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Good Morning, here is your Tuesday update:

On the President's agenda:

  • The president will give remarks at and participate in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Days of Remembrance.
  • In the afternoon, the president will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.
  • The president will then have a meeting on tax reform.
  • Later in the afternoon, the president will participate in a farmers’ roundtable and signing of the Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America.
  • The president will meet with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster.
  • In the evening, the president will have dinner with Senator Bob Corker.

Up against the ...

The big budget showdown continues today in D.C. and at stake is funding for President Trump's border wall. The president wants funding to build the wall he campaigned for (and that was already voted on and passed back in 2006) and the Democrats want Obamacare funding. If they can't make a deal, the government could shut down.

Is it so bad if we have to shut the government down? No. The GOP always gets spooked when there's a shutdown on the horizon because the MSM spins the shutdown as the fault of the Republicans. They do this regardless of who is in power. When the GOP refused to fund Obama, the shutdown was the Republicans' fault and if the Democrats refuse to fund Trump, it will be the Republicans' fault. See how that works? The GOP hasn't gotten it through their heads that the MSM has greatly reduced its influence with the American voter and the only people who care about the MSM are, primarily, the MSM.

The Washington Post is reporting that Trump is "signaling" he might be flexible on his border wall funding.

But with a Friday deadline looming to pass a new spending bill, the Trump administration projected confidence that a shutdown would be avoided. In the face of fierce Democratic opposition to funding the wall’s construction, White House officials signaled Monday that the president may be open to an agreement that includes money for border security if not specifically for a wall, with an emphasis on technology and border agents rather than a structure.

“The president is working hard to keep the government open,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters Monday.

One senator thinks Trump's wall is a "metaphor" or a "symbol" rather than an actual wall.

“There will never be a 2,200-mile wall built, period,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who challenged Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. “I think it’s become symbolic of better border security. It’s a code word for better border security. If you make it about actually building a 2,200-mile wall, that’s a bridge too far — but I’m mixing my metaphors.”

I don't think Trump was talking about a "symbol" and neither does he:

“My base understands the wall is going to get built, whether I have it funded here or if I get it funded shortly thereafter,” Trump said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. “That wall’s getting built, okay? One hundred percent.”

The fight over the wall reveals the extent to which the Democrats are obstructing Trump's agenda. Politico writes,

Still, the administration’s hard-line position had received some rhetorical support on Capitol Hill. As they returned Monday from a two-week recess, Senate Republicans bashed Democrats for vowing not to vote for any bill funding the wall despite a number of Democratic senators who voted to authorize a border fence in 2006.

If the two parties cannot agree on a budget, the Congress will just pass a temporary Continuing Resolution and kick the can down the road.

Stop trying to make Chelsea "happen"

After what seemed like months of non-stop media adulation of Chelsea Clinton's mundane "accomplishments," she has tweeted that she is not "running for anything."

If you are on Twitter, you know that's a lie. The media was obsessively promoting and tweeting Chelsea SO HARD that lefty publication Vanity Fair wrote a piece titled "Please, God, Stop Chelsea Clinton from Whatever She Is Doing." The Chelsea promotion was entirely out of hand. I'm looking at you, The Hill.

“I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank—Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency. I really find this all rather hysterical, because I’ve been asked this question a lot throughout my life, and the answer has never changed."

America is done with the Clintons. Go do something useful, Chelsea.

What do you know? Obama does have some red lines that can't be crossed

Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit writes:

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too, as is everyone who worked for the Obama administration on foreign policy: “Since when does Obama enforce red lines?”

Actually I suspect you’ll find him enforcing lots of moral “red lines” in the future, now that all that’s required of him is giving a speech to an adoring media peppered with lots of that’s-not-who-we-ares. That was 80 percent of his presidency but it’ll be 99 percent of his retirement.


Former press secretary Josh Earnest said in an interview with MSNBCLOL that there were some "clear red lines" that the former president has that would cause him to "speak out."

"After the last eight years, the president doesn't relish the prospect of getting back into the day-to-day fights that characterize governing the United States of America in the 21st century," Earnest said. "He spent the last eight years doing it, it's somebody else's turn to do that now."

"What would motivate President Obama to reengage in the political debate," Earnest explained, "is if we saw the federal government start to cross some clear red lines in terms of long-observed norms and values that frankly I think that we started to take for granted."

Trust me on this, Obama is going to be "speaking up" plenty about his newly discovered "red lines."

Dirty jeans: doing the work their rich owners can't be bothered to do

Mike Rowe writes about a pair of jeans for sale at Nordstrom that will set you back $425.  The catch? They are dirty.

Says Rowe:

But forget the jeans themselves for a moment, and their price, and look again at the actual description. “Rugged Americana” is now synonymous with a “caked-on, muddy coating.” Not real mud. Fake mud. Something to foster the illusion of work. The illusion of effort. Or perhaps, for those who actually buy them, the illusion of sanity.

We live in a society of people who are voyeurs and exhibitionists on an overly curated stage of illusion. Photo filters used in social media are just one aspect of it, another is this growing movement on the left and on campuses to force other people to acknowledge, affirm and endorse subjective truth and feelings. These jeans are just a symptom of that trend.

You can take a look at the dirty jeans here.

Final morsels:

Berkeley College Republicans filed suit over the canceled Coulter appearance -- Berkeley is the university formerly known as the birthplace of free speech.

What happened during Tucker Carlson's interview with Caitlin Jenner?

40 to 60 teens swarm Oakland train, hold up riders

And that's all I got, see you tomorrow.

Tomi's butt scoop:

Jeb(!) Bush is buying the Miami Marlins. Here's the new logo.

Or at least, it should be...

Will a notorious Mexican drug lord foot the bill for Trump's wall? Sounds like a good idea to me.

Will Ted Cruz's EL CHAPO Act Fund Trump's Border Wall?

This could solve the gridlock in Congress, where Democrats are threatening to shut down the government over funding for the wall.

"Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border," Cruz declared in a statement announcing the bill. "By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall's cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump's stated border security objectives."

The bill is called the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act. It would reserve "any illegally obtained profits resulting from the large-scale, criminal drug trafficking enterprise led by" El Chapo "for the completion of a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico for the purpose of stemming the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States and furthering the Nation's security."

The bill comes as Congress is nearing a Friday deadline to fund the government. Democrats have threatened to force a government shutdown if any bill to fund the government includes money to build the wall. Trump has signaled a willingness to drop wall funding if necessary, NBC News reported.

But will $14 billion be enough?

Armed and dangerous, with the "religion of peace."

Gun-Toting Muslim Who Threatened Christian Conference Arrested for Terrorism

A Muslim man shows up at a Christian conference with a gun and a Quran. He starts live-streaming the event and gets kicked out. Later, he pulls out an arsenal of weapons and says, "Be scared. Be f**kin' terrified."

"With each brandishing of the five weapons, including two assault rifles, he would say 'be scared' or 'be terrified,'" Brannon Howse, a Christian author and radio host, said in a Facebook post. "Ask yourself if a white 'Christian' did this at a Muslim conference would he be arrested or charged?"

In initial reports, police said 45-year-old Ehab Abdulmatta Jaber would not be charged. "He had a lot of guns with him, but he wasn't breaking any laws," Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens told KDLT-TV. "He didn't threaten anybody directly. He didn't threaten any groups of people, anything like that, and it's not illegal to carry guns or have guns with you."

Thankfully, the South Dakota police seem to have reversed their decision.

On Friday, however, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Jaber had been arrested and "charged with one count of terrorist threat, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000." Police also reported having searched the man's residence and having seized firearms as well as methamphetamine.

Firearms and meth. A certain Heisenberg would be proud...

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) took to Twitter to show off his cute "Trump Putin 2016" campaign t-shirt  new dog.

"We just adopted a dog! His name is Abbot and he is a very cute one-year old Multipoo. #TuesdayMotivation," Lieu tweeted, along with photo of himself proudly wearing his new Trump/Putin shirt. There was a dog in the photo, too.

Could your very sexual preferences be a form of societal oppression?

Don't Like 'Women With Penises'? You Need to Be Reeducated.

This transgender activist argues that Americans need to rethink their sexual preferences, to make sure they aren't harboring any doubts that trans men and trans women are real men and women.

"I'm trying to show that preferences for women with vaginas over women with penises might be partially informed by the influence of a cissexist society," declares YouTube star Riley J. Dennis, in a video entitled "Are genital preferences transphobic?" Spoiler alert: she thinks they are.

"Some people are making the argument that it's not cissexist at all to only be attracted to people with one kind of genitals," Dennis noted. "These people might argue that being attracted to only women with vaginas in no way negatively affects trans people," but she said "it's more complicated than that."

Aren't your sexual preferences your own business? Nope.

Tellingly, she addresses the complaint that "I'm allowed to have my preferences!" Technically, this is correct, the YouTube star concedes. But that's not the whole story.

"Ignoring the deeper issues by stopping at a surface-level analysis doesn't do this issue any justice," Dennis argues. "If we look a little deeper into this issue, there's the possibility of your genital preferences being at least somewhat partially informed by growing up in a cissexist society."

In the era of "social justice," your personal preferences are everyone's business. Read more about this transgender activism here.

It's been called "The Greatest Play in Baseball History" and it happened 41 years ago today.

On April 25, 1976,  Los Angeles Dodger Rick Monday was playing center field when two ignorant jerks ran out on the field, took out an American flag, and attempted to light it afire.

What happened next will make your day.

Monday was asked about NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem:

"I was shocked," Monday told USA TODAY Sports. "The question is why? Why? He has his own issues. He has his own beliefs. And many of us have our own that are totally opposite of that.

"I don’t like it, and I don’t respect it.

"It is dishonoring the flag and the people who served our country."


"It’s freedom of speech," Monday said, "but the flag itself, I look at it from a positive standpoint. I look at it from the standpoint where I heard today from one of the moms who lost their son. It’s like Barbaralee (Monday’s wife) says, 'We drape the caskets of our fallen warriors with the flag, and it’s presented to the family with the words, from a grateful nation.'

"So how grateful are we if we do not respect the very people that have given? They gave the ultimate, protecting the rights and freedoms the flag represents."

Certainly, Monday believes Kaepernick has every right to raise the issue, letting people know that he’s upset with injustices in the country, but he just believes it should be handled differently.

"If people have an issue, why not address the issue," said Monday, who has been a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast analyst since 1993. "To me, it’s insulting to those who have served. I look at the flag from a positive standpoint. And it’s taken a lot of concessions from a lot of people for us to have it. I respect the people that have fought for our country and have been there for us, and what he’s doing is not respecting the country.


No surprise here:

It's just sad and ironic that it comes out the same day Politico publishes this thoughtful piece: The Media Bubble is Worse than You Think:

“As of 2013, only 7 percent of [journalists] identified as Republicans,” Silver wrote in March, chiding the press for its political homogeneity. Just after the election, presidential strategist Steve Bannon savaged the press on the same point but with a heartier vocabulary. “The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country,” Bannon said. “It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no f*cking idea what’s going on.”