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The Morning Briefing: Big Deadline Today, Jacket-Gate and Much, Much More

First lady Melania Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Good Friday morning.

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

  • The president participates in the credentialing ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C.
  • President Trump gives remarks on immigration with Angel Families
  • The president and first lady attend the United States Marine Corps Evening Parade

Tick-tock

We have a deadline today in the RUSSIA collusion soap opera.

Last week, House Republicans set a Friday deadline for outstanding subpoenaed documents requested by the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees to be produced to lawmakers.

A Justice official tells CNN that process is underway now.

“Last Friday, we agreed to provide a specific documents by Friday or explain why we couldn’t. That process is underway, including delivery of many of the requested documents yesterday and today,” the official said.

Speaker Paul Ryan is babbling that he might hold Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt if the rogue agency doesn’t comply with congressional oversight.

House Speaker Paul Ryan did not rule out Thursday holding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress, saying the House expects “compliance” with its demands for documents from the Justice Department ahead of a Friday deadline.

“We expect compliance,” Ryan said if he supported the demand from some House Republicans to hold Rosenstein in contempt.

“I’m still getting daily reports from our committee chairs about the progress on the compliance,” Ryan said. “I’m going to regroup with them (Friday) but I expect them to comply with all of our very legitimate document requests because this is the legitimate congressional oversight of the executive branch.”

The Democrats are coming up with all kinds of reasons the Republicans shouldn’t be permitted to conduct their oversight.

The move comes as House Democrats on Thursday argued that Republicans failed to follow committee procedures for a GOP subpoena over the Justice Department records, charging the subpoena was invalid and Rosenstein could not be held in contempt as a result.

Democrats have charged that Republicans are requesting more and more documents from the Justice Department in order to create a pretext for President Donald Trump to fire Rosenstein, who is in charge of supervising special counsel Robert Mueller.

Any guesses on whether the DOJ will turn over the documents today? Tell me in the comments.

Related:

BAD NEWS: It Looks Like The DOJ Official Who Tipped Off Podesta Is Unlikely To Face Legal Consequences

Peter Strzok Has Lost His Security Clearance, Says Jeff Sessions

Grassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after DOJ watchdog report

I don’t care about this manufactured crisis anymore so I have nothing to say

Here’s a roundup of the latest news and meltdowns if you are interested in the immigration crisis the media has just discovered:

Rasmussen: Parents To Blame For Border Crisis, Not Government

Crying Honduran Child Who Became The Face Of Border Family Separation Was Never Separated From Family

Alyssa Milano offers to foster migrant children brought to NYC

Trump admin asks judge for permission to detain children with parents past 20 days

President Donald Trump invites democrats to talk on immigration

House rejects conservative immigration bill, delays vote on second measure

Trump administration looking to house 20K migrant kids on military bases

AWFUL Lawsuit Photos Reveal Inhumane Conditions For Migrant Children Held At Obama Detainment Facility

Sessions: ‘We never really intended’ to separate families

Schiff: Nielsen privately said family separations could resume

White House aide Miller targeted in backlash over family separations

About 500 kids reunited with families since being separated at border: official

Jacket-gate

On Thursday, First Lady Melania Trump went to Texas to visit an immigrant youth detention center. As she departed Joint Base Andrews for Texas, she wore a cargo jacket from Zara that read “I don’t really care, Do U?” When she emerged in Texas, she was not wearing the jacket. She also wore the jacket upon her return from Andrews to the White House. Obviously, the message was directed at the guttersnipes covering her trip and not at the children she was going to visit. That’s why she didn’t wear the jacket in Texas, dummies. But alas, the opportunity to show some righteous outrage was too much to pass up for the #resistance.

The media/progressives were unhinged at the “message” the first lady was sending with her wardrobe choice. But not me. I was only surprised that Melania would wear cheap fast fashion from Zara — that jacket was under $50 and probably made by children of similar age as the ones receiving the first lady.

So what was the message? President Trump shared the first lady’s intentions: “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!” Look, if it wasn’t the jacket Melania was wearing, it would be something else. Personally, I think the message was that Melania hates children and drinks their blood to maintain her amazing complexion. What do you think the message was?

Obviously, the Trumps are experts at trolling their adversaries. The media and progressives haven’t caught on to this and take the bait every time. No sense of humor, I guess.

Related:

CNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania’s jacket should read ‘Let them eat cake’

Melania dons jacket saying ‘I really don’t care. Do U?’ ahead of her border visit — and afterward

ACLU will protect some civil liberties, but not others

Not a surprise. The American Civil Liberties Union “will now think about how First Amendment cases it takes might impact its other social justice priorities before taking them on.” In other words, the ACLU is just another advocacy group promoting a social justice agenda and not an organization that defends civil rights.

The WSJ writes about a leaked memo from the ACLU:

The 2018 guidelines claim that “the ACLU is committed to defending speech rights without regard to whether the views expressed are consistent with or opposed to the ACLU’s core values, priorities and goals.” But directly contradicting that assertion, they also cite as a reason to decline taking a free-speech case “the extent to which the speech may assist in advancing the goals of white supremacists or others whose views are contrary to our values.”

In selecting speech cases to defend, the ACLU will now balance the “impact of the proposed speech and the impact of its suppression.” Factors like the potential effect of the speech on “marginalized communities” and even on “the ACLU’s credibility” could militate against taking a case. Fundraising and communications officials helped formulate the new guidelines.

The ACLU has always selectively defended civil liberties. You’ve never seen them in front of any Second Amendment issues, have you? Following the Charlottesville rally/race riots, the ACLU came out publicly and said they won’t defend any First Amendment expression that also involves Second Amendment expression. Like I said above, the ACLU is just another group of partisan hacks.

Your daily WTFs:

Unhappy with Manicure, Woman Allegedly Leaves Salon Without Paying, Dragging Angry Worker with Her Car

Laser pointer burns hole in young boy’s eye

Historical picture of the day:

American jazz King Louis Armstrong and his wife, Lucillle, at their arrival on June 22, 1963 at Rome’s Ciampino airport. The famous trumpeter has come to Italy to participate in the “Festival of two Worlds”, at Spoleto, central Italy, directed by Composer Gian Carlo Menotti. The Festival opened on June 11 and is to continue until July 12. Armstrong was to have given a concert on June 23, primarily for American television, under direction of Ed Sullivan, but soon after his arrival at Spoleto, he fell ill of what was first though to be a heart attack but was later found to be pneumonia. (AP Photo/Porry Pastorel)

Other morsels:

Charles Krauthammer, legendary conservative intellectual, dies at 68

Obama cyber chief: You’d better believe I was ordered to stand down on Russia

This “Hot Dog Water” sells for $37.99 a bottle

Kate Spade laid to rest in Kansas City, father dies the night before funeral

‘Roseanne’ spinoff officially picked up at ABC without Roseanne Barr’s involvement

SEC judge appointments unconstitutional, U.S. high court says

Trump Hails ‘Miners And Workers’ In Announcement To Open Minnesota Forest To Mining

House farm bill passes with controversial food stamp changes

IMPORTANT: ‘Daria’ reboot in the works, reveals MTV

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