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The Morning Briefing: Make Yeezy Great Again and Much, Much More

President-elect Donald Trump talks with Kanye West in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The President delivers remarks at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride

Comey’s Look At Me Tour continues

Twitter celebrity and former FBI Director James Comey continued his book tour with Anderson Cooper last night.

“Is it ok for somebody at the FBI to leak something, an internal document, even if it’s not classified? Isn’t that leaking?” Cooper asked.

“Well there’s a whole lot wrong with your question, Anderson,” Comey responded.

Is there really a whole lot wrong with that question? It seems to me Comey stole a work product at the very least. Are you allowed to remove work property from your employer?

“I think of a leak as an unauthorized disclosure of classified information,” Comey said.

“Really? That’s it?” Cooper said.

“That’s how I thought of it as FBI director. We investigated leaks. Unauthorized disclosures,” Comey responded. “The bottom line is, I see no credible claim by any serious person that that violated the law.”

Fox News is reporting that Comey shared the federal government’s work product with more than just his Columbia University pal.

The James Comey memos that leaked to the media and were a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller were more widely shared than previously known, three sources familiar with the matter tell Fox News.

Sources identified former U.S. Attorney and special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald as the likely recipient, and did not rule out a third individual, in addition to Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, who shared contents with the media. The memos documenting Comey’s private conversations with the president are now the subject of a Justice Department Inspector General review over the presence of classified information.

Related:

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Sessions stays mum on Rosenstein speculation, Cohen probe at Senate hearing

Imma let you tweet

Rapper and cultural icon Kanye West caused quite a stir when he tweeted what appeared to be support for President Trump. And by support, I mean not HATE.

The whole kerfuffle started when Kanye tweeted out his admiration for Trump supporter Candace Owens, who has been urging African-Americans to repudiate liberal policies that have decimated their communities. West tweeted out he liked the way Owens thinks and it was game on from there.

“You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”

Kanye doesn’t know the new rules, where the mob can not only make you not love Trump but can force you to abandon your market share, lose your job and/or ruin your life if you get out of line. And you may theoretically have the right to independent thought but in practice, there are painful consequences if you choose to share those thoughts.

Wife Kim Kardashian tried to pull Kanye back into line. “My wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.”

Perhaps Kanye’s biggest sin was this nugget:

And to make matter worse, Chance the Rapper entered the mix.

OH BOY.

Related:

Trump thanks Kanye West for support: ‘Very cool!’

Jackson still under fire

President Trump’s nominee to run the Veterans Administration, Ronny Jackson, is sticking around for his confirmation hearing so the attacks against him are continuing. The latest claim is that Jackson was drunk and wrecked a car.

“I never wrecked a car,” Jackson told reporters at the White House, adding that he has “no idea where that is coming from.”

And then there is the matter of his purported pill pushing:

The report also says that in his current job as physician to the president, Jackson provided a “large supply” of the prescription opioid painkiller Percocet to a White House military office staff member, wrote himself prescriptions and kept a “private stock” of drugs.

Why didn’t any of these things come out before? Jackson has worked as a physician in the White House for a long time. Will the media hunt down Obama and ask him how he let such a terrible, drunk, pill pushing doctor keep his White House job?

Related:

Republicans want Trump’s VA nominee to withdraw

Historical picture of the day:

First lady Nancy Reagan looks back at President Ronald Reagan as they are greeted during arrival ceremonies, April 26, 1984 in Peking. In back is Chinese President Li Xiannian. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

Other morsels:

Ronan Farrow: Hillary canceled an interview when she learned I was reporting on Harvey Weinstein

Watch White Parents Rail Against Plan to Desegregate Wealthy Manhattan Schools

GOP candidate voices concern over McConnell’s ‘wealthy Chinaperson’ father-in-law

Former police officer, 72, arrested in decades-old ‘Golden State Killer’ case

Neighbors describe living next to alleged Golden State Killer

Rarely do we see stories like this ‘I Advise You to Back the **** Up’: Armed Woman Scared off Alleged Robber

Geologists say North Korea’s nuclear test site has collapsed

North Korean-linked hackers stole data from 17 countries in an ongoing cyber attack that’s far bigger than we thought

Cruz urges UK to allow British toddler’s parents to transfer him for treatment

Dallas officer shot in line of duty dies; two others remain in critical condition

Amid Rising Anti-Semitism, Community Leader Urges German Jews Not To Wear Religious Head Dress

Finland Is Ending Its Universal Basic Income Scheme

Joy Reid will stay on air at MSNBC amid outcry over alleged anti-gay posts

LGBT advocacy group rescinds award to Joy Reid

Carson wants poor to pay more rent, work for assistance

White House defends snubbing congressional Democrats at state dinner

Trump voters driven by fear of losing status, not economic anxiety

Transgender inmate sues prison over witchcraft rights

You kinda were for eight years but… Reporter to White House: ‘We are not yes men’

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