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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NIGERIA POLITICS: European Union Denies Favouring Buhari in 2015 Presidential Election

NIGERIA POLITICS: European Union Denies Favouring Buhari in 2015 Presidential Election

Santiago Fisas, a former Chief Observer of the 2015 European Union EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) and member of the European Parliament said, “The international community was not in favour of any candidate. The election was done in a proper way and I praise former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat. I think it has proved that he is a man of the state that he put the interest of Nigeria before his own interest.

“That is an example in Nigeria and for many countries in Africa to follow, he accepted that he lost the election to another party,” Santiago Fisas said.

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USA POLITICS: John Kennedy Biography (JFK Bio)

USA POLITICS: John Kennedy Biography (JFK Bio)

John F. Kennedy (John Fitzgerald Kennedy), the 35th U.S. president, negotiated the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and initiated the Alliance for Progress. He was assassinated in 1963. Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president in 1961. As president, Kennedy faced a number of foreign crises, especially in Cuba and Berlin, but managed to secure such achievements as the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

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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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USA POLITICS: 100,000-Ton Nuclear Powered USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier Patrols Korean Peninsula Waters in Warning to North Korea

USA POLITICS: 100,000-Ton Nuclear Powered USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier Patrols Korean Peninsula Waters in Warning to North Korea

“The dangerous and aggressive behavior by North Korea concerns everybody in the world,” Rear Admiral Marc Dalton, commander of the Reagan’s strike group, said in the carrier’s hangar as war planes taxied on the flight deck above.

“We have made it clear with this exercise, and many others, that we are ready to defend the Republic of Korea.”

The Reagan’s presence in the region, coupled with recent military pressure by Washington on Pyongyang, including B1-B strategic bomber flights over the Korean peninsula, comes ahead of President Donald Trump’s first official visit to Asia, set to start in Japan on Nov. 5, with South Korea to follow.

North Korea has slammed the warship gathering as a “rehearsal for war”.

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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: Joseph J. Simons Biography

USA POLITICS: Joseph J. Simons Biography

Mr. Joe Simons (Joseph J. Simons) has extensive experience representing clients before the FTC, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the Congress in a wide range of antitrust and regulatory matters. In 2000, he was nominated by the Department of Justice, and approved by the Federal Communications Commission and Federal District Court, as trustee of four wireless telephone businesses relating to the GTE/Bell Atlantic/Vodafone transaction.

In that capacity, Mr. Simons became the holder of the FCC licenses to these properties, making him the 10th largest wireless carrier in the U.S., and he was responsible for managing and divesting these businesses valued at over $2 billion. He performed a similar role for the Cingular/AT&T transaction.

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USA POLITICS: US Threats of War With North Korea ‘Dangerous, Short-Sighted’: Hillary Clinton says

USA POLITICS: US Threats of War With North Korea ‘Dangerous, Short-Sighted’: Hillary Clinton says

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said: “There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive (over North Korea). Picking fights with Kim Jong Un puts a smile on his face.”

Hillary Clinton also indirectly referred to Trump’s social media comments on North Korea, saying, “The insults on Twitter have benefited North Korea, I don’t think they’ve benefited the United States”.

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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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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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USA POLITICS: Hillary Clinton to UK: Don’t Strike Trade Deal With Trump

USA POLITICS: Hillary Clinton to UK: Don’t Strike Trade Deal With Trump

“You’re making a trade deal with somebody who says he doesn’t believe in trade, so I‘m not quite sure how that’s going to play out over the next few years,” Hillary Clinton said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is said to have been playing up the prospects of increasing trade with “old friends” like the US and “new partners” like China, India and Japan after Brexit.

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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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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: Top-Secret US Military Documents Stolen By North Korean Hackers

USA POLITICS: Top-Secret US Military Documents Stolen By North Korean Hackers

South Korean Member of Parliament and member of the ruling Democratic party Lee Cheol-hee told local media that the hackers broke into a military data center in September 2016 and stole the most up-to-date blueprint for a military conflict with North Korea, called Operational Plan 5015, Financial Times reported.

The United States and its ally South Korea have been at loggerheads with the North over Pyongyang’s weapons and nuclear programs.

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USA POLITICS: Confirmed! ‘No Risk-Free Options’ on North Korea’: US Army Chief of Staff Milley Says

USA POLITICS: Confirmed! ‘No Risk-Free Options’ on North Korea’: US Army Chief of Staff Milley Says

“There are no good, easy, you know, risk-free options here. This is extraordinarily difficult, extraordinarily dangerous. No one should underestimate it,” US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley told reporters during a news conference on the sidelines of the Association of the US Army’s annual meeting in Washington.

“A full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula will be horrific by any stretch of the imagination. No one has any doubts about that. It would be horrible, there’s no question about it, but so would an intercontinental ballistic missile striking Los Angeles or New York City. That would be equally horrible,” General Mark Milley said.

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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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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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USA POLITICS: Jokes Aside, 2020 ‘Trump On Track to Win Re-Election’

USA POLITICS: Jokes Aside, 2020 ‘Trump On Track to Win Re-Election’

The real bottom line seems to be that as with presidential approval itself, a lot hinges on events and the events themselves are highly uncertain. It’s certainly possible to imagine a world in which Democrats nominate a left-wing populist which inspires a centrist billionaire to run third party and a deeply unpopular Trump triumphs against a divided field. It’s also possible to imagine the steadily strengthening labor market evolving into a full employment boom over the next three years and Trump cruising to reelection on a wave of popularity. Or a recession could throw his approval ratings into the toilet and he gets crushed. Or there might be a nuclear war with North Korea.

In an uncertain world, the one thing we really know is the home team usually wins the game and the incumbent politician usually gets reelected.

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