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Live Blog

Here is your live blog for the day.

Good Friday morning.

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

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump delivers remarks on United States 5G deployment
  • The president meets with the Fraternal Order of Police Executive Board

Comey: what is this "spying" Barr speaks of?

Not the best and the brightest. Fired FBI Director and social media #resistence influencer James Comey is confused about what Attorney General William Barr meant when he said the intelligence community was "spying" on the Trump campaign.

"With respect to Barr's comments, I really don't know what he's talking about when he's talking about spying on the campaign, so I can't really react substantively," Comey said at the Hewlett Foundation's Verify cybersecurity conference.

"When I hear that kind of language used, it's concerning because the FBI and Department of Justice conduct court ordered electronic surveillance, I have never thought of that as spying," he added. "If the attorney general has come to the belief that that should be called spying, wow, that's going to require a whole lot of conversations inside the Department of Justice."

Comey pretends the court actually ordered the spooks to spy or surveil the Trump campaign, leaving out the part where the spooks tricked the court into permitting them to use the massive leviathan of government resources to snoop on a political adversary. The court didn't just call up some folks at the intel agencies and say "I order you to surveil the Trump campaign!" I'm sure in time we will learn more about the spying Comey knows nothing about.

Related:

Democrats Can’t Explain What Happened To Carter Page

FBI Was Still Assessing Christopher Steele’s ‘Reliability’ Even After Using Dossier To Obtain Spy Warrant

Read the rest of the Morning Briefing here.

I had no idea his father was a mailman.

"Shining the new apples" because "polishing the turds" would have been too honest:

A "media blackout" hiding the "secret of the universe."

Christian author Eric Metaxas (the creative force behind "Veggie Tales") spoke about the miraculous fine-tuning of Earth and the universe for human life. This evidence of Intelligent Design has been silenced in the media, and that is a real shame. Even as media outlets hype any new evolutionary discovery, they overlook the mounting evidence of the complexity of life and the miracle that human beings are here to understand how the universe works.

More pro-life news.

Ohio's Heartbeat Bill was signed into law yesterday, and that's amazing news. But something else happened in North Dakota this week: Gov. Doug Burgum (R-N.D.) signed a law protecting babies from being ripped apart in the womb.

 

He was owned, he's just too stupid to know it.

People often fail to understand that progressives are immune to feeling embarrassed. They subscribe to a world view in which reality isn't real. It's pure fantasy that is constantly being adjusted to mask what's really going on. Yes, Candace Owens ran roughshod over the lot of them. They're all too delusional to know it, however.

An apology ... to sleazy lawyers.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) says he owes sleazy lawyers an apology, for comparing them to Michael Avenatti.

Sean's only mistake is in calling Cillizza stupid. He isn't stupid; he's a skilled -- if obvious -- hack.

In case you're wondering what happens on the PJM backchannels, here's a (tasty) sample:

Some may call it "avoiding work," but I feel like we just had a really good intercultural exchange that benefits not only the PJM community but will probably lead to world peace.

Demonizing dissent, Friday edition.

This activist said the Federalist's Chad Felix Green shouldn't have legal protections for his marriage or his employment because he thinks there's no evidence Vice President Mike Pence is anti-LGBT.