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 participates in a Defense Industrial Base Report presentation
  • The president participates in a signing ceremony for H.R. 4, the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018”

I have a condensed version of the Briefing for you this morning.

IMPORTANT:

This morning the Senate will vote to end debate (cloture) on the Kavanaugh nomination around 10:30 a.m. If that motion passes, there will be 30 hours of debate before a vote on Mr. Kavanaugh's nomination. That will take place around Saturday at 4 or 5 p.m. Expect some kind of social unrest if Kavanaugh passes and I think he will pass. McConnell wouldn't schedule a vote otherwise.

Kavanope:

Who cares? The WaPo is a bunch of partisan hacks. Vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh

I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge by accused gang rapist and alleged penis exposer Bart Kavanaugh

DEEP STATE ALERT Senate staffer Accused of Doxxing GOP Senators Allegedly Threatened To Also Dox Their Children

Congress 'doxing' suspect will stay in jail until hearing next week

Judiciary Committee Releases Letter That Back Kavanaugh’s Claim About ‘Devil’s Triangle’ Being a Drinking Game

This is fantastic! Hatch tells group of female protesters to 'grow up'

Capitol Police make over 300 arrests during anti-Kavanaugh protests

Hundreds of female Alaska attorneys call on Murkowski, Sullivan to vote 'no' on Kavanaugh

Chuck Grassley furiously berates the media over their bias at media conference

Emily Ratajkowski Arrested At Kavanaugh Protest

Facebook Employees Reportedly Melt Down Over VP Sitting Behind Kavanaugh

My G-d, she's so dumb Alyssa Milano: Kavanaugh Not Threatening A Defamation Lawsuit Against Accusers Could Prove Allegations Are True

An Ex-Boyfriend Of Dr. Ford Refuted Many Of The Claims She Made Under Oath

GOP senator going to daughter’s wedding regardless of Kavanaugh vote

Trump administration releases new counterterrorism strategy

Judiciary Committee releases executive summary of supplemental FBI report on Kavanaugh

Amid Kavanaugh probe, Alyssa Milano now says Bill Clinton 'probably should've' faced sex misconduct investigation

Lady Gaga says Kavanaugh accuser decided to 'protect the country'

Historical picture of the day:

Duke Ellington waves to fans when he arrived at London’s Paddington Station on Oct. 5, 1958 after traveling from Plymouth on the boat train from the S.S. Ile De France. He is scheduled to play his first concert of his forthcoming tour at the Royal Festival Hall in London. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for helping end sexual violence

Kavanaugh probe secrecy again leaves FBI exposed to politics

Biden to headline rally for Donnelly in Indiana

Texas university offers counseling for distressed students after Steven Crowder event

Former ACLU Vice President: The ACLU Now Doesn’t ‘Believe In Anything Other Than The Resistance’

Democrats, rights groups urge State Dept. to bring back reports on women's reproductive rights

Feds seek 4-year-plus sentence for FBI agent in leak case

Drunk birds cause havoc in Minnesota town

I get this. Mail carrier leaves mail on side of New Jersey road; quits job

Gubernatorial candidate arrested with 48 pounds of pot: cops

OH. Man Suspected of Directing Russian Lawyer on Trump Tower 2016 Meeting Dies in Helicopter Crash

Vietnam War vet identified as suspect in deadly ambush of 7 officers

Democratic senators request intel chief provide more information on Trump's claim about Chinese hacking

Walmart recalls nearly a quarter million axes

Mormon church backs deal to allow medical marijuana in Utah

Melania Trump feeds elephant in Kenya

Report details 'vulnerabilities' in industries vital to national defense, US official says

Toddler shreds over $1,000 his parents saved to pay a debt

This bottle of whisky just sold for $1.1M

JURNALIZM Trump climbed the steps of Air Force One with a thin piece of paper stuck to his shoe

At least 10 decapitated goats found in an Atlanta-area river

Trump Foundation engaged in 'persistent illegality,' New York attorney general says

Firefox just launched a 2018 election survival kit to combat bad information

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

Best. Photo. Of. The. Day.

So much here. The unhinged pursuer. Her glossy preprinted sign with the union label.  (Trust me, it's there.) Uncivil, nasty rage. In contrast, Senator Graham's smile.  And the tie adjustment, compared to the unkempt wild shrieker.   And between the two, thank God, the law (for now at least).

The lunatics aren't done.  Saturday, Leftist groups will be marching all over the country in the #NoJusticeNoSeat march.

They plan on occupying the Hart Senate Office Building at 9 a.m. Saturday.  They have also chosen a number of other states to unleash their rage: Vermont, Maine, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Georgia and Ohio.

They plan on "showing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh and support for survivors of sexual violence," as if there is any relation between the two.  The Soros-funded groups organizing the pack of nuts are:

Advocates for Youth, Alliance for Justice Action Campaign, Feminist Majority, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, MoveOn, NAACP, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Council of Jewish Women, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Women’s Law Center, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, UltraViolet Action, United State of Women, and Sierra Club

So the crazy train rolls on.

It's not over until it is over, but...

Senators who stood up to the leftist mobs, threats of violence, and false claims deserve credit.  The Left was fully engaged with everything it had, and it didn't win the field.  Collins saw through it.  The rest of the Republicans saw through it.  And Americans saw through it.

This has to be disturbing for both mainstream Democrats and the Left.  The Democratic Party allowed the extreme radical Left to drive the anti-Kavanaugh strategy and they blew it.  Ridiculous claims, preposterous decades-old allegations, and in-your-face incivility were the tools of choice for the strategy.

Kavanaugh's honor was attacked, and when he defended his honor, then his foes claimed he didn't have the temperament to be a judge.

We still don't know if the full 30 hours is going to run before a final vote.  Majority Leader McConnell is now working out a time for a vote Saturday.

It may still be that Senator Murkowski may yet change her vote, especially after Senator Collins' speech.  People in Alaska are angry that she is on the wrong side of the issue, but it is not too late for her to fix that.

Birthday present.

So, I wanted Kavanaugh confirmed on my birthday. I guess I have to settle with him getting enough votes.

Oh, and Manchin is a yes, too!