President Donald Trump’s latest trade salvo over steel and aluminum landed squarely in the middle of Nafta talks, overshadowing efforts by his own negotiators and those from his biggest export markets to update America’s most important free-trade agreement.
President Donald Trump found out how difficult it is to bridge the competing interests of ethanol producers and oil refiners as a third White House biofuel meeting in four days ended with no agreement on how to change U.S. policies.
The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, a career diplomat with more than 30 years of service, announced her intention to step down from the job, joining a wave of senior officers to leave the State Department under the Trump administration.
A proposed law requiring would-be presidents to make their tax returns public before appearing on Maryland’s ballot has advanced in the state Senate. The bill would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release the preceding five years of their tax returns to appear on the ballot.
Vladimir Putin devoted over a third of his annual state-of-the-nation speech to revealing a series of new weapons — both nuclear and conventional — he said Russia is developing that will render U.S. missile defenses “ineffective.” Many of the systems had been announced in public before, though without the elaborate video displays Putin showed Thursday, according to analysts.
Four Wells Fargo board members, including its three longest-serving directors, plan to retire next month as pressure mounts for new oversight in the 18-month-old scandal.
On Thursday, the U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $150 million contract to develop a high-powered laser system to integrate with a destroyer by 2020.
Consumer demand is falling to “new, lower levels,” according to the 166-year-old maker of Smith & Wesson firearms. The company, American Outdoor Brands Corp., is bracing for the downturn by cutting jobs and repaying debt. Rivals, including one in bankruptcy, are contending with the same slowdown.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday dismissed a suggestion that Russian hackers were behind a cyber-attack in Germany, saying that Russia was now being blamed for any such attack and without any proof.
Puerto Rico’s power grid broke down again on Thursday, leaving some 800,000 customers without power, as the US Caribbean possession struggles to recover five months after Hurricane Maria slammed the island.
President Vladimir Putin made a new claim that Russia’s nuclear capabilities could reach the coast of Florida.
Russia has called off strategic talks with the US set for this month after a Washington delegation snubbed a meeting on cybersecurity, Moscow’s ambassador to the US told TASS news agency Friday.
Three aid workers were confirmed killed in a Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, the UN said on Friday, in the latest violence to underscore the jihadists’ enduring threat.
North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday.
A suicide car bomber struck on Friday in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing one person and wounding 14 bystanders, officials said, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The wife of a retired US Special Forces soldier had been facing possible deportation, as a result of Donald Trump’s tightening of immigration rules. The fate of Elia Crawford, the wife of Bob Crawford, who served with the 7th Special Forces Group and who still works with Pentagon as a civilian contractor, is to be decided by a court in Virginia. The Department of Homeland Security has offered to drop the proceedings.
Chinese media reports say the country is planning to build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier capable of remaining at sea for long durations, in what would be a major upgrade for its increasingly formidable navy.
Gunmen have launched an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, with the French embassy and a military HQ among the apparent targets. Burkina Faso’s government said four attackers had been killed at the embassy and at least two at the HQ. Seven members of the security forces have been killed, officials say, with another six people wounded.
On Saturday, Sydney’s famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras marks its 40th anniversary – and its first celebration since Australia legalized same-sex marriage. Much has changed since violence marred the first parade.
A fire has killed 24 people at a drug rehabilitation center in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, officials said.
The fact remains that America is politically sorted by generations in a way it never has before. The oldest voters are the most conservative, white, and Republican, and the youngest voters the most liberal, racially diverse, and Democratic. There is absolutely no sign the dynamic is abating during the Trump years. If anything, it is accelerating.
“Hundreds” of crosses at war monuments and memorials across the nation now are at risk because a panel from the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals condemned the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial to destruction, and the full court refused to reconsider, says one of the judges.
Lending credence to rumors which surfaced a couple years ago, principals involved in the making of Disney’s Frozen 2 are keeping alive the possibility of Elsa coming out of the closet as a lesbian.
The Briefing — Friday, March 2, 2018
1) Is “perpetual peace” possible? How Vladimir Putin’s latest announcement further undermines the hope of the Enlightenment
NPR (Geoff Brumfiel) –
Experts Aghast At Russian Claim Of Nuclear-Powered Missile With Unlimited Range
The Atlantic (Julia Ioffe) –
What Putin Really Wants
2) Why one same-sex couple is surprised when the convictions of a Christian school turn out to be convictional
The Coast News (Aaron Burgin) –
Santa Fe Christian school discouraged same-sex couple from applying
3) There is a 40% chance that you’ve been exposed to 100% misleading statistics
Wall Street Journal (Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.) –
Good Climate News Isn’t Told
New York Times (Amanda Taub) –
Lies, Damned Lies, and One Very Misleading Statistic
Wall Street Journal (Rolfe Winkler and Justin Lahart) –
How Do Pundits Never Get It Wrong? Call a 40% Chance
YouTube Secretly Using SPLC To Police Videos
The left-wing nonprofit — which has more recently come under fire for labeling legitimate conservative organizations as “hate groups” — is one of the more than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies in YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers” program, a source with knowledge of the arrangement told TheDC.
Many had been hoping that the financial shaking on Wall Street that we witnessed in February would subside in March, but so far that is definitely not the case. On Thursday, the Dow fell another 420 points as investors fretted about the potential for a trade war. Over the past month, we have seen many days when stock prices have been way down and other days when stock prices have been way up. This is precisely the sort of wild volatility that we would expect to see if a major financial crisis was brewing, and the truth is that our financial system is far more vulnerable today than it was back in 2008. (Read More…)
NEWSMAX — Thirteen Republican members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department…. (more)
FOX NEWS — White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of the president’s longest and most loyal advisers dating back to the beginning of his presidential campaign, said Wednesday she is resigning from the administration to explore new opportunities. “There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in a statement. “I wish the president and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”… (more)
THE HILL — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department will investigate potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). “Yes, it will be investigated,” Sessions told reporters at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees FISA warrants, according to the Washington Examiner…. (more)
LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER — Teachers could soon be carrying concealed guns inside schools in Pike County under a proposal that was preliminarily approved Monday evening by the Pike County School Board. The unanimous decision came after the board heard concerns about school safety from teachers, parents and administrators during a town hall meeting at Pike County Central High School. The discussion was prompted by multiple school shootings in recent weeks, including one at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky that left two dead and another in Florida that left 17 dead…. (more)
ROBERT KNIGHT — In 1953 in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Rev. Billy Graham saw that his crusade audience was segregated in roped-off sections. He personally tore the barriers down. Over the next six decades, he preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to more than 200 million people in 185 countries. Without giving an inch of theological ground, he adjusted his message to the moment, for example, dropping the name “crusade” for his rallies so as not to offend Muslims that he was trying to reach for Christ…. (more)
NEWSMAX — Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said it was “outrageous” if reports were confirmed that four Broward County sheriff’s deputies failed to enter the Parkland, Florida, high school during a February 14 shooting that claimed 17 lives. “It’s outrageous. I’ve never heard anything like this before,” Kerik told Newsmax on Saturday…. (more)
WASHINGTON TIMES — The National Rifle Association on Sunday morning said the “headline” in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting is the failure of the FBI and local law enforcement to do something about alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz before he carried out his massacre…. (more)
News – 3/2/2018
Report: US Peace Plan to Include East Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital
A French diplomat told the Arabic-language daily that the Trump administration is expected to reveal its peace plan at an upcoming international conference in Cairo. The report says that under Trump’s peace plan, the United States will recognize an independent Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital on condition that the disputed old city, home to sites holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is administered by an international custodian.
Humming economy doesn’t fix broken culture
When it comes to morality, however, the national divide is really felt. A strong majority of all faith segments says we are morally bankrupt in America. “Our moral compass is broken. We’ve lost it,” Barna says of that finding.
Trump: “Trade Wars Are Good And Easy To Win”
When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!
Snow storm Emma to turn into DOUBLE-STORM monster TODAY – weather systems collide & hit UK
SWATHES of Britain are on fresh alert for another snow deluge today driven by hurricane-force winds as Storm Emma rips through the country. Gusts of more than 80mph will be whipped up around the churning union putting most of Britain in the firing line for gales and heavy snow.
Mike Huckabee resigns from country music board, citing political and religious intolerance
An apparently frustrated Mike Huckabee resigned from the board of the Country Music Association Foundation after just one day Thursday, saying the music industry is intolerant to those with conservative, religious beliefs. But prominent music industry leaders swiftly criticized Huckabee’s appointment, including some who singled out his support for gun rights and traditional family values.
US General Reveals How Brutal War With North Korea Would Actually Be
“If the sanctions don’t work, we’ll have to go phase two,” President Donald Trump said recently. “Phase two may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world.” The Trump administration asserts it desires a peaceful solution, yet the president and other senior officials have repeatedly stressed that all options remain on the table, including the application of military force. Evaluating the potential casualties, Milley reportedly remarked that the “brutality” of such a conflict “will be beyond the experience of any living soldier.”
Andrew McCabe Authorized Media Leaks, Misled Investigators
DOJ’s internal watchdog to criticize former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe authorized leaks to the media, according to new reports. The former deputy director also reportedly misled watchdog investigators about the media disclosures. McCabe stepped down from his position in January. The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog will criticize former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for authorizing leaks to the media and giving misleading statements to investigators about doing so, according to two new reports.
Israel developing cutting edge artificial intelligence crime-fighting tools
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Israel Police aim to develop advanced cyber, big-data and artificial intelligence tools that may eventually be able to predict and prevent crime. In a joint initiative with the police, the university launched the Center for Computational Criminology this week at BGU’s Advanced Technologies Park in the presence of Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Roni Alsheikh and BGU president Prof. Rivka Carmi.
Foreign Ministry: Ties with Poland important, Holocaust memory even more
Israel values its…ties with Warsaw, but preserving the memory of the Holocaust is even more important, Foreign Ministry director-general Yuval Rotem said…“Israel and Poland enjoy strong political bilateral ties, based on common values,” Rotem said. But, Rotem added, “preserving the memory of the Holocaust is a matter beyond the bilateral relationship between Israel and Poland. It is a core issue cutting to the essence of the Jewish people.”
Burkina Faso attack: Ouagadougou sees gunfire and explosion
Gunfire and an explosion have been heard near the army headquarters and the French embassy in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. Witnesses have reported seeing armed men getting out of a car and opening fire. Pictures from the scene showed a cloud of black smoke rising into the sky. It is not yet clear who is behind the attack.
Insulting Egyptian security forces is high treason, says Sisi
Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said he considers any insult of its security forces to be “high treason”, in an apparent warning to the media. “If someone insults the army or police they’re defaming all Egyptians and that’s not freedom of opinion,” he said during a visit to the town of Alamein. Mr Sisi’s comments came after the government complained about recent foreign media coverage of the country.
Ireland shutdown as Europe severe weather continues
Severe weather continues to bring chaos to large parts of Europe, where at least 55 people have died amid sub-zero temperatures. Most transport and flights have been suspended in Ireland where strong winds brought by a storm left some 24,000 homes and businesses without power. Several other countries have faced disruptions caused by snow and ice.
Afrin offensive: Eight Turkish soldiers killed in Syria clashes
Eight Turkish soldiers have been killed in fighting in the north Syrian region of Afrin, the military says. Another 13 were injured in the clashes on Thursday, with several said to be in a critical condition. It is one of the bloodiest days for Turkish troops since they began a major offensive against Kurdish fighters in Afrin in January.
Trump steel tariffs: Trading partners threaten retaliation
The main trading partners of the US have reacted angrily after President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. Canada and the EU said they would bring forward their own countermeasures to the steep new tariffs. Mexico, China and Brazil have also said they are weighing up retaliatory steps.
Miami’s airport wants to read your face.
…On Tuesday, MIA celebrated its newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility for international travelers. One of its main features: passport screening via facial recognition technology to verify travelers’ identities by matching them to the documents they present.
Transgender surgeries are on the rise, says first study of its kind
In the first broad demographic study of trends in gender-affirming surgeries in the United States, researchers found that the number of operations increased fourfold from 2000 to 2014. Some of the significant rise, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery, may be related to an increase in insurance coverage for the procedures.
Sandbags and warnings as northeast U.S. braces for storm-driven flood
Businesses blocked doors with sandbags and officials warned residents of waterfront homes to be ready to evacuate as the northeastern United States braced for a powerful storm on Friday that threatened to flood coasts from Maine to North Carolina. Along Boston’s Long Wharf, near the Fanueil Hall tourist area, large piles of sandbags were in place around a subway station and a Marriott hotel, a spot that flooded with icy seawater during an early January storm.
Nearly 1 million U.S. evangelicals are Jewish
A new survey by LifeWay Research shows an estimated 871,000 American evangelical Christians have at least one Jewish parent or grandparent – almost three times the largest estimates previously assessed in past studies.
REJOICE AMERICA: Federal Court rules Trump can build border wall on Mexican border
A federal court cleared the way Tuesday for President Trump to build his border wall, ruling that the administration has the power to waive a series of environmental laws to speed up construction.
CBS Launches New Show Comedy ‘Living Biblically’ To Mock Christianity And Make Christians Look Like Idiots
…This season it is the CBS show ‘Living Biblically’ – a comedic take on the real life quest of a journalist to live his life “according to the Bible” for one year. From the preview scenes alone, it seems obvious that this show has no intention of representing the Bible accurately or bringing any actual serious discussion about the Christian faith. Instead it seeks cheap laughs and gags all the while mocking The Lord Jesus Christ and those who try their best to follow Him.
The Next “Bomb Cyclone” Is Set To Detonate Off The East Coast
“A strong area of low pressure will track off the New England coast Friday, leading to a potpourri of sensible weather impacts across the Northeast. A persistent east-northeast flow will lead to coastal flooding along east-facing shores of New England and the Mid-Atlantic, some of which could be moderate to major intensity particularly in New England.
Chaffetz: Fla. School Shooting Survivors Need ‘Belief in God’
The survivors of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting need “belief in God and Jesus Christ,” former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz said Thursday.
Transgender sex change ceremonies join birth, marriage and death as life landmark in UK
EXCLUSIVE: Transgender people who swap sexes can now take part in a celebratory ceremony once their transition is complete, regardless of religion. The new ceremony is set to join christenings, marriages and funerals as part of the right of passage ceremonies of British life.
YOU’RE WELCOME: Israel’s intelligence helped 30 countries thwart terror attacks in 2017
“30 countries got phone calls from Israel in 2017, in which Israel said to them: You need to know this and that, in this and that place, pay attention, there’s going to be an attack,” Minister Cohen revealed.
South Africa’s Parliament Passes Motion to Take White People’s Land ‘Without Compensation’
South Africa’s National Assembly passed a motion Tuesday to allow the government to expropriate land without compensation, fulfilling the wishes of radicals and black nationalists, but raising fears for the fate of the country’s white minority, as well as the future of its agricultural sector.
DNC deputy chairman keynotes ‘Muslim Mafia’ fundraiser
The deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was the keynote speaker for the annual fundraiser for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based front for Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, reported Conservative Review.
New Video Shows People, Dogs Eating Out of Trash in Venezuela
A new video obtained exclusively by Infowars shows Venezuelans competing with dogs to eat from trash in the middle of the street.
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: March 2
- ‘Trade wars are good, and easy to win’: Trump (Read More)
- U.S. Allies Bristle at Trump Tariff Plan (Read More)
- The Biggest Problem With Trump’s Tariffs (Read More)
- Trump’s Tariff Folly (Read More)
- Kushner’s Influence in West Wing Wanes After Key Allies Depart (Read More)
- China’s latest conglomerate crackdown casts dealmaking shadow (Read More)
- Bitcoin’s Plunge in Volume Stirs Questions About Its Popularity (Read More)
- Israeli police question Netanyahu over telecom case (Read More)
- News Corp. CEO Slams Facebook, Google for Not Sharing Enough Ad Revenue (Read More)
- Jimmy Kimmel’s mission impossible – Oscar host in midst of #MeToo (Read More)
- J.C. Penney profit forecast, same-store sales disappoint, shares dive (Read More)
- Italy’s center-right leaders fret over 5-Star strength (Read More)
- Delta subjected to retribution in Georgia for crossing NRA (Read More)
- GM plants to cut 5,000 South Korean jobs, keep production at current level (Read More)
- Venezuelans Are Paying a 100% Premium for Cash (Read More)
- Scaramucci Says He Fears John Kelly Will Thwart SkyBridge Sale (Read More)
Headlines – 3/2/2018
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