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The Morning Briefing: Waffle House Hero, Romney's Fail and Much, Much More

Police tape blocks off a Waffle House restaurant Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. At least four people died after a gunman opened fire at the restaurant early Sunday.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Good Monday morning.

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

  • The President receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence
  • The President and First Lady participate in the arrival of the President of France and Mrs. Macron
  • The President and First Lady meet with the President of France and Mrs. Macron
  • The President and First Lady, the President of France, and Mrs. Macron plant a tree on the South Lawn
  • The President and First Lady, the President of France, and Mrs. Macron tour the Mount Vernon mansion
  • The President and First Lady have dinner with the President of France and Mrs. Macron
  • The President and First Lady, the President of France, and Mrs. Macron view Washington’s tomb
  • The President and First Lady, the President of France, and Mrs. Macron depart Mount Vernon en route to the White House
  • The President and First Lady, the President of France, and Mrs. Macron arrive at the White House

Waffle House hero

James Shaw Jr. wrestled a rifle away from a lunatic who murdered four people and injured two in a Tennessee Waffle House before the maniac got away.

That heroic act by a customer saved countless lives at a Nashville-area Waffle House, where a seminude gunman killed four people early Sunday morning.

Shaw “saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

“So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled.”

Shaw was grazed by a bullet on his elbow while grappling with the gunman.

Something worth noting is that the suspect, who remains at large, was arrested outside the White House in 2017 and had his weapons confiscated.

Police also said Sunday that Reinking’s firearms authorization had been revoked after his 2017 arrest, at the request of the FBI. Authorities had seized his four weapons but returned them to Reinking’s father, who said he returned them to his son.

A Secret Service agent said the 2017 White House arrest occurred after Reinking attempted to “set up a meeting” with President Donald Trump.

Business Insider, notoriously left-leaning and biased, deceptively titles this article so it appears like law enforcement allowed the suspect to get his guns back. But several paragraphs into the story we learn the shooter’s father was responsible for returning the firearms back to his homicidal son.

According to Politico:

Tennessee and federal authorities said the episode caused the FBI to ask for Illinois authorities in Tazewell County to revoke Reinking’s firearm license and to seize his four guns. Among the guns seized at the time, authorities said, was the AR-15 rifle used during Sunday’s shooting.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said the police department received information that the AR-15 and other guns were released to Reinking’s father, who has since acknowledged returning the guns to his son.

Sounds like this father is an accessory to murder.

Related:

Man who wrestled gun from shooter: ‘If I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it’

Nashville mayor demands stricter gun control after Waffle House shooting

Dem rep on Waffle House shooting: Restrict ‘access to military-grade assault weapons’

Romney fails to secure Senate nomination, heads to a primary

Let this be a warning.

Mitt Romney failed to secure the nomination for Senate from the GOP delegates in Utah.

Romney could have avoided the June 26 primary election if he had won support from 60 percent of delegates at the Utah GOP state convention.

Instead, a state lawmaker named Mike Kennedy beat Romney Saturday as the choice among GOP activists to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. Kennedy got 51 percent of the vote, compared to Romney’s 49 percent.

He didn’t just fail to get to 60—his opponent received more support than he did. Romney claimed his sad showing among delegates had to do with his decision to gather signatures to assure his ballot access.

“I know there were many people who were not enthusiastic about someone gathering signatures,” Romney said. But pursuing both paths “was right for me. I’m glad I did it that way.”

Former presidential candidate Romney is not sure if he will support President Trump in 2020. “In terms of what happens in 2020, we’re going to wait and see who runs,” Romney told reporters Saturday. “If I had to make that decision today, I’d be missing the opportunity to find out what they’re going to do for Utah.” Is that a smart strategy in Utah? We’ll find out soon enough.

Nunes calls DNC lawsuit a scam

The Democrat National Committee is suing the Trump campaign, RUSSIA and Wikileaks for election meddling. How did these entities meddle in the election? It’s not really clear. Do the Democrats have any examples of what the RUSSIANS and the Trump campaign did in concert to interfere with the 2016 election? I haven’t seen any “work product” that resulted from this imaginary partnership.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called the Democrats’ lawsuit a scam.

“This is nothing more than a scam to keep their base fired up. This is about the extreme left, the socialist left wanting to never accept that the president of the United States rightfully and duly elected, carried a number of states that nobody expected him to carry,” Nunes told Jeanine Pirro on the Fox News’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

“So this is a fundraising scheme. It’s nothing more, nothing less,” he said.

“They ought to be suing themselves,” Nunes added. “They’re the ones that colluded with the Russians.”

This is true. The Democrats hired a former British spy who collected salacious hearsay from RUSSIAN government officials that was used as the basis to obtain a snoop warrant on Hillary Clinton’s political adversary, the Trump campaign.

Related:

DNC reveals their future victory plans including… reparations (of course)

Royal Watch: Kate Middleton goes into labor

Kensington Palace announced this morning that Kate Middleton has gone into labor with her third child.

The newest royal joins Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 on May 2.

Historical picture of the day:

Robert C. Goizueta, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, left, and Donald R. Keough, President and Chief Operating Officer, right, toast the New Coke after press presentation in Lincoln Center on April 23, 1985. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

Other morsels:

Four presidents come together to pay tribute to Barbara Bush

Trump official won’t rule out firing Mueller

In Private, Trump Aide George Papadopoulos Denies Collusion

Feinstein denies bowing to left-wing pressure on Trump’s CIA nominee

Mnuchin to lead delegation to embassy opening in Jerusalem: report

Shania Twain: I would have voted for Trump in 2016

Barbara Bush-Bashing Professor Randa Jarrar Praised Plane Hijackers, Advocated Throwing Grenades In Homes

Bloomberg to write $4.5M check for Paris climate pact

Woman fined $500 for saving free Delta Air Lines snack

Delta passenger toppled drink cart, threw coffee before attacking air marshal, police say

Trump denies giving nicknames to Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein

Florida police failed to unlock phone using a dead man’s finger — but corpses may still help in hacking handsets

Corker says he won’t oppose Democrat seeking his Senate seat

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