Trump Doubles Down on North Korea
In a Friday morning tweet, President Trump warned North Korea that military solutions are “fully in place, locked and loaded.” The president’s message was issued soon after China said it will remain neutral if North Korea launches any type of attack aimed at the U.S. or the American territory of Guam.
China Scolds North Korea, Warns USA
Beijing has told North Korea that it won’t jump in the fray if Kim Jong Un goes through with his threats against the United States. At the same time, the Chinese say they will intervene if President Trump initiates a first strike. Playing the role of peacemaker, China is urging both sides to “alleviate tensions and enhance mutual trust.” A Chinese semi-official newspaper added that both the USA and North Korea are playing a “reckless game.”
The Pros & Cons of Missile Defense
As North Korea warns that it will launch missiles in the direction of Guam, a U.S. territory, the Pentagon and President Trump may eventually have to decide whether to intercept and destroy the missiles. AP’s bureau chief in North Korea lays out the benefits and potential dangers of U.S. defensive action, which has no guarantee of success.
CNN to Pro-Trump Analyst: You’re Fired!
CNN has shown Jeffrey Lord the door after Lord mocked Media Matters by tweeting the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil!” In a network overflowing with Trump-haters, Lord was one of the president’s only defenders and a thorn in the side of many CNN hosts and viewers. He was at war with Media Matters because that far-left organization is calling for a boycott of conservatives like Sean Hannity. In his post-firing response, Lord said, “CNN caved on the First Amendment.”
Paul Manafort Hires New Legal Team
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose home was raided by the FBI last month, has fired his lawyers and hired new ones. The incoming legal wizards specialize in complicated financial crimes, according to a report in Politico.
Big Pharma and Opioids
An interesting article in Salon, written by a professor who specializes in intellectual property, accuses major U.S. drug companies of making it far too expensive for opioid addicts to obtain treatment. The professor zeroes in on the addiction treatment drug Suboxone, which costs more than $500 for a one-month supply even though its patent has expired.
Voter Fraud? What Voter Fraud?
A college student in Virginia will spend 100 days in jail after admitting to committing electoral fraud. Andrew Spieles, who worked for a Democratic organization, earned money by filling out bogus voter registration forms. Among those he registered to vote were more than a few dead people.
Democrats Reject Pro-Life Candidates
The Democratic Party continues to feud over whether or not it should welcome anti-abortion candidates into the fold. In the most recent salvo, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it has absolutely no interest in cooperating with a pro-life Democratic group. Some Democrats have claimed that abortion should not be a “litmus test,” but others want absolutely nothing to do with any Democrat who does not fully back abortion on demand and Planned Parenthood.
NY Times Still Under Fire for Stunning Error
Earlier this week the New York Times hyped a major, earth-shattering story: It had exclusively received a leaked government report outlining the imminent threats posed by “climate change.” The Times quoted scientists who feared that the dastardly Trump administration would bury the report deep in the bureaucracy. Unbeknownst to the Times, the report had been available online for seven months and there was absolutely no attempt to suppress it. The “paper of record” issued a half-baked apology and moved on to search for the next anti-Trump “exclusive.”
New Developments in Sarah Palin vs. NY Times
Also, a New York Times editorial, written just after the targeting of Republican lawmakers in Virginia, falsely and maliciously asserted that Sarah Palin’s campaign was directly responsible for the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Palin promptly filed a defamation suit, and a federal judge has now ruled that the editorial’s writer must testify under oath. He may have to concede that he does not read his own paper, which had repeatedly reported that the Palin campaign had nothing to do with the Giffords shooting.
Countdown to the Eclipse
In less than two weeks, on August 21st, the moon will fully block the sun and cast darkness on parts of North America. The temperature will drop, stars will be visible in the middle of the day, and tens of millions of Americans will be totally mesmerized. This is being heralded as the Great American Eclipse, the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in a century.
Vogue Features Traitor
Vogue magazine, which once ran an embarrassing puff piece about the wonderful Assad family of Syria, is now featuring Chelsea Manning, the convicted traitor formerly known as Bradley. Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison and then revealed herself as a transgender, had her sentence commuted by then-President Obama. She is now far removed from the prison at Fort Leavenworth and getting the full swimsuit-on-a-beach treatment from Vogue and photographer Annie Liebovitz.
Applebee’s & IHOP Shuttering Restaurants
The parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP, formerly known as the International House of Pancakes, has announced that it is closing about 160 restaurants across the country. Casual-dining outlets, where customers sit down to break bread and perhaps even talk with one another, have been losing market share to other types of fast-food restaurants.
How Trump Earned Ronald McDonald’s Vote
Perhaps President Trump, when he was running for office, should have spent just a little more time in Applebee’s and IHOP. In a major dietary revelation, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski now confesses that he and his candidate “ate McDonald’s six days a week.” And on the seventh day … they rested.
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Original article at Bill O’Reilly