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The Morning Briefing: Howard Schultz, Herman Cain, and Much, Much More

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T.G.I.F.!

When you’re reading this, I’ll be teaching eighth-grade boys about the Resurrection of Jesus. So we’ll be thanking God.

Thank God for this, it’s hilarious.

Cain to the Fed

I’m sure Herman Cain is also thanking God this morning. Yesterday, President Donald Trump named former pizza executive and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to join the 7-member Federal Reserve Board.

“I’ve recommended Herman Cain. A terrific man, a terrific person. He’s a friend of mine,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, CNN reported. “I’ve recommended him highly for the Fed. I’ve told my folks that that’s the man and he’s doing some pre-checking now and I would imagine he’d be in great shape.”

Cain is famous for his 9—9—9 tax plan, and for suspending his campaign after facing five allegations of sexual assault. Cain had worked for Americans for Prosperity, emerging as a leader in the Tea Party movement. Now, he’s joining the Fed.

Howard Schultz.

Last night, Fox News had a town hall of its own, mocking CNN with a countdown, complete with milliseconds.

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, praised Trump for taking illegal immigration seriously and attacked the Democrats for their calls to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He also called for supporting Dreamers.

Many focused on an “empty chair” moment, when Schultz said he would have an empty chair in a discussion room, representing the American people.

This reminded people of the moment when Clint Eastwood motioned to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, suggesting that President Barack Obama did not lead like a real president.

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Eastwood explained it in 2016.

“It was silly at the time, but I was standing backstage and I’m hearing everybody say the same thing: ‘Oh, this guy’s a great guy.’ Great, he’s a great guy. I’ve got to say something more. And so I’m listening to an old Neil Diamond thing and he’s going, ‘And no one heard at all / Not even the chair.’ And I’m thinking, That’s Obama. He doesn’t go to work. He doesn’t go down to Congress and make a deal. What the hell’s he doing sitting in the White House? If I were in that job, I’d get down there and make a deal. Sure, Congress are lazy bastards, but so what? You’re the top guy.”

Schultz wasn’t really doing the same thing, but people made the connection.

Tim Ryan is in the race

On Thursday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Lord knows why he did it.

Ryan is best known for trying to unseat Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the Democrats in the House. In over 16 years in Congress, he has passed no legislation, except renaming two buildings. He has a grand total of zero percent in 2020 polls. He might appeal to working-class voters, which is how FiveThirtyEight has argued he might have a chance.

Photo of the day.

The tomb of José de San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On this day in 1818, José de San Martín defeated the Spanish in the Battle of Maipú, which completed the independence of Chile from Spain. José de San Martín is a revolutionary hero in Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Along with Simón Bolívar, he helped liberate South America from Spanish rule. His tomb mimics that of Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris — a grand black tomb under a church dome, with columns on the sides, very majestic.

Other morsels.

Eco-Extremists Attack Brewery For Hickenlooper-Themed Beer

O’Rourke Compares Trump’s Rhetoric to That Used in Nazi Germany

Jordan Peterson Unpacks What Drives the Left and How to Restore Meaning

Beto O’Rourke Is Fauxbama

Neither should liberals: Conservatives Shouldn’t Use Transgender Pronouns

BREAKING: Chicago Takes New Legal Action Against Jussie Smollett

WALSH: When Christians Shouldn’t Quote The Bible 

Did the Pro-Life Movie ‘Unplanned’ Use a ‘SCAM’ to Falsely Claim Twitter Censorship?

Now on YouTube — Stephen Meyer, Eric Metaxas on the Return of the God Hypothesis

Reparations and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Resisting Vote On Born-Alive Bill, Democrats Are Desperate To Hide The Truth About Abortion

Christiane Amanpour: ‘Lock Her Up’ Is ‘Hate Speech’ The FBI Should ‘Shut Down’

That’s all I’ve got for now, but more will be coming.