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USA POLITICS: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Calls Trump ‘Bully’ for Eding Imigration Potections

USA POLITICS: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Calls Trump ‘Bully’ for Eding Imigration Potections

“There’s no compassion whatsoever in the White House,” The mayor of Philadelphia in the US state of Pennsylvania said during a City Hall speech in Philadelphia. “I’m just beside myself with sadness because our president is a bully, our president is a punk, and he just doesn’t get it.”

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USA POLITICS: In Thanksgiving Message, Trump Hails Military Gains and ‘Big, Beautiful, Fat Tax Cuts’

USA POLITICS: In Thanksgiving Message, Trump Hails Military Gains and ‘Big, Beautiful, Fat Tax Cuts’

Trump told the troops they could look forward at home to the benefits of “big, beautiful fat tax cuts,” a stock market at record highs, jobs and economic growth.

“We’re doing well at home, the economy is doing great,” Trump said. “You’re fighting for something real, you’re fighting for something good.”

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USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

USA POLITICS: Scholars of Military Strategy, Congress Calling for ICBM Elimination

Among the advocates of dismantling the ICBM force is William Perry, defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. In a recent interview, Perry said the U.S. should get rid of its ICBMs because “responding to a false alarm is only too easy.” An erroneous decision would be apocalyptic, he said. “I don’t think any person should have to make that decision in seven or eight minutes.”

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USA POLITICS: North Korea May Strike US Mainland With ICBM this Year: South Korea’s Spy Agency

USA POLITICS: North Korea May Strike US Mainland With ICBM this Year: South Korea’s Spy Agency

North Korea has remained defiant in face of international pressure and sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear and missile programs, saying it needs to develop its missiles and nuclear weapons as a deterrent against plans by the US and its allies to invade the country.

Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence until Washington stops its hostile policy toward the country.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Patrol Agent is Killed and Partner Injured in Texas

USA POLITICS: Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Patrol Agent is Killed and Partner Injured in Texas

President Trump appeared to connect Martinez’s death to border security, and plugged his plans for a border wall Sunday night on Twitter.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) asserted, without explanation, that Martinez and his partner were “attacked” and also linked the incident to security on the border with Mexico.

“This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them,” Cruz tweeted. “I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation.”

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USA POLITICS: General John Hyten in Charge of US Nukes Ready to Defy ‘Illegal’ Strike Order From Trump

USA POLITICS: General John Hyten in Charge of US Nukes Ready to Defy ‘Illegal’ Strike Order From Trump

As head of STRATCOM “I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Air Force General John Hyten said in his remarks, retransmitted in a video posted on the forum’s Facebook page.

“And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I‘m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Reinstates Ban on Trophy Hunting

USA POLITICS: Trump Reinstates Ban on Trophy Hunting

US President Donald Trump has reinstated a ban on trophy hunting amid a public uproar. However, the federal agency responsible for the ban still has on its website that it will issue permits for trophy hunting.

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USA POLITICS: US Does Not Consider Itself Constrained By UN, Might Seek ‘Justice’ in Syria on its Own Terms: Nikki Haley

USA POLITICS: US Does Not Consider Itself Constrained By UN, Might Seek ‘Justice’ in Syria on its Own Terms: Nikki Haley

“With the unity of this council, or alone, unrestrained by Russia’s obstructionism, we will continue to fight for justice and accountability in Syria,” US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley said, blasting Russia’s vetoing of the draft resolution on the extension of the Syrian chemical weapons probe on Friday.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Russia is Stronger Than Europe’: US State Dept Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Russia is Stronger Than Europe’: US State Dept Says

“The threat to [the West’s] collective security posed by Russia is clear, and we on both sides of the Atlantic cannot ignore it,” Brian Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning and a senior adviser to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said. He was addressing the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ Transatlantic Forum on Thursday.

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USA POLITICS: Secret Witness in Senate Clinton Probe is Ex-Lobbyist for Russian Firm

USA POLITICS: Secret Witness in Senate Clinton Probe is Ex-Lobbyist for Russian Firm

Clinton has said the Senate probe is an attempt to shift attention away from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s alleged role in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. As the heat from Mueller’s investigation has intensified, Trump has repeatedly called for an inquiry into Clinton and the Russian uranium deal.

“This latest iteration is simply more of the Right doing Trump’s bidding for him to distract from his own Russia problems,” said Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman.

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USA POLITICS: Saudi Arabia, Israel Want to Drag US Into War Against Iran: CIA Former Officer

USA POLITICS: Saudi Arabia, Israel Want to Drag US Into War Against Iran: CIA Former Officer

Philip Giraldi predicted that “the escalation will be starting in Lebanon, where the resignation of Prime Minister al-Hariri has created a plausible instability that can be exploited by Israel supported by heavy pressure from the Saudis to harden the Lebanese government line against Hezbollah.”

“Both Saudi Arabia and Israel know they cannot defeat Iran,” Giraldi wrote, “without the active participation of the United States.”

“That would require shaping the “threat” narrative to start with a series of relatively minor military actions that appear defensive or non-controversial to draw the United States in without really appearing to do so,” he added.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Believe it or Not, I Do Not Follow Trump’s Tweets’: John Kelly White House Chief of Staff

USA POLITICS: ‘Believe it or Not, I Do Not Follow Trump’s Tweets’: John Kelly White House Chief of Staff

“Believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has said.

“I find out about them,” he continued. “But for our purposes, my purpose, is we make sure the president is briefed up on what he’s about to do.”

“They are what they are,” he said, adding, “We develop policy in the normal, traditional staff way.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Says North Korea’s Kim Insulted Him By Calling Him ‘Old’

USA POLITICS: Trump Says North Korea’s Kim Insulted Him By Calling Him ‘Old’

One of Trump’s tweets read: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”

Speaking later in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Trump said “it would be very, very nice” if he and Kim became friends.

“That might be a strange thing to happen but it’s a possibility,” he said.

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USA POLITICS: Roy Moore’s Supporters Stand Should-to-Shoulder With Him

USA POLITICS: Roy Moore’s Supporters Stand Should-to-Shoulder With Him

Pastor Bruce Jenkins, of Young’s Chapel, said he’s known Moore to be a fair man.

“I don’t know what’s happened in this country where a man isn’t innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “It’s not fair to comment until it’s proven or disproven.”

“It’s a pretty convenient time for this to come out, and it has not changed my opinion and won’t, unless true,” he added.

Jerry Pow, the Bibb County Republican chairman, also told The Toronto Star that he would still vote for Moore over his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

“I would vote for Judge Moore because I wouldn’t want to vote for Doug. I’m not saying I support what he did,” Pow said.

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USA POLITICS: How Democrats May Use Election Wins to Re-Draw Voter Districts

USA POLITICS: How Democrats May Use Election Wins to Re-Draw Voter Districts

Although it tends not to disempower under-represented minorities, Democrats frequently engage in gerrymandering too: Democrats in Maryland passed a pro-Democratic map that plaintiffs challenged as an unlawful partisan gerrymander. The litigation is still ongoing. City Councils are also not immune from the problem, often drawing the lines for their own elections that favor the incumbents or the party in control.

What yesterday’s elections mean, then, is that Democrats can greatly influence the redistricting process, at least in Virginia. (New Jersey uses an independent redistricting commission.) Democrats can, if they want, draw maps that will favor their side through 2030. Even if the Supreme Court overturns Wisconsin’s gerrymander in a highly-watched case this term, there still will be wiggle room for partisans to skew the maps toward their favor.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Veterans Deserve Better’ in Opioid Treatment

USA POLITICS: ‘Veterans Deserve Better’ in Opioid Treatment

“The Veterans Administration needs to understand whether overmedication of drugs, such as opioid pain-killers, is a contributing factor in suicide-related deaths,” McCain, one of the nation’s most visible veterans, said in an e-mail on Thursday. He noted that 20 veterans take their lives each day, a suicide rate 21 percent higher than for other U.S. adults.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Do Not Underestimate Us. Do Not Try Us’: Trump Political Quotes of Day

USA POLITICS: ‘Do Not Underestimate Us. Do Not Try Us’: Trump Political Quotes of Day

“The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation,” U.S. President Donald Trump said, speaking as three U.S. aircraft carrier groups sailed to the Western Pacific for exercises – a rare show of such U.S. naval force in the region.

“To those nations that choose to ignore this threat or, worse still, to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience,” he said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Warns ‘Rogue Regime’ North Korea of Grave Danger

USA POLITICS: Trump Warns ‘Rogue Regime’ North Korea of Grave Danger

“Do not underestimate us and do not try us,” U.S. President Donald Trump told North Korea as he wrapped up a visit to South Korea with a speech to the National Assembly before heading to Beijing, where he was making his first official visit.

“We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated,” he told South Korean lawmakers. “And we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here, on this ground we fought and died to secure.”

“The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation,” Trump said, speaking as three U.S. aircraft carrier groups sailed to the Western Pacific for exercises – a rare show of such U.S. naval force in the region.

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USA POLITICS: John Kerry Says Trump Stepped ‘Over the Line,’ Gave North Korea Justification to Pursue Nuclear Deterrent

USA POLITICS: John Kerry Says Trump Stepped ‘Over the Line,’ Gave North Korea Justification to Pursue Nuclear Deterrent

Up to five million young people have volunteered to join or re-enlist in the North Korean military to fight Washington, KCNA state news agency reported on Thursday. It said the volunteers want to send “millions” of nuclear bombs to wipe out the US. Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to “tame” US President Donald Trump “with fire.”

The volunteers said: “Let’s send 5 million nuclear bombs to blow the evil empire [apparently the US] from Earth without a trace!” KCNA reported.

“The more reckless behavior of Trump ignorant of himself and the rival will only harden the retaliatory will of the army and people of the DPRK (North Korea) against the US. It will precipitate the doomsday of the US. Trump should bear this in mind,” the statement, released on Sunday, noted.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Says Japan Would Shoot Northern Korean Missiles ‘Out of Sky’ If It Bought US Weaponry

USA POLITICS: Trump Says Japan Would Shoot Northern Korean Missiles ‘Out of Sky’ If It Bought US Weaponry

“He (Abe) will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States,“ U.S. President Donald Trump said, referring to the North Korean missiles. ”The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment by far.”

Abe, for his part, said Tokyo would shoot down missiles “if necessary”.

“Some people said that my rhetoric is very strong. But look what’s happened with very weak rhetoric over the last 25 years. Look where we are right now,” U.S. President Donald Trump added.

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