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The Morning Briefing: Rudy Talks about Daniels Pay Off and Much, Much More

President-elect Donald Trump calls out to media as he and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president attends the National Day of Prayer
  • President Trump receives his intelligence briefing

Giuliani says Trump paid Cohen back for Stormy Daniels “expense”

The media and the left are going berserk over this interview. Last night Rudy appeared on Sean Hannity’s show for a lengthy chat and, as you know, Rudy is now part of Trump’s legal team for the Mueller witch hunt. During the interview, this bombshell was dropped:

“That money was not campaign money,” said Giuliani, a recent addition to Trump’s legal team who is also a former mayor of New York City and Republican presidential candidate. “It’s not campaign money. No campaign finance violation.”

“They funneled the payment through [Cohen’s] law firm,” Hannity said.

“Funneled it through the law firm and the president repaid it,” Giuliani said.

Trump has denied knowing about the Daniels financial arrangement so this seems problematic. Rudy qualified:

But Giuliani later clarified for Fox News that the money Trump paid to Cohen was for unspecified “expenses,” and that the president was unaware that money would be going to Daniels.

“I said, ‘That’s how he’s repaying it, with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes,'” said Giuliani, who added that Trump “didn’t know about the specifics of [the payment], as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this. Like I take care of things like this for my clients. I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along.”

I am guessing that Rudy chose to talk about this because he wants to remove any questions about campaign funds being used to pay Ms. Daniels, which is a serious allegation. Paying off a hooker or a porn star or anyone, actually, is not a crime so there’s no jeopardy there for the President.

Who is paying Ms. Daniels’ lawyer? Are you curious about that? I sure am.

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The NorKs to release US prisoners?

RESIST, RESIST.

Three Americans who have been detained in North Korea reportedly have been relocated ahead of the upcoming planned summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

President Trump seemed to hint the prisoners might be released:

Korean-Americans Kim Hak Song, Kim Dong Chul and Tony Kim were moved in early April from a labor camp to a hotel near Pyongyang, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an activist. The move reportedly came following direction from top authorities.

According to Fox News, Pompeo discussed the prisoners with Kim Jong-un during their secret Easter meeting. Let’s hope these hostages are in better shape than Otto Warmbier.

Students walk out of class in support of the 2A

Here’s a secret: yesterday students at more than 400 schools walked out of class in support of the Second Amendment. You didn’t see that in the news because the mainstream media supports gun control.

“Stand for the Second” organizer and high school senior Will Reilly orchestrated a protest in which students across the country walked out of classrooms in support of the second amendment. According to the website of the movement, “The suggested time for the walkout is 10 AM on 5.2.18”

The Daily Caller writes:

The only national outlets to cover this so far are National Review, Fox News, and USA Today. Other major outlets seem to have completely ignored the story.

“I’m watching the news and I see they’re saying, ‘Well we have to do something about this. We have to enact some sort of gun control legislation because this is what the kids are asking for.’ And I’m thinking, ‘I’m not asking for that,'” Riley said. “I look at my friends and I think ‘They’re not asking for that.’

“I wanted to give a voice to all of the people who feel that they’re being misrepresented by the media.”

Good for you, Will Riley. The mainstream media will make sure no one hears your voice.

Historical picture of the day:

Squads of Polish riot police were moved into the vicinity of Warsaw’s Castle Square, Poland, May 3, 1982, as thousands of Solidarity protesters take to the streets. Disturbances in the capital were said to be the worst there since the imposition of martial law. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Explosion rocks Connecticut neighborhood; multiple injuries

Boy Scouts of America will change an iconic name as girls enter older youth program

Republican lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Trump to meet with automakers to discuss U.S. fuel rules: sources

Teacher of the Year gave Trump letters from refugee, immigrant students

Muslims can sue over No-Fly list designation

Texas teen charged with plotting IS-inspired shooting at mall

Did Ukraine stop cooperating with Mueller in order to get missiles from Trump?

New California bill would allow illegal immigrants to serve in government — and may be paid

College to host ‘healing’ retreat for ‘social justice advocates.’ Aromatherapy is on the agenda

Facebook Finally Conducting Political Bias Audit After Accusations Of Censoring Conservatives

Reuters Poll: Black Male Approval For Trump Doubles In One Week

Controversy over anti-Semitic comments worsens in DC government

Jeff Sessions says DOJ will move more prosecutors, judges to border

Sixth-grader flips off Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz in selfie

E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce kills 1 in California, expands to 25 states

Video: Police inspect wires, weapons in Vegas shooter’s room

Black men arrested at Starbucks settle for $1 and $200K youth program

MAGA for Man’s Best Friend

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