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The Morning Briefing: Shutdown, FAKE NEWS Awards, RUSSIA Latest and Much, Much More

Good Thursday morning.

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

  • In the morning the President will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
  • The President will then head to Arlington, Virginia, to meet with senior Pentagon officials.
  • In the afternoon, the President will head to Joint Base Andrews en route to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • The President will arrive at H&K Electric and deliver remarks.
  • After the remarks the President will then return to Washington D.C. and the White House.

Must-read of the day: Hillary Clinton confidant was interviewed by FBI in connection to the salacious dossier

Now, why would the FBI interview Sidney Blumenthal? Did the FBI know that the dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC when they interviewed Blumenthal? Curious.

FAKE NEWS winners revealed!

The media is so deranged, the president has enough material to give these awards out on a daily basis. Last night the president revealed his FAKE NEWS awards just like Stalin did. On his list and a surprise to no one were The Washington Post, CNN, and The New York Times. The president offered 10 examples of FAKE NEWS. Tell me in the comments which was your favorite FAKE NEWS story.

The entries focused on stories where the media outlets had admitted errors and issued corrections, like those by ABC News’ Brian Ross, who was suspended and then reassigned for an erroneous report on Trump and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Other entries included Time’s mistaken report about Martin Luther King Jr.’s bust being removed from the Oval Office and CNN’s incorrect reporting on when Donald Trump, Jr. had access to hacked WikiLeaks documents.

But it wasn't all bad FAKE NEWS. The president also added: “Despite some very corrupt and dishonest media coverage, there are many great reporters I respect and lots of GOOD NEWS for the American people to be proud of!” Here's PJ Media's coverage of the story.

Will they or won't they?

Will the government shut down tomorrow? Politico says the Republicans don't have the votes to avoid a shutdown and that means shutting down the government will either be characterized as the most noble thing ever (the Democrats are heroes fighting for the DACA kids) or the Republican are monsters (people won't get their critical healthcare and Social Security checks).e We'll see which one the media picks but it could be both.

The Democrats are refusing to go along with the funding bill over immigration disagreements. Allegedly, Chief of Staff John Kelly told Democrats that some of Trump's immigration views were "uninformed." Meghan McCain sticks it to Senator Dicky Durbin for leaking the "sh!thole" immigration negotiations.

Dispatches from the RUSSIA investigation