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Thursday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the president of Guatemala
  • President Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast
  • The president meets with Secretary of Defense James Mattis
  • President Trump has lunch with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
  • The president meets with Dr. Henry Kissinger

I have a condensed version of the briefing for you today.

Your daily WTF:

Starbucks sued after 2-year-old customer allegedly drank barista's blood

Other morsels:

EEK! RUSSIANS! Big RUSSIAN delegation anticipated for prayer breakfast in Washington

RUSSIAN plane shot down in Syria

RUSSIA successfully hacked into voter rolls during 2016 election

Eric Holder says he’s considering a run for the White House

Holder redistricting effort aims to break GOP statehouse control

Holder: 'Technical' case of obstruction of justice could be made against Trump

Pelosi Wraps Up Eight Hours Of Remarks On House Floor

Democrats blew their chance for big 2018 midterm gains in tax fight

Conservatives slam budget deal

Biden tells Democrats: ‘We’re gonna win back the House’

North Korea holds military parade on eve of Olympics

White House knew of abuse allegations against aide Rob Porter

Tillerson says Trump's tweets "doesn't dictate our policy"

Amazon launches Whole Foods deliveries in four cities

Food nazis: House passes scale-back of Obama-era menu calorie count rules

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

FBI finds no evidence of altercation in border patrol agent's death

California says will block crude oil from Trump offshore drilling plan

Dem Senators Are Scrambling To Save Obama’s Landmark Climate Reg From Trump

Schiff: Bannon, Lewandowski defy committee's requests in Russia probe

New York to ban tasty looking Tide Pods

'Law & Order: SVU' star running for Congress

Nunes says he’s 'sure' top Obama adviser knew about Steele dossier

Elementary School Principal Switches Genders In Middle Of School Year

Strzok Texts Suggest Discussions About Giving Huma Abedin Immunity

FBI Missed Clinton Emails Openly MARKED Classified, Wanted To Conclude Probe Before IG Caught Mistake

Jake Clapper responds to Trump's 'liar' dig: 'This is normal now'

James Tapper: White House is degrading US values

FBI agents’ texts: Obama wanted ‘to know everything we’re doing’

Fewer Americans are getting herpes

First baby with Down syndrome wins Gerber Baby of 2018

James Comey memoir gets an earlier release date amid 'urgent conversation' about FBI

'Hangry' is officially a word in the Oxford English Dictionary

Dunkin' Donuts to replace foam cups with paper by 2020, but not everyone is happy about it

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


Buying a giant inflatable ball for fun on the beach may seem tempting -- but don't do it folks!

A cautionary tale:

After all that, he still gave it two stars, LOL. Read more here:

All Hell Breaks Loose after GIANT Beach Ball is Unleashed in Public, Amazon Reviewer Says

Your Meme of the Day -- and as a devoted Bowie fan and Tesla (the scientist) fan and space fan, I can't begin to tell you how much this tickled me.

David Laufman, who leads the Justice Department’s counterintelligence division, announced his resignation for “personal reasons” on Wednesday, The Daily Caller reported.

Laufman worked with FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russia investigation. He and Strzok interviewed Clinton as part of the investigation into her emails.

In addition to working on the investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information, Laufman has also worked on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

On the Clinton investigation, he sat in on interviews with the former secretary of state and several of her aides, including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan.

 No doubt more rats will be jumping ship in the coming days as the various investigations close in on them.


So Salon tried to get away with this (HT Twitchy):

Then this happened:


You can't read it online anymore because it appears Salon pulled it down. But here's an excerpt:

Millions of evangelicals and other Christian fundamentalists believe that the Bible was dictated by God to men who acted essentially as human transcriptionists. If that were the case, one would have to conclude that God is a terrible writer. Many passages in the Bible would get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor, kicked back with a lot of red ink — often more red than black.

Mixed messages, repetition, bad fact-checking, awkward constructions, inconsistent voice, weak character development, boring tangents, contradictions, passages where nobody can tell what the heck the writer meant to convey. This doesn’t sound like a book that was dictated by a deity.

Parting shot — and it's a stinger:

UPDATE: Alert reader Joseph noted in the comments that the article is available for consumption at AlterNet. You can read the wretched thing in all its glory here. Also, while we're on the subject, Dr. Jeff Sanders, PJM's resident pastor, has a good summary of how we got the New Testament:

How Did We Get The New Testament?