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The Morning Briefing: Vegas Massacre, 2020, the Border and Much, Much More

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, formally launches her presidential campaign at a rally in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing

FBI sez: ¯_(ツ)_/¯ about Vegas massacre

Lordy! What a disappointment.

The FBI has found no clear motive for the killing of 58 people by a sniper firing down at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas in 2017, the agency said on Tuesday as it closed an investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

No clear motive. Do you believe this? I do not, partly because this was such a large-scale operation that I find it hard to believe not a single email, internet browser visit, or comment to friends, family or associates could shed light on this monster’s motive. And then I am skeptical partly because the FBI is a clown operation that has employed jackasses and conspirators like Peter Strzok and “Andy’s office” McCabe. We have no idea how many Strzoks and McCabes have not yet been exposed and are currently working on important cases. Maybe they worked on the Vegas case?

2020 landscape

Lots of activity lately from the Democrats who have thrown their hat (or bonnet) in the ring for president. Let’s review. Starbucks guy is running as a NOTCRAZYSOCIALIST. He seems to have some basic understanding of economics, criticizing Kamala Harris’s Medicare for all plan. The Democrats are freaking out because Starbucks guy wants to run as an independent and could spoil the Democrats’ plan to take back the White House.

A friend and supporter of woman of color presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren also chimed in with some hits on Starbucks guy. “I first met Howard in 1984 and he’s done a lot for coffee, but right now he’s out of his depth on a vanity run for the presidency,” Todd Carmichael, the millionaire co-founder of La Colombe Coffee Roasters, told POLITICO. “Of course a billionaire would complain about a tax on billionaires, but it doesn’t mean it’s good policy for America.”

Kamala is doubling down on her Medicare for all position. Has anyone asked her what the effect of wiping out the private healthcare market would be on employment levels? Does she know how many jobs would be lost if we close down the insurance industry? Certainly no media will ask her these questions.

Say it ain’t so: Podesta says Hillary will not run in 2020. “I think this is media catnip,” Podesta said on CNN Tuesday night. “I take her at her word. She’s not running for president.” Last weekend CNN political reporter Jeff Zeleny said: “I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘Look, I’m not closing the doors to this.’” We all know how accurate CNN is, so I guess she will not run.

The latest on the border fight

According to Politico, the border deal battle is over before it even started.

Congressional negotiators haven’t even held their first meeting to avert another shutdown, but the prospect of a big deal on border security and immigration is essentially dead.

When President Donald Trump caved in on the 35-day shutdown fight last week, he encouraged Congress to come up with a compromise — perhaps a trade of wall funding for temporary relief for Dreamers as he had previously proposed.

But Democrats are ruling out the idea of negotiating on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, skeptical that Trump would actually provide a permanent fix for the young undocumented immigrants after he previously rejected just such a deal. Meanwhile, top Republicans also doubt an expansive agreement could be put together in the next three weeks.

That’s too bad. I have no doubt that Trump will announce a state of emergency to get his wall funding. Eric Trump agrees with me.


I’ve fought sex trafficking as a DHS special agent – We need to build the wall for the children

Customs agents seized over $3M in narcotics, $1M in unreported cash despite partial shutdown

RIP James Ingram 2/16/1952-1/29/2019

I always loved this song as a little girl although I didn’t know what it meant.

Your daily WTF:

Florida man thought he was stealing opioids but instead got laxatives, police say

Historical picture of the day:

The coffin containing remains of Sir Winston Churchill is carried from Westminster Hall in London on Jan. 30, 1965 to be placed on a Royal Navy gun carriage for trip to St. Paul’s Cathedral for funeral services. Sir Winston died at age 90 on January 24. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Thanks Trump-RUSSIA truthers for making this possible China and Russia, Aligned More Closely, Seen as Chief Security Threat to U.S.

Suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces more charges

What is this? Women invited to wear white to Trump’s State of the Union address

Tlaib Thanks Palestinian Activist, Who Has Promoted Anti-Semitic Conspiracies, for Keeping Her ‘True’ to Her ‘Roots’

Crazy!??! Virginia Dems Attempt to Pass Bill Allowing Abortions Up to 40 Weeks

Perez: ‘We Had a Host of Concerns’ About Women’s March

South Dakota legislature votes to allow concealed handguns without a permit

DC Antifa Leader Arrested For Multiple Violent Felonies Out Of A Job At Progressive Nonprofit After His Radical Ideology Was Exposed

Thousands Rage Over Nike Shoe With Allah-Like Logo, Claim It’s Offensive To Muslims

House Dems race to ensure Mueller report is made public

Venezuela’s Maduro offers to negotiate with opposition

No. Retired CIA Chief of Russia Operations: ‘Focus on Manafort-Deripaska,’ it’s ‘Essentially a Trump-Putin Connection’

My money was on CNN but it’s close Jeff Flake won’t run for president in 2020, joins CBS News as a contributor

Ohio man indicted on charges of plotting synagogue attack

Amid national shift, Baltimore to stop prosecuting marijuana cases

Parkland shooting: Florida ex-sheriff challenges suspension

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