Thursday's HOT MIC

Introducing HOT MIC, PJ Media's new daily liveblog. Join our editors and contributors for news updates and conversation throughout the day, and add your thoughts to the mix in our comments section. Here's your Hot Mic for Thursday, April 6, 2017.

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Several outlets are describing Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey as "Nixonian."  Actually, "Clintonian" would bean apter description.  Nixon never fired an FBI Director.  But Clinton fired William Sessions in 1993.

Last one: in 2013, Donald Trump tweeted this. Seriously.

More hilariously, President Obama listened.

Here is a legitimate question. Trump didn't just change his ideas on Syria, he is outright disobeying his own advice.

Yes, the secretary of State just suggested that President Donald Trump is weighing regime change in Syria.

This is how the U.S. goes to war now — "something should happen."

The U.S. has launched an airstrike in Syria.

Rand Paul is not happy.

By the way, the time of Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation vote has been announced. Friday, America will see Gorsuch replace the late, great Antonin Scalia.

Here are five things you should know about America's next Supreme Court justice.

National Review's David French agrees with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul — Trump shouldn't go to war in Syria without Congressional approval.

If Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution means anything, it means that the president must obtain congressional approval before taking us to war against a sovereign nation that has not attacked the U.S. or its allies and is not threatening to attack the U.S. or its allies. Senator Rand Paul said as much in an interview today, and I agree with him. As Senator Paul said, “The first thing we ought to do is probably obey the Constitution.”

French argues that "there has been a casus belli for war against Syria on a continuous basis since the onset of Assad's genocide, but the existence of a legal and moral justification for war does not always render war wise or just. Nor does it remove the need for congressional approval."

Whatever you think about this current case, Congress declares war, not the president. Thanks, Rand Paul — and David French — for keeping us honest.

Read more here.

 

#SyriaHoax is trending on Twitter, and it seems Mike Chernovich is spearheading it. Some say it's a Russian push to prevent the attack in Syria.

What do you think? Were the chemical weapons discovered used by Syrian President Bashar Assad? Does that justify U.S. action in the country?

Newsflash: You don't need job-killing federal regulations to fight climate change. (Who knew?) Here's Michael Bloomberg at The New York Times with the scoop.

And PJ Media's take here:

Okay, one more here. Long-time PJ readers may recall a little contretemps with Alex Jones, the Consummate Ass, during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Yes, that is yours truly (black Darth Vader tee shirt) reprising his starring role as Wall in Midsummer Night's Dream, when Alex Jones and his mob of basement-dwelling virgins were harassing Michelle Malkin. Jones eventually blindsided me, I made an assault complaint, Jones fled the state.

Well, so it appears he's still having anger-management issues. Here's The Hill:

“I want to tell Congressman Schiff and all the rest of them, Hey listen asshole … listen you son of a bitch, what the f--- is your problem? You want to sit here and say that I’m a goddamn f---ing Russian. You get in my face with that I’ll beat your goddamn ass, you son of a bitch. You piece of shit. You f---ing goddamn f---er. Listen f--- head, you have f---ing crossed a line. Get that through your goddamn f---ing head. Stop pushing your shit. You’re the people that have f---ed this country over and gang-raped the shit out of it and lost an election. So stop shooting your mouth off claiming I’m the enemy. You got that you goddamn son of a bitch? Fill your hands. I’m sorry, but I’m done. You start calling me a foreign agent, those are f---ing fighting words.

“He’s sucking globalist d---,” Jones concludes.

Schiff’s office declined to comment.

The funny part being that threatening a member of Congress is a Federal crime.