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Good Tuesday morning.

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

  • The president participates in a signing ceremony for the Biodefense National Security Presidential Memorandum
  • President Trump and first lady Melania meet with the president of the Republic of Poland and Mrs. Kornhauser-Duda
  • The president participates in an expanded bilateral working lunch with the president of the Republic of Poland
  • President Trump hosts a joint press conference with the president of the Republic of Poland
  • The president meets with the secretary of State

There was an awards show last night...

I don't follow these pageants but if you do, here is a list of winners. I will recommend "The Americans" if you are looking for a good show to binge.

Related:

All the ways stars got political on the Emmys 2018 red carpet

Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, 'ex-crackheads'

KavaNOPE and Anita 2.0

Next Monday, the Senate Judiciary will hear from SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser. It is a terrible mistake to humor the Democrats' last-ditch effort to stop Kavanaugh from getting his SCOTUS seat. As I mentioned yesterday, this sort of tactic needs to be shut down ASAP or else it will become the new normal: every GOP candidate will now have a hazy "me too" allegation that the media will treat as fact. The GOP establishment is weak and they don't want to appear "insensitive," therefore the Democrats will get a Scooby snack and the air of legitimacy for their efforts with a hearing involving the accuser, who wanted to be anonymous with her secret accusation but now is ready for her close-up on C-SPAN. Amazing.

Politico, the preferred leak outlet for the GOPe, has the story about the inside machinations of Grassley and McConnell. Senator Schumer, Senate minority leader, wants the FBI to look into the accuser's allegations. Why? WHY? “We need the FBI to step forward to ensure that the Senate and American public have complete information about this troubling alleged incident before a hearing is held,” he said in a statement.

Does the FBI investigate the kids shoplifting Twizzlers at the 7-Eleven? NO. Well neither does the FBI investigate claims of sexual assault. Good grief, this whole thing is sickeningly transparent.

Related:

Sen. Lindsey Graham Questions Validity Of Sexual Assault Allegations

Kavanaugh Accuser’s Lawyer Adds Detail Omitted In Feinstein Letter

This jerk Jeff Flake Says Kavanaugh Nomination Should Be Delayed. Ann Coulter Hits Back

Trash ABC Chief Political Analyst: Clarence Thomas Is a ‘Sexual Predator’

DECLASSIFIED and it feels so good

President Trump finally ordered the Deep State to declassify parts of the coup documents that are at the foundation of the RUSSIA COLLUSION soap opera hanging over the Trump administration. LORDY!

President Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of several key documents related to the FBI investigation of Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election, including 21 pages of an application for a renewed surveillance warrant against former campaign aide Carter Page, and text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

"In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr," the announcement read.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is working to release the documents.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) claims the declassification is an abuse of power. Let's just see what's in those documents and then we can determine how dangerous it was to release them. The Democrats have played that card before, like when they shrieked that the Nunes memo was a danger to national security and then once it was released we all saw what garbage that was.

Related:

Mueller clears way for Michael Flynn sentencing

Historical picture of the day:

Actors Jean Stapleton, seated, left, and Carroll O'Connor, seated, right, hold their Emmys after receiving them in Hollywood, Calif., Sept. 18, 1978. At rear, from left to right are Rob Reiner, who won an Emmy for supporting actor in the same series; Norman Lear, producer of the show; and executive producer Mort Lachman. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Seems important Russian military aircraft accidentally shot down by Syrian forces, Moscow blames Israel for aggression

"Cajun Navy" volunteers help evacuate North Carolina nursing home residents

EMILY’s List to spend $37M on midterms

Roseanne Barr Confirms ‘Conners’ Killing Off Her Character: She Dies ‘Of An Opioid Overdose’

Seems important State Department email breach exposed employees' personal information

Trump’s Space Force could cost nearly $13B in first 5 years

'Inside Edition' crew gets robbed while reporting on San Francisco Bay Area crime

Man wanted for beating homeless men with baseball bat

Stakes high in 3rd summit between South Korea's Moon and North's Kim Jon Un

Rubio asks DOJ to determine if Kerry violated federal laws meeting with Iranian officials

Trump imposes tariffs on $200B more of Chinese goods

More than half of violent crimes in the U.S. never reported to police

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

If the Intelligence Community was blindsided by this, we need a new Intelligence Community. One that at least reads the newspapers.

The NYT has a very odd sense of humor.

 

Thanks, Rush Limbaugh!

Rush Limbaugh mentioned my story about the 200 women who vouched for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's character. He referenced it many times (here and here, for example), and linked to PJ Media here.

Here's a follow-up story about what two women who dated Kavanaugh and knew him in high school have to say about the man's character.

Christine Blasey Ford hired Debra Katz, a Washington lawyer known for her work on sexual harassment cases, and took a polygraph test administered by a former FBI agent back in early August, according to reports. 

Ford passed the test, although many experts are downplaying the significance of the finding because "lie detector tests" don't actually detect lies, they just detect physiological reactions and can be very subjective and inaccurate. People can even take medications prior to the test called beta blockers to stop bodily reactions, an expert told the Washington Examiner. 

So the test result shouldn't surprise anyone. What should raise eyebrows is the fact that she hired a lawyer and took the polygraph a month and a half ago.  Remember, the Democrat narrative has been that Ford wanted to remain anonymous -- she didn't want to go public until this week.

Senator Lindsey Graham asked a damn good question about this last night on Hannity:

As for "who paid for it"? Not making any accusations here, but --