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Trump surprises his own aides by reversing North Korea sanctions
President Donald Trump on Friday declared he would reverse new sanctions on North Korea that his administration rolled out just a day before, deepening concerns that the ostensible leader of the free world is at odds with his own team as he makes American foreign policy in spontaneous 280-character bursts.

The sudden move left the White House groping for an explanation, telling reporters only that Trump “likes” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” Trump tweeted. “I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!”

In a follow-up statement explaining the reversal, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary."

Trump’s announcement surprised many of his senior aides, and even some Treasury Department officials were caught off guard, according to a person familiar with the matter.

It was the latest example of Trump operating on gut instinct with little care for the formal policy process. Past presidents sometimes spent weeks or even months running key policy proposals through a gauntlet of review by federal agencies and senior White House advisers. Trump has largely shunned that process, preferring to query a small group of informal advisers — or sometimes no one at all — before making rapid-fire decisions that reverberate around the world.

Even the administration's allies were baffled by the reversal. Mark Dubowitz, an influential critic of the Iran nuclear deal who is chief executive of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, tweeted, "I’ve been working on sanctions policy for 15+ years. Don’t recall ever seeing a president overrule a Treasury announcement AFTER it was announced."
usa  government  diplomacy  northkorea  sanctions  deptoftreasury  DonaldTrump  stupid  nuclear 
yesterday by jtyost2
Brexit deadlock shows 'democracy all but dead' - Donald Trump Jr - BBC News
The current deadlock over Brexit and possible delay to the UK's planned leaving date of 29 March suggests democracy in the UK is "all but dead", Donald Trump Jr has claimed.

Mr Trump Jr, who is the US president's son but holds no political position, wrote a column in the Daily Telegraph.

In it, he criticises PM Theresa May for having "ignored advice from my father".

Mr Trump Jr added that "the will of the people is likely to be ignored" because of "elite" politicians in Brussels.

The US businessman's intervention in UK politics comes with nine days to go until the UK's scheduled departure from the EU.

In an interview with Sky News, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said US President Donald Trump wanted a resolution that allowed the US and Britain "to come to trade deals again".

He added: "He sees huge opportunity if Britain's status can be resolved."

Ms May is writing to the EU to formally ask for Brexit to be postponed, and Downing Street has confirmed the prime minister will not be asking for a long delay.

Any delay will then have to be agreed by all 27 EU member states and Mrs May is heading to Brussels on Thursday to discuss the matter with fellow leaders.

However, 29 March remains the date the UK leaves the EU unless an extension is agreed before then.
politics  stupid  brexit 
3 days ago by jtyost2
Trump complains about John McCain funeral
"I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve," he told workers at the factory.

"I don't care about this, I didn't get a thank you. That's OK."

Mr Trump approved the military flight of McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington, but it was Congress that accorded the late senator the honour of lying in state.

The US president said McCain "didn't get the job done for our great vets and the VA" by refusing to repeal Obamacare and attacked him for "a war in the Middle East", in reference to the senator's support for the Iraq War.

"Not my kind of guy," the president said. "But some people like him and I think that's great."
johnmccain  politics  DonaldTrump  stupid  conservatives  republicans 
3 days ago by jtyost2
Lawsuit as unvaccinated teen banned by US school in outbreak - BBC News
An unvaccinated Kentucky teenager is suing after his Catholic school excluded him amid a chickenpox outbreak that has sickened at least 32 pupils.

Jerome Kunkel, 18, has not contracted the virus, but he has been banned by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy in Walton.

His lawsuit argues the vaccine is "immoral, illegal and sinful" and his rights have been violated.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department banned unvaccinated pupils on 14 March.

The notification said that due to the outbreak of chickenpox, students who have not been vaccinated or are already immune to the infection must stay home "until 21 days after the onset of rash for the last ill student or staff member".
vaccine  health  stupid  lawsuit  legal  religion  freedomofreligion  kentucky  usa 
4 days ago by jtyost2
Kushner's peace plan 'includes land swaps with Saudi Arabia,' book claims
Dear Reader, As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer…
JaredKushner  politics  diplomacy  palestine  israel  jordan  saudiarabia  stupid  from instapaper
5 days ago by jtyost2
Pastor Robert Jeffress: Prayer’s the “Most Important” Response to Mass Shootings | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
Ocasio-Cortez, who is religious, wasn’t denigrating prayer or religion. If Jeffress learned how to read, he would know that. She was criticizing people who use prayer as a cover so that they don’t have to do anything meaningful that might upset their gun-loving base.

In New Zealand, instead of wasting time with platitudes about prayer, the prime minister openly suggested the country would ban semiautomatic rifles. Even if that’s not possible, the debate is already going on regarding gun buybacks and possible restrictions on ammo for semiautomatic weapons.

In the U.S., Republican refuse to even have that conversation. They say that the immediate aftermath of a shooting isn’t the right time to talk about guns, or they offer prayers in lieu of any substantive discussions about the problems with easy access to military-grade weapons or right-wing domestic terrorism.

That’s what Ocasio-Cortez was talking about. And Jeffress accused her of being anti-prayer. He’s a Christian pastor who lies with reckless abandon because he knows his congregation will never call him out on it.

He also said that line about how Christians believe in prayer and action… which sounded all well and good until he added that idiotic bit about how prayer is the “most important thing we can do.”

No. No it’s not. It never is. In the battle of prayer vs. action, action wins every time. For Jeffress to say prayer is more useful proves exactly what Ocasio-Cortez and others are saying — that right-wingers make such a huge stink about praying that they fully ignore the action. Why do something meaningful when you have to make sure everyone is praying first?

Jeffress shows you just how empty Christian rhetoric is in the aftermath of a tragedy.
religion  christianity  politics  stupid 
6 days ago by jtyost2
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman sued for $500bn in college cheating scam - BBC News
A US mother has filed a $500bn (£375bn) lawsuit against the people charged in a university admissions scandal, claiming her son was unfairly denied placement.

Jennifer Kay Toy cited the "despicable actions" of the alleged conspirators as the reason her child was not admitted to some universities he had applied to.

A separate class action suit brought by current students has been filed against the universities named by US officials.

The students say a "warped and rigged" admission scandal cost them money.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the 33 parents charged with conspiring to bribe, cheat on tests and fake credentials to get their students into elite universities.

On Thursday, Ms Loughlin was officially dropped from the Hallmark Channel, a television network she has worked with since at least 2010.
lawsuit  college  education  stupid  legal  FelicityHuffman  LoriLoughlin 
8 days ago by jtyost2
Pompeo presses Kim Jong-un to keep his word on nuclear tests - BBC News
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he expects North Korea's leader will live up to his commitment not to resume nuclear and missile tests.

Mr Pompeo said Kim Jong-un had promised US President Donald Trump in Vietnam that testing would not resume.

His comments follow a suggestion by North Korean-Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui that denuclearisation talks might end and testing could resume.

The US says sanctions will remain until Pyongyang destroys all nuclear sites.

Mr Pompeo told reporters on Friday that "on multiple occasions [Mr Kim] spoke directly to the president and made a commitment that he would not resume nuclear testing, nor would he resume missile testing" during their February summit.

"That's Chairman Kim's word," Mr Pompeo said. "We have every expectation that he will live up to that commitment."

Earlier, Ms Choe said US diplomats had thrown away "a golden opportunity" during the summit when North Korea offered to dismantle its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.

Talks in Hanoi collapsed when Mr Trump refused to lift any sanctions until North Korea was completely denuclearised.

But Mr Pompeo said he is "hopeful" that discussions will continue.

"I saw the remarks [Ms Choe] made - she left open the possibility negotiations would continue. It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations around this."
northkorea  nuclear  diplomacy  usa  DonaldTrump  stupid 
8 days ago by jtyost2
Trump: White nationalists 'a small group of people' - BBC News
President Donald Trump has told reporters he did not think white nationalism was a growing threat following the mosque shootings in New Zealand.

The president instead suggested white nationalists were "a small group of people".
terrorism  legal  crime  DonaldTrump  stupid  WhiteNationalism  racism  politics 
8 days ago by jtyost2
Man angry his photo was used to prove all hipsters look alike — then learns it wasn't him | CBC Radio
A man threatened to sue a technology magazine for using his image in a story about why all hipsters look the same, only to find out the picture was of a completely different guy.
stupid 
9 days ago by ramitsethi
UK Parliament rejects leaving the EU without a Brexit deal
The deeply divided British Parliament can only seem to agree on one thing: It doesn’t want the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without a deal.

The UK Parliament rejected a “no deal” Brexit on Wednesday. This was part of a series of votes that Prime Minister Theresa May promised would take place this week, and it followed another humiliating defeat of her Brexit deal in Parliament on Tuesday.

The outcome of this no-deal vote played out as expected, though the process was somewhat strange. Members of Parliament introduced and approved an amendment to May’s motion (which specifically ruled out a no-deal exit on March 29) to eliminate a no-deal Brexit altogether. That amended motion ultimately prevailed, 321 to 278.

But this vote solves absolutely nothing when it comes to finding a solution to Brexit. It instead leaves the UK in pretty much the same position it’s been in for months: with a desire to exit the European Union with some sort of deal, but with no apparent majority for the compromise agreement May painstakingly negotiated with EU leaders.

Wednesday’s vote also doesn’t necessarily avert a no-deal Brexit. A no-deal Brexit is the default position of the Article 50 process, the provision of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty that the UK is using to exit the bloc. The only ways for the UK to avoid a no-deal exit are by approving an agreement with the EU or canceling Brexit altogether.

Parliament will have another chance to direct the Brexit process this week, with one more vote on Thursday — this one on whether to ask the EU for a short extension to the Brexit deadline. Postponing Brexit beyond March 29 requires the approval of all 27 EU member states, and they will likely require the UK to give them a specific reason for the delay. The EU has been firm that a reason can’t be more negotiations.
UnitedKingdom  EuropeanUnion  brexit  government  politics  stupid 
10 days ago by jtyost2
Greenpeace hits back at Trump tweet on climate change denial
Greenpeace has hit back against President Donald Trump for tweeting a climate change denial from a former member of the environmental group.

Mr Trump quoted Patrick Moore, who he claimed was a founder of Greenpeace, as saying: "The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it's Fake Science."

Greenpeace said Mr Moore was not a founder, but a nuclear lobbyist who does not represent the group.

The Republican president has frequently cast doubt on climate change science.
greenpeace  energy  climatechange  DonaldTrump  stupid  politics 
11 days ago by jtyost2
Opinion | The Power of Petty Personal Rage
My starting point is a weekend tweet from Representative Devin Nunes of California, who headed the House Intelligence Committee until the House changed hands after the midterms. In that role, he basically acted as Donald Trump’s stonewaller in chief, doing everything he could to prevent any real investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin.

But his tweet wasn’t about that. It was about a waitress who, citing the “straw police,” asked his dining party if they wanted straws. “Welcome to Socialism in California!” Nunes thundered.

If this seems like a weird aberration — he wasn’t even denied a straw, just asked if he wanted one — you need to realize that rage explosions over seemingly silly things are extremely common on the right. By all accounts, the biggest applause line at the Conservative Political Action Conference — eliciting chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A!” — was the claim that Democrats are coming for your hamburgers, just like Stalin. (They aren’t, and for the record, Stalin was a mass murderer, but objectively pro-burger.)

By the way, this isn’t a new phenomenon. I’m sure readers can come up with many examples, but I happen to remember a 2009 blog post by the right-wing activist Erick Erickson that was practically an incitement to violence: “At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp?”

And what was the source of his rage? The observation that dishwasher detergent doesn’t work quite as well without the phosphates.

What do these things have in common? All of them involve cases where individual choices impose costs on other people. Plastic straws really are a source of ocean pollution. While nobody is planning to ban beef, flatulent cows really are an important source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. And phosphates contribute to toxic algae blooms.
conservatives  politics  usa  culture  outrage  stupid  from instapaper
12 days ago by jtyost2
Opinion | The Real Horror of the Anti-Vaxxers - The New York Times
How many studies do you have to throw at the vaccine hysterics before they quit? How much of a scientific consensus, how many unimpeachable experts and how exquisitely rational an argument must you present?

That’s a trick question, of course. There’s no magic number. There’s no number, period. And that’s because the anti-vaccine crowd (or anti-vaxxers) aren’t trafficking in anything as concrete, mundane and quaint as facts. They’re not really engaged in a debate about medicine. They’re immersed in a world of conspiracies, in the dark shadows where no data can be trusted, nothing is what it seems and those who buy the party line are pitiable sheep.
radicalization  health  stupid 
14 days ago by ramitsethi
Mayor claims she was hate crime victim after 'yellow, sticky substance' found on car | Daily Mail Online
Darnell Byrd McPherson, a Mayor from South Carolina, thought she was the victim of a hate crime after a 'yellow, sticky' substance was found on her car. A police report determined it was pollen.
stupid  racism  usa  hoax 
17 days ago by pankkake
Google Finds It’s Underpaying Many Men as It Addresses Wage Equity - The New York Times
After a recent study, the company gave raises to thousands of men after determining they were earning less than women in similar jobs.
google  feminism  jobs  stupid 
19 days ago by pankkake

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