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USA POLITICS: 24-Hour Alert! Trump Says Soon to Send B-52 Bombers With Nuclear Weapons to Korean Peninsula

USA POLITICS: 24-Hour Alert! Trump Says Soon to Send B-52 Bombers With Nuclear Weapons to Korean Peninsula

There are fears that a new war could break out as the hermit state tries to develop a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the US mainland. Gen David Goldfein, the US Air Force chief of staff, told Defense One that his branch was preparing to put the B-52 bombers back on 24-hour ready alert for the first time since the Cold War ended in 1991.

The move comes amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea, with President Donald Trump saying that Washington is “prepared for anything” when it comes to Kim Jong-un’s regime.

Introduced in 1955, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress was built to carry nuclear weapons and serve as a deterrent during the Cold War.

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USA POLITICS: Trump’s Tougher Stance Could Backfire By Boosting Iran’s Guards

USA POLITICS: Trump’s Tougher Stance Could Backfire By Boosting Iran’s Guards

“We want foreign investors to stay, but if they leave because of (U.S.) pressure, the Guards can easily replace them. There is no better alternative,” the official said, declining to be named because he was not authorized to speak to media.

Under sanctions, Iran’s clerical rulers rewarded the Guards by showering them with contracts for skirting the restrictions as well as for suppressing dissent at home and helping Tehran’s regional allies from Iraq to Lebanon.

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USA POLITICS: Trump to Release Classified John Kennedy Files

USA POLITICS: Trump to Release Classified John Kennedy Files

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump said in a tweet.

Philip Shenon, the author of the Politico article and of a book on the assassination, said he did not think the last batch of papers contained any major bombshells, but may shed light on the activities of Oswald while he was traveling in Mexico City in late September 1963, and courting Cuban and Soviet spies.

“From the record we already have, we know he met there with Soviet spies and Cuban spies and other people who might have wanted to see Kennedy dead,” Shenon said.

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USA POLITICS: US Preparing for North Korea ‘Final Step’: CIA Director Pompeo Says

USA POLITICS: US Preparing for North Korea ‘Final Step’: CIA Director Pompeo Says

CIA Director Pompeo is among a number of former officials who have been signaling the increased possibility of a slide into military confrontation with North Korea over its refusal to back down from its nuclear program.

“Whether it happens on Tuesday or a month from Tuesday, we’re in a time where the President has concluded that we have a global effort to ensure that [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un does not obtain that capacity,” Pompeo says.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Ballistic Missile Programme Will Accelerate’: IRGC Says

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Ballistic Missile Programme Will Accelerate’: IRGC Says

“Iran’s ballistic missile programme will expand and it will continue with more speed in reaction to Trump’s hostile approach towards this revolutionary organization (the Guards),” the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said in a statement published by Tasnim.

“Imposing cruel sanctions against the Guards and hostile approach of the rogue and brute (U.S.) president shows the failure of America and the Zionist regime’s (Israel) wicked policies in the region,” the Guards statement said.

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USA POLITICS: Joseph J. Simons Appointed By Trump to Head FTC

USA POLITICS: Joseph J. Simons Appointed By Trump to Head FTC

Simons, a partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, was a director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition from 2001 to 2003.

During Simons’ tenure at the FTC, the agency sued to stop Diageo PLC and Pernod Ricard from buying Seagram Spirits and Wine in 2001 to prevent a duopoly in rum. The FTC also filed a lawsuit in 2003 to stop Haagen-Dazs owner Nestle Holdings Inc from buying Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Inc, which makes also superpremium ice cream. The FTC later settled both cases.

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USA POLITICS: ‘We’re Friends’: Trump, McConnell Reaffirm Their Alliance

USA POLITICS: ‘We’re Friends’: Trump, McConnell Reaffirm Their Alliance

“We’re probably now closer than ever before,” president Donald Trump proclaimed as McConnell grinned stiffly at his side. “My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding.”

“Some of the people that he may be looking at, I’m going to see if we talk him out of that, because frankly, they’re great people,” Trump said.

Trump’s change in tone suggested that McConnell, whose allies regularly do battle with Bannon, might have talked Trump into intervening during their lunch together.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

The approach of calls for fixing the Iran deal “seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently,” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

French President  Emmanuel Macron said Trump “wants to get tougher with Iran. I told him I thought this was the wrong approach because we have to look where we are now with [North] Korea.”

The Macron leader said he had criticized the US president’s Iran policy as a “bad method.”

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USA POLITICS: Why Trump Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal? To ‘Create Chaos’ in Europe

USA POLITICS: Why Trump Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal? To ‘Create Chaos’ in Europe

Donald Trump said his administration had decided not to certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA. He explained that the White House would work with Congress and US allies to fix the “many serious flaws” of the agreement with Tehran.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Slams Trump for Refusal to Certify Iran’s Nuclear Deal

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Slams Trump for Refusal to Certify Iran’s Nuclear Deal

Trump’s decertification of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was “unacceptable,” Syria’s state news agency, SANA, quoted an official source at the Arab country’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry as saying in a statement on Sunday.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Remembers His Fervent But Frustrated Supporters, Says Time to Deliver Wins for Them

USA POLITICS: Trump Remembers His Fervent But Frustrated Supporters, Says Time to Deliver Wins for Them

“Trump knows he has to make good on several of his campaign promises,” said Ford O‘Connell, a Republican strategist. “The clock is ticking, Congress is useless and portions of his base are growing frustrated.”

In September, 47 percent of people in rural areas approved of Trump while 47 percent disapproved, the poll found. That was down from Trump’s first four weeks in office, when 55 percent said they approved of the president while 39 percent disapproved.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Says, Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech Defies Norms of Civility, ‘Doomed to Fail’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Says, Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech Defies Norms of Civility, ‘Doomed to Fail’

Just before Trump’s speech, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had called his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to tell him that Russia remained fully committed to the Iran nuclear deal.

Additionally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had said that spiking the deal “would undoubtedly hurt the atmosphere of predictability, security, stability and non-proliferation in the entire world.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Cuts Off Obamacare Subsidy for Poor, Says ‘ObamaCare a Broken Mess’

USA POLITICS: Trump Cuts Off Obamacare Subsidy for Poor, Says ‘ObamaCare a Broken Mess’

“ObamaCare is a broken mess,” Donald Trump tweeted early on Friday. “Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!”

“The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!” Trump said in another tweet on Friday.

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USA POLITICS: Adamant Trump Mulls Decertifying Iran Deal, US Officials Say ‘Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Troubling’

USA POLITICS: Adamant Trump Mulls Decertifying Iran Deal, US Officials Say ‘Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Troubling’

“They came up with a plan that protects the things they are concerned about but doesn’t recertify, which the president made clear he was not going to do. That ship has sailed,” according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said Trump has been telling foreign leaders and U.S. lawmakers that his refusal to certify the Iran deal would not blow it up.

“He’s not walking away from it. The chances of him walking away from it go down if they work with him on making it better,” the official said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump Says, Pyongyang Missile Program ‘Very, Very Far Advanced’, and He Blames Barack Obama for it

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Trump Says, Pyongyang Missile Program ‘Very, Very Far Advanced’, and He Blames Barack Obama for it

Their scientists are highly capable, and most of them have studied in Russia,” Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program told BBC Urdu, according to a translation of it published by Dawn.

“Hydrogen bombs are much more powerful than atom bombs. For instance, an atom bomb may destroy the area in the radius of 1.5 to two kilometers, but a hydrogen bomb can devastate an entire city,” Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan said.

US President Donald Trump said: “It should have been handled by numerous – not just Obama, but certainly President Obama should have taken care of it. Now it’s at a point where it’s very, very far advanced. Something has to be done. We can’t allow this to happen.”

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USA POLITICS: US Bombers Fly Over Korea in Show of Force as Trump, Top Defense Officials Discuss Options

USA POLITICS: US Bombers Fly Over Korea in Show of Force as Trump, Top Defense Officials Discuss Options

The two US Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday. After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Korea, then flew over the South to waters between it and China to repeat the drill, the release said.

China’s influential Global Times tabloid expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone and how it had increased the risk of a “fatal misjudgment”.

“War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions. We strongly urge North Korea and the U.S. to stop their bellicose posturing and seriously think about a peaceful solution,” it said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Israel Pressuring Trump to Cancel Iran Deal

ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Israel Pressuring Trump to Cancel Iran Deal

“Donald Trump is getting advice from two very problematic people,” said Wayne Madsen, an author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs.

Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and his senior advisor, is only interested in advancing the interests of Israel, Madsen said during a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

“And the other person is Trump’s friend, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, whose friendship not only extends back to Donald Trump, but even includes Donald Trump’s father,” Madsen said.

“It’s not surprising that Trump is trying to sabotage the nuclear agreement,” the analyst noted.

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UK POLITICS: Obama Mocked Britain in Secret, Says That US-Britain ‘Special Relationship’ a Joke

UK POLITICS: Obama Mocked Britain in Secret, Says That US-Britain ‘Special Relationship’ a Joke

Former US President Barack Obama ex-aides Jeremy Shapiro reveals that, “From my perspective it was very important for us to mention the special relationship in every press conference that we had when the UK were here. But really we laughed about it behind the scenes. Typically, I would try and slip in a reference to the Malvinas or something to spoil it.”

‘Malvinas’ is the word used by Argentinian politicians to refer to the Falklands, particularly when they are trying to claim the islands belong to Argentina.

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USA POLITICS: Melania Trump Didn’t Find It Funny When Ivana Trump Said ‘Because I’m Basically First Trump Wife, OK? I’m First Lady, OK’

USA POLITICS: Melania Trump Didn’t Find It Funny When Ivana Trump Said ‘Because I’m Basically First Trump Wife, OK? I’m First Lady, OK’

The spat broke out after Ivana Trump gave a television interview on ABC’s Good Morning America during which she claimed “basically first Trump wife, I’m first lady.’

“I have the direct number to White House, but I don’t really want to call him there because Melania is there, and I don’t really want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife, OK? I’m first lady, OK,” Ivana Trump told viewers, before laughing.

Clearly the current Mrs. Trump didn’t see the funny side as she fired back a sharply-worded statement from her communications director, Stephanie Grisham.

“Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the president. She loves living in Washington, DC, and is honored by her role as first lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books. There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex, this is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise,” the statement said.

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UK POLITICS: ‘Brexit Supporters ‘Voted Against Modern Britain”: Hillary Clinton Says

UK POLITICS: ‘Brexit Supporters ‘Voted Against Modern Britain”: Hillary Clinton Says

“How, in democracies like ours [can] people believe nonsense and lies on the side of buses about how much money the UK government paid to the EU? How did we let this happen?” Former Democrat Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said, referencing Vote Leave’s infamous claim that £350 million-a-week was sent to the EU and could be spent on the NHS.

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