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The Morning Briefing: YouTube Shooter Identified and Much, Much More

YouTube Shooting

Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • The president has a private dinner with supporters

You Tube shooter identified

Nasim Aghdam, a 39 -year-old woman from San Diego, has been identified as the person who shot up YouTube yesterday. She died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but not before shooting at least three other people. We do know she used a hand gun in the attack, but we do not know if it was legally acquired.

Aghdam reportedly drove from Southern California to San Bruno, according to KRON-4 News.

Aghdam, who had a YouTube channel, ranted against the company that “discriminated and filtered” her content, NBC reported. She claimed in the video that her channel began receiving fewer views once the company filtered her content.

Here’s the kicker: her family warned law enforcement that she might be headed to YouTube along with her “grievances.”

The father of Nasim Aghdam, the suspect in the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters, reportedly said that she was angry at the video platform, and believed it was discriminating against her. She was missing for several days before the shooting took place.

Ismail Aghdam reportedly contacted law-enforcement officials in the San Diego area on Monday because he was concerned about her grievances toward YouTube, according to a local CBS News affiliate, KCAL-9. Aghdam lived in San Diego.

And then her father told law enforcement again:

Aghdam said his daughter had told her family she was angry at YouTube, according to the San Jose newspaper, Mercury News. She reportedly “hated” the company, and believed the platform was discriminating against her, the newspaper reported.

He said law-enforcement officials later contacted him and said they had found his daughter sleeping inside her car in Mountain View, California, about 30 miles southeast of YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno.

The man said he told police that his daughter may be traveling to the company’s offices.

So we have another shooting where authorities were given some kind of advanced warning. This situation wasn’t as specific as the Parkland shooting, but nevertheless, did police contact YouTube to tell them a disgruntled “creator” might be headed their way?

Trump wants to send military to border

On Tuesday, President Trump announced his intention to put the military on the border until there is “proper security” there.

“We are going to be doing things militarily,” Trump told reporters.

“Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” he said. “That’s a big step, we really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before.”

“We don’t have laws, we have catch-and-release,” he said. “You catch and then you immediately release and people come back years later for a court case, except they virtually never come back.”

Meanwhile, there is a caravan of people headed to U.S.-Mexico border looking to cross into the U.S. Following Trump’s remarks, the caravan appears to be stalled after Mexican officials took action. The media is doing its best to “help” the 1,100 heading for America.

But the really big push has come from the majority of the media in the United States as they scramble to rebrand the caravan to make it look like anything but a hoard of illegal aliens planning to jump the border into our country.

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air writes, “Meanwhile, virtually all of the MSM coverage I’ve seen has ignored the reports coming from on the ground in Mexico and seeks to refute anything the President had to say about it.”

And he asks a good question:

So how is the public supposed to sort out the spin from the truth here? It’s a good trick, but you might want to ask which story makes more sense. A different explanation might be as follows: The caravan organizers originally thought the march wouldn’t gain any international media attention and assumed they could go all the way to the U.S. border without attracting too much attention. Once there, as they told Adolfo Flores, some would probably ask for asylum and the rest, along with any who were denied, would begin crossing the border illegally.

But once the media picked up on the tale and President Trump jumped on it, Mexico was too embarrassed to ignore the caravan and is now taking action. Hundreds of the more determined have concluded that the heat is getting a bit intense so they bailed on the larger march, jumped on freight trains and are on their way to the border to try to sneak across.

We’ll see how this works out.

Trump not the target of Mueller investigation

There are two “investigations” going on here: there’s the actual Mueller investigation (and no one really knows what is going on over there) and then there’s the “investigation” the media has created that’s designed to taint and thwart the Trump administration. This is about the former.

The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be trying to entice President Donald Trump into an interview by assuring him that he is not a “target” of the investigation and that his participation is needed for a report prosecutors are preparing, according to the Washington Post.

The assurance that Trump is only a “subject” of the investigation and not officially a target may not be worth much, since offering what prosecutors consider to be a false statement can easily tip someone over into the target category after an interview, lawyers said Tuesday.

So what does it mean that the president isn’t the target but merely a subject in the investigation? Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe speculates on Twitter, “The key isn’t that Trump is not (yet) a ‘target’ but that he IS a SUBJECT of Mueller’s investigation & that Mueller will write a REPORT on what Trump did, why, and what it adds up to. That is HUGE.”

In other Trump RUSSIA news, some lawyer guy no one has heard of has been sentenced in the Mueller probe.

Alex van der Zwaan, the Dutch attorney who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators, was sentenced by a federal judge to 30 days in jail and a $20,000 fine on Tuesday.

Van der Zwaan is “the son-in-law of a Russian oligarch, van der Zwaan entered his guilty plea in February for lying about his work in Ukraine with Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy Rick Gates.”

He has no known connection to the Trump campaign. Bullseye!

Historical picture of the day:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen here with Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, just prior to his final public appearance to address striking Memphis sanitation workers on April 4, 1968. King was assassinated later that day outside his motel room. (AP Photo/Charles Kelly)

Other morsels:

China notifies WTO of $600 million in tariffs on US imports

Homeland Security finds suspected phone surveillance devices in Washington

Kathy Griffin is back – and she’s going after Trump again

Anti-Semite Claims Black Caucus Members Speaking At His Rally

4 presumed dead in California Marine helicopter crash

‘Nightmare bacteria’ cases seen in 27 states, CDC reports

‘Roseanne’ tackles PC parenting in latest episode of revival

Trump signals he wants US troops out of Syria

Poll: 67 percent back appointing second special counsel

Trump, McCarthy mulling ways to cut omnibus spending

‘Go ahead, be pissed’: Angry OK lawmaker vows not to vote for any education bill during strike

Foreign student threatened to shoot up a Catholic school – here’s the arsenal cops found

Here Are The Direct Messages Between Parkland Student Kyle Kashuv And Kurt Eichenwald

A Dozen States Threatening Trump With Lawsuits Over Automobile Emissions Standards

Facebook removes dozens of Russia-linked accounts

Judge rules student who idolized mass shooters can buy guns

Stephon Clark family, Calif. lawmakers propose limits on when cops can fire

Facebook is finally launching a new feature to combat fake news, after six months of testing

Trump blames Amazon for killing the USPS

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