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Is North Korea Really Willing 
to Denuclearize? Nope 
by Thomas Gallatin
Friday Top Headlines 
by Political Editors:  February jobs report: 313,000 created vs. 200,000 expected (CNBC)
Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, but will exempt Canada and Mexico during NAFTA talks (Associated Press)
Trump accepts invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (The Washington Post)
Why no investigation into FBI, Justice Department collusion with Democrats to spy on Trump? Turns out, there is one (Investor’s Business Daily)
TV vs. Trump in 2018: Lots of Russia, and 91% negative coverage (again!) (NewsBusters)
Twitter refuses to revoke Louis Farrakhan’s blue checkmark despite numerous anti-Semitic tweets (National Review)
Industry leaders defend violent video games in meeting with Trump (The Daily Signal)
Disgraced Parkland deputy heard shots inside school building, told cops to stay away (The Miami Herald)
In this American town, guns are required by law — one murder and violent crime under 2% (CNN)
Humor: VA Secretary forgets to fire himself after promising to rid agency of corruption (Duffel Blog)
Policy: More bailouts will only paper over liar-nObamaCare’s many failures (The Daily Signal)
Policy: Congress should reassert its constitutional authority on trade (The Daily Signal)   ~The Patriot Post
White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro
Discusses Canada and Mexico Steel 
and Aluminum Exemption 
by sundance
{ } ~ First, per Trade Adviser Peter Navarro, the Steel and Aluminum tariffs will be announced tomorrow...  Second, Mexico and Canada will be given an exemption from those tariffs while NAFTA is being renegotiated.  The exemption will give U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer increased leverage in his efforts to close the NAFTA loophole.  Closing the NAFTA “fatal flaw” is the essential “Option 1” that we have discussed previously several times.  It would be against the interests of Canada and Mexico to ever agree to close the loophole. However, the steel and aluminum tariffs add a bit of financial incentive not previously in the equation. It is still highly doubtful the amount of money in the steel and aluminum tariff aspect is close to enough to get Canada and Mexico to agree to close the backdoor loophole. However, any amount is more than was there before…. so the possibility of “option 1” increases a smidge...
US, IDF troops train to protect Israel 
from ballistic missiles together 
{ } ~ Thousands of American and Israeli soldiers are preparing for the real possibility that they will have to fight “shoulder to shoulder” against a massive ballistic attack on the State of Israel... officials from both countries said Thursday. On Sunday, the two militaries launched the nearly-month-long Juniper Cobra exercise, which will simulate such a missile barrage. The biennial drill is this year’s premier exercise for the US European Command (EUCOM) and one of the most important for the Israel Defense Forces, with approximately 2,500 soldiers from each army taking part. “For more than four weeks, they will train shoulder to shoulder, the same as we will fight in times of crisis. It’s not just about an exercise,” Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, Israel’s air defense commander, told reporters on Thursday...
Second Amendment In Jeopardy 
In The House Next Week 
by George Rasley 
{ } ~ Just because the media has moved on from Nikolas Cruz’s crimes in Parkland, Florida to the Oscars and counting the staff departures from the Trump White House... doesn’t mean that the threats to the Second Amendment from squishy Republicans and gun grabbing Democrats have passed. On Tuesday House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent a memo to members of the House GOP conference announcing that the House would take up at least one gun-related bill next week – a plan to spend some $50 million on “school safety.” Throwing money at problems without any real plan or way to measure results is a favorite tactic when Congress faces calls for it to solve a problem that is not really within its jurisdiction – in this case the failures of Broward County Florida’s Democratic sheriff, Scott Israel, school administrators, community mental health service staff, and of course his parents, to deal with the ticking timebomb that was Nikolas Cruz... 
VA Secretary David Shulkin's job at risk 
after scandals, and more are coming
by Pete Kasperowicz
{ } ~ Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has survived a few major scandals this year... but some believe he's highly likely to be pushed out of his job soon, as additional watchdog reports will soon be released that will force him to explain more waste, abuse, and bungling at the troubled department. "I think there's an 80 percent chance he won't be around in another month or two," said one informed source close to the situation. Shulkin, an appointee of former President Barack liar-nObama's, by most accounts had a steady and even glowing 2017 under President Trump. But in February, an inspector general report did severe damage to his reputation by describing how his chief of staff lied in order to have taxpayers pay for his wife to accompany him on a nine-day trip to Europe, most of which was used as vacation time... 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wakes Up 
by CHQ Staff 
{ } ~ To many conservatives it appears that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who as a Senator was one of the few principled conservatives serving in the upper chamber of Congress... has been asleep at his desk at the Department of Justice. For the past year it has often looked as though liar-nObama holdovers were in charge and few conservative priorities were being pursued. While things are far from perfect at DOJ conservatives can take heart that the Attorney General has taken on one of the most important challenges facing the Trump presidency and constitutional government; California’s “sanctuary” for illegal aliens policies. Yesterday, in remarks to the California Peace Officers’ Association, Attorney General Sessions laid down the law to the state of California: I understand that we have a wide variety of political opinions out there on immigration.  But the law is in the books and its purpose is clear... 
Is North Korea Really Willing to Denuclearize? Nope 
by Thomas Gallatin:  On Tuesday, after North and South Korean officials engaged in diplomatic talks (importantly, talks initiated by the North), South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office stated, “The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize. It made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed.” That’s a seemingly significant about-face from mere months ago, when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was threatening “thousands-fold” vengeance, “Armageddon” and vowing to annihilate the U.S. down to “the last man on this planet.” So did Kim just get religion? Not likely.

          This is a game the world has seen — and fallen for — too many times. The provoking nation invites the world’s ire and subsequent sanctions, only to then signal a desire to negotiate and willingness to change its provocative ways. Soon it obtains sanctions relief, only to later renege on its promised changes while leveling blame on the other negotiating parties for supposedly failing to uphold their end of the bargain. Kim Jong-un is attempting to play this gambit — the same one both his father and grandfather successfully exploited.
          So what is Kim really after here? It appears that his objective is two-fold, and his dangling the carrot of “denuclearization” is merely a ruse that he will quickly pull back as soon as his demands are met. Recall his stated belief that his nuclear arsenal is his “treasured sword.” Kim’s first objective is gaining concessions from South Korea, the UN and possibly the U.S. for sanctions relief. Note the significant effort employed by the rogue regime to promote a feel-good, positive image of North Korea to the world during the recent Winter Olympics — a propaganda effort aided happily by the American Leftmedia.
          Second, Kim is aiming to drive a wedge between South Korea and the U.S. with the ultimate goal of pushing all U.S. military presence out of the South. Kim keenly is exploiting a sentiment that has long been expressed by liberals in South Korea who tend to hold a negative view of the U.S.‘s long-running military presence in their country. Kim is also astutely aware of the fact that the South Korean president is a member of the liberal party, which holds a more dovish policy stance toward their northern neighbors and is the same party Kim Jong-il successfully exploited via the “Sunshine policy.
          From North Korea’s sudden desire to negotiate we are learning that President Donald Trump’s policy of severe sanctions is having a significant and desired impact. This also indicates that China has begun to pull back some of its support from its rogue puppet, as the last thing the Chinese want is a war on their doorstep.
          The U.S. will need to be cautious, hold the line and not fall for the same old dangling-carrot trick the North Korean regime has played time and again. If Kim is truly willing to denuclearize, then he must do so before any sanctions relief is implemented. Anything less plays right into his hands. But Trump is no dummy when it comes to negotiations, and he seems well aware of the cards in play. He tweeted on Wednesday, “Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!
          Unfortunately, we’re betting that Kim is bluffing. As The Wall Street Journal notes, “[North Korea’s former leaders] also extracted concessions in return for talking and broke every promise they made.”   ~The Patriot Pos

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Ignored By Media: Trump Is Using Obama’s National Emergency On Mexican Cartels To Build The Border Wall

President Trump declared a State of Emergency at the US southern border on Friday.

Declaring the immigration crisis a national emergency was overdue. Presidents have declared national emergencies for nearly 50 years.

Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day. The Obama emergencies included the Swine Flu, Flint water crisis and Iran.

And Obama declared the Mexican drug cartels a national emergency in 2011.

Congress believes President Trump has $21 billion in unobligated military construction funding money available for the border wall with Mexico.

Now this was mostly ignored by the liberal media. President Trump is using Barack Obama’s previous national emergency on Mexican drug cartels to get funding for the border wall.

Via Law and Crime:

As it turns out, back in 2011 then-President Barack Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of transnational criminal organizations organizations.” Obama cited his authority as granted through the Constitution to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701, and the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1601. The latter is the same legislation that Trump is citing to get funding for the wall to achieve his immigration reform goals. That executive order targeted a number of criminal organizations, including the Mexican Los Zetas cartel, an ally of the MS-13 gang President Trump has regularly called out as a danger to Americans.

“Drugs, gangs and people — an invasion,” Trump said on Friday. “We have an invasion coming into this country.”

Trump all but thanked his predecessor on Friday.

“We may be using one of the national emergencies that [Obama] signed having to do with criminal cartels… it’s a very good national emergency… we’re going to be using parts of it,” he said.

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