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Trump's Real NoKo Strategy 
by Thomas Gallatin
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Wednesday Top Headlines 
by Publius:  Small business optimism jumps to second-highest level in measure’s 45-year history; tax cuts credited (The Washington Free Beacon)
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Feds collect record individual income taxes through May; still run $532.2B deficit (CNS News)
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Charitable giving in U.S. tops $400 billion for first time (Associated Press)
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Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot (The Washington Times)
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In primary races, Republican voters rewarded loyalty to Trump (The Wall Street Journal)
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Trump-basher Mark Sanford, who president called “nothing but trouble,” ousted in key South Carolina primary (Fox News)
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House GOP will vote on immigration next week, sinking discharge petition (The Hill)
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At the Pentagon, mass confusion over future of “war games” with South Korea (Washington Examiner)
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Trump administration condemns Iran’s role in facilitating 9/11 attacks (The Washington Free Beacon)
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Andrew McCabe alleges FBI, Justice Dept. failed to provide information on his firing in lawsuit (CBS News)
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DOJ takes down 2,300 alleged child sex abusers in massive national operation (The Daily Caller)
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Juanita Broaddrick book about liar-Clinton rape disappears from Amazon (PJ Media)
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“Not in my backyard”: Blue state rejects free electricity to avoid seeing a wind farm (Hot Air)
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AT&T wins court approval to buy Time Warner (CNBC)
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George H.W. Bush is the first U.S. president to reach 94 (Associated Press)
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Two women get kicked out of Uber after kiss — but what CNN doesn’t tell you is that the driver was Muslim (CNN)
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Humor: House Democrats draft legislation that would make it a hate crime to eat at Chick-fil-A (The Babylon Bee)
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Policy: Suspending military exercises in South Korea carries risks (The Daily Signal)
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Policy: Subsidies for coal and nuclear will harm taxpayers, ratepayers, and the free market (Washington Examiner)  ~The Patriot Post
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Here’s What Trump-Kim Jong Un Agreed Upon At Summit
by Saagar Enjeti
{ dailycaller.com } ~ President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took steps toward decreasing tensions on the Korean peninsula... in a joint statement signed by the two leaders Tuesday. The text of the agreement was seen by reporters before its official release by the White House after Trump held it up during a joint signing ceremony with Kim Jong Un. The text of the agreement notes first that “the United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.” The text also indicates that Trump gave security guarantees to the North Korean regime in exchange for taking concrete steps towards denuclearization. Most consequentially North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a pledge to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”...
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Establishment Media Silent: Trump Gets 
Unexpected Surprise Courtesy Of Singapore Citizens 
by BEN MARQUIS
{ westernjournal.com } ~ Since President Donald Trump’s first day in office... the liberally biased mainstream media has perpetuated the narrative that Trump is largely despised both at home and abroad, and that in other nations he is almost universally viewed as an embarrassment to the American people. Thus, it came as no surprise whatsoever when the U.S. media essentially ignored the reception Trump received from cheering supporters upon his arrival Sunday in Singapore ahead of a high-stakes summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Coverage of the cheering crowds greeting Trump would directly contradict the “Trump is hated” narrative the mainstream media outlets push every day, so they simply ignore it and choose not to cover it...
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The Democrats' IT Scandal Cover-Up

by Daniel John Sobieski
{ americanthinker.com } ~ Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz subverted our democracy and interfered in the 2016 election in ways Moscow could only dream of... yet while Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to chase Russian phantoms, the case against Wasserman Schultz and Imran Awan, the IT director she and other Congressional Democrats employed, continues to drag on despite overwhelming evidence of criminality and clear national security implications. Schultz was forced to step down after hacked emails revealed that she and the DNC had their finger on the scales and actively worked to defeat commie-Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries in favor of liar-Hillary Clinton. She has been forced to step aside after a leak of internal DNC emails showed officials actively favoring liar-Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary and plotting against liar-Clinton’s rival, commie-Bernie Sanders…The commie-Sanders campaign has long claimed that the party establishment had its “finger on the scales” during the bitter and surprisingly long primary, but the embarrassing new revelations proved to be the final straw for a figure who had been a lightning rod for tension within the party...
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Paul Krugman’s Intellectual Dishonesty
by Mark Tapson
{ frontpagemag.com } ~ The discourse of today’s political left is invariably marked by jaw-dropping degrees of hypocrisy and psychological projection... Case in point: last week columnist Paul Krugman posted an opinion piece at The New York Times titled “Intellectuals, Politics and Bad Faith,” in which he strove to smear the political right as intellectually dishonest – exactly the same sin of which Krugman was guilty in his own column. Nobel Prize-winner Krugman long ago ceased being reliable as an economist but has maintained his political stature among the left as a race-obsessed smear merchant who habitually demonizes conservatives in his Times  columns. As noted in his profile at DiscoverTheNetworks.org, the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s encyclopedia of the political left, Krugman’s “view of Republicans and conservatives as hate mongers has been on display again and again.” As an example, when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and six others were shot in Tucson, Arizona in 2011 by an obsessed lunatic, Krugman falsely blamed it on “the rising tide of violence” in America stemming from “toxic,” “eliminationist” rhetoric “coming, overwhelmingly, from the right.” In another instance, on Election Day in 2016, a bitter Krugman lashed out by attacking Donald Trump’s supporters as racist misogynists “who don’t share at all our idea of what America is about.” At least he got that last part right – Trump supporters most assuredly do not share Krugman’s Progressive vision of what America should be about...
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Yellow Alert Has Just Been Issued 
For 2 Major Volcanoes In North America 
by MICHAEL SNYDER 
{ freedomoutpost.com } ~ Massive eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano and Guatemala’s Fuego volcano have captivated the entire world in recent days... and now it looks like even more volcanoes are starting to wake up.  In fact, yellow alerts were just issued for Mexico’s Mt. Popocatepetl and Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano.  Mt. Popocatepetl and Great Sitkin both sit along the “Ring of Fire” that roughly encircles the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean, and many are becoming concerned that we may be witnessing some sort of “chain reaction” as volcanoes all over the globe begin to exhibit signs of increased activity.  This even includes some unusual happenings at Yellowstone, and we will cover that near the end of this article.  But to start with, let’s take a look at the yellow alert that was just issued for Mt. Popocatepetl.  The following comes from a government website in Mexico…   https://freedomoutpost.com/yellow-alert-has-just-been-issued-for-2-...
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Trump's Real NoKo Strategy 

by Thomas Gallatin:  As any good coach will tell you, never take your eye off the ball. In the world of geopolitics, the same advice holds true: Define the goal, focus on reaching it and avoid rabbit trails. For President Donald Trump, his stated goal for North Korea is to see its regional and global nuclear threat ended via denuclearization. Everything else, such as an official end to the Korean War, is secondary. In the light of this clear goal, the historic Trump-Kim summit was a successful first step in the right direction.

             The groundwork for future developments in North Korean denuclearization was laid, but it’s also important to note that there’s still a long way to go. On Tuesday, in Singapore, Trump and Kim Jong-un signed an agreement that essentially lays out four goals both agreed to pursue going forward:

  1. The United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity
  2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
  4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

               As with any negotiation, both sides conceded and received something out of this initial meeting. Obviously, Kim received a huge boost to his public image and perception on the world scene as a legitimate leader worthy of time with the American president. Yet, as many have noted, Kim is a brutal dictator, and all the positive optics at the summit featuring his meeting with Trump are unpleasant to say the least. However, if offering positive rhetoric and prestige motivates Kim to give up his nukes, then it is well worth it. (Whether it was worth it to cease military exercises with South Korea, as the North demanded and Trump granted, is up for debate.) For Kim, it is much more than presenting a good image; he’s desperate to hold on to power, and with his country on the brink of starvation, giving up his nukes and making nice with the U.S. may be his only option. His life quite literally could be on the line, depending on how this all goes down.
               For Trump, this is also a golden opportunity to do what no U.S. president has been able to accomplish in over 60 years — bring about an end to the long-running regional and global threat of North Korean militaristic aggression. Again, however, the concession is allowing Kim to retain his totalitarian rule. In fact, a deal further establishes that rule, so long as Kim continues to abide by his commitment to denuclearize. Such is the messy game of diplomacy, albeit without the $150 billion Barack liar-nObama gave Iran to make his deal.
               Finally, as noted earlier, this process is far from over, and there are bound to be some setbacks. But always keep in mind the endgame — a denuclearized North Korea. The big question is verifying that denuclearization. And don’t forget the biggest behind-the-scenes player in this whole drama is China. You can bet Trump hasn’t forgotten it.   ~The Patriot Pos
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CONFUSION:   Pelosi Says Constitution Spells Out ‘Two Co-Equal Branches’ Of Government

No Nancy. No.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must be taking night classes at the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez School of Government.

Pelosi, the 79-year-old third-highest ranking official in the U.S. government, was speaking to the Center for American Progress today when she mistakenly said there are “two co-equal branches” of government, before correcting herself to say there are three.

Watch:

“First of all, let me just say, we take an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi said.

“Democrats take that oath seriously, and we are committed to honoring our oath of office. I’m not sure that our Republican colleagues share that commitment, and I’m not sure that the president of the United States does, too,” she claimed.

“So, in light of the fact that the beauty of the Constitution is a system of checks and balances— two co-equal branches— three co-equal branches of government,” she corrected with a laugh.

“A check and balance on each other,” she continued. “Con— Constitution spells out the pri— pa, uh, the duties of Congress and one of them is oversight of the president of the United States, another one of them is to impeach the president of the United States,” Pelosi said.

In November, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallied supporters on Facebook to pitch in and help Democrats take back “all three chambers of Congress.”

“…the Progressive movement works and it wins in all districts…If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress– three chambers of government…,” she said during the virtual appearance.

She clarified that she meant the “presidency, the Senate and the House.”

According to the Constitution, the three branches of government are the legislative, executive and judicial.

Below: Nancy Pelosi is continuing to promote the false narrative that President Trump is involved in a cover-up and therefore may be guilty of an impeachable offense. Millie Weaver joins Alex to break down the propaganda being used to overturn the democratic election of 2016 

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