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  • At Least 6 and Potentially 7 Known and Suspected Intelligence Informants Spiedn Trump Campaign

    05/24/2018 1:40:12 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit | May 24, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Shortened title. Full title: THE LIST: At Least 6 and Potentially 7 Known and Suspected Intelligence Informants Accused of Spying on Trump Campaign As the Russia meddling into the 2016 US election unwinds, the meddling by the Obama Administration’s CIA and FBI, is becoming surprisingly more and more clear. Internet sleuth, former D.C. Bureau Chief for Investors Business Daily, author and Hoover Institution Media Fellow, Paul Sperry, tweeted a list of 6 or 7 individuals that worked for or were suspected of working for the FBI/CIA and who were involved in spying on President Trump.
  • Trump won't be Charlie Brown to Kim's Lucy with the football

    05/24/2018 1:31:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 24, 2018 | Michael Auslin
    There’s little reason to be surprised that Donald Trump canceled his anticipated summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. While some quarters will criticize Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton for raising the specter of Libya and the 2011 overthrow of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, the fact is that the administration from the beginning pursued a tactic of combining “maximum pressure” and accommodation. The White House never wavered in dangling both the stick and the carrot in front of Kim, seeing that approach as the surest way to avoid getting played by the North Koreans...
  • Turkey’s Currency Meltdown

    05/24/2018 12:14:14 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 May 2018 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Turkey’s lira fell as much as 5% on Wednesday (23 May '18), and it’s lost more than a fifth of its value this year... On Wednesday the (Turkish Central) bank lifted a key lending rate to 16.5% from 13.5%... Mr. Erdogan has wanted to keep interest rates low before the June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections when he hopes to consolidate even more power.
  • FBI Informant Halper Accused Of Making ‘False’ And ‘Absurd’ Allegations About Russian Infiltration

    05/24/2018 10:54:07 AM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/23/2018 | Chuck Ross
    Shortened title. Full title: FBI Informant Stefan Halper Accused Of Making ‘False’ And ‘Absurd’ Allegations About Russian Infiltration At Cambridge FBI informant Stefan Halper said Russians infiltrated the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar He flagged interactions between a Russian researcher and Mike Flynn People involved called Halper’s claims “false” and “absurd” The FBI informant who made contact with members of the Trump campaign has made allegations of Russian spy infiltration at the University of Cambridge that people involved in the matters have called “false” and “absurd.” A Russian academic who worked at Cambridge with the informant, Stefan Halper, said he made “false...
  • North Korea 'preparing to hide nuclear arsenal in remote mountain province'

    05/24/2018 9:58:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 24, 2018 | Julian Ryall
    North Korea has designated remote Chagang Province as a Special Songun [military-first] Revolutionary Zone, fuelling suspicions that the region is being turned into a mountain redoubt for the regime’s atomic weapons and missile programmes despite Pyongyang’s promises to scrap its nuclear arsenal. Officials of the Ministry of State Security were informed of the new designation in April, the Seoul-based Daily NK news outlet reported, quoting a high-ranking source in Pyongyang. The region will become “a strategic foothold for the military in the face of modern warfare”, the source said, adding that the ministry had decreed “the project must go forward...
  • One Of The Bravest Marines In The Corps Just Retired, And He Gave Some Powerful Words Of Wisdom

    05/24/2018 9:29:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/24/2018 | Justin Caruso
    Marine Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal, spoke at at a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, California, Thursday. “Ladies and gentlemen, behind me, to the right, to the left, is the big stick. The ones who do the work, who put in the sacrifice, everyday, to make sure that this country, this most beautiful, great nation, still stands,” he said, in reference to Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” He also commended his fellow Marines for their commitment and duty.
  • Trump Was Right to Cancel the North Korea Summit: Here's Why (video only)

    05/24/2018 9:20:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5-24-2018 | Styxhexenhammer666
    After Kim Jong Un called the VP names the only possible course of action was to respond this way; Trump compliments Kim while reminding him of the subjugated nature of his military abilities. To have gone ahead with the meeting without forcing the DPRK to come back to the table would be disastrous, diplomatically, and start any negotiations off with Kim Jong Un as the superior actor.
  • Trump cancels Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    05/24/2018 7:01:38 AM PDT · by BBell · 55 replies
    President Donald Trump has canceled his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month. The meeting, which would have marked the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, was set for June 12 in the southeastern Asian island city state. "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," Trump wrote in a letter to Kim, which was released Thursday morning.
  • Trump cancels Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    05/24/2018 6:52:24 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 165 replies
    President Donald Trump wrote a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un saying that their planned summit next month in Singapore was cancelled. The meeting, which would have marked the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, was set for June 12 in the southeastern Asian island city state. "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," Trump wrote in the letter, which was released Thursday morning.
  • Taking on the system: ‘Dreamers’ are getting law degrees

    05/24/2018 6:52:20 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies
    Denia Perez’s parents brought her from Mexico to the United States illegally when she was 11. Last month, she became among the first of the so-called “Dreamers” to earn a law degree. And now, she and others are using their lawyerly know-how to take on the system so they can legally practice. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young immigrants who entered the U.S. before 2007 and before their 16th birthday to go to school under temporary renewable work permits, became law in 2012. That means the first beneficiaries have now had just enough time to graduate...
  • Investigators: Buk Missile From Russian Antiaircraft Brigade Downed MH17

    05/24/2018 6:13:14 AM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    A Dutch-led international criminal investigation has concluded that the Buk missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 came from Russia's 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade. The Joint Investigative Team (JIT), comprising authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine, made the announcement at a press conference on May 24 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. MH17 was shot down over the conflict zone in Ukraine's Donetsk region on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. The JIT "has come to the conclusion that the Buk-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from the 53rd Antiaircraft Missile...
  • North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of US summit

    05/24/2018 5:31:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 2018-05-24
    North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of US summit SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has dismantled its nuclear test site, media invited to attend the ceremony said on Thursday (May 24), in a planned move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of a potential summit next month with the United States. Pyongyang announced its plan to "completely" dismantle the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast, inviting some foreign journalists to witness the destruction. “There was a huge explosion, you could feel it. Dust came at you, the heat came at you. It was extremely loud,”...
  • Trump's hawkish national security advisor John Bolton jumps into the White House's China trade talks

    05/24/2018 4:56:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 22 May 2018 | Kevin Breuninger
    Trump's hawkish national security advisor John Bolton jumps into the White House's China trade talks National security advisor John Bolton is involved with U.S.-China trade negotiations. A National Security Council official told CNBC that it was only "natural" that Bolton be involved in recalibrating the U.S. trade relationship with China. Bolton, who was recently criticized by North Korea, said in March that a revamped trade policy with China "could be a little shock therapy." Kevin Breuninger | Kayla Tausche Published 11:45 AM ET Tue, 22 May 2018 Updated 11:52 AM ET Tue, 22 May 2018 As the U.S. and China...
  • Tinker, Tailor, Clapper, Carter, Downer, Halper, Spy

    05/24/2018 2:36:11 AM PDT · by Paladin2 · 18 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | May 22, 2018 | MS
    As I think most persons paying attention now realize, the investigation into foreign interference with the 2016 election was created as a cover for domestic interference with the 2016 election.
  • North Koreans skipped recent summit planning meeting with US: WH official

    05/24/2018 2:02:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    ABC ^ | May 23, 2018 | CECILIA VEGA
    North Koreans skipped recent summit planning meeting with US: WH official CECILIA VEGA Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:21AM Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the June meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is moving forward as scheduled, despite growing concerns among White House officials and the president that the North Koreans could scuttle the summit. Those concerns, according to a senior White House official, began about two weeks ago when a North Korean delegation failed to show up at a planning meeting for the summit with U.S. officials - although, according to...
  • Byron York: FBI appears ready to miss another deadline in Trump-Russia probe

    05/23/2018 10:08:05 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2018 11:34 PM | Byron York
    Friday is the deadline for the FBI and Justice Department to give the Senate Judiciary Committee key documents in the Michael Flynn case.It won't happen, because that's not how the current FBI and Justice Department deal with congressional demands involving the Trump-Russia affair. But sooner or later, Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is likely to get his way.In a May 11 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Grassley noted that more than a year ago, on Feb. 15, 2017, the Judiciary Committee requested a copy of the transcript of a Dec. 2016 phone...
  • Syrian state media says U.S. struck army base, U.S. denies

    05/23/2018 9:53:27 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media and a military media unit run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said early on Thursday that the U.S.-led coalition targeted Syrian army positions in Syria’s desert, but U.S. military officials denied any knowledge of the strikes. “Some of our military sites between Albu Kamal and Hamimia were exposed at dawn today to aggression launched by U.S. coalition jets,” state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.
  • Dutch Firm’s Report Clears Waters for Submarine Upgrade (Taiwan)

    05/23/2018 8:14:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | May 22, 2018 | Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin
    The navy is to modernize the two Hai Lung-class submarines in its fleet as part of a four-year program as planned, after Netherlands-based RH Marine green-lit the program’s technical feasibility, a Ministry of National Defense official said. Modified from the Dutch Zwaardvis-class, the Hai Lung-class subs have been in service for more than 30 years of their 35-year life span, the official told the Chinese-language Liberty Times (sister paper of the Taipei Times) on condition of anonymity. To enhance combat capabilities and to address a shortage of parts, the navy has planned numerous improvements, including equipping the pair with long-range...
  • Here Is Boeing's Master Plan For The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet's Future

    05/23/2018 8:10:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 23, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Boeing is pushing ahead with the Block III F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program for the U.S. Navy, which includes new build aircraft and upgraded planes, and will significantly enhance the lifespan and capabilities of the jets. At the same time, there are no formal plans to upgrade the fighter's engines or add conformal fuel tanks to the service’s EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft, which could limit Carrier Air Wings’ ability to take full advantage of the added capabilities. On May 23, 2018, Boeing hosted a media day at its offices in Washington, D.C. to provide the latest updates on the program’s status....
  • North Korea says future of Trump-Kim summit is up to Washington: KCNA

    05/23/2018 6:10:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 2018-05-24
    North Korea says future of Trump-Kim summit is up to Washington: KCNA SEOUL (Reuters,AFP) - North Korea's vice foreign minister said the future of the summit between Pyongyang and Washington is "entirely" up to the United States and condemned a media interview by US Vice President Mike Pence in which he compared the North to Libya. "We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us," said Choe Son Hui, according to a report by North Korea's central news agency on Thursday (May 24). Choe...