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Thursday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for today.

Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump hosts a meeting on school safety
  • President Trump has lunch with the vice president and the secretary of defense
  • The president meets with members of the Senate

Gun control reboot

Yesterday, the President held a bipartisan meeting on school safety and gun control. It was a nightmare. Trump taunted lawmakers by telling them, "you're afraid of the NRA." He'll soon find out why politicians are afraid of the NRA during the 2018 elections if he doesn't walk back some of the insanity he was tossing about in that meeting.

Some of the ridiculous changes to firearm laws Trump seemed amenable to include outlawing private guns sales, raising the age to 21 to buy a long gun, and taking people's guns without due process. Like I said, what a dumpster fire. Not one of those things will stop criminal maniacs from getting a firearm.

Dick's Sporting Goods, which is a crappy, overpriced place to buy anything a firearm will not sell "assault-style" weapons. Quick question: what is the difference between an "assault-style" long gun and a long gun that is not "assault-style"? Let me know in the comments. Sadly, Walmart, where I occasionally purchase Federal 12ga 8 shot (but will not do so any longer) says it will not sell firearms to consumers who are under the age of 21.

President Trump mentioned in his gun control conclave that he was going to issue an executive order banning bump stocks. And in a mind-blowing move, Trump dismissed Rep. Steve Scalise when he suggested national reciprocity be included in any gun legislation.

Related:

WaPo: Why are Senate Dems torpedoing their own gun bill?

Parkland students Hogg, Kasky to be featured guests on Bill Maher's 'Real Time'

Bill that would offer $500 to teachers willing to carry guns advances in Florida

A Georgia high-school teacher is in custody after barricading himself in a classroom and firing one gunshot, police say

Texas private school arming administrators with guns

LOLOL Students grabbing guns from officers highlights dangers of weapons at school

RUSSIA-collusion investigation

Mueller Asking Witnesses If Trump Helped Release Hacked Dem Emails, Report Says

Kushner business secured loans from bank bigs after White House meetings

Sessions defends himself against extraordinary Trump attack, says he'll 'continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor'

Washington Post: Trump refers to Jeff Sessions as 'Mr. Magoo'

Hope Hicks bounces from the White House

She hadn't really been in there very long, but White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is leaving.

A tearful Hicks announced her departure to the White House communications team Wednesday afternoon, a source inside the room told CNN. She referenced how many years she had worked for Trump, said she has always wanted the best for him and that she felt like now was the right time to go -- which some in the room took as a reference to the speculation she's leaving in light of her testimony. She thanked the team and said she will miss them all.

During her grueling 9-hour, closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI), Hicks admitted that her job in the administration required her to tell "white lies." Rep. Adam Schiff (D-N.Y.) immediately leaked her testimony to the press because that is what he always does. Every politician has a press shop that tells white lies. All of them. But the #resistance is excited that Hicks "admitted" to spinning to the press. Sheesh.

Related:

More than 30 White House aides stripped of top-secret security clearances: report

Your daily WTF:

KFC faces gravy shortage in United Kingdom after rebounding from chicken panic

Other morsels:

Polish law criminalizing some Holocaust speech takes effect

Model, "sex guru" claim Trump-Russia dirt in bid for freedom

Cindy and Meghan McCain hit back at President Trump for attacking ailing Sen. John McCain

California has worst 'quality of life' in US, study says

Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan delivers anti-Semitic speech

Jake Tapper Calls Out Louis Farrakhan’s Bigotry In Tweet Storm

Alabama Senate approves bill allowing Ten Commandments to be displayed on public property

Acting ICE director to Oakland mayor: 'We're not going away'

Google hit with sexual harassment lawsuit alleging 'bro culture'

Woman accused of poisoning her look-alike with a cheesecake

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

Harper's Bizarre Bazaar:

Parkland Student Emma González Opens Up About Her Fight for Gun Control

My Name is Emma González. I’m 18 years old, Cuban and bisexual. I’m so indecisive that I can’t pick a favorite color, and I’m allergic to 12 things. I draw, paint, crochet, sew, embroider—anything productive I can do with my hands while watching Netflix.

And yet, you feel qualified to lead the gun control debate in this nation? Fascinating.

 

CNN may be in every airport, but they can't be proud of this:

#Sad!

That Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is a cheeky little monkey.

The conservative congressman has introduced a bill that would allow the president to nominate all eleven judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. If that seems like something Democrats would never go along with, think again. The bill is an exact replica of one proposed by top-ranking House Intelligence Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) during the Obama administration.

Oh look -- here he is talking about his 2013 bill on RUSSIA TV.

Now Schiff has been forced to oppose the very same bill he proposed five years ago -- looking very much like the hypocrite he is.

"If there are bipartisan ideas that would have more transparency and more oversight, and protect our civil liberties, I think we should work together rather than work separately," Gaetz told Tucker Carlson on Fox News.

"So did he send you a thankful text when you did that?" Carlson asked, tongue firmly in cheek.

"You know, I asked him to co-sponsor it and I just haven't heard back yet Tucker," Gaetz replied.

 

In New York City, "racism" is apparently now the all-purpose explanation for any racial disparities in crime statistics.

Elected officials and advocates are particularly disturbed that 86 percent of people arrested for marijuana offenses are black and Latino, though these communities represent only 51.4 percent of the city’s population. Council Member Donovan Richards of Queens, chair of the public-safety committee, describes this as a “huge disparity.” Rory Lancman, chair of the courts committee and also of Queens, decries the “grotesque disparities that exist between marijuana enforcement of people of color and white people.” Andy Cohen from the Bronx calls NYPD marijuana enforcement “discriminatory in intent and certainly in effect.” Inez Barron from Brooklyn condemns the NYPD and says that “people in power don’t understand the systemic embedded practices of racism.”

There is a disparity between the city’s demographics and the subset of people arrested for smoking marijuana in public. When examining the commission of other crimes across the city in terms of race, though, one finds similar, if not wider, racial disparities. Based on victim reports, 84.7 percent of rape suspects in 2016 were black or Latino—almost the same percentage of people arrested for marijuana-related misdemeanors. Robbery suspects were 93.4 percent black and Latino. The distribution of misdemeanor-assault suspects, felony-assault suspects, and murder suspects is similar. Shooting suspects are 97.6 percent black and Latino. Considering these figures, it seems unlikely that NYPD racism is a primary cause of marijuana arrests.

Nonetheless, the Left is wedded to this world-view, that everyone is exactly the same and therefore should behave in ways commensurate with their percentage of the total population. But if everyone's the same, why does the Left single some people out by color in the first place?

Merely citing statistical disparity in arrest rates for smoking marijuana does not prove racism on the part of the NYPD—especially when that same disparity exists, sometimes in higher proportion, across the spectrum of crime. Elected officials should worry less about which minority group will receive the first post-legalization marijuana business licenses and focus more on minimizing social dysfunction in their communities.