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Monday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

More details are emerging about Stefan Halper, one of the swampiest of swamp things in the whole Russia collusion saga.

Yes, while Halper was an agent provocateur in the Trump campaign, he was promoting Clinton in an interview with Russian media -- and then after the election, was apparently pulling strings to get a job in the Trump administration.

Fortunately, his pitch to become an ambassador was not successful.  Unfortunately, many other swamp things are slithering around the Trump administration, trying to undermine the president at every turn.

For the sixth year in a row, the US was the top fossil fuels producer in the world.

U.S. Energy Information Administration:

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2017, reaching a record high. The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when U.S. natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when U.S. production exceeded Saudi Arabia’s. Since 2008, U.S. petroleum and natural gas production has increased by nearly 60%.

For the United States and Russia, total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production, measured in energy content, is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas, while Saudi Arabia's production heavily favors petroleum. Total petroleum production is made up of several different types of liquid fuels, including crude oil and lease condensate, tight oil, extra-heavy oil, and bitumen. In addition, various processes produce natural gas plant liquids (NGPL), biofuels, and other liquid fuels, some as a result of refinery processing gain.

I giggle every time I read something like this. In the '80s and '90s we were told that the world is running out of oil! We were assured that we'd never be self-sufficient in fossil fuels again. We were living in an era of limits, the last gasp of industrial civilization.

We are now exporting oil and fracking companies can't get the stuff out of the ground fast enough to meet demand. And our oil reserves surpass those of Saudi Arabia and Russia:

Proven oil reserves in the United States were 36.4 billion barrels (5.79×109 m3) of crude oil as of the end of 2014, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The 2014 reserves represent the largest US proven reserves since 1972, and a 90% increase in proved reserves since 2008. The Energy Information Administration estimates US undiscovered, technically recoverable oil resources to be an additional 198 billion barrels.

Wow. Just wow.

This past weekend I had to endure ESPN coverage of Cleveland sporting events TWICE. First it was the Cavs vs. Celtics game on Saturday, where the announcers spent 15 minutes chit-chatting about the royal wedding. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP! Then, during the Indians/Astros game yesterday, they were at it again, this time with former softball star Jessica Mendoza adding color commentary to the royal wedding patter. The thing went completely off the rails when they spent another five minutes discussing the Lauren/Yanny controversy. What is this, sports for Barbie princesses? And don't get me started on Mendoza's hard-hitting explanation of how Houston was shading Michael Brantly and Jose Ramirez. To hear her talk you'd think this was some novel baseball move.

I have zero patience for ESPN's ongoing effort to dumb down sports coverage to appeal to women or whatever it is they're trying to do. I don't need some third-rate ESPN commentators to womansplain baseball to me, thank you very much. (And shame on A-Rod for participating in this madness.)

Red Ken Livingstone's fall from prominence is now complete. The former mayor of London resigned from the Labor Party following controversial remarks made to the BBC.

Politico:

Livingstone was suspended from the party and an investigation launched into comments he made during a BBC interview in which he suggested Hitler had supported Zionism. The former mayor had been trying to defend comments made on social media by Labour MP Naz Shah.

In a statement on Facebook the former mayor said he decided to quit as “the ongoing issues around my suspension from the Labour party have become a distraction.”

He rejected claims he was guilty of anti-Semitism but added: “I also recognize that the way I made a historical argument has caused offence and upset in the Jewish community. I am truly sorry for that.”

Labour has faced repeated accusations that the party has not done enough to combat anti-Semitism within their ranks. Jeremy Corbyn, the party’s leader, said Livingstone’s resignation was a sad moment but it was the “right thing to do,” the BBC reported.

This is actually pretty mild compared to some of his previous comments. He once said of the 7/7 bombers who set off several bombs in the London underground that they "gave their lives" for the cause.

Former Labor leader Neil Kinnock described his ideology as "Kennist." That just about sums up this self-promoting jackass of a politician.

 

Everybody knows the president is a huge fan of "Fox and Friends." ICYMI this morning, he went on a Twitter tear against former CIA director John Brennan, quoting Fox News regular Dan Bongino:

Here's the video of Bongino's tongue-lashing:

This came in response to Brennan's panicked tweet to GOP leadership yesterday, warning them to block the president's demand for a probe into the Obama administration's surveillance abuse.

Does Brennan seem nervous to you?

Well-connected D.C. attorney Joe diGenova told Tucker Carlson last week that the former spook, who is now an NBC analyst, would be facing a grand jury soon.

"The most partisan hack leader of the CIA in history needs a very, very good lawyer," diGenova said confidently. "He doesn't need a slip and fall lawyer -- although he's going to slip and fall -- he's going to be in front of a grand jury shortly."

"Well, that's news!" Tucker exclaimed.

"Yes, and it's good news," diGenova replied with a big smile.