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The Morning Briefing: Jones Wins, FBI Agents' Shocking Trump-Hating Texts Revealed and Much, Much More

Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
  • In the afternoon, the president will have lunch with bicameral tax conferees.
  • The president will then participate in the swearing-in of Judge Gregory Katsas to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
  • Later in the afternoon, the president will give remarks on tax reform.

Congratulations to Alabama's next Senator Scott Brown

For the first time in decades, Alabama has elected a Democrat senator. That's what happens when you run a very flawed, damaged candidate like Roy Moore, so congrats to Senator-to-be Doug Jones who will, I predict, not be reelected in 2020 when he will have to run for reelection. However, Roy Moore has not conceded yet. "When the vote is this close, it is not over," Moore said. No, it's over, sport, it's over. The election spread right now is about 1.5% and a recount is triggered at .5% so I'm not sure where Moore is going with this. There were more than 20,000 write-in votes for NOT MOORE OR JONES and an unknown number of provisional ballots that need to be counted.

The president congratulated Jones. People are blaming Steve Bannon. Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shared her Chardonnay thoughts on Twitter. Democrats are making tough statements now that they are drunk with victory. Maxine Waters, never one to shy away from the important questions, asks: how many Diet Cokes did Trump drink while waiting for his "pedophile candidate" to lose? Julian Castro "warns" Ted Cruz (R-TX) that Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) is coming for him. That's funny.

My hot take: Be warned, insurgent movement, and pick your candidates carefully. Moore was already problematic before the harassment/molestation allegations surfaced and true or not, a candidate never wants to be on defense. Following his awful interview with Hannity, Moore was always on defense. Some voters will hold their nose and vote for the lesser of the two evils but many will not vote at all like we saw last night. Republicans are indeed facing a "resistance" so do not underestimate the left's ability to gin up animus for votes against Trump and the Republicans. I hope Mo Brooks is getting ready for 2020.

FBI agent investigating Trump/RUSSIA and Hillary Clinton email server scandal sent virulent anti-Trump text messages to his anti-Trump side piece

Is there any way to believe either of these investigations are/were legitimate? Peter Strzok, the federal agent in question, revealed himself and his FBI agent mistress to be strong opponents of President Trump and supporters of Hillary Clinton in a dump of text messages the two were "hiding" from the Bureau. Both of them were assigned to investigate the taxpayer-funded RUSSIA collusion witch hunt. Thank G-d for the inspector general.