North Korea calls latest UN sanctions an act of war

According to North Korea’s foreign ministry, the latest round of UN sanctions are “an act of war,” and threatened to punish those who supported the measure. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday due to its recent ICBM test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil along with its earnings from workers abroad.

The new resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and demands the “repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months”. The US-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the Council to further reductions if the North conducts another ICBM/nuclear test.

In a statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the US is “terrified” by its nuclear force and was getting “more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country”.

Trump’s personal Twitter offline for minutes

Twitter confirmed in a statement that United States President Donald Trump’s personal account was offline for 11 minutes on Thursday evening due to a mistake by a company employee. 

Reports emerged around 7 pm that Mr. Trump’s personal Twitter account was inaccessible, but it was quickly back up moments later.

Twitter’s Government and Elections page initially said the account was “inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee.”

“We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again,” read the statement from the social media giant.

However, a statement sent out nearly two hours later said that through Twitter’s investigation the company found out that a “customer support employee” carried the account deactivation on the individual’s last day of work.

Twitter said they are “conducting a full internal review.”

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Neither Trump or the White House has made any comment regarding the temporary shutdown.

The president used Twitter as a way to reach out to US citizens during the 2016 presidential election and has continued to actively use it during his presidency.


More details to follow. Image 1 of Donald Trump from Business Insider. 


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Grand Jury approves first wave if charges in Investigation led by Muller

A Federal grand jury has approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Mueller. Arrests are expected for this coming Monday. Rumors going around are expecting Manafort


Developing story, more to follow…


Clinton campaign paid for dossier research

The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for the research that brought about the Russian dossier that states allegations against United States President Donald Trump in regards to Russia. 

This is according to the Washington Post, which released the exclusive story on Tuesday evening, citing sources “familiar with the matter.”

The dossier, written by Brit Christopher Steele, brings up allegations in regards to Mr. Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and Moscow.

A lawyer representing the 2016 Clinton campaign and the DNC, Marc E Elias, utilized Fusion GPS in April 2016 to carry out the research found in the dossier, according to the WP.

Once complete, Fusion GPS brought on Mr. Steele, a former British intelligence officer, to write the document, which became public on Jan 11 of this year via Buzzfeed.

Many news agencies were aware of the dossier’s existence since fall 2016, including local media and international, such as BBC News.

The Clinton campaign and DNC funded Fusion GPS’s research until the end of October 2016, writes the Washington Post.

Elias and Fusion GPS declined to give comment to the Post, and spokesmen for the Clinton campaign and the DNC also had none at this time.


More details to follow. With files from the Washington Post. Image 1 of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail in 2016 from Wikimedia Commons.


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Who is paying for that wall y’all? 


 

In 2015 the initial proposal of the “big, beautiful, see-through and inexpensive wall that would be paid for by Mexico” created a barrier of its own between those in favor and those opposed. In July of 2017 after two years of heated debate 45 proposed a bill allowing $1.6B to complete a Tactical Infrastructure designed to protect 1,000 of our 2,000-mile border. It was passed by the house 235-192. Then later in October to the surprise of many, another bill was approved by the House Homeland Security Committee for $10B American tax dollars to construct the wall. We cannot let this bill pass on the floor.

Will this budget continue to grow out of control? A MIT Tech specialists review of the budget states it impossible at  50′ tall – 10′ underground – 1000 miles long the budget would look more like: $9B for concrete – $4.5B for steel – $15B in labor For a grand total of $28B. What some may forget is there is already a 700-mile long fence along the border that has already cost us $2.3B in taxes. The fence was set in place in 2007 by George W. Bush, complete with barbed wire and infrared cameras. The kicker is the feds still owe former landowners for the original buyouts ten years ago. The U.S. also already spends more on Mexico’s border security team than any other federal agency in the states.

Given the current state of affairs in our great nation is it really ethical to support this budget? In 2017 a mere $69B was put into the education system, while almost $700B went to military funding. As a country who spends almost 100 times more on the military than education, priority matters need to be assessed and addressed first. The hundreds of thousands left homeless from the recent disasters reaching coast to coast and beyond still need basic things like water and shelter. Ask yourself if passing this bill is humane, we need bridges, not walls. Bridges for the gaps in wealth & social inequality and most importantly for the gaps in education.


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Featured photo: Donald Trump’s Taj Ma WALL | by DonkeyHotey

Trump forgot soldiers name, says widow

Military widow Myeshia Johnson said Monday morning that President Donald Trump could not remember her husband’s name during a phone call that has sparked a national controversy. 

Ms. Johnson’s late spouse Sgt La David Johnson was traveling back from a community leadership meeting in Niger on Oct 4 along with a dozen Special Forces before being ambushed by militants affiliated with Daesh (IS).

Johnson and three others were killed, and two others injured.

Investigations by the US Department of Justice and the military’s Africa Command are looking into why Johnson was apparently separated from the others in the ensuing shootout.

His surviving wife told ABC News that Mr. Trump’s “stumbling” had “hurt her the most.”

“If my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risks his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?”

Trump had responded within minutes of this story breaking, disputing her account.

He tweeted that he had “a very respectful conversation” with Ms. Johnson, posting that he had spoken his name “without hesitation.”

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Johnson has yet to respond to Trump’s tweet.

John Kelly last week made a heartfelt defense of Trump and the “sacredness” of such a call from the president to console a loved one of a lost soldier.

He ended up disputing Trump’s denial that he said “inconsiderate” words to the widow but confirming it in his account from the podium of the White House press room.


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Trump denies Wilson’s claims

Trump denied a politician’s claim that he made Johnson cry during a phone call by uttering insensitive words as completely false.

US Congresswoman Frederica Wilson claimed he told the bereaved wife of Sgt. La. David Johnson that “he knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.”

The president tweeted out early last Wednesday morning he had proof that Wilson, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, had “totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action.”

Mr. Trump has yet to provide evidence of the fabrication.

Trump was already under fire for saying most other presidents did not contact the families of dead US armed forces members after not initially connecting with the families of those that died in Niger.

Wilson told Miami TV station WPLG that she heard Trump say the remarks to Ms Johnson while on speakerphone. She said the call was made just before the soldier’s casket arrived in the state.


More details to follow. Image 1 of Johnson at the airport with her daughter from Business Insider. Image 2 of Frederica Wilson from the HuffPost. 


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White House expected to inform Pentagon on guidelines for not allowing Transgenders in the service


Within the next few days, the White House is expected to inform the Pentagon on how to implement a ban on transgender people in the military. Defense Secretary Mattis reportedly has 6 months to fully implement the ban. 

The Defense Department has also been directed to deny admittance to transgender individuals and to “immediately stop spending on medical treatment regimens for those currently serving.” 

Mattis is expected to consider “deployability”; meaning the ability to serve in a war zone, participate in exercises or live for months on a ship, as the main legal reason to separate transgender people and the military. 

US President Trump said that the US government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the military.”

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