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Trump doubles down on 'fire and fury' warning to North Korea: 'Maybe it wasn't tough enough'

Source: Foxnews

President Trump on Thursday doubled down on his “fire and fury” warning to North Korea, suggesting any attack on Guam -- as threatened by Pyongyang -- would result in an unprecedented response from the U.S.

"Let’s see what [Kim Jong Un] does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before – what will happen in North Korea," Trump said.

At a separate appearance, Trump also pushed back against critics who suggested his comments earlier in the week were too forceful. Trump told reporters: “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough."

“They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years,” the president said of North Korea. “It’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, that statement wasn’t tough enough.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/10/trump-doubles-down-on-fire-and-fury-warning-to-north-korea-maybe-it-wasnt-tough-enough.html
Posted by factfinder_77 | Thu Aug 10, 2017, 05:14 PM (5 replies)

Gorka backpedals on Tillerson remarks, blames 'fake news industrial complex

White House Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka retreated Thursday from remarks implying it was "nonsensical" for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss the likelihood of military action against North Korea.

In an interview with BBC radio, Gorka reacted to a statement by Tillerson that a conflict with the isolated communist state was not imminent and that "Americans should sleep well at night."

The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical," Gorka said at the time. "It is the job of [Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally ... That is his mandate."

Gorka sought to clarify his remarks Thursday afternoon in an interview on Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

"I was admonishing the journalists of the fake news industrial complex who are forcing our chief diplomat into a position where they are demanding he makes the military case for action when that is not the mandate of the secretary of state," Gorka told host Liz Claman. "That’s why we have a department of defense. If a journalist doesn’t know the difference between the secretary of state and the department of defense, they should hand in their credentials. It’s just absurd lack of understanding."

Gorka said that Tillerson had "done an amazing job" to help guide new sanctions against North Korea through the United Nations Security Council, but "when reporters try to force him to make statements regarding military options, they have no idea what they’re talking about, and if they think that’s a story, they’re not journalists."

Posted by factfinder_77 | Thu Aug 10, 2017, 05:11 PM (4 replies)

Trump's "dangerously low" support among his base

Source: axios

"Our data shows Trump losing support inside the Republican Party and a noticeable drop in his perceived honesty."
"Just 6 months in office, Trump is getting into dangerously low territory in key swing states. Trump's base of support has shrunk from 35.3% of voters who have a 'strongly favorable' view of him in April to only 28.6%."
"Notably, much of that erosion is among Republicans: Strongly favorable views among GOP voters dropped from 54.1% to 44.9%, while unfavorable views increased from 20.5% to 27.9%."
Why it matters: "Trump cannot take continued GOP support for granted in swing states."

Read more: https://www.axios.com/trumps-dangerously-low-support-among-his-base-2469593736.html
Posted by factfinder_77 | Sun Aug 6, 2017, 06:00 AM (17 replies)

Sanders singel payer cost: 1,38 trillion or 2,4 trillion or 2,5 trillion or 2,8 trillion A YEAR

Sanders pegs the price tag for his plan at $1.38 trillion per year during the first 10 years. This is based on an analysis by Gerald Friedman, an economist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

However, "there is a great deal of disagreement and controversy" about this number, said Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy and management professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Kenneth Thorpe, a professor of health policy and management at Emory University, put the cost at $2.4 trillion a year. A team from the Urban Institute put the number at $2.5 trillion a year. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget projected $2.8 trillion a year.

Why the differences in cost?

Posted by factfinder_77 | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 07:22 PM (9 replies)

Investigators want phone records on Trump Jr.-Russia meeting


Congressional investigators are interested in obtaining phone records pertaining to Donald Trump Jr.'s June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, CBS News has confirmed.

CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports that a congressional source says there is "high interest" in obtaining cell phone records and phone records in general around the meeting, which Trump Jr. had agreed to because he had been led to believe that the lawyer had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

And there is also interest in the email accounts of all of those involved in the meeting. In addition to Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort also attended the gathering. A congressional source says "we want all relevant documents" connected to the people in the meeting. Investigators would want to know all that was discussed between the parties, before, during and after the meeting.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/investigators-want-phone-records-from-trump-tower-russia-meeting/
Posted by factfinder_77 | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 05:24 PM (14 replies)

Pennsylvania town evacuated after train carrying hazardous materials derails

Source: cbsnews

All residents of a small Pennsylvania town were evacuated hours after a freight train carrying hazardous materials partly derailed, setting some cars ablaze. Officials tell CBS Pittsburgh that at least 32 cars on a CSX freight train derailed early Wednesday morning in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. CBS affiliate WTAJ-TV reports one of the cars crashed into a home, starting a fire in the garage. Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived on the scene late Wednesday afternoon but can't assess the situation because train cars are still burning. Officials say the safest thing to do is just to let the cars burn themselves out. There's no estimate on how long that will take. There are two other cars in danger of catching fire.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hyndman-freight-train-carrying-hazardous-materials-derails/
Posted by factfinder_77 | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 05:14 PM (12 replies)


The Hamilton 68 dashboard, launching today as part of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, provides a near real-time look at Russian propaganda and disinformation efforts online. The top of the page shows tweets from official Russian propaganda outlets in English, and a short post discussing the themes of the day. This is Russia’s overt messaging

We examined unique stories that appeared each day in the lists of Top and Trending URLs from July 21 to July 31, 2017. Articles were categorized according to issues they addressed, including primary, secondary, and tertiary themes, as many stories speak to multiple issues. The three most common primary issues out of the 91 stories analyzed involved US partisan politics, the conflict in Syria, and the investigation of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Digging deeper, the 54 stories related to partisan politics include 30 hostile to the Democratic Party, 14 supportive of President Trump, 2 hostile to the Republic Party establishment, and 2 targeting the U.S. Intelligence Community. Of 18 stories related to Syria, 14 attacked US actions, while 4 lauded the actions of Russia and their allies. The 9 articles targeting Robert Mueller and his investigation were uniformly hostile.

Posted by factfinder_77 | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 04:47 PM (2 replies)

GOP's "Investigate Hillary Again" bill came from /r/The_Donald

Source: Wired

Thursday night, three Twitter users discovered that a staffer for one of the resolution’s sponsors attempted to crowdsource a number of the resolution's salient points from r/The_Donald, a subreddit notorious for playing host to unfounded conspiracy theories and anti-Islam tendencies. In other words, not a conventional source of legislative inspiration.

"If the purpose of oversight investigations is to get to the truth," one longtime legislative staffer explained, "then using baseless conspiracies as your starting point is completely counterproductive to a direct investigation."

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/republican-staffer-the-donald-resolution/
Posted by factfinder_77 | Mon Jul 31, 2017, 08:52 PM (3 replies)

FOX: note a crime to put out a misleading statement - but advisers "worried"

Posted by factfinder_77 | Mon Jul 31, 2017, 08:15 PM (8 replies)
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