The Morning Briefing: Joe's Big Day

In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden talks to customers, including a woman who pulled up her chair in front of the bench Biden was sitting on, during a stop at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio. Let's be clear: the biker chick in the bandana and leather vest is NOT sitting in Biden's lap. But it sure looks like it. The vice president plunked himself down with some bikers in a diner in Seaman, Ohio, this fall, and leaned in close behind one woman, grabbing on to her shoulders as they posed for photos. That's Joe. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump has lunch with the Secretary of State
  • The President delivers remarks at Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Put it on your calendar: Barr to testify before Senate panel next week on Mueller report

Shameless plug: My latest with Julie Kelly, 25 Questions for Robert Mueller

Joe’s big day

Former Obama admin. Veep Joe Biden is set to announce his candidacy today. This brings the total number of Democrat candidates to 21. 21!

Biden is very popular among the Democrats but he will face resistance from the radical elements in the party who care mostly about skin color, gender and sexual preference. And free stuff. The sad fact is Joe is an old, white guy. He also likes to touch people.

He must convince a Democratic Party pulsating with forces of youth, gender and racial diversity that is moving left on health care and college funding to ultimately turn to a traditional middle-of-the road nominee to take on President Donald Trump.

Biden is an aging white male, a physically expressive old-school pol with a nose for the ideological center who still believes a political opponent is not a blood enemy.


“We can’t be divided by race, religion, by tribe,” Biden said last month. Oh Joe, get woke. That’s your party’s platform now along with wealth distribution.


Booker: ‘I will have a woman running mate’

Clinton Comms Director: White Men Top Dem Polls Because of ‘Biases’

Bernie Sanders visibly frustrated as hecklers unload at She The People Forum for women of color

Texas Cops Who Arrested Beto for DWI in 1998 Say He Did Try to Flee the Scene

Presidential harassment beat

Yesterday we saw more developments on the presidential harassment front. The president announced  that the White House will fight all the nuisance subpoenas the Democrats are firing off. Good.

“We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” the president added. “These aren’t like impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020. They’re not going to win with the people that I see. And they’re not gonna win against me. The only way they can maybe luck out, and I don’t think that’s gonna happen – it might make it even the opposite, that’s what a lot of people are saying – the only way they can luck out is by constantly going after me on nonsense.”

Do the voters care about Trump refusing to cooperate with the House Democrats’ attempt to re-do the Mueller investigation? I say no. He was cleared and there’s no reason to call all the same people and ask all the same questions again except to continue the political spectacle. Howie Kurtz writes:


But all of this may become background noise to average voters, already numbed by two years of constant investigations and media scrutiny of this president. They may not share the view that constitutional principles and the separation of powers are on the line. If the whole back-and-forth seems unduly partisan, many may dismiss the rhetoric as just more game-playing in a hyperpolarized capital.



Deutsche Bank begins process of providing Trump financial records to New York’s attorney general

Conway: Executive privilege on the table for Trump

Trump says he’ll turn to Supreme Court if Congress begins impeachment

George Conway’s Group: Trump’s Conduct ‘Evidence of High Crimes and Misdemeanors’

NYT: Mulvaney told Nielsen Ixnay on the Ussians-ray around Trump

Hillary Clinton decided to talk about impeachment, Mueller report

Failed candidate Hillary Clinton decided the world needed to know her thoughts on the Mueller report and the possible impeachment of Trump. Why? No one cares what she thinks. She presented her brain dump an op-ed in the Washington Post. Fitting.

“Our election was corrupted, our democracy assaulted, our sovereignty and security violated. This is the definitive conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report. It documents a serious crime against the American people,” Clinton wrote in The Washington Post.


Who was the president when all these horrible things happened?

“The debate about how to respond to Russia’s ‘sweeping and systemic’ attack — and how to hold President Trump accountable for obstructing the investigation and possibly breaking the law — has been reduced to a false choice: immediate impeachment or nothing. History suggests there’s a better way to think about the choices ahead.”

Wait, what? The report did not determine Trump obstructed justice, why should he be held “accountable” for it? Mueller’s jobs was to bring charges or not bring charges. He did not bring charges.

“My perspective is not just that of a former candidate and target of the Russian plot. I am also a former senator and secretary of state who served during much of Vladi­mir Putin’s ascent, sat across the table from him and knows firsthand that he seeks to weaken our country,” she said.

So what did Hillary do to stop Putin as Sec. of State, other than send Bill over there to rake in some cash money for a speech? The interference didn’t just start with Trump. In fact, Hillary, the Democrats and the media had a big guffaw at Mitt Romey’s expense during the 2012 election when he said the RUSSIANS were the greatest threat facing America.



Secretly recorded audio surfaces of Cohen walking back plea


Former AG Michael Mukasey calls out Chris Cuomo for ‘misleading’ coverage of Mueller investigation

Clinton ‘exactly wrong’ on Trump indictment claims: Whitewater independent counsel Robert Ray

Georgian Businessman Releases Texts With Cohen That Were Left Out Of Mueller Report

Swalwell refuses to answer Trump ‘Russian asset’ question despite Mueller report

Fox News host: Dems only ‘care about Russia now because it cost them an election’

Other morsels:

Tucker Carlson: Why Is Ilhan Omar So Ungrateful To The Country That Saved Her At The Public’s Expense?

Middlebury College deplatformed a speaker last week citing security concerns

Smiling Kim arrives by train in Russia for his Putin summit

Parkland shooter set to receive hefty life insurance payout

Woman arrested after complaining of vomit on Frontier Airlines seat: report

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Rule Barring Abortion Organizations From Receiving Title X Funds

Florida GOP goes full Trump on immigration under DeSantis

Rabbi, wife beaten in alleged anti-Semitic Kenya home invasion

Robert Durst’s Lawyers Gunning for Jinx Documentary Because Apparent Confession Was Actually Edited Out of Order

Awful. Parents charged with murder after body of missing Illinois boy believed found in shallow grave

Highest-paid MTA employee made $344,000 in overtime last year, as rider fares jump


Cindy McCain responds to report her family supports Biden in 2020, has ‘no intention’ to get involved

Boy Scouts sexual abuse claims – hundreds.

Florida sheriff Scott Israel, blamed in Parkland shooting aftermath, is dealt blow by state’s Supreme Court

Nigeria plagued by ethnic and religious violence as attacks on Christians rise

#MeToo scandal shakes up major DC lobby run by Clinton official

What explains rich-kid terrorists

13-year-old Houston girl dies after being jumped by classmates while walking home from school

Facebook anticipates an FTC privacy fine of up to $5 billion

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


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