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Here's your live blog for today:

T.G.I.F.

Liz is out this morning, but have I got a briefing for you!

On Thursday night, Vice President Mike Pence told America, "May the Space Force be with you."

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force," Pence said in a speech to U.S. military and civilian personnel at the Pentagon, CNN's Ryan Browne reported. The VP cited threats from China and Russia.

"Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020," Pence added.

The VP's support will help bolster legislation to establish the Department of Jedi Affairs. The Sith Rule of Two also applies in the real world: Russia is the master, and China the apprentice. Or is it the other way around...

The Space Force will be the first new branch of the armed forces since the Air Force was established in the 1940s. If Trump achieves this, he will be forever remembered as the man who made the Jedi Order a reality.

Who was David Garcia's digital director?

So... I may be partly responsible for a Democrat operative leaving a campaign in Arizona. Yesterday, a friend approached me with a helpful tip about Xenia Orona, who was the digital director for the campaign of David Garcia, the leading Democrat to run against Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.). I emailed the campaign, requesting comment, giving them about 6.5 hours to respond.

Crickets.

Then I published my story here at PJ Media.

Now, for some reason, they seem to have responded.

I know, I know. I should be overjoyed, right? Actually, I'm a bit concerned. See, David Garcia is an identity politics candidate, running on his Latino heritage and literally his name. Garcia once said, "I believe a Garcia needs to win in Arizona. For this state to really reach its promise, for this state to be fully represented by the people of Arizona, somebody with my last name needs to win."

Now, that's not exactly anti-American or anti-Arizona, but it does partly echo the sentiments that got Orona fired led her to resign, completely voluntarily. Here's the key tweet — the one she deleted after my story went up.

Twitter screenshot.

Orona also had tweet after tweet calling for the abolition of the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a position Garcia has adopted. Oh, and Orona denounced "law and order" as "the smokescreen that bigots hide their hate behind."

Here's the thing: Garcia almost had to fire Orona, in an effort to demonstrate that this kind of thing is not what his campaign stands for. But he did hire the staffer in the first place, and her rhetoric isn't exactly out of the norm for her.

Again, the tweet calling America a "sh*thole country" is from this past January. But you know that — it's in the PJ Media story Garcia's campaign stumbled across last night.

So I would encourage the Garcia campaign to think long and hard, and to respond well to these issues. At the end of the day, my deepest questions have gone unanswered.

That's enough from me. Xenia Orona certainly has had enough from me. Here's some other great stuff from around the Internet.

In Outrage Campaigns, It’s the Internal Mob That Matters

Social Media Giants Shouldn’t Be Arbiters Of Appropriate Speech

Betsy DeVos’s Loan-Forgiveness Rule Gets Slimed by the College Cartel

They never learn... Obama’s Ed Secretary: I Wish I’d Pushed Common Core ‘Even Harder’

In Troubling Decision, FDA Contracts With Company That May Have Profited From Fetal Tissue Sales

Pope Francis Is Woefully Wrong about the Death Penalty

Anglican Leaders Speak Up About 'Blasphemy' of Cathedral Flying Rainbow 'Pride' Flag

The Great White Culture War

The Drive to Obliterate “Medical Conscience”

Using Religion to Push Evolution in Public School Biology Class — What Could Go Wrong?

In honor of #NationalLazyDay, I present Toby and Schnitzel, who are as lazy as they come.

 

We now have a date for SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings:

That gives the GOP two months to push Kavanaugh through before the midterms commence. The Dems need it to go right up to November 6 — and beyond — so we're in for a lot of political theater between now and then, along with the usual weeping and gnashing of teeth from the Dems.

The DNC served WikiLeaks with a lawsuit — on Twitter:

Apparently you can't send a messenger to the WikiLeaks servers to deliver court docs in person (obvs).

CBS:

As CBS News first reported last month, the DNC filed a motion with a federal court in Manhattan requesting permission to serve its complaint to WikiLeaks on Twitter, a platform the DNC argued the website uses regularly. The DNC filed a lawsuit in April against the Trump campaign, Russian government and WikiLeaks, alleging a massive conspiracy to tilt the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor.

All of the DNC's attempts to serve the lawsuit via email failed, the DNC said in last month's motion to the judge, which was ultimately approved.

The lawsuit was served through a tweet from a Twitter account established Friday by Cohen Milstein, the law firm representing the DNC in the suit, with the intent of serving the lawsuit.

In April, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had already read the lawsuit: "Democrats have gone all Scientology against @WikiLeaks. We read the DNC lawsuit. Its primary claim against @WikiLeaks is that we published their 'trade secrets.' Scientology infamously tried this trick when we published their secret bibles. Didn't work out well for them."

Was the DNC hacked again or did WikiLeaks actually receive the complaint via email? It's not clear, but what is clear is that we've entered the brave new world of social media lawfare.

 

"Stop giving in to racists and child rape apologists."

To be fair, this is just some #Impeach45 "Resist" idiot on Twitter, but the connection between Xenia Orona and Sarah Jeong is interesting.

To be clear, I never called for Orona's firing, but it makes sense politically. I don't think David Garcia will be able to fully distance himself from the stain of hiring her.