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Sunday Briefing: Trump’s Ominous Hint on North Korea; Hurricane Nate Hits Land

Check out Bill’s Daily Briefing for Sunday, October 8, where we round up the day’s biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look.

Trump’s Ominous Hint on North Korea

President Trump, just days after warning that this is “the calm before the storm,” tweeted on Saturday that “only one thing will work” when it comes to North Korea.  Both comments have observers, foreign and domestic, trying to figure out just what he means and whether some military action is imminent.  The president also insisted that, contrary to media speculation, he has a very good working relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Japan to Prez: You’ve Got a Friend!

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reaffirmed that he is fully supportive of President Trump when it comes to North Korea.  Abe blasted North Korea for continuing to pursue nuclear technology even after signing multi-national agreements.  The looming threat from Kim Jong Un is front and center in Japan’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

New Speculation on Stephen Paddock

ABC News, citing law enforcement officials, is reporting that Stephen Paddock may have had a very serious mental illness that went undiagnosed.  The killer was widely described as out of touch, isolated, and incapable of interacting with other people.  Paddock reportedly had many antisocial habits that were similar to those of previous mass killers.

The Killer’s Mysterious Note Revealed

CBS News’ ’60 Minutes,’ in a segment that will air this evening, has interviewed police officers who barged into Stephen Paddock’s hotel room after the shooting had died down.  In addition to witnessing his astounding arsenal of weapons, they saw a note on a nightstand that has since been the subject of much speculation.  It turns out that the paper included precise calculations involving the distance and trajectory of the bullets he was planning to fire at the crowd.

Vegas Hooker Speaks Out on Paddock

According to a 27-year-old prostitute who spoke with the UK Daily Mail, Stephen Paddock was a regular client who acted out violent fantasies and claimed, “I was born bad.”  Investigators are continuing to interview high-priced call girls who may have also had experiences with Paddock.

White Power Ogres Return to Charlottesville

Led by the notorious Richard Spencer, dozens of self-proclaimed “white nationalists” returned to Charlottesville last night and held another torch-lit rally.  The mayor responded with a blunt message:  “You’re not welcome here!  Go home!”  The rally lasted only minutes, after which Spencer and his pals boarded a bus for parts unknown.

Prez Never Says Die on Health Care

In addition to tweeting about North Korea Saturday, President Trump said he would consider a “temporary deal” with Democrats and Republicans on health care reform.  The president had already spoken with Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer to pursue the notion of passing “great health care legislation.”  Democrats say they will listen, but are adamant that while ObamaCare may be fixed, it will never be abandoned.

Hurricane Nate Hits Land

The latest in a series of hurricanes is Nate, which smacked Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle last night and this morning.  Even though Nate has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane and then a tropical storm, it has left hundreds of thousands without power.  President Trump has declared an emergency in the areas most severely affected and some officials have urged residents to evacuate.

NFL Thrown For a Big, Big Loss

It’s just one poll and may be an outlier, but a new survey claims that the National Football League has fallen deeply out of favor with many Americans.  While the appeal of other major sports remained fairly steady, the poll found that the NFL’s “favorable” rating plunged from 57% in August to 44% in September, with a correspondent rise in its unfavorable numbers.  The only reasonable explanation for such a large drop is the player protests that have alienated so many patriotic citizens.

Saturday Night Live Ignores Weinstein

SNL has made its name by pummeling the rich and famous, but that apparently does not apply to Hollywood moguls who are also huge Democratic donors.  Harvey Weinstein, the mega-producer who has reportedly spent decades assaulting and harassing women, and who is the talk of New York and Hollywood, went completely ignored on last night’s program.  But of course the show’s cast pushed for more stringent gun control.

Dems Return Weinstein’s Tainted Money

Weinstein was among the most generous and reliable of Democratic donors, giving millions to presidential candidates, liberal members of Congress, and many others.  Hillary Clinton, a good friend of Weinstein’s and a frequent recipient of his largess, has been conspicuously silent in recent days, but other Democrats are rushing to cleanse their hands by giving Weinstein’s donations to charitable groups, especially those involved in women’s issues.  Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, and others are rushing to distance themselves from the portly, piggish producer.

LA Times on Hurricane Harvey Weinstein

The Los Angeles Times, which was scooped by the New York Times on the Weinstein story, is trying desperately to make up for lost ground.  The paper has published a detailed account of Weinstein’s rise and fall, which was accompanied by incredible bullying, arrogance, and possibly criminal harassment.

Bergdahl Guilty Plea Imminent

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, praised by Susan Rice for serving “with honor and distinction,” is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.  Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was then captured and held by the Taliban.  Some of his platoon mates were reportedly killed and injured when they conducted a desperate search for Bergdahl.  President Obama infamously swapped Bergdahl for five Taliban commanders and warmly welcomed the deserter’s parents to the White House.

Dem Congressman Investigated for Bribery

Bob Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, is accused of paying $90,000 to another Democrat to entice him to drop out of their primary.  The investigation has apparently been underway for months, but prosecutors kept it mum so Brady would not cover his tracks.  Congressman Brady says the money transfer was above board and completely transparent.

Astounding California Madness

Governor Jerry Brown has signed another remarkable piece of legislation that is now the law in California.  It is longer a major crime to expose a sexual partner to HIV without first telling them that you have the virus.  Perhaps even more incredibly, knowingly donating HIV-infected blood has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.  The Democratic sponsors of the bill contended that this will “destigmatize” HIV, even if it puts others at grave risk.

Jail For Touching a Man in Dubai?

Jamie Haron, who was visiting Dubai from his home in Scotland, made the mistake of touching another man’s hip while in a bar.  He claims he was simply trying to avoid spilling a drink, but that didn’t wash with Dubai authorities, who charged him with public indecency, tossed him in jail for five days, and confiscated his passport.  Lesson of the day:  When in Dubai or any other predominantly Muslim nation, just let the damned drink spill!

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