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Feb 20 - Global weapons sales highest since end of Cold War

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Over the last five years, the world trade in arms has reached a level not seen since 1990. The Middle East and Asia remain the key markets for weapons, according to a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

India is still the world’s largest arms buyer, accounting for 13 percent of global imports between 2012 and 2016 against 9.7 percent the previous five years. The country bought most of its arms from Russia.

“While China is increasingly able to substitute arms imports with indigenous products, India remains dependent on weapons technology from many willing suppliers, including Russia, the USA, European states, Israel and South Korea,” said Siemon Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI’s arms and military expenditure program.

Saudi Arabia, which leads a military intervention in Yemen, became the second biggest buyer of arms, followed by the United Arab Emirates, China, and Algeria, the study said.

The kingdom’s arms imports soared 212 percent compared to the previous five years, accounting for 8.2 percent of global weapons imports. Riyadh bought weapons mostly from the US and the UK, the report said.

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All in all, arms imports by countries in the Middle East increased 86 percent in the five years through 2016 with Qatar increasing purchases by 245 percent. However, Iran, being under an arms embargo, received only 1.2 percent of total arms sales to the region.

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The US remained the world's biggest arms exporter, accounting for 33 percent of all weapons sold in the five years through 2016, the study found. Russia is the second largest supplier, while China took third place.

“The US has delivered a lot of weapons in 2016, both very expensive weapons and strategically important weapons - missile systems, surveillance and navigation technology. The weight of the US in the global arms trade is so big that it's enough to shape the trend,” said Aude Fleurant, the director of SIPRI's arms and military expenditure program.

US and Russia together supplied more than half of all exports. China, France, and Germany were also among the top five exporters.
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Feb 20 - BREAKING: British Parliament BANS Trump!...on Presidents day

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Video inside Feb 20 - President Trump names General H.R. McMaster National Security Advisor

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Congratulations to our new National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster and Chief of Staff, General Keith Kellogg!

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Feb 19 - oj simpson could be freed later this year :ojiseeyou:

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Sports Illustrated is reporting that it is highly likely that O.J. Simpson will be paroled in a matter of months.

The “juice” has spent nearly a decade in prison and if you believe what Sports Illustrated is reporting, it looks like Simpson could be a free man by the end of the year.

In 2007, Simpson was convicted for his part in a heist at the Palace Station Casino. He was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. In the SI report, Simpson has been labeled a model prisoner. Judge Jackie Glass sentenced Simpson to 33 years in prison.

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Image inside Feb 19 - 950 drivers illegally using high beams stare into blinding lights vs go to jail

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In just a single night, almost 1,000 Chinese drivers who were improperly using their high beams in the city during the evening were made to truly see the error of their ways.
After catching motorists driving with their brights on illegally, Wenzhou police gave the drivers a simple choice: pay a fine or stare straight into a car's blinding headlights for a lesson their corneas would not forget.



Surprisingly, out of 1,820 drivers that police pulled over Tuesday night, 950 of them chose to save the 50 yuan and put their eyes on the line, People's Daily reports, though it's not clear how long the offenders were made to blind themselves for.
This unusual punishment was last administered by Shenzhen police in November when it was met with near unanimous approval from netizens who had apparently been blinded one too many times on the road.



Drivers abusing their high beam lights at night is a serious problem in China. To fight back, some motorists have resorted to installing spooky decals on the back of their cars to give high-beam users a fright.



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Video inside Feb 19 - The Ship Be Sinking: Even Fox News Is Handing Trump L's

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The Ship Be Sinking: Even Fox News Is Handing Trump L's


Chris Wallace Smacks Down Reince Priebus


Chris Wallace knows what it’s like to have the president of the United States think of him as the opposition. For years, President Barack Obama declined to appear on Fox News, including Wallace’s more down-the-middle Fox News Sunday program. That finally changed last April when Obama sat down with Wallace for the first time to discuss the 2016 election.

Now, Wallace sees President Donald Trump vilifying the media on a much grander scale. On Friday, Trump tweeted: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NbCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” The president notably left Fox News off of his “enemies list,” and even praised breakfast program Fox & Friends as “the most honest morning show” in his “unhinged” press conference the day before.

Wallace had all of this in mind on Sunday morning when he asked Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus to defend the tweet. “The president believes that a free and independent press is a threat to the country?” he asked his guest.

Priebus struggled to defend his boss, saying, “I understand where he’s coming from,” adding, “there are certain things that are happening in the news that just aren’t honest. And we’re not talking about everyone, Chris. We’re not talking about all news, but we’re talking about something that I guess he’s termed as fake news.”

Over the next few minutes, the two men debated the veracity of certain stories that have been unfavorable to the Trump administration, but Wallace kept trying to bring things back to the bigger picture. “Here’s the problem,” Wallace said, “when the president says we’re the enemy of the American people, it makes it sounds like if you are going against him, you are going against the country.”

As Priebus pushed back, complaining about the coverage that followed Trump’s press conference, Wallace interrupted him. “But you don’t get to tell us what to do, Reince,” he said. “You don’t get to tell us what to do any more than Barack Obama did. Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time, but I got to say, he never said that we were an enemy of the people.”

In response, Priebus, who seemed to think he was speaking with a friendlier ally, said he was “surprised” that someone from Fox News would “forget all the shots” Obama took at the conservative network.

“No, he took the shots. And we didn't like it,” Wallace said. “And, frankly, we don't like this either, because, you know—but he never went as far as President Trump has and that’s what’s concerning because it seems like he crosses a line when he talks about that we’re an enemy of the people. That is concerning.”

It’s a point that Wallace echoed during an appearance on the weekend edition of Trump’s favorite morning show Fox & Friends earlier before his show aired. “When he said the fake news media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people, I believe that crosses an important line,” Wallace told the hosts.

Wallace also agreed with a statement that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made on Meet The Press about the slippery slope the country seems to be on. “It’s a check on power, and he was saying that in dictatorships, there’s state-run media and there’s no opportunity for a free independent press,” he said. “So, I think he’s exactly right there.”

Fox News—or, at least, Chris Wallace—truly lived up to the network’s “fair and balanced” slogan.


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Feb 19 - Middle school student confessed to throwing wooden block at Trumps motorcade!

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A Florida middle school student has confessed to throwing a “2×4″ block of wood at President Trump’s motorcade on Friday, not far from the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate, authorities said.

Just before 2 p.m. Friday, as the caravan was passing through West Palm Beach, one vehicle in the motorcade was struck by “what was believed to be a small hard object,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Saturday.

After completing the trip, “several members of the motorcade returned to the scene and began canvassing the area looking for witnesses and any small hard objects along the roadway in that area,” the sheriff’s office said.

During the investigation, a student from a local middle school admitted to throwing the object at the motorcade; the student also implicated four other students, authorities said.

Along with its statement, the sheriff’s office posted a picture of the object: a small block of wood.

A map of the area where the incident occurred — on Southern Boulevard between Parker and Lake avenues — shows that it is a major thoroughfare lined with gas stations and strip malls. A middle school campus is a block from the area, though it is unclear whether any of the students allegedly involved were from that school.

A Secret Service spokeswoman confirmed to The Washington Post on Sunday that one vehicle was struck as the motorcade made its way from the airport to Mar-a-Lago but could not give further details because the incident was still under investigation. There were no injuries or major damage to the vehicles, she said.

The sheriff’s office declined to give additional details on Sunday morning.

CNN reported that Secret Service agents requested surveillance video from stores along the intersections and that a group of protesters had been in the area when the incident occurred.

Charges will be filed with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, authorities said.

Trump has returned to Mar-a-Lago numerous times since being elected president. On Saturday, he held a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Fla., about 115 miles north of Palm Beach.

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Feb 19 - US Deploys Warships to Patrol S China Sea, Heating Up Tensions With Beijing

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US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, along with the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer began to patrol the South China Sea amid possible escalation of a conflict between the US and China over the region's disputed territories. US officials have called the maneuvers a "routine operation."

The operation came a few days after the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned Washington against undermining China's sovereignty in the region.

"We urge the US not to take any actions that challenge China's sovereignty and security," Geng Shuang, spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, said earlier during a press briefing.

In his turn, new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson even before taking office said the United States should send to China a "clear signal" about the inadmissibility of its actions on the disputed islands in the South China Sea. In particular, he called the construction of artificial islands by China as well as Beijing's claims to almost all of the resource-rich territories in the region as illegal.

China and other countries, in particular Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, have long had disputes over maritime borders in the South China Sea. Now Beijing believes that the Philippines and Vietnam have deliberately used US support for the escalation of tensions in the region.

According to Chinese state media outlets, officials in Beijing have announced plans to revise a 34-year-old maritime safety law which would permit relevant authorities to "bar some foreign ships from passing through Chinese territorial waters."

China and the US have maintained consistent tensions over US ships transiting the South China Sea under the banner of "freedom of navigation" patrols and the revised law could provide China with the legal firepower to restrict access to waters it claims as its own.
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Image inside Feb 19 - South China Sea: US carrier group begins 'routine' patrols

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US aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson has started what it calls "routine operations" in the South China Sea, with a fleet of supporting warships.

The deployment comes days after China's foreign ministry warned Washington against challenging Beijing's sovereignty in the region.

China claims several contested shoals, islets and reefs in the area.
It has been constructing artificial islands with airstrips in the South China Sea for a number of years.




The aircraft carrier was last in the South China Sea two years ago, for exercises with Malaysia's navy and air force and has made 16 voyages to the region in its 35 years of US navy service.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said during a recent trip to Japan that the Trump administration saw no need for "dramatic military moves" at the stage.

The statement appeared to repudiate comments on the subject from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who told senators during his confirmation hearings that China should be prevented from reaching the disputed islands.

On Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: "We urge the US not to take any actions that challenge China's sovereignty and security."

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Feb 19 - TRUMPS remarks about SWEDEN create DEBATE and CONFUSION

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While criticizing refugee policies in Europe during a campaign-style rally in Florida, President Trump introduced an unexpected country into dialogue on the subject.

"Here's the bottom line we have to keep our country safe," Trump started, before pivoting to the subject of Europe

"When you look at what's happening in Germany, when you look at what's happening last night in Sweden -- Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible," he said.

Trump then listed several European cities that have suffered high profile terror attacks, including Paris and Brussels.

The context of his remarks led many social media users, including Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, to assume that Trump meant there had been a terror attack in Sweden the night before.

"Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound," Bildt wrote on Twitter, referring to the fact that no high profile attack had occurred in Sweden the night before his speech.

Sweden's embassy in Washington contacted the State Department today to ask for clarification about Trump's comment, Catarina Axelsson, a spokeswoman for Sweden's ministry of foreign affairs, told ABC News.

"We just contacted the State Department just to get some clarification of what he's referring to," she said.

Axelsson said it was unclear to the ministry what Trump was talking about. She said there were no incidents that they were aware of, nor has any terror threat level gone up in Sweden.

A local newspaper in Sweden published a list of events that happened on Friday that appeared to have no connections to any terror-like activity, The Associated Press reported.

Sweden's Security Police said that nothing had happened to change the country's terror threat level.

"Nothing has occurred which would cause us to raise that level," agency spokesman Karl Melin told the AP.

But conservatives defended Trump, noting that he never said that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden, only that the country was "having problems like they never thought possible" as a result of admitting refugees.

Other analysts noted that Trump was possibly attempting to discuss something entirely different: a purported rise in crime that has occurred in Sweden.

One night earlier, FOX News aired a segment about a documentary that highlights alleged problems that have occurred as a result of admitting refugees, including rape and gun violence.

Trump has frequently praised FOX News, and made favorable references to the network in a recent press conference.

ABC News reached out to the Trump administration for a clarification of his remarks, but did not immediately receive a response.

The comment about Sweden is not the first time that the administration has created a degree of confusion by either misspeaking or including incomplete information in remarks centered around refugees or terrorism.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, was forced to clarify a statement she made in an interview earlier this month on MSNBC when she referred to the "Bowling Green massacre," an event that never occurred.

Conway wrote on Twitter that she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also repeatedly referred to a terror attack in Atlanta before later clarifying that he meant to say Orlando.




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Feb 18 - President Trump Reads 8 U.S. CODE 1182 on National Television

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Putting the 9th Circus (with an 80% reversal rate) in a corner.

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Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.
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Feb 18 - John Mccain:I was talking about the period as, you know, of the new world order

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In an interview to be broadcast Sunday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) harshly criticized President Donald Trump for declaring the U.S. media “the enemy” in a tweet Friday night.

Speaking with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, McCain first jokes about the press before turning deadly serious.

“I’m curious of your reaction to a tweet that the president sent Friday night,” Todd asked McCain. “‘The fake news media, failing New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, CNN is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people.’ You believe the press is the enemy? You believe any group of Americans are the enemy of another group of Americans?”

“I was talking about the period as, you know, of the new world order. A fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press. I hate you especially,” McCain said with a smile. “But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital. If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”



“That’s how dictators get started, with tweets like that?” Todd replied.

“No, they get started by suppressing free press,” McCain explained. “In other words, a consolidation of power when you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”

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Image inside Feb 18 - Anti-Trump Mexican President candidate holds rally in... CALI USA, da fu-k!

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Mexican Presidential Candidate Slams Trump at US Rally



A left-wing Mexican presidential candidate held a sizeable rally in Los Angeles and took aim at President Trump, calling his overtures toward building a border wall the "demagoguery of patriotism."

"Long live California," Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador exclaimed, calling the state a "refuge and a blessing for immigrants."

Lopez Obrador, of the National Regeneration Movement party, told the crowd of hundreds he would seek to file a human rights complaint before the United Nations regarding Trump, according to Reuters.

"If the Mexican government does not [file], we will do it ourselves," he said, accusing Trump of stirring up derision against immigrants and Mexicans.

Lopez Obrador also criticized Trump's campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again," saying that "neither the United States nor the American continent can come first" before a global community of justice and universal brotherhood.

Trump and his current Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Pena Nieto of the center-left Institutional Revolution Party, have also expressed disagreements over the construction of a wall.

 
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Image inside Feb 18 - Trump family trips cost taxpayers $11.3m a month - nearly Obamas cost in 1 year

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Trump family trips cost taxpayers $11.3m in one month – almost as much as Obama’s cost in a year

Jaunts to estate in Mar-a-Lago, and secret service charges for his son's business trips across the globe, are costing American taxpayers

Donald Trump’s family’s trips have cost taxpayers nearly as much in a month as Barack Obama’s cost in an entire year.

The US President’s three visits to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since his presidential inauguration, combined with his sons’ business trips, reportedly cost $11.3 million.

Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch estimated Mr Obama’s travel expenses totaled an average $12.1m in each of his eight years in the White House.

“This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the President should recognise that,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, speaking to the Washington Post.

“The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane.

“Going down [to Mar-a-Lago] ain’t free.”

The three Mar-a-Lago trips in Palm Beach cost the federal treasury around $10m, based on figures used in an October government report analysing White House travel.

The Post also revealed it cost $88,320 to put secret service agents up in a hotel while son Eric Trump visited Uruguay to promote a Trump-brand condo tower.

Records show it cost $5,470 to put up secret service officials at the AlSol Del Mar hotel in the Dominican Republic, as they scoped out the area, ahead of a similar visit by Eric Trump.

The same records show more than $16,000 has been spent on secret service hotel bills for his two sons’ visit for a grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in Dubai.

The 70-year-old leader of the free world repeatedly criticised Mr Obama for his taxpayer-funded travel during his tenure.

He tweeted in January 2012: “President @BarackObama’s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars----Unbelievable!”



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Feb 18 - Father, son die crashing into each other

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A father and son have been killed in a head-on collision with each other in Alabama.

State troopers say alcohol is a factor in the crash that killed 50-year-old Jeffrey Morris Brasher and 22-year-old Austin Blaine Brasher.

Troopers say the crash occurred around 4am on Saturday on Fayette County when the Ford pickup truck the elder Brasher was driving collided with his son's 2004 Chevrolet pickup.

Neither man was wearing a seatbelt.

Jeffrey Brasher was pronounced dead at the scene. Austin Brasher died later that morning in hospital.
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Image inside Feb 18 - Largest pandemic in 100 years threatens China as bird flu spreads

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China could be facing the worst bout of bird flu to hit the country in a century, with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) accounting for the deaths of 79 people in January from the 192 human cases reported so far.
The outbreak has been described as the “worst season since the virus first appeared in the country in 2013,” by members of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Guan Yi, an expert in emerging viral diseases at the University of Hong Kong in China, said the surge in human cases is a cause for grave concern. "We are facing the largest pandemic threat in the last 100 years," he told Science.

Between December 20, 2016 and January 16, 2017, a total of 918 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infections as well as 359 deaths from H7N9 worldwide have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Until it was detected in China in March 2013, the virus hadn’t been seen in people or animals, apart from birds. Although it “does not appear to transmit easily from person to person,” the disease is raising concern because “most patients have become severely ill,” the WHO says.

As a rule, infection with the A(H7N9) virus is marked by fever, cough, respiratory problems and rapidly progressing pneumonia. “Severe illness and fatal outcome have been more frequently observed in pregnant women, in older persons and those with underlying chronic conditions,” according to research published by the WHO last week.

At this stage, it’s thought that most of the cases of human infection can be traced to “recent exposure to live poultry or potentially contaminated environments,” with poultry markets of particular concern. To date, A(H7N9) virus has not been reported in poultry populations outside China, according to the WHO.

Four previous epidemics have been observed in China between February 2013 and September 2016, with this outbreak now officially classed as the fifth.

Among the possible reasons for the sudden increase of H7N9 cases is “increased environmental contamination by the H7N9 virus,” while Ni Daxin, deputy director of emergency response for the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Wednesday that weather conditions and "the local habits of buying live or freshly slaughtered chickens,” have also helped spread the virus.

The closing of live poultry markets has helped to slow down the spread of the virus, however, according to Ni. "If the public buys only frozen poultry, control of the epidemic will be much easier. The nutritional value is equal to that of freshly slaughtered poultry, but it involves far fewer health risks.”

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Image inside Feb 18 - Leaked Trump tape: 'You are the special people'

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Exclusive audio shows how Trump lets loose at his clubs — inviting guests to join him on staff interviews

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President Donald Trump, living alone inside the White House, often hungers for friendly interaction as he adjusts to the difficult work of governance. At his clubs, he finds what’s missing.

That showed last November at a cocktail and dinner reception celebrating longtime members of his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. Deep into the process of meeting potential Cabinet nominees, the president-elect invited partygoers to stop by the next day to join the excitement.

“We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump told the crowd, according to an audio tape of his closed-press remarks obtained by POLITICO from a source in the room. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government."

"We’re going to be interviewing everybody — Treasury, we’re going to be interviewing Secretary of State,” he continued. “We have everybody coming in — if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable….so you might want to come along.”

As he prepares to spend the third straight weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, the tape provides a window into how Trump conducts himself away from the prying press and among the loyal faces of his club.

Trump’s comfort level among his members also has raised questions about his discretion. The president last weekend turned the Mar-a-Lago patio into an open-air situation room — discussing the response to a North Korean ballistic missile test while club members snapped pictures that ricocheted around social media and put him in the crosshairs of congressional oversight from Democrats and Republicans concerned about lax security protocols. While the White House has said that Trump was not discussing classified material in public, the incident received widespread condemnation from national security experts.

The incident received widespread condemnation from national security experts. But club members dismissed it as just an example of Trump being the man he has always been with them — available.

President George W. Bush had the respite of his Crawford, Texas, ranch to get away from the pressures of the Oval Office, often mountain biking with his more athletic staffers. President Bill Clinton, unlike many of his predecessors, took a liking to the wooded Camp David. President Barack Obama often had his high school friends visit him at the White House to provide some balance to the daily pressures of being the leader of the free world.

For Trump, the “Winter White House” of Mar-a-Lago offers him more than a warm and gilded setting outside of Washington, D.C. — it puts the isolated president back in the mix with his club family, where friends said he feels most like himself.

“So, this is my real group,” Trump said at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, on November 18, according to the audio tape. “These are the people that came here in the beginning, when nobody knew what this monster was gonna turn out to be, right?”

He added: “I see all of you. I recognize, like 100 percent of you, just about.”

Trump had a packed schedule of meetings that weekend less than two weeks after the election. On the Saturday after the cocktail party, Trump met with Mitt Romney, Michelle Rhee, Betsy DeVos, Todd Ricketts, Bob Woodson, Lew Eisenberg and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. On Sunday, John Gray, Kris Kobach, Wilbur Ross, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Robert Johnson and David McCormick all schlepped out to Bedminster for meetings.

Trump often appears to want to include his friends in the decision-making process.

Turning to a longtime club member that night, he said: “We were just talking about who we [are] going to pick for the FCC, who [are] we going to pick for this, who we gonna accept -- boy, can you give me some recommendations?”

The supportive crowd ate it up as the relaxed Trump, in his element, gave them a close-up view of how he was setting up the government. “You are the special people,” he told the crowd of about 100 members, who mingled around a sushi station served by a waiter wearing a camouflage “Make America Great Again” cap.

Trump is so attached to his club members that he picked David Schutzenhofer, the club manager at Bedminster, to help decorate the White House. “He’s going into the Oval Office, right? And you are going to make it beautiful,” Trump said during the event.

In an interview, Schutzenhofer confirmed he did indeed go on to visit the White House storage facility to help pick out furnishings and artwork that would be part of the Trump decorations. “It was a pretty unique assignment and I was honored to help,” he said.

White House officials received a copy of the tape from POLITICO on Friday but did not comment. On Saturday morning, after this story posted, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders disputed the story and said it "tries to create a narrative that just isn't true by taking snippets of conversations and events out of context." She also disputed that Trump was inviting club members to join him in meetings. Instead, she said he was "giving a description of what is happening and explaining the nature of the disruptions at the club and reassuring the members."

Trump isn’t totally cut off from his old set of contacts when he is working from the White House. He keeps the same cell phone number he had before the election, but he is more careful now -- friends leave messages for him on his cell phone, and their calls are returned from a secure line, two people who speak regularly to Trump said.

But the familiarity of Mar-a-Lago -- where Trump has long spent winter weekends -- is critical for him, longtime aides said. “I would say it’s keeping him grounded,” said Sam Nunberg, a longtime Trump aide who worked on the campaign. “As a citizen and supporter, I’m very happy to hear he’s going to Mar-a-Lago.”

Newsmax Media CEO Chris Ruddy, who spent time with Trump at Mar-a-Lago last weekend, said it was “a natural element for him. One of the club managers told me he would only be down over the Christmas and Easter holidays. I thought, ‘That’s not going to last long.’ He loves the place so much. He loves the mental break while he mixes with friends.”

At the 20-acre resort, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and South Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Trump lives at the main house, and likes to order the Mary MacLeod Trump’s Meat Loaf, named after his mother. His kids, meanwhile, prefer the villas by the ocean.

But the biggest attraction for Trump, according to friends, is the clientele.

“He’s very friendly with members,” said Schutzenhofer, who said shaking hands and hobnobbing has long been “part of his regular routine.”

Tom Bennison, a frequent Trump golf partner from Dallas, said Trump is “most comfortable when he’s at one of his clubs. He’s very proud of the assets he owns, especially these clubs. He’s very relaxed. He goes out of his way to make everybody feel special and to make a lot of people feel much, much bigger than they really are.”

In the audio from the Bedminster soiree, Trump gives a shout-out to a club manager, whom he identifies as “Mickey,” for being “great. He’s central casting.”

The compliments of the guests, however, don’t come for free. Part of the appeal, for Trump, is that they’re all paying him. Last weekend, after delivering a joint statement on North Korea with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump stopped by a wedding at the club.

“They’ve been members of this club for a long time,” Trump said, referring to the bride's family. “They’ve paid me a fortune.” Since his election, Mar-a-Lago has reportedly doubled its initiation fee to $200,000.

And the fact that the club family doesn’t come for free is a running rib. At the party at Bedminster, Trump nudged his new chief of staff, Reince Priebus, to speak to the crowd. “These members are loaded, Reince,” he said. “He will work the room for campaign contributions. Don’t quote me!”

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Feb 18 - Blind Sheikh behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing dies in prison

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An extremist Muslim cleric known as ‘the blind sheikh’ convicted in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has died in a North Carolina prison where he was serving a life sentence for his role in conspiring to commit acts of terror in the US.

Omar Abdel-Rahman, 78, died of natural causes at the Butner Federal Correctional Facility's Medical Center where he had been incarcerated for nearly 10 years.

Abdel-Rahman’s son Ammar confirmed the death to Reuters, saying he was contacted by a US representative. The cleric’s daughter Asmaa tweeted about her father’s passing.

Blinded as a young child and a long-term wheelchair user, Omar Abdel-Rahman gained notoriety for his role in the 1993 Trade Center bombings in New York that killed six people and injured thousands when a 1,200 pound truck bomb exploded in a tower basement.

He was also charged with planning other US attacks, including one on the United Nations headquarters and Lincoln and Holland tunnels in New York.

A member of the Egyptian Islamist militant group Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, Abdel Rahman was also suspected of being involved in Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat’s assassination in 1981.

After a stint in Afghanistan, where he became associated with the Maktab al-Khadamat (MAK) group and befriended Osama bin Laden, he moved to the United States in 1990, where he preached in mosques in New York and New Jersey.

In 1995, he was convicted of conspiring to “levy a war of urban terrorism against the United States,” including the attack on the World Trade Center, and was sentenced to life in prison.
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Feb 18 - Middle School Teacher keeping trapping alive!!!

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A Canadian mother whose son was given an assignment about making crystal meth thinks his teacher is a real crank.

Delight Greenidge told the CBC that she almost “popped a blood vessel” when her 13-year-old brought home a school handout with a list of ingredients and instructions on how to use the illegal drug.

She said that the eighth grader’s drama instructor at Erin Mills Middle School in Mississauga gave it to him so that he and classmates could act it out in a skit.

Her son, who is not being identified, said that the teacher told the students to “act scared” when making the meth but “act happy” after injecting it.

Buddhist monk arrested, 4 million meth pills found in monastery
A teacher at Erin Mills Middle School in Mississauga gave a student an assignment about injecting methamphetamine.
A teacher at Erin Mills Middle School in Mississauga gave a student an assignment about injecting methamphetamine. (GOOGLE MAPS)
The teacher, who has also not been identified, was suspended with pay after Greenidge came forward with concerns that the assignment could undo what she has tried to teach her son about drugs.

School board spokeswoman Carla Pereira told the CBC it was believed that the meth instructions came from the internet, presumably meaning they did not come from the teacher’s own experience.

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Feb 18 - US Historian Predicts Trump's Presidency Will Be Second Shortest in History

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As US President Donald Trump continues on a policy course that puts him in conflict, sometimes, with the preceding political establishment, at least one US historian is giving the establishment something to dream about.

Trump's presidency might be second shortest in US history, says Ronald Feinman of Florida Atlantic University. William Henry Harrison holds the record for the shortest administration at 31 days. Trump looks set to beat that in just a couple of days; however, he has yet to outrule James A. Garfield, who was president for 199 days in 1881, but died "after terrible suffering and medical malpractice" when he was shot by an assassin.

If Trump manages to eclipse Garfield, the next contender to beat is Zachary Taylor, who served 16 months and five days for the third shortest presidential term in US history.

According to Feinman, who insisted that Hillary Clinton would win November's presidential election with a 49 to 44 percent electoral majority, Trump will be either impeached or forced to resign in a matter of weeks. After that, Vice President Mike Pence will take the reins, according to US law.

So why would that happen, one might ask? According to Feinman's blog post, the greatest sin of Donald Trump is failing to continue acting as US presidents did before him. Feinman cites the "abrupt ending of a phone call to the Australian Prime Minister, [US's] loyal ally in four wars in the past;" Trump's "seeming lack of respect for Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel;" and "lack of strong support for NATO" as reasons for a possible premature ending to his administration. Feinman does not trouble himself to speculate as to whether the aforementioned respect and support are justified, though. He also names Trump's puzzling attitude towards the longstanding One-China Policy as another reason he won't be around long.

The blog post goes on with three paragraphs of what one might see as softening the ground for public acceptance of Pence as "Acting President." According to Feinman, Pence might become US president if Trump is forced to leave office, according to 25 Amendment of the US Constitution.

"Pence faces now a situation that has some similarity to Gerald Ford under Richard Nixon […], and the possibility of future Congressional action against Donald Trump if his mental behavior continues to disturb the top leadership of the Republican Party and the foreign policy establishment," Feinman writes.

Feinman does not name any names, so it is up to the reader to ask whether under "top leadership" Feinman is talking about Trump's most vocal opponent, Republican Senator John McCain. (Who, it should be noted, has voted to confirm most of the president's often-controversial cabinet appointments and seems historically to have limited his principled opposition to soundbites.)

This is likely, though, since Feinman starts his article (and his list of Trump's alleged sins) by recalling the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over his talk with Russian Ambassador to US Sergey Kislyak back in December 2016. Feinman notes that Trump has faced criticism for his apparent intention to warm up US relations with Russia, and questions Trump's "loyalty to traditional American foreign policy."

According to Feinman, changing US foreign policy is a sin in and of itself, regardless of whether the previous policy is worth following.

Vice President Pence "can be expected to work behind the scenes to insure that Trump stabilizes his utterances and actions, particularly on foreign policy and national security matters."

Interestingly, Feinman himself argues this might be well perceived as "palace coup," so Pence will have to "make a convincing case that it is too risky to leave Trump in power."

"The Pence Presidency seems inevitable," Feinman writes in conclusion to what appears to be a strange hybrid set of instructions for Pence to turn against the president/psychological counselling session for readers to prepare for the inevitable changes to come. And, of course, entirely mere speculation.
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