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The Morning Briefing: House Passes Billions for Wall, Mattis Down and Much, Much More

President Donald Trump speaks before he signs H.R. 2, the "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018," in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Good Friday morning. TGIF!

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

  • The president participates in a signing ceremony for S. 756, “First Step Act” and H.R. 6964, “Juvenile Justice Reform Act”
  • President Trump participates in a signing ceremony for H.R. 7213, “The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act”

I have a condensed version of the Briefing for you this morning.

The House approved a bill with $5B for border funding; now it goes to the Senate. A very small part of gov’t could shut down if the Senate doesn’t sign and no one will notice

House approves spending bill with $5.7B for border wall

Fundraiser To Build Trump’s Border Wall Exceeds $10 Million

Border wall GoFundMe may need to issue refunds after millions raised

‘I’m okay with a shutdown’: Inside the chaos of the House GOP’s last days

Trump is ‘throwing a temper tantrum’: Chuck Schumer has some thoughts about the president’s threat to shut down the government

Trump wants to pull out troops from Syria/Afghanistan, Mattis resigns, everyone freaks out

Pelosi: I am shaken by resignation of Mattis

Of course. Senate Dem calls on Mattis to testify following resignation

McConnell ‘distressed’ over Mattis’ resignation

STUNNING!! Jim Mattis’ resignation letter is an absolutely stunning rejection of Trumpism

Trump’s move to pull US troops out of Syria was reportedly the final straw for Mattis

Trump administration planning to cut number of US troops in Afghanistan by half

Historical picture of the day:

On Dec. 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 from London’s Heathrow International Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was destroyed and the remains landed in and around the town of Lockerbie, Scotland. Forensic experts determined that plastic explosive had been detonated in the Boeing 747-121 forward cargo hold. The death toll was 270 people from 21 countries, including 11 people in the town of Lockerbie. (Ap Photo)

Other morsels:

U.S. to send migrants back to Mexico to wait out asylum requests

Ex-Senate aide gets 2 months in prison for lying to FBI

What is going on with this? The tips on Hershey’s Kisses are missing and bakers are not happy

‘We Have Turned Away From God’: Police Department Says Embrace of Satan Caused Increase in Killings

Rapper Jeezy’s son slashed in the face with a knife during a deadly encounter

At least they are consistent. Planned Parenthood and others respond to accusations that they mistreated pregnant employees

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker won’t recuse himself from Mueller probe: Source

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