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  • N. Korea says it never expects U.S. economic aid

    05/27/2018 1:39:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2018/05/27
    N. Korea says it never expects U.S. economic aid SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Sunday fumed at U.S. reports that the country is seeking economic assistance from the United States in return for denuclearization. The ruling Workers' Party's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun commented that Fox News TV, CBS and CNN were "as impudent as to make rubbish that if the DPRK meets the requirements of the U.S., it can get 'large-scale non-governmental economic aid.'" "This is nonsense of hack media on the payroll of power," according to its commentary carried in an English dispatch by the state-run...
  • Stockton's young mayor has bold turnaround plan: Basic income and stipends for potential shooters

    05/26/2018 10:33:50 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 26, 2018 | Steve Lopez
    Tubbs, a Stockton native and Stanford graduate who is all of 27 years old, wants to give at least $500 a month to a select group of residents. They'll be able to spend it as they wish, for 18 months, in a pilot program to test the impact of what's called guaranteed basic income. If the very sound of that knocked you half off your chair, this next initiative might finish the job. Stockton is about to award stipends of up to $1,000 a month to residents deemed most likely to shoot somebody. This program is called Advance Peace, and...
  • Gordon Chang: North and South Korean leaders 'too cozy'

    05/26/2018 10:19:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2018
    Gordon Chang: North and South Korean leaders 'too cozy'
  • John McCain’s shocking concession on the Iraq War: it was a “mistake”

    05/26/2018 10:09:31 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 38 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 25, 2018 | Wanda Carruthers
    Sen. John McCain in his new memoir makes the confession that the Iraq War was a "mistake" and says he shoulders part of the blame, Vox reported Friday. He explained the Iraq War "can't be judged as anything other than a mistake, a very serious one, and I have to accept my share of the blame for it." McCain was a steadfast supporter of the initiative to go to war with Iraq during the administration of former President George W. Bush. "I came out of the Vietnam War convinced that frankly we could have won, and we had it won,"...
  • South Korea says North Korea committed to 'complete' denuclearisation, summit with Trump

    05/26/2018 10:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 26, 2018 | Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to “complete” denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday. In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump signaled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having called off the meeting last week. Moon and Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that the possible North Korea-U.S. summit must be held, Moon told a news conference in Seoul. “Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12...
  • Dozens of foreign ISIS brides have been sentenced to death in Iraq....

    05/26/2018 8:50:59 PM PDT · by caww · 53 replies ^ | 5/23/2018 | unknown
    DOZENS of foreign ISIS brides are being sentenced to death in Iraq as the country exacts its revenge after three years of jihadi occupation. Pleading that they themselves are victims, the women were given 10 minutes to beg for their lives before judges decided their sentence. Many of them find little sympathy with the Iraqi judiciary and locals and are despised for their support of their militant husbands, who tore the country apart between 2014 and 2017. An estimated 1,900 French citizens and 40,000 foreigners who traveled 'to join' ISIS’s so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
  • Alan Bean, U.S. astronaut and moonwalker, dies in Houston at 86: NASA

    05/26/2018 8:24:26 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 20 replies ^ | 5/26/2018 | Gina Cherelus
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - American astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 12 mission and commanded a crew on the Skylab space station in 1973, died in Houston on Saturday, federal officials said.
  • Trump: Date and location for Kim summit 'hasn't changed'

    05/26/2018 7:54:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | May 26, 2018 | James Griffiths and Sophie Jeong, CNN
    US President Donald Trump seemed to revive hopes for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, telling reporters at the Oval Office late Saturday, "we're looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn't changed." His remarks came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered his first public comments since a surprise meeting with the North Korean leader on Saturday, saying Kim was still committed to denuclearization.
  • Woman attacks Asian-American service member in racist tirade: 'Go back to f---ing China'

    05/26/2018 7:51:50 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    A viral video released this week caught a woman on camera launching a racist tirade against an Asian-American service member in a parking lot in California. James Ahn said he was driving earlier this month when the woman pulled up next to him and pulled her eyes back in an offensive gesture. “This is not your f—-king country,” she says in the video. “This is my country.” SNIP “All that we could establish is that this was derogatory remarks between two parties,” Bosques said. “There was no threat and there was no crime committed. We did document everything in a...
  • [N.Korea]Close aide to Kim Jong Un returns to Pyongyang after mystery trip to Beijing: sources

    05/26/2018 7:47:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Japan Times ^ | MAY 26, 2018
    Close aide to Kim Jong Un returns to Pyongyang after mystery trip to Beijing: sources BEIJING – A close aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un returned to Pyongyang from Beijing on Saturday, informed sources said, after making a brief trip expected to draw even more speculation after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly canceled next month’s summit with Kim. Kim Chang Son, a senior official of North Korea’s State Affairs Commission, arrived in Beijing on Thursday, the sources said, adding he may have planned to also visit Singapore to prepare for the recently canceled June 12 summit there. Some...
  • 'Fake Nationalism': Joe Biden Blasts Trump, GOP in Speech Endorsing Cuomo for NY Gov

    05/26/2018 6:56:22 PM PDT · by wmileo · 46 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 5/26/2018 | Fiery
    Former Vice President Joe Biden ripped President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in a speech endorsing New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) for his third term in Albany. At the New York State Democratic Party convention in Hempstead, Biden told the crowd that the party Trump leads is "not your father's Republican Party." "They are not who we are. They are not who America is," Biden said, claiming that the GOP is sending a "distorted" vision of America "around the world." "That is hurting us," he said. "[With] this phony populism [and] fake nationalism [it's] time to say...
  • Fox: Right-wing activist Tommy Robinson reportedly jailed after filming outside child grooming trial

    05/26/2018 6:55:09 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/26/18
    The American media is finally catching on to this story... Fox reports: U.K. right-wing activist and journalist Tommy Robinson was arrested and reportedly jailed Friday after he filmed members of an alleged child grooming gang entering a court for trial -- but the details of his purported sentence remain murky after the judge ordered the press not to report on the case. Robinson, the former head of the English Defense League and a longtime activist against Islam and Islamic migration, was arrested after he was filming men accused of being part of a gang that groomed children. Britain has been...
  • North Korea’s Kim Jong-un still wants summit with Donald Trump...

    05/26/2018 6:37:12 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, May 27, 2018 | SCMP
    The unexpected summit -the second between Kim and Moon in as many months, was just the fourth between leaders of the two countries since the Korean war. South Korea Pesident Moon Jae-in said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was committed to a summit with US President Donald Trump and complete denuclearisation.
  • Sen. Hatch Shares Heartwarming Moment Newly-Released American Prisoner Is Reunited With His Family

    05/26/2018 6:33:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | May 26, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) shared the heartwarming moment Saturday that Utah native Joshua Holt and his wife were reunited with his parents after two years of imprisonment by the Venezuelan government. Reunited.— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) May 26, 2018 Holt, a Mormon, flew to Venezuela to marry Venezuelan resident Thamara Holt, who he had met online. Venezuela has held Holt and his wife on weapons charges without a trial since 2016.Sen. Hatch first announced news of Holt's release on Twitter early Saturday.Holt’s parents, Jason and Laurie Holt, expressed their gratitude and eagerness to be reunited with their son.“As announced...

    05/26/2018 6:28:57 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 105 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 29,2018 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    I will venture a prediction: by the end of President Trump’s first term, it will be obvious that Hillary Clinton’s health would not have permitted her to serve effectively as president, had she won the 2016 election. Hillary falls down and faints. She needs help going up and down stairs. There are persistent rumors that she drinks too much. During the campaign, there were many days when Hillary was AWOL. Her schedule was weirdly light for someone running for the presidency. Many have commented on the fact that Hillary never went to Wisconsin, but the more basic fact is that...

    05/26/2018 6:27:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    Hollywood in Toto ^ | 25 May 2018 | Christian Toto
    No one associated with the 2017 documentary “The Final Year” meant for audiences to laugh at its content. The film looks at the Obama administration’s foreign policy team in its final days in power. It’s a sobering look at how diplomacy works in the modern era. The stakes are obviously high, and everyone is working their hardest to make the right calls. Events, and an increasingly biased press, changed how we see the movie today. The filmmakers and subjects alike expected President Barack Obama to pass the baton to President-Elect Hillary Clinton. They meant the movie to be part documentary,...

    05/26/2018 6:19:46 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 26,2018 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Academy. He told the incoming naval officers, “you are winners, you are warriors.” Trump praised the resolve of the U.S. armed forces and America’s achievements, stating: Our ancestors trounced an empire, tamed a continent and triumphed over the worst evils in history. We are not going to apologize for America. We are going to stand up for America. This is shameless nationalism. Isn’t it great? Show me a nation or a people that has prevailed over determined adversaries without this sort of pride in its ancestors and its history. After his speech, Trump shook the hand of every graduate, more...
  • An unexpected North-South Korean summit

    05/26/2018 5:54:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot ^ | May 26, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    So is the on again, off again summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un… on again? There was a surprise announcement from the DMZ today, showing Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in once again greeting, hugging and smiling in the DMZ on the North Korean side. Moon has been struggling to hold some sort of deal together ever since the event planning went sour this past week. The fact that the two were meeting face to face is raising the question of whether or not the deal may be back in motion. (New York Post) South Korean President Moon...
  • Abortion stigma is gone, says Irish PM after vote

    05/26/2018 5:54:44 PM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies ^ | 05/26/2018 | Robin Millard
    Ireland on Saturday voted to erase the stigma and burden of shame from hundreds of thousands of women who secretly had abortions, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said. Speaking after a landslide referendum in favour of repealing the republic's ban on abortions, Varadkar said Ireland had emerged from the shadows and come of age. "Today is an historic day for Ireland. A quiet revolution has taken place," he said in a speech at Dublin Castle, where the referendum result was declared, showing 66 percent had voted to repeal the constitutional ban on abortions. Varadkar, Ireland's first gay prime minister, came to...
  • Should Utilities Pay for California Wildfire Damage?

    05/26/2018 5:29:44 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Barron's ^ | May 26, 2018 | Vito J. Racanelli
    After the deaths of more than 40 people and the destruction of thousands of homes in California’s terrible wildfires last year, the ultimate financial reckoning remains far off. Not long ago, the state’s insurance department put compensation claims at nearly $12 billion. Will utilities and their shareholders pay, or ratepayers, or taxpayers? Should utilities bear the brunt of the claims, as consumer advocates propose, it could have serious negative repercussions for the long-term health of the California utility industry. If ratepayers or taxpayers foot the bill, many residents of the Golden State will feel the pinch in their pocketbooks. According...