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N KOREA: WE ARE READY FOR ‘ANY WAR THE U.S. WOULD LIKE’
North Korea’s foreign ministry warned Monday that its government is prepared to go to war with the United States, following remarks from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in which he said the Trump administration was prepared for a military engagement with the communist dictatorship should they strike U.S. allies.
“The U.S. should face up to the situation of the world with its eyes wide open. The DPRK has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the U.S. would like to ignite,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying, according to the South Korean newswire service Yonhap.
“If the businessmen-turned-U.S.-authorities thought that they would frighten the DPRK, they would soon know that their method would not work on the latter,” the spokesman continued. “The world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won by the DPRK in the recent ground jet test of Korean-style high-thrust engine will carry.”
Addressing Secretary Tillerson directly, the spokesman said he was “repeating what Obama touted much sanctions [sic] until he left the White House. What matters is that neither Obama nor Tillerson knows the reason why the DPRK had to have access to nuclear weapons and why it is dynamically bolstering up the nuclear force.”
The North Korean official appeared to be responding to Tillerson’s statements in South Korea on Friday where he told reporters that the Trump administration would not back down in protecting its allies in Seoul and Tokyo. “The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson said, clarifying to one reporter that these options did include a military last resort.
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Despite Trump's controversial start, his Staten Island supporters like what they see
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - While his critics protest, file lawsuits, boycott and vote against his nominees, President Donald Trump's supporters are elated; he's doing what he said he would.
Since taking office on Jan. 20, Trump has signed more than two dozen executive orders and presidential memoranda, the most controversial of which pertain to his long-promised wall along the Mexican border, as well as a temporary travel ban on people coming from seven Muslim-majority countries.Mary Reilly, a former chairwoman of the local Republican Party, voted for Trump and was an alternate delegate at the GOP convention in Cleveland last July.
She appreciates that Trump is keeping his campaign promises -- "It doesn't happen often, in either party," Reilly said.
Retired and with health issues, she attended the presidential inauguration, traveling around Washington, D.C., on a mobility scooter, with her husband, Robert, accompanying her.
The Richmond residents encountered lots of hostile protesters, including ones who were aggressive and blocked them from their destination.
But she made it to the ceremony, and since then, "I like what I have seen so far. I like that he got down to work immediately."
She appreciates his private-sector worth ethic.
"He made promises and he's trying to keep them and I really respect that," Reilly said.
Among the many presidential actions Trump has taken since Jan. 20, Reilly supports the immigrant and national security-related moves: the travel ban, wall with Mexico and threatening to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that won't cooperate with federal authorities to deport illegal immigrants.
"I think sanctuary cities are wrong," Reilly said. "I am not against immigration, but it has to be done legally."
As drug addiction and overdoses plague not only Staten Island, but the United States, Reilly wants to see the Mexican border closed to stop the flow of illegal drugs.
"That wall's going to pay for itself in the lives that it saves," she said. "I think that's a great thing."
As for the ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, Reilly points to the Obama administration as also having listed those countries as a threat.
"[Trump] didn't randomly target those countries, they're countries that we've had issues with," she said. "It was clearly said, 'Our country is having a hard time vetting people'."
She feels sympathy for the innocent people suffering, but agrees with Trump's "America first" mantra.
"I don't want to hurt people but I certainly don't want the wrong people getting into our country who are looking to hurt us," she said.
Ilya Galak, a Ukranian immigrant who lives in Annadale, is a Democrat who voted for Trump because of one thing: he wants more manufacturing jobs in the United States.
GORSUCH VOWS INDEPENDENCE AT CONFIRMATION HEARING
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, peppered with questions for hours from senators trying to pry loose his views on a host of hot-button cases, responded Tuesday with a consistent answer: His job is to follow the law, and set aside his personal beliefs.
Similar to past confirmation hearings dating back decades, President Trump’s nominee was loath to reveal his opinion on seminal court rulings during his turn before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But, in a disarming and amicable manner that rarely wavered, the appeals court judge repeatedly stressed what matters is his independence, respect for precedent and willingness to hear the facts and keep an open mind on the cases before him.
“I’m a fair judge,” he vowed, under questioning from the committee’s top Democrat, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Put another way, he told Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, “A good judge doesn’t give a whit about politics, or the political implications of his or her decision.”
The nominee faced lawmakers’ questions for the first time at Tuesday’s hearing. The 10th Circuit judge is virtually assured support from majority Republicans but on Tuesday sought to assuage reservations of Democrats concerned he would effectively serve as a reliable conservative vote on a split court, if confirmed to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Lawmakers specifically pressed on whether Gorsuch would be willing to rule against the president who nominated him.
“I have no difficulty ruling against or for any party, other than based on what the law and the facts of a particular case require,” Gorsuch said, adding, “There’s no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge, we just have judges in this country.”
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Orange Revolution for Motherland of Oranges
As Rex Tillerson is confirmed the new US Secretary of State, and president Trump's foreign policy takes shape, it's time to share some thoughts and suggestions for it, that i find vital.
If there's one central point to Donald Trump's political persona, it's that he's a man of strong, brave and often non-systemic, sometimes even anti-systemic convictions and decisions. And while this may cause uncertainty, it also can be a boon for better future. After all, even though unlike our new president I have for most part been a believer and supporter of what is usually termed these days as 'globalization', 'world system' and so on, I also always maintained that it should only be respected insofar as it benefits the cause and interest of liberty, democracy and justice. In the words of late Russian democratic politician Valeria Novodvorsky, 'a bad regime should not have a good economy, i bad regime should not have a good army, a bad regime should not have a good culture' and so on. Add to it that bad regimes should not have access to free market and other elements of modern society, as they tend to abuse and take advantage of opportunities this society provides, rather than adhere to general rules of conduct, or be grateful to US and others who put this very 'world system' in place and provided these very opportunities, and you pretty much get my foreign policy worldview. Read Full Story Here
(July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006)
was an American economist, statistician, and a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is best known among scholars for his theoretical and empirical re-search, especially consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy He was an economic advisor to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Over time, many governments practiced his restatement of a political philosophy that extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with little intervention by government. Born in Brooklyn, NY.
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