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Good Friday morning

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

  • The president meets with the secretary of State
  • President Trump meets with the National Security Council regarding election

IMPORTANT: Remains of US war dead retrieved from North Korea, White House says

Cohen says Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting with RUSSIANS

What kind of lawyer is (was) Michael Cohen? He sure seems like a jackass. Cohen is prepared to testify that Trump knew about the famous meeting between Fusion GPS client and RUSSIAN Natalia Veselnitskaya and Jared Kushner, Don Trump Jr., and Paul Manafort in June of 2016. Trump denied having knowledge of the meeting.

CNN and NBC News reported on Thursday night that Cohen has no evidence that Trump had advance knowledge of the meeting, but is willing to testify about it under oath to the special counsel Robert Mueller.

Oh ok, he is willing to testify to that without evidence. Does this guy have a shred of credibility? Who would believe a lawyer who surreptitiously records his clients?

Cohen reportedly did not mention this new claim when he testified to two Congressional committees in 2017, according to CNN. Additionally, a person familiar with Cohen's House Intelligence Committee testimony told CNN that Cohen said nothing at the time about whether or not Trump knew of the 2016 meeting.

Gimme a break. The meeting in question lasted 20 minutes and Fusion GPS client Veselitskaya offered no "dirt" to the campaign but instead spoke about the Magnitsky Act. Now "suddenly" Cohen remembers Trump was told about this meeting. Silly stuff.

Related:

A ‘Significant’ Witness in the Michael Cohen Probe Has Been Revealed

Mueller investigating Trump tweets

At this point in the game if you think this investigation is about Trump-RUSSIA collusion, you must be an idiot. It's clear that President Trump and those in his orbit are being subjected to a forensic examination of their lives in order to obstruct Trump's presidency, as punishment to those who have supported him, and to dissuade others from working for him.

Mueller is now looking at Trump's tweets about recused, crippled Attorney General Jeff Sessions and fired Director of the FBI and Twitter personality James Comey.

Mueller is investigating whether the tweets and statements — including those from spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders — constitute attempts to obstruct the probe by intimidating witnesses.

The special counsel is also scrutinizing other actions taken by the president, including his private conversations with Comey, Sessions and other administration officials about the Russia inquiry, misleading statements from the White House, vituperative public attacks on key figures in the case and whether he offered pardons to potential witnesses.

Mueller’s team told Trump’s lawyers they were probing the tweets under a wide-ranging obstruction-of-justice law that was strengthened after the Enron scandal, three sources told the Times.

Fox News's Andrew Napolitano says of the tweets: “Mueller knows that those tweets are a treasure trove and a window into Trump’s thinking."

“Did the president send messages to people of threats, or rewards, via his tweets? People who he knew or expected would be interviewed by Bob Mueller?” Napolitano asked. “And if he did, was he engaging in witness tampering?"

If there was obstruction of justice, what is the "justice"? What crime was Trump trying to cover up? We have no information about any the crime the president was trying to cover up.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said: “If you’re going to obstruct justice, you do it quietly and secretly, not in public” about Mueller's interest in the president's tweets.

Related:

Here’s How Mueller Could Bring Witness Tampering Charges Based on Trump’s Tweets

Former Bernie Sanders consultant assisting Mueller investigation

Rosenstein impeachment put on hold

The House is out for the rest of the summer and there was no vote yesterday on the articles of impeachment filed against Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says he doesn't support impeaching Rosenstein, while Rep. Steve Scalise does.

“If you look at what Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes have been doing, they’ve been fighting to get more information from the Justice Department,” Scalise said on “America’s Newsroom.” “Frankly, it is mind-boggling that Justice won’t comply. They ought to want to work with us to root out the bad apples, and if putting impeachment on the table as one more tool gets them to finally comply with the subpoenas from Congress, we need to make sure that they do their job and they comply and they show the American people exactly what’s going on.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come out supporting Rosenstein. "My deputy Rod Rosenstein is highly capable. I have the highest confidence in him," Sessions said during a news conference in Boston. Right, this clown signed a FISA full of unsubstantiated lies.

"What I would like Congress to do is to focus on some of the legal challenges that are out there. We need Congress to deal with the immigration question," said Sessions, a former Alabama senator. "There are loopholes in our laws that are being exploited. We need to get them focused and we are pleading with them to do so. Our job and our enforcement officers' jobs are far more difficult than they need to be. Common sense legislation can make a big difference. That is where I'd like to see them focus their time."

Related:

FreedomWorks pledges to spend half a million dollars to elect Jordan as Speaker

Historical picture of the day: (I love this picture!)

Expert sharpshooter and performer Annie Oakley comes out of retirement to practice for the Fred Stone Circus and Motor Hippodrome at the Mineola Fair Grounds, Long Island, N.Y., on July 27, 1922. Oakley performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show from 1885 to 1902. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Twitter says it doesn't 'shadow ban' after Trump tweet

'He is suffering greatly!': Trump is threatening Turkey with 'massive' sanctions over jailed American pastor

Most children, parents separated at U.S.-Mexican border reunited: court filing

Facebook joins YouTube and scrubs videos from pages belonging to InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Pennsylvania transgender bathroom case splits U.S. appeals court

Betsy DeVos' family boat untied from dock, causing up to $10K in damages, police say

Meghan McCain: ‘Republicans are not welcome’ in New York City

ACLU spending money in a federal election for the first time in history to oppose one candidate

Peter Thiel Compares Hillary Clinton To A ‘Mean Grandmother’

Democratic Virginia Goes After Rural School District’s Plan To Arm Teachers

HARD NOPE The fight over cultured meat is heating up, and Big Meat is demanding that Trump intervene

Sessions says he should have handled ‘Lock her up!’ chant differently

Trump Admin Loses Another Round in Court Over Census Citizenship Question

WAT? Zoo accused of painting donkeys to look like zebras

Coca-Cola is raising soda prices; CEO says consumers likely to feel effect

Eric Church says NRA is to blame for Las Vegas festival mass shooting

Amazon is under fire after the ACLU found that its facial recognition technology identified members of Congress as people who have been arrested

White House disputes that CNN's Kaitlan Collins was 'banned'

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

In case you have any doubts that the media invents news trends, propelling nobodies into the spotlight in order to further the Narrative, the boomlet around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should dispel them:

ABDUL EL-SAYED IS currently running third in Michigan's Democratic primary for governor. The 33-year-old former Detroit health commissioner is young, progressive, Muslim and an undeniable underdog.

But he also happens to be one of eight candidates around the country who have earned the blessing of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialist wunderkind from New York City who convulsed the political world by pulling off the upset of the year in her late June primary defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley. In the month since her win, Ocasio-Cortez has gotten too big to stay put in the Bronx. She's become an instant celebrity of the Democratic resistance as well as a prime pinata for right wing adversaries seizing on her every utterance.

And now her show is on the road, as she lends support to a brigade of start-up insurgents she hopes to help lift into her fold. Last weekend, she trekked from Kansas to Missouri to rally for three congressional candidates. This weekend, she'll hit four cities in Michigan to campaign for El-Sayed.

"She's certainly validated the brand of politics that we're engaged in. Unapologetic, honest, focused on speaking truth to power, and inspiring and engaging voters who felt locked out of the system for a long time," El-Sayed says. "I think she brings a certain energy and validity to that approach. A lot of folks in the Democratic establishment tell you . . . the only way you win is speaking right to the middle of Democratic issues. We've got to be a lot more focused on the issues that real people are talking about and not these talking points. She's shown how it's done."

"She" probably hasn't done a thing except show up wherever she's been told. Whoever's grooming her injected her into the MSM Twitter stream ten seconds after she beat Crowley in a race nobody else was watching or cared about. Now, she's everywhere, campaigning across the country and -- this is the crucial part -- normalizing and mainstreaming "socialism" to make it more palatable to the American people. Forget crazy Bernie with his wild hair and rumpled suits: in the media's adoring eyes, Ocasio-Cortez is already a female Barack Obama, ticketed for glory and higher office.

The idea behind her national tour is to make her moment more than an anomaly in a single liberal enclave where she's heavily favored to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. It's to try to show that a rising tide of unrepentant liberalism can flourish from the surfing beaches in Hawaii to the corn fields in Kansas.

Even Politico, while spilling oceans of pixel ink on her behalf, wonders whether she can pull it off:

Ocasio-Cortez's double-digit victory was surely powerful, but there's healthy reason to wonder whether it's transferable.

Socialism is a lightning rod term for many Americans that conjures up images of Karl Marx and is often convoluted [the word the writer is looking for is "conflated"] with communism and the loss of individual liberty. "Name one country that socialism has ever worked!" said Meghan McCain on a tirade against the ideology on The View this week. "Every Democratic socialist that is going on TV saying that it's good needs to start paying 90 percent in taxes."

Luckily, she's pretty dumb:

As Ocasio-Cortez gains breakneck notoriety, she is attracting withering scrutiny. Her honeymoon phase won't last forever. It might even already be over. In an interview on PBS' Firing Line, she attributed low unemployment numbers to everyone working two jobs and when challenged by host Margaret Hoover on her assertion that Israel is occupying Palestine, she threw her hands up and admitted, "I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue."

Even some Democrats think she's overplaying her hand. "She beat Joe Crowley because he didn't spend enough time in the district and now she's off already running around the country," notes a staffer for the moderate Blue Dog Democratic caucus in the House.

But you can bet she'll continue to be a media darling right up to the moment she's no longer useful to them.

Twitter has suspended Kathleen McKinley -- aka "RightWingSparkle" -- for "hate speech!"

Are you kidding me?

@jack really jumped the shark this time.

Kathleen is one of the most polite and congenial (while often feisty!) pundits of all time. This is tantamount to the SPLC putting the always genteel Dr. Ben Carson on its "extremist watch" list. Absolutely mind-boggling.

 

Burglar wakes up couple to ask to use their Wi-Fi network.

My first guess was that this one just had to be a Florida Man story, but no. If your first guess was "I bet it happened in the Bay Area," then give yourself a cookie and a pat on the back.

Read:

A 60-something couple in Palo Alto got an unpleasant surprise on Sunday when they woke up in the middle of the night to find a masked intruder in their bedroom. He said he wanted to use the couple's Wi-Fi network.

The burglar didn't get the Wi-Fi password he was looking for, however. The man leaped out of bed and confronted the intruder, shoving him down the hallway and out the front door. He then immediately called the police. The troublemaker was arrested by police minutes later. No one was injured in the confrontation.

Palo Alto police declined to name the 17-year-old suspect because he was a minor.

That dumb kid is lucky he didn't try that stunt somewhere like here in Colorado, where a midnight intrusion is likely to get you shot and/or mauled by dogs.

Or in the case of me and my Golden Retriever, shot and/or schnoogled on.

Check out this middle-aged Antifa wannabe trying to burn some American "Blue Line" flags in Winston-Salem, NC, but failing badly:

It didn't take long for the cops to nab him:

Winston-Salem police have arrested a High Point man they believe tried to burn two American 'Blue Line' flags hanging outside a bar popular among police and first responders.

Tuesday night, police were sent surveillance video of a man who walks in front of Kelly Days bar on N. Main St. and appears to use a lighter to singe the bottom of the flags. He then pulls the flags down and puts them on the ground.

Thursday afternoon, police arrested 41-year-old Timothy Wayne Lail without incident in the 1400 block of Northwest Blvd. in Winston-Salem. Lail was charged with Burning Personal Property and Injury to Personal Property. Lail's bond was set at $2,500 and he has a preliminary court date of Aug. 16.

What a loser.