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Man of Steel Tariffs 
by Nate Jackson
Kim Jong Un The Party Animal – S Koreans 
Say He Loves His Humor And Booze 
{ } ~ There’s little debate over whether or not Kim Jong Un is a ruthless and brutal tyrant... but it does seem he’s one with a some normal aspects to his personality. We’re learning that when he met with the South Korean contingent for dinner, there was a lot of alcohol flowing and he actually joked about himself. Taken in addition to the surprising messaging of the N. Korean Olympic delegation, which included his sister and the “geisha cheerleaders,” we perhaps are seeing a different Kim than the squatty little dictator we’ve believed he was. Kim received two years of his education at Liebefeld-Steinhölzli Schule, a Swiss state school. He received failing grades in science, but was more adept in music and math. His dictator dad gave him an external perspective as part of his grooming process. He interacted with other foreign kids, the children of diplomats, which was also a valuable learning experience. Some of those foundational skills may now be coming into play...
Russian Spy Ship Off Georgia Coast 
by Bill Gertz
{ } ~ A Russian spy ship is currently conducting surveillance operations in waters near a U.S. ballistic missile submarine base in Georgia... according to Navy officials. "We are tracking the Viktor Leonov's presence off the East Coast, much like we are aware of all vessels approaching the United States," said Navy Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a Navy spokesman. "We respect the right and freedoms of all nations to operate in international waters in accordance with international law," he added.  A military official said the Leonov, a ship known for conducting annual forays near sensitive U.S. military facilities off the East Coast, is currently operating off the Georgia coast near Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, home to U.S. nuclear missile submarines... 
Pro-Abortion Justice Anthony Kennedy 
Will Reportedly Retire This Summer,
Replacement Could Overturn Roe 
{ } ~ Christmas may have come early for the pro-life movement. Since 1973, pro-life people have been yearning for the day that a majority pro-life Supreme Court would overturn Roe v Wade... Although the high court has been closely divided over the years it has always stayed at least one vote on the pro-abortion side. Justice Anthony Kennedy is one of those votes in favor of keeping Roe vs Wade in place and its allowance for virtually unlimited abortions nationwide. But the latest news today indicates he may possibly be retiring this summer — opening the door for another justice who respects the value of human life or at least the rule of law without using the Supreme Court to invent a fictitious right to abortion...
Karma For Iran As London Embassy 
Is Taken Over by Jihadists 
{ } ~ It’s been thirty-eight years since a mob of Iranian “students” seized the US embassy in Tehran and took the Americans inside captive... holding them for 444 days. Karma sometimes takes a while to make its way back around but today it paid the Iranians a well-deserved visit, coming to their own embassy in London. Four men have forced their way onto the Iranian embassy with only baseball bats and machetes as weapons. London police have been deployed to the site. Slogans chanted by the attackers indicate they are radical Islamists of the Sadeq Shirazi Shiite sect. The Iranian Fars News service reports that that group is supported by London, whose Mayor Khan is also a jihadi. The Iranian Ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeedinejad, confirmed the attack. He tweeted, “A few followers of Shirazi have attacked the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy in London and broke the flag mast.” He noted that they were “chanting slogans against Iranian officials.” It seems that the regime’s “death to America” tactic can be modified for use in other situations... 
Why Doesn’t The Media Care About Dems’ Ties To Farrakhan?
‘Muslims Tend To View Every Criticism Of Islam As Islamophobia’ – Toronto Lecture
Laura Ingraham: ‘California Is Almost Acting Like It’s a Separate Country’
WaPo Video Proves scum-Keith Ellison Lying About His Ongoing Relationship With Farrakhan
Tariffs Are A Move Towards Fair Trade: Former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli | CNBC

Man of Steel Tariffs 

by Nate Jackson:  President Donald Trump announced his 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs Thursday, a week after floating the idea. They’ll take effect in two weeks. Perhaps most importantly on the actual policy, Trump carved out exemptions for Canada and Mexico while NAFTA negotiations continue — just as we speculated he would. Trump also indicated there would be possible exemptions for other nations if reciprocal trade concessions are made.

            The economics of his tariffs, as we argued last week, are a mixed bag. While obviously the steel and aluminum industries will benefit — indeed, companies are already announcing expansion and jobs — industries dependent on steel and aluminum will suffer, jobs will be lost and many products will become more expensive.
            But those aren’t Trump’s only considerations. During his televised signing ceremony, he declared, “Today I’m defending America’s national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminum.” Aside from any real national security concerns, there are two reasons for his focus. First, in order to act without Congress, he must justify it on national security grounds. Were the tariffs only for economic reasons, he’d be stuck waiting. Second, the same justification avoids World Trade Organization sanctions.
            From a strategic perspective, Trump’s tariffs are 90% “art of the deal” and 10% bluster — a shot over the bow of NAFTA nations as well as China (see North Korea for why that’s true). Trump is a dealmaker first and foremost, and he arguably knows more about business than any previous president in history — and most definitely more than many of the talkingheads churning the news-cycle rant loop about tariffs. He’s using that knowledge for the purposes of foreign policy.
            As for all the Republican blowback, it’s largely about necessary political cover in an election year. The targeted tariffs play well with Trump’s America First blue-collar base across the nation (formerly the Democrats’ base), and particularly in a few hard-hit industrial states.
            Unfortunately, as we noted Wednesday, EU officials have shrewdly targeted Harley Davidson, based in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin, bourbon made in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, and orange juice from Florida, the perennial swing state. That punishes Trump’s allies and voters.
            At the same time, the U.S. economy is an enormous chunk of the world economy and most of our trade partner beneficiaries will tread carefully in terms of retaliation. On balance, we’d say tariffs are a net drag on the economy, as the vehement opposition signifies, but Trump has an uncanny way of turning this kind of chaos to his advantage.   ~The Patriot Pos

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Reporter Kicked Out Of Michelle Obama
Conference For Violating ‘Black Girl Code’

The Black Entertainment Television channel recently hosted a conference in south Florida for black women known as “Leading Women Defined,” which featured a casual conversation between former first lady Michelle Obama and former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

But according to the New York Post’s Page Six, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was in attendance was booted from the remainder of the conference after she wrote an article about some of the comments Obama had made during the discussion.

Robin Givhan, a fashion critic and staff writer for The Washington Post, documented the highlights of the friendly chat between Obama and Jarrett.

Some of the highlights of the conversation included the former first lady’s thoughts on President Donald Trump’s inauguration as the Obamas prepared to leave the White House, the role she played during the 2008 election, her difficulty settling in as “the spouse” to the president, how she described her White House garden as a “subversive act” to garner trust with the public and her upcoming memoir. Of course Givhan also wrote about what Obama was wearing … after all, she is a fashion critic.

But following the publication of the article, according to Page Six, BET demanded Givhan leave the conference early amid claims that she had violated a “sacred space” by publishing the content of the conversation.

They also canceled a panel discussion that Givhan initially had been asked to moderate.

However, Page Six noted that BET’s claim that Obama’s discussion was “private” and not intended to be shared with anyone else outside the small gathering in attendance didn’t hold up to scrutiny given the fact that BET itself posted clips from the discussion on its site.

Furthermore, Jarrett also posted those clips on social media and told everyone to “tune in” to the network so they could hear what Obama had to say.

Shortly thereafter, the dispute descended into a sharp back-and-forth on social media between Givhan and others who were irked at what she had done, as can be seen on Givhan’s Twitter feed.

Several of her critics asserted that the conversation had been “off-the-record” — an assertion Givhan flatly denied — and one user claimed the reporter had “violated a sacred trust” between black women.

Another said what she had done was a “complete violation of journalistic ethics and Black girl code, all at once,” while still another asserted through a hashtag that Givhan was “#notoneofus,” as if she were being banished from the exclusive realm of accepted professional black women.

For their part, a BET representative told Page Six that Givhan had been “invited as a guest (not working press) to moderate a fashion panel,” and noted that her travel and lodging expenses had been paid for by the network.

“She was made aware that it was an intimate conversation in a sacred space of sisterhood and fellowship,” the rep added.

Neither Givhan nor representatives for Obama responded to requests for comment on the report from Page Six.

If the WaPo reporter really was instructed ahead of time that the conversation between Obama and Jarrett was “off the record” and a private affair, but published anyway, then BET was justified in booting her from the remainder of the conference — though the mean-spirited commentary she received on social media still crossed the line.

But if Givhan received no prior warning on the matter — and given the fact that BET itself published the conversation later — then this is just a major display of hypocrisy and unnecessary infighting.

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