Media Companies for Violent Posts

CNN Plays Cover-Up On Analyst’s Ties To Qatar Regime

Republicans trigger ‘nuclear option’ to speed Trump nominees

Health department suspends contracts with GOP-linked consultants

University offering class on the ‘angry white male’

Teen tells police he is missing Illinois boy Timmothy Pitzen

Gun possibly used by van Gogh to kill himself up for auction

New details on family who died in SUV plunge

Jerks. Wild ponies placed in pen after Chincoteague visitors ignore warnings to stay back

2 cars spend over an hour fighting for parking spot in Los Angeles, viral video shows

Tim Ryan, Ohio moderate, joining crowded Democratic field of presidential contenders

Dem Stacey Abrams still not conceding defeat, claims GOP stole Georgia election

China's construction binge spreads to Americas, rattles US

More than 750,000 could lose food stamps under Trump proposal, many the poorest of the poor

Pence warns Turkey over its purchase of Russian missile system

Judge rules against unvaccinated teen who sued health department over chickenpox policy

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

We are one step closer to our promised Jetsons future:

If all he ever did was this for the next year and a half I would vote for him in a heartbeat:

A big part of what helped the MSM become a liberal propaganda monster is that most prominent Republicans -- especially the two Bush presidents -- would never call them on their bias. For the most part, Newt Gingrich has been a voice crying "BS!" in the wilderness. Then Donald Trump came along. Yes, he's a shoot-from-the-lip kind of guy who can get things wrong but he is almost always spot on with his criticism of the media.

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PJMedia Live Blog readers knew, but it still bears repeating.

So earlier today I read where a top Russian general explained that Russia is in a permanent war with the United States.

The Hill has the story:

In a recent speech at Moscow’s Academy of Military Science, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian general staff, issued a three-pronged warning to the United States. He broadened Moscow’s definition of war, threatened the nuclear option and invented a U.S.-sponsored “fifth column” that allegedly plans to destabilize Russia.

Gerasimov followed in Soviet footsteps by describing America as Russia's main enemy and declared that there are no essential differences between open war and an opaque peace.

During peacetime, war is simply conducted by non-military means through clandestine influence and disinformation operations — what some have defined as hybrid or asymmetric attacks.

Gerasimov declared that Moscow was poised to intensify its non-military war against the U.S. while also preparing for military confrontation through an extensive arms buildup. The objective is to weaken America’s global reach, disrupt U.S. alliances and expand Russia’s influence.

Moscow's current military buildup is reinforced by a greater use of sub-military warfare, including cyber, economic and informational weapons. In particular, the “information sphere,” which lacks clear-cut national boundaries, provides opportunities for persistent covert attacks on the U.S., including its political system and public opinion.

If I may quote Captain Miller from Saving Private Ryan, upon hearing from a German propaganda officer with a loudspeaker that "the Statue of Liberty ist kaput," well, that's disconcerting.

Especially in light of another shocking revelation:

Sure, we've got nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, virtually undetectable missile subs, stealth bombers, and literally thousands of fifth-generation strike fighters going to the Air Force, Navy, and Marines over the next couple decades...

...but Russia "combat parapsychology learned from dolphins."

We are so screwed.

Cruel but fair.

RawStory is a horrible site which no one should ever read.

That is all.

It's official: Herman Cain will be nominated to the Fed.

I don't much follow TV ratings... can anyone back up Emerald's claim, or do I have to do my job today and do some actual digging?

FINE. I'll do some digging.

[a few minutes pass]

The closest thing I could find was a claim by Tucker Carlson that after the Mueller Report, "ratings on CNN and MSNBC plummeted immediately, in some cases more than 50%.". The Washington Times has some solid Nielsen numbers, reporting that "Fox News prime-time ratings up by 11% in the last year; CNN's fell by 11%."

Maybe this is what Emerald was referring to:

Maddow's audience was down 21% from what has been typical for her this year. The full MSNBC and CNN prime-time lineups slumped last week, with both Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo down 36% from the year's average, Nielsen said.

That's a huge slump from Cooper and Cuomo, and it couldn't happen to a nicer couple of hacks. But it still isn't a 50% drop, and again, their network is down "only" 11% over the past year.

Let's see how the numbers shake out after the MSN-DNC comes up with new lines of attack post-Mueller.