Wednesday's Live Blog

Here is your live blog for the day.

Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • The president and first lady deliver remarks at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia

IMPORTANT: Former FBI Official Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Were Found in Obama White House

The presidential harassment beat

Yesterday, I wrote about the ex-WH official who ignored a harassing subpoena from House Oversight. Now the IRS has followed suit.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin left little doubt Tuesday that the administration will reject a congressional request for President Donald Trump's tax returns by a self-imposed May 6 target for a "final decision," setting the stage for a legal battle that will test the limits of congressional oversight.

This is all part of an agreement among the House committees to harass the president.

In a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, Jordan demanded answers about why the Maryland Democrat's execution of a nonpublic "Memorandum of Understanding" with Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., never came up with Republicans.

Jordan, the top Oversight Committee Republican, said the issue was never broached with GOP members until he found out.

Jordan revealed:

Cummings vowed to share House Oversight Committee information with Waters in the covert agreement, even though doing so could conflict with House rules. Jordan said the agreement with Waters stipulated Cummings would consult her before issuing a subpoena.

All these subpoenas and investigations are a corruption of government power. It is a perversion of the authority bestowed on these rotten elected representatives to use the force of government to personally attack a political adversary or to undermine the president for political gain. If you don't understand what kind of war has been waged by the Democrats, you aren't paying attention.

What about the people who gave the House of Representatives to the Democrats? What have the Democrats delivered? Not a damn thing.


House asks court to block Trump's border wall before it starts next month

Read the rest of The Morning Briefing here.


Time to share those hot takes, cool links, and small talk.

I died.

Commissar Sanders says you aren't spreading enough of your wealth his way.

This is a wide-open race.

I think we can discount a couple of major-ish contenders like Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker. And the no-names who are running on ego (and the chance to raise money they can spend elsewhere) like Eric "Nuke the Gun Owners" Swalwell and... what's his name, the congressman from Massachusetts who just announced.

Other than that, wide open -- and that's why it's getting so nasty, so early.

The one thing every generation has in common is that every generation thinks they invented sex, or at least pleasurable sex.

The entire history of the human race would laughingly disagree.

I used to work for Bob Costa.

At National Review, I did some research for Costa, now at The Washington Post. Now he's in a spat with the president. Apparently he said the president called him when he was with his family.

Here's his response. Perhaps he didn't mention the fact he called the president first when he was on air.




All men are created equal, except men with male chromosomes.

Give this guy some footie pajamas.


On Monday I wrote a column about changing politics in Ohio, effectively turning the former swing state solid red. It included this bit about the blue collar/culturally conservative voters which national Democrats have largely abandoned:

The last national Democrat I can think of who even knew how to speak the language of this bloc (even if he was disingenuous about it) was Bill Clinton. But Clinton is far too moderate for today's radicalized Dems. Can you imagine the "end welfare as we know it" Clinton of 1992 getting anywhere with next year's primary voters?

It didn't occur to me until hours after I'd published it, that maybe I should have included Joe Biden. It's just that I have what might be a real blind spot when it come to the former Veep. To me he comes across as so insincere, so phony, so unable to fake sincerity, that I just can't take him seriously enough for him to even ping the outer reach of my Serious Candidate Radar.

But on top of that, Biden is so clumsy at the basics of running a major campaign, that maybe I'm right to be so dismissive of him.

What's your take?