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Wednesday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for today.

I'm not going to CPAC this year, but I wish I were because then I would have the pleasure of boycotting them.  Apparently, their leadership is, in modern parlance, "free speech-challenged."  They have censored a censorship panel with Jim Hoft, Pam Geller, James O'Keefe and others.  Shameful!

Graham: Pastor to presidents.

Billy Graham ministered to 13 presidents during his life, not to mention the millions to whom he preached the gospel around the world. (Read more about his ministry to presidents here.)

Paula posted a great many tributes. Here's the one from Vice President Mike Pence.

Evangelist and author Billy Graham has died at the age of 99 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. Condolences are pouring in from all over the world (via Twitter, of course, because no one sends cards anymore).

There appears to have been some sort of overnight Twitter purge in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Dozens, perhaps hundreds or even thousands, of conservative Twitter users are reporting that they've either been locked out of their accounts pending identity verification. Others said they lost thousands of followers instantly.

PJM's Megan Fox has more:

Gab TV broadcast the reports they are getting by the thousands of people locked out. Twitter seems to be labeling Trump supporters "Russian bots" and banning them until they provide confidential information most people don't want Twitter to have.

This is not unexpected. We have been reporting on Twitter tomfoolery for quite a while now and have been waiting for the main purge to begin. This looks like the big one. In order to get back into their accounts, Twitter is requiring a phone number to be attached to the account. Gab TV thinks it could be a data grab.

Conservative radio host Larry Elder reported this morning that his account has been affected:

Read more here. Let me know in the comments if it happened to you.

Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • The president receives his daily intelligence briefing
  • President Trump discusses the Economic Report of the President with the Council of Economic Advisers
  • The president has lunch with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration
  • President Trump meets with trade union leaders
  • The president hosts a listening session with high school students and teachers

Florida shooting

Today, the President will hold a listening session with school teachers and high school students about gun violence. CNN is also holding a pro-gun control event masquerading as a town hall this evening with students and Florida politicians. "On Wednesday, CNN will air a nationally televised town hall to be held with students, parents, community members as well as some of Florida's politicians, called 'Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action.'"

Speaking of propaganda, CBS News told its audience that its harder to buy cold medicine than it is to buy an "assault rifle." That was debunked quickly.

Yesterday, Florida's legislature rejected a ban "on many semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines" while groups of students headed to the capital "to turn their grief into political action."

Hollywood liberals, the ones left after the sexual harassers and deviants were purged, will be donating money to the anti-Second Amendment march planned for the end of March.

Oprah is "joining forces" with George and Amal Clooney. So is Jeffrey Katzenberg.

After the Hollywood power couple announced Tuesday they will be marching and donating in support of student survivors of the Parkland, Fla. shooting rampage, Oprah and Katzenberg said they would match their contribution.

Evidence continues to pile up that the perpetrator of the shooting was an extremely dangerous individual with warning signs repeatedly ignored by the authorities.

Fellow student Ariana Lopez tells [ABC News' Victor] Oquendo that she and her friends alerted school officials on numerous occasions about the danger posed by Nikolas Cruz, including threats to kill “our parents, our friends, boyfriends and girlfriends.”

The school had twenty-five separate disciplinary actions against Cruz before the shooting, including a suspension for the fight seen in the video. Nevertheless, superintendent of the school district Robert Runcie claimed that the staff at Douglas High School never raised the issue of Cruz or his potential threat to student safety with him.

One student you won't see too much on the MSM is Brandon Minoff, an 18-year-old senior at Douglas High School who said, “I wholeheartedly believe that the media is politicizing this tragedy. It seems that gun control laws is the major topic of conversation rather than focusing on the bigger issue of 17 innocent lives being taken at the hands of another human.”

“I know many people who are pro-gun and others who support gun control but it seems that the media is specifically targeting those in support of gun control to make it seem as if they are the majority, and the liberal news outlets are the ones that seem to make the bigger effort to speak to these people, and I'm talking from experience,” said Minoff, who was interviewed on cable news in primetime.

“After getting home Wednesday night, three hours after the shooting took place, sitting on the couch and putting on the news, it pained me to hear conversations of gun control laws as I had just luckily escaped one of the deadliest school shootings in US history," Minoff said.

“And all day Thursday, CNN was interviewing gun experts and specialists to brainwash the audience that gun control is a necessity,” he said. “They even have an army of my classmates trying to persuade other students that guns are unnecessary and should be illegal.”

More fallout:

Dallas official wants NRA to move annual convention to another city

Weapons cache found at home of Md. teen accused of bringing gun to school, police say. This kid had an AR15-style rifle. How did he get this, because I'm pretty sure most AR-15s are illegal in Maryland. He also had grenades and a landmine detonator!

'Kill the NRA' message appears on billboard along interstate in Louisville

CPAC keeps NRA leader's name off schedule

Anti-gun laws force cancellation of Revolutionary War reenactment in California

Mueller gets another one

Yesterday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced another guilty plea in the Trump-collusion investigation. The spoils: some dude no one has ever heard of.

Alex van der Zwaan, a former associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, admitted in court in Washington that he misled investigators about the last time he talked with Gates, who was indicted in October with Manafort over their consulting work in Ukraine. Gates is reportedly considering cooperating with Mueller.

Van der Swann didn't work for the Trump campaign so this "get" doesn't have anything to do with the purported Trump collusion that is the premise of the Special Council effort.

Attorney Jeff Sessions announced the DOJ will establish a "cyber task force to review election interference efforts and threats to critical U.S. infrastructure." Sessions' announcement followed the Special Counsel's indictment of 13 RUSSIANS and three RUSSIAN business in an influence operation before, during and after the election.

"The Internet has given us amazing new tools that help us work, communicate and participate in our economy, but these tools can also be exploited by criminals, terrorists and enemy governments," Sessions said. There should be a report completed by the end of June.

The Facebook official who went on Twitter to defend the company and explain a few things about the RUSSIAN Facebook ads issued an apology.

"I have seen all the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was NOT the main goal." Goldman stated that a majority of ad buys on Facebook by Russia were made after the election but the fact was not covered by few outlets "because it doesn't align with the main media narrative of Trump and the election."

So you can see why his statements would be controversial. It only got worse after President Trump retweeted Goldman's statements.

According to WIRED, Goldman apologized for having "tweeted my own view about Russian interference without having it reviewed by anyone internally."

"The Special Counsel has far more information about what happened [than] I do—so seeming to contradict his statements was a serious mistake on my part," Goldman also said.

He added, "To all of you who have worked so hard over the last six months to demonstrate that we understand our responsibility to prevent abuse on Facebook—and are working hard to do better in the future—my deepest apologies."

And speaking of RUSSIAN troll farms, according to The New York Post, the RUSSIANS "hired two actors in an abortive bid to fake a sex tape of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton."

From the irony files, MSNBC anchor and Trump critic Joy Reid was a favorite of the RUSSIAN trolls. The Daily Caller writes:

Donald Trump received the most retweets in 2016 overall, at 578, while Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders received 27.

Reid received 267 total retweets by the Russian trolls. While that’s only about half as many retweets as the president, the irony is especially thick given her constant accusations that the president colluded with Russia in order to win the election.

Stay tuned for more developments.

Your daily WTF:

Florida man attacks gas station clerk with hot dogs, corn dog stick over beer, cops say

Historical picture of the day:

President Richard Nixon and first lady Pat Nixon lead the way as they take a tour of China's famed Great Wall, near Beijing, Feb. 21, 1972. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

The US team is falling apart at the Winter Olympics and on pace to have its worst medal performance in 2 decades

Dem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points

Nikki Haley Stuns Palestinians At UN — ‘I Will Not Shut Up’

Secret meeting between Pence and North Koreans scrapped at last minute: US official

Baltimore takes top honors as nation’s most dangerous city

USA Today survey: 94 percent of women in Hollywood have experienced harassment or assault

Pelosi Heckled At Town Hall: ‘How Much Are You Worth, Nancy?’

Kirstie Alley gets into Twitter feud with U.S. curling team after calling the Olympic sport ‘boring’

In Scathing Dissent, Clarence Thomas Blasts SCOTUS for Not Hearing Second Amendment Case

Trump awards San Bernadino first responders

Delaware may let students ‘choose’ their race, gender without parental consent

All charges dropped in case of toppled Confederate monument

Chipotle tests quinoa as new menu item

Guess co-founder steps aside amid misconduct investigation

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