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Valerie Nessel, left, stands with President Donald Trump before accepting the Medal of Honor for her husband Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, posthumously for conspicuous gallantry during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The messaging just got a little "garbled," that's all. Could happen to anybody.

 

In other news, Facebook thinks conservative articles are "spam."

True story.

If any articles are spam, it seems they would be the liberal media's constant refrain that Michael Cohen's plea deal will implicate Trump and maybe even derail his presidency. But both Jenna Lynn Ellis and Salena Zito explained why that's not true.

But you know, any article with a conservative viewpoint is clearly spam, so...

Bill to defund Planned Parenthood fails.

SERIOUSLY?!

Here's some info about Planned Parenthood verses crisis pregnancy centers.

Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton makes a good point about Paris Dennard's suspension from CNN.

ICYMI, the video of Dennard making former CIA clown Phil Mudd become "unglued and weird" is very entertaining and can be found right here. 

Shot:

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Anyone besides me see this CNN headline yesterday and roll your eyes?

#Russia, #Trump,  #GOPComplicit, #BlueWave2018!!11!!

If you knew better than to take the DNC's word on being hacked, give yourself a pat on the back. Your BS detector is in fine working order.

Stephen: let me add to this. The English, to a surprisingly large degree, are inveterate anti-Semites, which is why they root for the Arabs against the Israelis. The only people they hate more than the Jews is the Irish.

This just in from our colleague Wretchard (Richard Fernandez of The Belmont Club):

I, for one, sleep better knowing that the $8 billion a year we send to the UN is being put to good use.

Wait. Scratch that.

Time for the U.S. to withdraw from this ridiculously unwieldy bureaucracy โ€” or at minimum demand a major overhaul if the organization wants us to keep pouring money into the behemoth it's become. It's the swampiest of swamps and it needs to be drained.

(Promotional image courtesy of Nikon.)

A question for my brother and sister photo bugs out there.

I've been an SLR shooter ever since my dad, who was not normal, decided that a Nikon FE would make a perfectly good present for a 12-year-old boy.

Today Nikon has finally gotten serious about the mirrorless camera game, introducing the Z6 mirrorless (equivalent to Nikon's D750 SLR), and the Z7 (with specs similar to the D850). There's also slick little adapter available for using your current FX lenses on either of the new Z-range bodies.

So my question is: Is there a good reason for a devoted SLR-shooter to move to mirrorless? I understand there's a size and weight savings to be had, but I find the size of my D750 to be just about perfect. Mirrorless can also shoot more frames per second, but since I'm not a sports shooter that's not a feature I need to pursue.

Is there some other vital advantage to mirrorless of which I'm unaware?

David Pecker Granted Immunity in Cohen Case.

Breaking news from the WSJ:

*WSJ: Federal prosecutors granted immunity to David Pecker, CEO of company that publishes National Enquirer, in Cohen investigation

*WSJ: Pecker met with prosecutors to describe involvement of Cohen, Trump in hush-money deals to women ahead of 2016 election

*WSJ: Pecker is a longtime friend of Cohen, Trump

*WSJ: Prosecutors indicate Dylan Howard, chief content officer of National Enquirer parent, also wonโ€™t be charged in criminal investigation of Cohen

โ€”More to Comeโ€”

That's it for now. Stand by...

Update:

That's all the additional information we have for now.

It's good to be the chief.

Actually, I'm not here to make fun of anyone for having a nice income -- heaven forbid! I'm a laissez-faire capitalist, and firmly believe everyone should be free to make as much money as people are willing to pay them for their goods and services.

What I'd like to know is: What valuable good or service has Warren ever provided, and to whom?

I'm hoping to go to North Korea on a research project at some point this year, so this announcement is certainly interesting:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday appointed a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and said they both would visit Pyongyang next week. Pompeo announced that he had chosen Stephen Biegun to handle day-to-day negotiations with the North over dismantling its nuclear weapons program. Pompeo has been leading the effort for President Donald Trump and has already made three trips to Pyongyang since April, although there have been few visible signs of progress in the talks.

Biegun, Ford's vice president of international governmental affairs, was a White House staffer and aide to national security adviser Condoleezza Rice during President George W. Bush's administration. He was also an adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and was rumored to be a contender to replace H.R. McMaster as Trump's national security adviser.

But there's even more to the story:

His appointment is the latest in a series of special envoy posts filled by Pompeo, who is seeking to tap veteran diplomats and national security officials to run delicate negotiations. Last week, he appointed the State Department's policy planning chief, Brian Hook, to run a group dedicated to Iran issues. He also named former ambassador James Jeffrey to be special representative for Syria and is expected soon to appoint another former ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, to handle issues related to Afghanistan.

Diplomacy is too important to be left to career diplomats.

Someone's been trolling Michael Cohen's Yelp review:

Funds for guns in schools.

The Department of Education is considering allowing states to use education funds to arm teachers to protect students. I like the idea, but if this New York Times characterization is correct โ€” a dicey supposition, I know โ€” Congress would need to approve the use.

By all means, let's let law-abiding, well-trained teachers or administrators carry, to decrease the incentive for school shooters. I would even support federal funding to make this possible, but if the law does not allow funds to be used in this way, Congress needs to alter the law. Let's not descend into Obama administration tactics of rewriting the law through executive action.

If the law can be interpreted to apply funds to protective services, however, then The New York Times needs to apologize for suggesting Congress would have to alter the law before this policy could go into effect. Then again, this would just be the most recent NYT error, so well within the norm.

If it weren't for double standards, they'd have no standards at all.

Paula,

Please don't refer to the Democrats' Texas Senate candidate as "Beto." That's just his I'm-trying-to-pass-for-a-persecuted-minority nickname.

His actual full name is Robert Reginald St. John-Smyth Remington Vestibule Bentley O'Rourke .

Beto O'Rourke just handed Ted Cruz a huge gift:

That should play well in Texas, no? Just kidding. Here's footage of Ted Cruz after hearing about O'Rourke's statement.

 

Liz mentioned this interview in her Morning Briefing, but this part is worth highlighting.

Which is exactly the right thing to do if you're a juror -- follow the evidence where it leads and vote accordingly, even if it doesn't match up with your personal feelings or political leanings.

โ€œEvery day when I drove, I had my Make America Great Again hat in the backseat,โ€ said Duncan, who said she plans to vote for Trump again in 2020. โ€œJust as a reminder.โ€

Policewoman, 39, dies after being refused cancer drug on the NHS, even though it's used for other forms of the disease, and failing to raise ยฃ200,000 to buy the life-extending drug herself.

The headline seems to tell the whole story, doesn't it?

But there is more:

PC Stabb initially accepted she would never see her sons Jake, 10, and Luke, eight, turn 18, however, her hopes were raised when a trial started testing binimetinib in colon cancer, despite her not meeting the study's strict inclusion criteria.

After putting ยฃ20,000 of their savings towards the treatment, as well as fundraising ยฃ43,000, Ms Stabb's husband Simon claims his wife became too unwell to receive the life-extending drug.

Ms Stabb's death was announced on Twitter, with police officers from across the UK paying tribute to the 'hero'.

Thousands of patients with melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, are given binimetinib on the NHS, which has been shown to halt such tumours' growth.

But it's like I keep telling people: "Single payer" really means "single decider." And if some government bureaucrat decides you aren't worth it, then you aren't worth it.

Trump slams Sessions, who "never took control" of the DOJ.

There's still time...

Let's not forget this important move.

Sessions is working to drain the swamp, and it's just particularly tough in the DOJ and FBI.

If the Left really wants to run with this, I can't imagine a faster or longer-lasting way to alienate huge new swathes of Americans.

Listen to men? I had thought #MeToo's purpose was to shut men up.

Anyway, some refreshingly honest stuff from Stella Bugbee and Anna Silman, headlined "Trying to Process the Asia Argento Situation."

Silman: Iโ€™m a bit ashamed to admit that my first impulse was to defend Asia and try to justify or explain away the accusations, just as Chris Kraus recently did with Avital Ronell. I know that impulse is hypocritical, but I did feel it welling up inside me, and now I am forced to confront what that means. I think this story also forces us to reckon with to what extent #MeToo is a movement for women โ€” and to what extent itโ€™s a movement for victims, because I think they are two related but separate things. There are certainly systemic factors at work when it comes to male figures of power abusing and harassing their female employees, which has been the bulk of the #MeToo accusations, whereas this story feels like more of an outlier. Though maybe itโ€™s not. Maybe Iโ€™m deluding myself.

Bugbee: I think this is an outlier in the same way I think Harvey was an outlier. Most of these cases are not this extreme. I find myself angry at Asia. Do you?

Silman: I find it hard to be angry at her.

Bugbee: Because you still think of her as the victim of Harvey?

Silman: Yes. And because her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, just died. That certainly complicates this story in a really queasy way, like the fact that she invoked him in her statement and said the settlement money was his idea.

Bugbee: That weirdly made me less inclined to trust her. It felt very odd. Like Kevin Spacey coming out. A distraction. A way to gain sympathy.

The lesson here is that awful people are awful, and it doesn't matter what sex they are, or what their sexual preference is.

Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president participates in a roundtable on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act

Must read for the day: Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined

This is a very long story with some real bombshells. Pour yourself a bulletproof coffee and read up.

Cohen-palooza

Yesterday, the media was LIT UP talking about their favorite thing: Trump's impeachment. If you get your information from the legacy media, you would think that Cohen put the nail in Trump's coffin with his guilty plea, "admitting" that the president directed him to pay off some [alleged] blackmailing trollops with campaign money. The #resistance is all worked up now because they think this is actually going to happen. When it doesn't happen, they are going to be angry and, as we have seen, violent. The media does this over and over again: they get some idiot partisans to present fantasy logic and reasoning that Trump is finally going down and when it doesn't happen, they go nuts. The media is destroying the country.

All day long yesterday, a parade of morons was on cable news and the internet quacking about how Cohen's guilty plea will destroy Trump. Here's a Politico story with a tag team of "insiders" talking about how Trump is "unraveling" and "terrified."

But itโ€™s also been so brutally, consistently one-sided, and the Cohen flip brings to the fore the fragility of Trumpโ€™s transactional brand of loyalty and potentially its ultimate incompatibility with the presidency. This is not some tabloid or Twitter tit-for-tat. The stakes are of course incomparably higher. And Trumpโ€™s long span of quiet about Cohen was so out of character it suggested even he understands the reality of his legal jeopardy. For the first time, it appeared, a once biddable lapdog had turned around and bitten the bossโ€”hard.

On the other hand, Lanny Davis, who was panhandling on cable news for Cohen's legal fund, undermined a central #resistance lie: that Trump "authorized" the famous Trump Tower meeting. Not so much, writes Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller.

โ€œSo Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?โ€ CNNโ€™s Anderson Cooper asked Davis.

โ€œNo, he does not,โ€ replied Davis, a longtime Clinton insider who started representing Cohen earlier this summer.

Davisโ€™s bombshell statement severely undercuts a July 27 CNN report that Cohen was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that he was in a meeting when Donald Trump Jr. told his father about an offer to meet with a group of Russians who wanted to provide dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to CNNโ€™s anonymous sources, Trump approved the meeting, which took place on June 9, 2016. Democrats seized on the CNN report as evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

โ€œWell, I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story. And the question of a criminal investigation, the advice we were given, those of us dealing with the media is that we could not do anything other than stay silent,โ€ Davis told Cooper.

Womp, womp. This story will probably drag out for a few more days. Consider yourself warned.

Manafort cont'd

Last night a juror from the Manafort trial appeared on Shannon Bream's show. Watch it, it's good.

Related:

Trump tells Fox host heโ€™s thinking about pardoning Manafort

Mollie Tibbetts: Media still freaking out

This is really an unfortunate situation for the media-resistance complex and they kicked into high gear yesterday with some damage control. We had plenty of spinmasters telling us how illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than Americans, as if that makes it OK to allow illegal immigration into our country. Crime committed by illegal immigrants shouldn't happen at all because those folks are not supposed to be here. We have American criminals, we don't need more. Illegal immigrant crime should = ZERO.

There was some question as to whether the [alleged] murderer was truly here illegally. Some say he was here legally, but his employer indicated he used a fake identity to get work. Politico laments: Trumpโ€™s new rallying cry: Mollie Tibbetts. Politico is sad because the issue has become "politicized." Were they sad when Obama politicized Trayvon Martin, who, we learned, would look just like Obama's son if he had one? Were they sad when Obama politicized Ferguson? Were they sad when Obama politicized Sandy Hook? Of course, they were not.

The media has aided and abetted a wholesale politicization of everything under the sun: football, movies, television shows, airlines, banking, food, EVERYTHING. So they can take their complaints and shove them.

Here's socialist darling Elizabeth Warren explaining that while the murder of Mollie Tibbitts is sad, it's MORE SAD that babies are separated from their mommas. How nice.

Historical picture of the day:

Members of the Womenย’s Organization to War on Styles (WOW) picket a dress shop in Berkeley, Calif., Aug. 23, 1947, in protest to longer skirts and padded hips. They are the wives of GI students at the University of California. Left to right: Jackie Houser; Wanda Ames; Dorothy Inman; Terry Ligon; Ruth Van Arkel; Carrol Reynolds, and Barbara Carmichael. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Texts, photos of 17-year-old contradict Asia Argento

Missouri judge affirms $4.69 billion talc verdict, J&J vows to appeal

Scramble for food and water as Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii

Sessions Unseals 43-Count Indictment Against Chinese Nationals Trafficking Fentanyl

Senate won't take up prison overhaul before midterms

ISIS leader resurfaces with first audio recording in nearly a year

'I hereby resign from my race. F--- these people,' white professor writes online, sparking furor

Facebook is warning 4 million users that another app may have mishandled their data

Confederate monuments will stay in place at NC capitol after new vote

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!3

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