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N. Korea cancels high-level talks with
S. Korea, threatens to nix U.S. summit

Yonhap News Agency [Seoul, South Korea], by Staff

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Seoul - North Korea said Wednesday it is canceling high-level talks with South Korea and threatened to pull out of a summit with the United States over the allies´ ongoing military exercises. The North´s Korean Central News Agency said the Max Thunder drills between the South Korean and U.S. air forces are a rehearsal for invasion of the North and a provocation amid warming inter-Korean ties. It also called into question whether next month´s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump can go ahead as planned. "This exercise targeting us, which is being carried out across

The negotiations between President Trump and Kim Jong-un are akin to a high stakes poker game. President Trump holds one card that Kim can´t fight against. That is, we control the devastating sanctions against his country, which will not be lifted till "all" previously stated results, such as the decentralization of North Korea are met. Kim has much to win, but more to lose if he continues to bluff his people into oblivion.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: millstream, 5/15/2018 4:03:44 PM     (No. 11633352)

Kim probably thought all this talk of reconciliation and talks would loosen the political resolve of our president and cause him to soften his demands....wrong! This would have worked for the spineless obama and by now he would be sending planeloads of cash to NK.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dino Sayer, 5/15/2018 4:10:38 PM     (No. 11633358)

Maybe it is time to cancel North Korea.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 5/15/2018 4:18:53 PM     (No. 11633363)

In the past, he´s threatened war every time these joint exercises approached. Never happened, of course, and this is just more bluster. Stay the course, Mr. President.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: klezmer, 5/15/2018 4:20:38 PM     (No. 11633365)

Nothing changes until you sign on the dotted line AND inspections show that you are keeping your word. There´s a new sheriff in town and his name ain´t Carter or Obama. Get used to it rocket man.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: hershey, 5/15/2018 4:21:46 PM     (No. 11633368)

I figured it wouldn´t last...and as for ´rocket man´, I´d say he was more like ´roman candle man´....

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 5/15/2018 4:22:59 PM     (No. 11633370)

How much does the incessant sniping from the Democrats and other NeverTrump critics undermine the President´s ability to negotiate the best settlement to the NK problem?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 5/15/2018 4:27:39 PM     (No. 11633374)

So mouths China´s regional puppet.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Kowgirl, 5/15/2018 4:40:43 PM     (No. 11633383)

Is anyone really surprised about this?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ginadee, 5/15/2018 5:00:28 PM     (No. 11633402)

Why am I not surprised the little dick tator is having a possible change of heart?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jjs, 5/15/2018 5:02:16 PM     (No. 11633404)

It´s an odd way to get a deal, making threats to the one that holds all the cards. Rocket Man is trying to pull one over on Trump and the West. Trump knows how to test his enemies. If fat man blinks, Trump wins.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Clinger, 5/15/2018 5:03:45 PM     (No. 11633405)

Give Trump credit for not claiming victory before it happens. There has been way too much talk of a Nobel prize, the dance of joy over bringing KJU to his knees. He may back out, he may never have been serious, but given what to expect of any sole ruler, it is entirely possible the deal could be squelched by painting a picture of capitulation. There are times to shut the hell up.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bona fides, 5/15/2018 5:33:50 PM     (No. 11633431)

Rocketman is Weakman.

Rocketman is not in controlman.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: coldoc, 5/15/2018 5:55:00 PM     (No. 11633444)

It appears someone has been reading the art of the deal.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 5/15/2018 6:06:40 PM     (No. 11633453)

Come on, Kimmie. Don´t go soft on us now. Stay with it, bro.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 5/15/2018 6:40:40 PM     (No. 11633477)

everyone is just shaking their ducks at each other. difference is that now the US has a big duck president and he´s not afraid to walk away...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: watashiyo, 5/15/2018 6:50:43 PM     (No. 11633485)

....and suffer the consequences of MORE economic and financial SANCTIONs? If that´s their strategy, Trump knows he´s dealing with a total IDIOT and an AMATEUR. Besides, China won´t allow it because they´re already taking credit for this summit meeting in Singapore.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Cousair, 5/15/2018 7:00:01 PM     (No. 11633488)

Don’t eat your Kimchi before its ready..

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Reply 18 - Posted by: bighambone, 5/15/2018 8:57:49 PM     (No. 11633563)

President Trump had to go through this drill before he moves to take a look at his military options. One way or the other, North Korea is going to lose its nuclear weapons, right now, it is up to Chairman Kim how that happens.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lindamay, 5/16/2018 6:48:45 AM     (No. 11633744)

The NWO, the Deep State and the Lying Media will do everything they can to destroy these negotiations. Pray for POTUS and his administration.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: 4poster, 5/16/2018 7:18:44 AM     (No. 11633761)

Little rocket man just returned from Beijing where he received his marching orders.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rinktum, 5/16/2018 7:39:19 AM     (No. 11633770)

#20, I agree. China is playing both sides of the street. Never forget they are our enemy and their desire is to best us in every aspect. If they can make the President lose face, they will. If, however, they see he is going to be successful, they want in on the glory. Patience, grasshopper. The President is more than aware of their cunning. He’s no novice and knows he is sitting in the catbird seat.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: snapper451, 5/16/2018 8:52:07 AM     (No. 11633834)

Iran has a part in this as well. Iran has been an ally in terror for North Korea and they have been sharing nuke technology. With the hatred of Bolton and mentions of Libya, again that indicates Iran. Once North Korea changes their tune, Iran is further isolated, something they will work to avoid.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: papasparky, 5/16/2018 9:00:22 AM     (No. 11633839)

A predictable "chicken dance" -- fact on the table is -- our chicken is the size of an ostrich and his is a Cornish hen.

Possible Trump reaction? -- "that´s OK little man, I understand your fear, but remember you only get one tantrum, then deal´s off".

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Reply 24 - Posted by: bighambone, 5/16/2018 9:08:26 AM     (No. 11633850)

Bringing President Trump’s aide John Bolton up is nothing but a diversion by the North Koreans, as Trump aides don’t make final negotiating positions in the Trump Administration. The North Koreans probably came to the conclusion that they are not going to be able to bluff Trump as they did Bush and Obama. Remember what happened in Libya was just another Obama-Hillary Clinton foreign policy fiasco that sent that country back into the dark ages.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: arkfamily, 5/16/2018 9:15:32 AM     (No. 11633854)

Bad news, negotiating tactic, or fake news?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 5/16/2018 9:31:27 AM     (No. 11633869)

I believe #20 is correct. There are several pieces in play here.

The Chinese want to try to get something out of the trade negotiations with the President´s team.

Having traveled there recently, obvious to me that the Chinese economy is a house of cards at best within a restless population. But, they hold some cards too, such as willingness to keep buying US Treasuries to help keep the US government afloat.

Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping wants to keep NK under his wing not the USA´s. So Kimmie tells the USA what Xi want him to say. Kimmie is a useful idiot at this stage, but, doesn´t know it yet.

As directed by Xi, Kimmie foolishly wants to understand President Trump´s red lines. Careful what you wish for, Kimmie. Kimmie now sees Iran in the mix and wants to see where Trump goes with this now that the USA is out of the nuke "deal". Again, careful what you wish for, Kimmie.

Kimmie, when is Xi expecting you to report back to him on progress with Trump?

Other than Xi/Kimmie stirring the pot, nothing else to see here. Kimmie´s meeting-canceling antics is just theater.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: fayebeck, 5/16/2018 9:47:49 AM     (No. 11633898)

Nothing to be concerned about. During the 1950´s Peace Talks in Korea, the parties wrangled over the size and shape of the table for eons. Later all the Ivy League "universities" gave classes on debating about shapes of tables for future "peace talk" negotiators.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: geoguy, 5/16/2018 11:55:00 AM     (No. 11633984)

Not a big deal. We knew that there was a good chance North Korea would pull this ploy. We need to proceed with our Plan B and it won´t go well for North Korea.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: geoman, 5/16/2018 12:30:19 PM     (No. 11634020)

I assume the president wanted the talks to occur and has enjoyed the positive PR since the announcement of the June summit. Postponing the military exercise until after the summit doesn´t seem unreasonable or a sign of US weakness.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Grampstosix, 5/16/2018 12:40:18 PM     (No. 11634044)

You can be certain China is calling the shots.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: cartcart, 5/16/2018 5:09:48 PM     (No. 11634281)

High stakes poker. He just wants us on our heels and cannot afford to walk away or he will be branded as a bigger imbecile than he already is. All we need to do is hand out torches and pitchforks and his starving people will do the rest.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: delta dave, 5/16/2018 8:44:45 PM     (No. 11634517)

As noted earlier, this is an annual ploy of the NK resident Kim, However, there may be opportunity here.

President could play the game and agree - show of statesmenship, etc. while still retaining the card at anytime Kim faltered.

President could ignore the challenge as in the past and call the Kim bluff with threat of more sanctions if talks not held.

President could invite Kim´s forces to join (or Kim to observe) the exercise.

President could decide that Kim´s threat is actually a Chinese play card in the game and call the Chinese President to knock it off or face other economic consequences.

Or the President could ask how would Hillary or Kerry handle this and fork over billions of dollars in bribe money.

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. I guess that´s why PDJT gets paid the big bucks. Oh, wait ....

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Reply 33 - Posted by: lamerican, 5/17/2018 9:50:09 PM     (No. 11635392)

Cancel it.. tubby was never serious.

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NRA boss Oliver North blames Ritalin,
‘culture of violence’ for school shootings

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New York Daily News, by TERENCE CULLEN    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 5/20/2018 1:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Incoming NRA President Oliver North tried to blame the rash of school shootings across the U.S., including the massacre at a Texas high school Friday, on video games and ADHD medication instead of access to firearms.The gun lobby´s newest spokesman said the wave of killings were carried out by "young boys" who "have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten."

Holder: DOJ, FBI should
reject Trump´s requests

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Brett Samuels    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/21/2018 9:57:49 PM     Post Reply
Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday urged Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials to "simply say no" to President Trump´s demand for an expanded investigation into his claims of FBI wrongdoing as it relates to his campaign. "More DOJ norms being eroded. Trump-a SUBJECT of the investigation-wants access to material related to the inquiry," Holder tweeted. (Snip) His latest criticism of the president came as Trump and his allies have claimed, without evidence, that an FBI informant spied on his campaign for political purposes. On Sunday, Trump said he would demand the DOJ investigate the matter.

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