Check out Bill’s Daily Briefing for Thursday, December 7, where we round up the day’s biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look.
Trump-Hating FBI Agent Texted, Texted, and Texted
You’ve heard a lot recently about FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from Robert Mueller’s team after it was learned that he had sent text messages mocking Donald Trump and praising Hillary Clinton. It now turns out that Strzok and his lover, FBI official Lisa Page, exchanged more than 10,000 messages, making one wonder how they had time for romance or anything else. Department of Justice officials are now examining the texts and will turn over the relevant ones to the House Intelligence Committee.
D-Day for Stuart Smalley
Al Franken will make a statement today on the floor of the Senate and speculation is that he will resign immediately. Many Democrats have joined a growing chorus of demands for him to step down after numerous allegations of sexual harassment. His office has not confirmed that Franken, who is rumored to be a former “comedian,” has decided to fall on his sword, only that he is “talking with his family” about what to do next.
Democrats Cleaning House … and Senate
John Conyers is gone and Al Franken is probably next. The Democratic Party seems to be purging its ranks of men accused of sexual improprieties. This may not be a sudden onset of morality, but a calculated political strategy that will enable the Dems to go after Roy Moore if he wins in Alabama next week. Beyond that, their ultimate target is President Trump, who will be much easier to denounce if the Democrats first display their own purity.
GOP Back in Roy Moore’s Corner
The Republican National Committee, which briefly stopped supporting Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, has returned to the fray. This week the RNC transferred a total of $170,000 to the Moore campaign, enough to buy a fair amount of advertising time in Alabama. The much-watched election between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is coming up on Tuesday.
Trump Jr. Mum on Talks With His Dad
Donald Trump Jr. appeared before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday in a closed door meeting. Invoking lawyer-client privilege, he refused to reveal what was said in conversations with his father regarding that Trump Tower meeting that included a Russian lawyer. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, argues that lawyer-client privilege is not a valid excuse for Trump Jr.’s refusal to talk. On the other side of the political divide, Republican Devin Nunes, who chairs that committee, is still threatening to hold FBI and Justice Department officials in contempt for their continued reluctance to turn over documents.
Trump Approval Rating Jumps
According to at least one respected poll, 45% of Americans now approve of President Trump’s job performance, which is the highest rating in several months. But all is not good news for the president – a majority of voters still consider him to be “reckless.”
Praise From the Right on Israel
Conservatives, evangelical Christians, and many Jews are applauding President Trump for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. Even some lawmakers who rarely find common ground with the president, Democrats and Republicans alike, are hailing the move, which was promised and reneged on by many previous presidents.
Violence Breaks Out in West Bank City
Palestinian protesters, always eager for a reason to start fires and throw rocks, ran wild in some West Bank cities this morning. The obvious spark was President Trump’s announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will eventually move the American embassy to that city. The leader of the terrorist group Hamas is demanding a new uprising against Israel.
Terror Reigns in the UK
The United Kingdom has broken a dubious national record with more than 400 terror-related arrests logged so far this year. That’s more than 50% higher than last year and also includes the highest number of females ever arrested. Counter-terrorism officials are now engaged in about 500 investigations involving some 3,000 prospective terrorists.
Obama Gives Credit for the Economy … to Obama!
Never shy about taking credit, former President Obama reached around and patted himself on the back this week for low unemployment and strong economic performance. Obama presided over relatively sluggish growth, but he apparently believes he set the stage for what is happening now.
Trump Warns of Government Shutdown
President Trump is saying that a shutdown of the federal government, or at least parts of it, could begin as early as Saturday. Congress is trying to pass legislation that will continue to fund the government, but the president is castigating Democrats for insisting that immigration issues be included in the bill. “They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country,” he declared.
Let the Border Wall Testing Begin!
Immigration officials are busy testing prototypes, trying to find the most effective border wall that will separate Mexico and the United States. The goal is to build a wall that will be nearly impossible to scale or smash. In a related story, the Obama administration reportedly refused to deport more than 500,000 illegal immigrants, thus creating a huge backlog that is overwhelming ICE. One official complained that over the past few years “we’ve been unable to take enforcement actions.”
Fires Worsen in Southern California
About 200,000 residents have being evacuated from their homes as fires continue to burn out of control in Southern California. There was more bad news this morning as strong Santa Ana winds returned, making life even tougher for firefighters and local citizens. Local officials are faced with four major fires, the largest being in Ventura County.
Chris Christie: I Warned About Flynn
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, formerly a close aide to President Trump, now says he was fired from the transition team partly because he warned the campaign about Michael Flynn. Christie says his misgivings have been confirmed by the fact that Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
NFL Boss Goodell Reaps the Rewards
The National Football League has agreed to a new five-year contract extension with commissioner Roger Goodell. The commish could receive about $40-million per year when bonuses and performance incentives are included. During Goodell’s watch, TV ratings and attendance have declined, the league has been embroiled in one controversy after another, and player protests continue to alienate fans. Heckuva job, Roger.
Pot Smokers and “Scromiting”
Emergency rooms across America are reporting a frightening new condition that is affecting heavy marijuana users, who frequently suffer from vomiting, abdominal pain, and loud screaming. The official name of the disorder is “Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome,” but it is better known as “scromiting.” Fortunately, the symptoms usually vanish after users stop ingesting weed.
City of Brotherly Insanity
Some Philadelphia officials actually want to ban bullet-proof Plexiglas partitions that protect shop owners in high-crime areas. The dispute puts city leaders at odds with many Korean merchants, who are frequently willing to take a risk and open stores in dangerous spots. One member of the city council says the partitions are “symbols of distrust” and an “indignity” to local residents. Of course, it is even more of an indignity to be dead.
Skier Vonn Blasts Trump
Lindsey Vonn, who won a gold medal in downhill skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics, is the latest athlete to voice her disdain for President Trump. She says she will be representing the American people at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea, but not the president. President Trump, who has already engaged in very public feuds with NBA and NFL players, may be warming up his Twitter fingers, meaning it could be all downhill from here.
Original article at Bill O’Reilly