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  • FBI Joins Niger Investigation

    10/20/2017 9:47:36 AM PDT · by drewh · 48 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Oct 20 2017 | Alexa Lardieri
    As President Donald Trump and his administration face mounting questions about the incident, the FBI is working with authorities in Niger to investigate an ambush that left four U.S. soldiers dead in the country earlier this month, a law enforcement official told CNN. Investigators are providing technical assistance, helping to collect and analyze evidence related to the surprise attack, that killed Special Forces soldiers Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright and La David Johnson. Officials say the investigation is routine: The FBI usually looks into the killing of American citizens overseas, it often gives assistance investigating international terror investigations, and...
  • Woman Who Escaped North Korea Says Children 'Dying Without Hope,' Talks of Eating Mice to Survive

    10/20/2017 9:29:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/20/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A North Korean refugee whose two younger brothers died of starvation says children and babies are "dying without hope" under Kim Jong Un's regime. Grace Jo, 26, who now studies at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday that the world must stop the North Korean regime and its killing of innocent people, but added that she doesn't want to see a military intervention. "Child, babies and moms are dying without any hope," Jo said. The refugee said that she and her family escaped three times to China, but were captured and sent back...
  • Gold Star Widow Releases Trump’s Call After Husband Was Killed In Afghanistan

    10/20/2017 9:25:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/20/2017 | Henry Rodgers
    Gold star widow Natasha De Alencar released the audio of a phone conversation she had with President Donald Trump in April about the death of her husband who was killed in Afghanistan. “I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a horrible thing, except that he’s an unbelievable hero,” Trump told her in the call about her husband Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, which The Washington Post released. “Thank you. I really, really appreciated it,” she said. “I really do, sir.” Trump also told the widow if she is ever in Washington D.C. that she...
  • A Visit to Tivoli: There's something terribly rotten in the state of Denmark.

    10/20/2017 9:20:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/20/2017 | Bruce Bawer
    Smack dab in the center of Copenhagen is an amusement park called Tivoli. First opened in 1843, it's a special place. I always found Disneyland agitating, garish, and strangely disturbing – big and sprawling and fake and always insanely crowded, not just an amusement park but something more like a would-be alternate reality where you're condemned to the hell of spending eternity queued up for some two-minute diversion surrounded by shrieking, ill-mannered children. (I've so far managed to avoid visiting Disney World.) Tivoli's not like that. It's like a Japanese garden, modest and charming and meticulously put together. There's a...
  • A Russian Ghost Submarine, Its U.S. Pursuers and a Deadly New Cold War

    10/20/2017 9:13:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 20, 2017 | Julian E. Barnes
    The Krasnodar, a Russian attack submarine, left the coast of Libya in late May, headed east across the Mediterranean, then slipped undersea, quiet as a mouse. Then, it fired a volley of cruise missiles into Syria. In the days that followed, the diesel-electric sub was pursued by the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, its five accompanying warships, MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and P-8 Poseidon anti-sub jets flying out of Italy. The U.S. and its allies had set out to track the Krasnodar as it moved to its new home in the Black Sea. The missile attack upended what had been...
  • North Korea's bizarre appeal to Australian parliament

    10/20/2017 9:09:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/20/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The Pyongyang regime is clearly shaken up by President Donald Trump and resorting to clumsy desperation measures.  A letter sent to the "parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia" by the "Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly" was revealed by Julie Bishop, Australia's foreign minister, who called it "unprecedented."  The letter came via the North Korean embassy in Jakarta, their closest diplomatic establishment to Australia, and was accompanied by an open letter to parliaments of the world.  These North Korean entities speak for Kim Jong-un. (Full texts below.) Both documents reveal that North Korea has bought into the image...
  • China’s 30-year deadline to rule the world

    10/20/2017 9:08:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | October 20, 2017 | Debra Killalea
    CHINA’S leader has laid out his ambitious plans for a superpower in a three-hour speech with huge implications for Australia. BEIJING has outlined plans to become the world’s biggest superpower within the next 30 years. Opening a five-yearly national congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping set out his time frame for the country to become a “global leader” with international influence. In his 3 ˝ hour speech, Mr Xi urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation’s “grim” challenges. Speaking in the massive Great Hall of the People near...
  • Graham: Hillary implicated in Russia probe

    10/20/2017 9:05:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 10-20-17 | Michael Graham
    Clinton Foundation benefited amid shady uranium deal Hey, mainstream media! We finally found it — a real Russia scandal involving the 2016 election. With actual evidence of criminal wrongdoing and everything! So come on, New York Times, CNN and MSNBC, let’s ... Hey, where’d everybody go? For months I’ve been doing TV hits as the token conservative and getting grilled over “Russiagate.” Did Donald Trump and the Russians collude to steal the election from Hillary Clinton? And for months I’ve been asking the same questions: Where is the evidence of an actual crime? And since “collusion” isn’t necessarily against the...
  • Clinton pitbull, media attack Kelly after Gold Star general defends Trump condolence call

    10/20/2017 8:59:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | October 20, 2017
    For a stunning and emotional 18 minutes on Thursday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly cut through a nasty debate over condolence calls to Gold Star families, appealing to the political class to allow at least this one thing to remain “sacred.” Instead, Democratic lawmakers and operatives and allies in the media immediately turned on Kelly – himself a Gold Star father – branding him a liar and an “enabler” of President Trump, even suggesting his criticism of a black Democrat who publicized one of those calls was racist. “Kelly isnt just an enabler of Trump. He's a believer...
  • 'Unprecedented' North Korea letter dismissed as a 'rant'

    10/20/2017 8:56:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 20, 2017 | By Alan McGuinness
    North Korea has warned it will not be intimidated by Donald Trump's threats in an "unprecedented" letter sent to other countries. "If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance," the letter said. "Trump threatened to totally destroy the DPRK ... it is an extreme act of threatening to totally destroy the whole world." The document was published by the Sydney Morning Herald and has been verified by Australia's foreign ministry. Foreign minister Julie Bishop described the missive as...
  • A Gold Star widow says Trump understood her loss

    10/20/2017 8:24:53 AM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/20/2017 | By Faith Karimi and Joe Sutton, CNN
    (CNN)Natasha De Alencar was sitting at home after a trip to Walmart in April when a phone rang. It was President Donald Trump, and he wanted to talk about her husband. Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar had been brought back to the United States from Afghanistan days earlier in a flag-draped casket. The member of the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) died April 8 -- the first American killed in combat in Afghanistan this year, according to Pentagon records. The soldier died of injuries in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province "when his unit came in contact with enemy...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Russian Ghost Stories

    10/20/2017 8:13:26 AM PDT · by kabar · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | J. Michael Waller
    So here are the key facts: The FBI found that Russian intelligence had targeted Hillary Clinton before and during her time as secretary of state. Clinton’s spokespersons denied that this was so. Clinton opposed the Magnitsky sanctions on officials tied to Putin. After her husband received a half-million dollars in Moscow from a Kremlin-connected investment bank, Clinton moved with unusual speed to whisk the ring of 10 Russian spies out of the country and back to Moscow. She had the lopsided swap take place over a long summer weekend, before the FBI was finished with the spies, and before the...
  • Citizens United Releases Clinton - Russia Related FOIA Documents From State Dept.

    10/20/2017 8:05:22 AM PDT · by maggief · 6 replies
    Twitter ^ | October 20, 2016 | Citizens United
    Citizens United Releases Clinton - Russia Related FOIA Documents From State Dept. AM - 20 Oct 2017

    10/20/2017 6:48:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 20, 2017 | Ari Lieberman
    Russia takes on key role in de-escalating tensions between Israel and the Mullahs. On October 16, Syrian anti-aircraft units fired a SAM-5 anti-aircraft missile at Israeli planes conducting a reconnaissance mission over Lebanon. Israel frequently conducts these types of intelligence gathering operations over Lebanon to keep tabs on Hezbollah. The missile missed and all Israeli planes returned safely back to base. Shortly thereafter, Israel retaliated transforming the missile battery, located approximately 50 kilometers east of Damascus, into an expensive heap of scrap metal. Following the Israeli strike, an Israel Defense Force spokesman stated that Israel “hold[s] the Syrian regime responsible...
  • Top Chinese officials 'plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping'

    10/20/2017 5:42:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | October 20, 2017 | Staff
    A top Chinese official has claimed several high-ranking members of the Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping. These party members have since been arrested or jailed in a wide-reaching corruption crackdown launched by Mr Xi. Some observers have said the crackdown was used to conduct a political purge of Mr Xi's opponents.
  • Austrian Coalition Talks Set To Begin, Far Right Likely Partner

    10/20/2017 5:28:53 AM PDT · by markomalley
    One America News Network ^ | 1/20/17 | Francois Murphy and Shadia Nasralla
    Austria’s president gave the green light to conservative leader Sebastian Kurz on Friday to form a government, but Kurz gave little away about his coalition plans, leaving a tie-up with the far right the most likely outcome. Kurz’s People’s Party (OVP) secured 31.5 percent of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary election, winning by a clear margin but falling well short of the majority needed to control parliament in the affluent Alpine republic. “I would like to build a government that has the courage and determination to bring real change to Austria,” Kurz, 31, told reporters after meeting President Alexander Van...
  • Muslim cleric held over Pakistan selfie star Qandeel Baloch's murder

    10/20/2017 5:20:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10/18/17
    Pakistani police say a Muslim cleric has been arrested over the murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch. Ms Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, was found strangled in her home in the city of Multan last year after posting racy images of herself on Facebook.>Her brother, Muhammad Waseem, has confessed to strangling her after giving her a "tablet" to subdue her.A senior police officer, Mohammad Fahad, said the cleric - Mufti Abdul Qavi - was arrested as he tried to leave Multan.Some of his phone calls were traced to another brother of Ms Baloch around the time of...
  • Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton Covered Up Their Deep, Corrupt Ties To Russia

    10/20/2017 4:15:32 AM PDT · by smileyface · 25 replies
    Russian Scandal: As the old saying goes, it's not the crime, it's the cover-up. That's certainly true with the growing scandal over the Russians' extortion racket in the U.S., possible bribes to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation, and the FBI's curious decision not to reveal the Russians' activities and ties to the Obama administration. This week, IBD discussed new reports from the Daily Caller, The Hill and, of how the Russians, through their state nuclear company Rosatom, engaged in a campaign of bribery, extortion, money laundering and racketeering to gain control over U.S. nuclear assets in the private...
  • German Magazine Posts Picture of Sebastian Kurz Saying It Is ‘Finally Possible to Kill Baby Hitler!’

    10/20/2017 4:12:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 10/20/17 | Chris Tomlinson
    German satirical magazine Titanic posted the picture on Twitter which shows Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz, who won last Sunday’s election, with a target over his chest.The tweet has caused a storm of criticism from Austrians who voted Kurz and the Austrian People’s Party into first place in Sunday’s national election.Reactions have been not only negative but some have even alleged that the Tweet may be breaking the law in Austria as it seems to call for the assassination of the 31-year-old politician who is expected to be Austria’s next chancellor.The official Twitter account for the Vienna police even commented on...
  • Presidential visits to DMZ send strong signal to North Korea

    10/20/2017 3:30:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/20/17 | Kim Gamel
    Former President Bill Clinton reportedly called the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula the “scariest place on Earth.” He also gave his Secret Service guards a scare when he walked to the middle of the Bridge of No Return during a visit to the tense border area in 1993, with North Korean soldiers watching from about 50 feet away. Several U.S. presidents have traveled to the 2.5-mile-wide, 150-mile-long buffer zone, which is just about 35 miles north of Seoul. But Army officials said Clinton’s stroll on the bridge made him the only one to get so close to the...