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Korea Says Strike On US Is 'Inevitable'
North Korea's foreign minister called U.S. President Donald Trump "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania" and promised a strike on the American mainland was "inevitable" in a blistering speech to the United Nations General Assembly Saturday. The address by Ri Yong Ho began as the Pentagon announced that it had flown bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century. "This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat," Defense Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement. Fox
VOA VIEW: NK and Kim Jong Un are looking to a short time.
Vs. Pro Sports
Professional sports has been caught in President Trump’s crosshairs as of late after he issued stinging attacks against protesting athletes and team owners. "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect ...," Trump said in tweets Saturday afternoon. "Our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!" The president, who spent the earlier part of this week targeting worldwide foes and U.S. senators, began his attacks on pro sports in earnest Friday night when he blasted NFL players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem. Fox
VOA VIEW: Numbers don't lie - the NFL is losing audience and dollars.
Call Out Trump
President Donald Trump drew the ire of professional athletes for comments he made at a rally in Alabama on Friday night and on Twitter on Saturday morning. Trump first took aim at the NFL, saying team owners should fire players for taking a knee during the national anthem. The President said owners should respond to players by saying, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he's fired. He's fired!" He doubled down on the comments on Saturday afternoon. Last year, Colin Kaepernick -- formerly with the San Francisco 49ers, but currently without a team -- drew national attention for refusing to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to kickoff. CNN
Memorable Lines From Donald Trump's Alabama Speech
When President Donald Trump took the stage in Alabama on Friday night to rally support for Sen. Luther Strange, you could tell he was in the mood to make some noise -- and some news. His hopes for repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act had been dealt a near-fatal blow just hours before when Arizona Sen. John McCain announced he would not support the latest iteration of the legislation. His one-time senior strategist -- Steve Bannon -- as well as some of his other allies (including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and his own Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson) were fighting hard for Roy Moore, the man trying to oust Strange in Tuesday's Republican runoff. A handful of recent poll numbers had shown Trump's image improving -- albeit slightly -- with voters. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal CNN does not like the words of a true American - Trump.
Korean Leaders 'Won't Be Around Much Longer'
If North Korea's foreign minister hoped to draw a response from U.S. President Donald Trump with his Saturday speech to the U.N. General Assembly, he succeeded. "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N.," the president tweeted late Saturday. "If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" The president was referring to Ri Yong Ho, who on Saturday called Trump "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania," and promised that a strike on the U.S. mainland was "inevitable." "Little Rocket Man" was Trump's now-infamous label for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Fox
VOA VIEW: Kim Jong Un and his administration are reaching the end.
North Korea Gets Ready To Test A Nuclear Missile In The Pacific Ocean Destroy
If U.S. intelligence discovers that North Korea has a nuclear tipped, long-range missile getting ready to fire into the South Pacific with the goal of detonating it—to prove to the world it is a nuclear power—there is only one thing President Trump should do: destroy it before it ever goes into the air. And that could mean war with North Korea—a war that I have waged many times in computer simulations and in tabletop exercises and it frightens me to depths of my soul. That could mean millions of people dead. But the alternatives, even with the stakes so high, are too frightening to imagine. Fox
Catcher Bruce Maxwell Becomes 1st MLB Player To Kneel For Anthem
Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem on Saturday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. "The Oakland A's pride ourselves on being inclusive," the team said in a statement. "We respect and support all of our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression." Manager Bob Melvin said Maxwell told the team before the game that he intended to kneel, per Jane Lee of MLB.com. Melvin added Maxwell thought long and hard about doing this, per Lee. CNN
VOA VIEW: Athletes will lose this test.
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Fallout Lays Bare Puerto Rico's Sharp Income Divide
A humanitarian crisis began to take hold in Puerto Rico on Saturday, three days after Hurricane Maria hammered the commonwealth, and its most vulnerable citizens were the most exposed. Health sector workers said the island was nearing a critical moment as some care organizations ran low on fuel for generators. Maritza Lamoso, executive director at Residence Senior Living in the Puerto Nuevo section of San Juan, said she’d put out 20 calls for emergency diesel and been visited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. But as of 1 p.m. Saturday, she still had no fuel. Bloomberg
Trashes NFL Anthem Protests: Owners Should Say ‘Get That Son Of A Bitch
Off The Field’
President Trump brought up NFL players kneeling during the anthem in his Alabama rally tonight after talking about how “we respect our flag.” “Wouldn’t you love to see,” the President asked, “one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now’?” He slammed the “total disrespect of our heritage” and “everything that we stand for.” The President also went on a tangent about NFL ratings being down. Mediaite
VOA VIEW: The NFL needs to be put in its place.
Calls For All NFL Players To Kneel During National Anthem
Former Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) tweeted that she hopes all NFL players kneel during the national anthem on Sunday in response to President Trump's remarks attacking Colin Kaepernick. Edwards, who left Congress earlier this year, called Trump a "white supremacist who squats in our White House" in her tweet. Trump suggested at a rally Friday night for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange (R) that NFL players like Kaepernick who kneel during the national anthem should be fired and fans should walk out. "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now,'" Trump said, adding, "'He is fired.'" The Hill
VOA VIEW: The NFL will lose big if they go to their knee against the US.
Hits Army Helicopter Flying Over Staten Island
A drone hit a U.S. Army helicopter flying over New York City on Thursday evening. Two Blackhawks with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina were in the city on duty for the United Nations General Assembly, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported. The Army said the choppers were flying low along the east shore of Staten Island when a drone slammed into the side of one of them. They were able to continue on and land at Linden Airport, where WCBS 880’s Tom Kaminski took a look at the damage. CBS News
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Obama Is Funding The Anti-Trump Resistance
Wall Street might be shocked to learn it is helping bankroll the anti-Trump “resistance” movement that’s aggressively fighting policies it favors — including corporate tax cuts and the repeal of Obama-era banking and health-care regulations. The Obama administration’s massive shakedown of Big Banks over the mortgage crisis included unprecedented back-door funding for dozens of Democratic activist groups who were not even victims of the crisis. At least three liberal nonprofit organizations the Justice Department approved to receive funds from multibillion-dollar mortgage settlements were instrumental in killing the ObamaCare repeal bill and are now lobbying against GOP tax reform, as well as efforts to rein in illegal immigration. NY Post
Bombers Fly Off North Korea's Coast In Show Of Force
U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force the Pentagon said demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump. The flight, which was disclosed shortly before North Korea’s foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon said. Reuters
Takes On McCain Over Health Care Vote
President Donald Trump on Saturday continued his criticism of Sen. John McCain, going after the Arizona Republican on Twitter after he threw the Senate GOP's latest health care effort into jeopardy. Trump, who also bashed McCain during a campaign rally Friday night, said the Arizona senator had let down his constituents, as well as his friend and fellow senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. "John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves. He campaigned on Repeal & Replace. Let Arizona down!" Trump began Saturday morning. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is causing a division.
To Get Tax Plan That Targets 20% Corporate Rate
Republican tax negotiators are targeting a corporate tax rate of 20 percent, according to two people familiar with the matter. That would be higher than President Donald Trump wants -- setting up a key decision for the president on a top legislative priority. Trump has called for cutting the corporate rate to 15 percent, down from the current 35 percent. The plan he’ll see this week is also expected to recommend cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent, down from 39.6 percent, two people familiar with the matter said. Trump will travel to Indiana on Wednesday for a speech on tax issues that’s expected to be more substantive than recent rallies that were intended to raise enthusiasm for an overhaul, a person familiar with the planning said. Bloomberg
Kneeling Pro Athletes, Trump Repeats After Curry Slam
President Donald Trump, a one-time football team owner, is ratcheting up his rhetoric against professional sports and some of their stars -- and at least one league and some athletes are giving it back to him. Hours after profanely criticizing NFL players who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to disinvite National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry from a White House appearance traditional for championship sports teams. His winning team, the Golden State Warriors, said it won’t visit Trump. On Sunday, he suggested a boycott of NFL games. Bloomberg
To Probe "Evacuation Hoax" Messages Sent To US Soldiers In South Korea
The Pentagon announced Friday that it would be launching an investigation into a series of fake messages sent to US soldiers stationed in South Korea and their family members on Thursday. In what probably sent a temporary chill down the spines of recipients, the messages warned that all "non-essential" (i.e. non-combat) personnel must evacuate the Korean Peninusla - suggesting that the long-dormant Korean War was about to explode once again into violence, Reuters reports. The hoax, which was spread via fake SMS messages and Facebook posts, was carried out during a particularly tense period in the ongoing standoff between the US and North Korea over the latter's insistence on developing a nuclear weapon capable of striking the US. Zero Hedge
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Harry Becomes First Royal Family Member To Meet A Trump
Prince Harry became the first member of the Royal Family to meet a Trump since last year's Presidential Election when he met First Lady Melania in Toronto ahead of the Invictus Games' opening ceremony on Saturday. Mrs Trump and Harry spent less than 30 minutes together before the royal left for another engagement - the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. Despite its brevity, the meeting appeared cordial with the pair warmly shaking hands before settling down to talk in a room at the Sheraton Hotel. The 33-year-old prince dressed in a dark blue suit while the 47-year-old First Lady wore a tailored black-and-white dog tooth Dior suit and black heels. Daily Mail UK
Berkeley’s ‘Free Speech Week’ Officially Canceled
‘Free Speech Week’ is officially off, UC Berkeley announced Saturday morning. “Representatives of the Berkeley Patriot student organization have informed UC Berkeley’s administration that all of the events scheduled for the coming week have been canceled,” said Cal spokesman Dan Mogulof in an emailed statement. “It is extremely unfortunate that this announcement was made at the last minute, even as the university was in the process of spending significant sums of money and preparing for substantial disruption of campus life in order to provide the needed security for these events.” But in a separate email chain obtained by this news organization, Lucian Wintrich, one of the supposed speakers, told Mogulof the event had been a set-up from the start. Mercury News
On Nationalist Right As Germans Head To Polls
Some 60 million Germans are making their way to polling stations today as Europe's most powerful country looks set to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for an historic fourth term. Major western democracies have delivered unpredictable election results recently, including in the United States, the United Kingdom and France, but German polls have been historically accurate and Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) looks set to be the biggest party, although they would still likely need a coalition with smaller parties to form a government. The polls also predict that Germany's right wing nationalist and anti-immigration party Alternate for Deutschland (AfD) will enter the Bundestag -- Germany's parliament. ABC News
Says If NFL Fans 'Stay Away' Due To Kneeling Players 'You Will See Change
President Donald Trump on Sunday morning turned his attention to NFL fans in his feud with the league over players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, saying many people "stay away" from the games "because they love our country." The president also suggested that if fans refuse to go to games due to the protests, "you will see change fast." Trump's tweets Sunday came just a couple of hours before a series of NFL games scheduled for the day begin. Earlier, on Saturday night, the president slammed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for speaking out against Trump's condemnation of kneeling players and statement that team owners should fire those players. ABC News
VOA VIEW: If teams kneel, they will lose fans.
James Calls Trump A "Bum" As Athletes Defend Stephen Curry
LeBron James is defending Stephen Curry after President Trump said he withdrew the Golden State Warriors star's invitation to the White House. In a Saturday morning tweet, the Cleveland Cavaliers star called the president a "bum" and reminded followers that Curry didn't want to go to the White House to meet with Mr. Trump in the first place. "U bum [Curry] already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!" he wrote. CBS News
Emergency: City Turns To Local Homeland Security For Help
A clinic providing shots to in a bid to contain a deadly hepatitis A outbreak continued Friday inside the community concourse outside San Diego City Hall. About 880 people received shots Thursday at the clinic, part of an extensive effort to curb the spread of the epidemic that has killed 16 people and sickened more than 400. The clinic ran through 4 p.m., and was hosted by the city of San Diego, Downtown San Diego Partnership and American Medical Response, which provides the city with ambulance services. Beyond the local Homeland Security office, Mayor Faulconer said he has no plans right now to ask for federal assistance. CBS News
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Fails, Forcing 70,000 To Evacuate
A terrifying torrent of water swept through Puerto Rico after a dam failed at Lake Guajataca in the northwest region. Water was seen sweeping through the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas after the dam sustained structural damage from Hurricane Maria. Nearly 16 inches of rain fell in the area, significantly raising water levels on the 90-year-old dam. Earlier, Puerto Rican authorities had scrambled to evacuate as many as 70,000 people after the National Weather Service warned that failure of the dam was 'imminent' and could lead to 'life-threatening' flash flooding. Daily Mail UK
VOA VIEW: Sad - lets pray.
The Latest Health Bill Is Teetering: It Might Not Work
Health insurers, who had been strangely quiet for much of the year, came off the sidelines to criticize it. Many state Medicaid directors could not stomach it, either. For months now, proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have risen and fallen in the House and the Senate, almost always uniting health care providers and patient advocacy groups in opposition but winning support among conservatives, including Republican policy makers. But the version drafted by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana — and hastily brought into the spotlight last week — went further. NY Times
VOA VIEW: NYT want to keep the Obamacare feasco.
Knocks Iran Deal After Tehran Tests Missile
President Donald Trump criticized the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran and other world powers on Saturday, tweeting that the U.S. doesn’t have “much of an agreement” after Tehran test-fired a ballistic missile. International sanctions on Iran have been lifted under the deal in exchange for curbs to Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran’s state-run broadcast said earlier Saturday, however, that the country had test-launched a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel, which Trump acknowledged via Twitter. POLITICO
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Injured In East London 'Acid Attack'
At least five people have been injured in Stratford, east London, after a reported acid attack. Police were called to Stratford Centre, opposite Westfield, just before 20:00 BST. A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. Police said there had been reports of a group of males spraying people with a noxious substance. Ambulance and fire services were also called. The incident is not believed to be terror related. Those reported injured were believed to be in a number of different locations. BBC
We Know About The 21 States Targeted By Russian Hackers
The Department of Homeland Security was short on details when it said Friday that it had notified 21 states of Russian efforts to hack their election systems in 2016. For one thing, the department didn't publicly identify the states. For another, it didn't say how many of the hacking attempts were successful — or to what degree. Based on reporting by The Washington Post, Associated Press and other news outlets — plus statements issued by some state officials — we now have a complete list of the affected states. The Fix has mapped and categorized them, according to what we know about the success or failure of the cyberattacks. Washington Post
Beware: Meth-Laced 7Up Reportedly Causes Death In Mexico
Methamphetamine-laced 7Up has reportedly caused one death and sent seven other people to the hospital in northern Mexico, prompting warnings to travelers from U.S. health professionals. Mexican authorities have removed the soft drink from shelves in the Mexicali area, just south of the California border, and are investigating how the drug made its way into the soda, according to a news release from the Baja California Health Department and a Facebook post from the Baja attorney general on Monday. The reported cases were in the Mexicali Valley, about 120 miles from San Diego. Washington Post
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Weiner, Once A Congressman, Faces Jail As A Sex Offender
Once he was an ambitious New York congressman whose fiery speech from the House floor in support of 9/11 responders made him a nationally known champion of the little guy, and whose much-publicized romance with Hillary Clinton’s glamorous aide Huma Abedin boosted his Beltway bonafides. Now, Anthony Weiner is a sick punchline. On Monday the fallen Brooklyn lawmaker faces yet another public humiliation — and possibly two years in prison — when he is sentenced for sexting a 15-year-old girl. NBC News
Skeptic Message Gets Stronger, Bolder
It’s Sage’s fifth birthday. She’s wearing a pin that tells the world, and she’s carrying a sign, too. “Today is my 5th B-day,” it reads. “Denied school because I don’t have 39 vaccines.” Sage’s mom, Dene Shulze-Alva, has brought her to Houston from Los Angeles to protest against vaccine laws. She’s refused to vaccinate her children and is upset that means they soon will not be able to enroll in any school in California. She’s among four dozen or so people gathered outside on a hot late-summer morning, joining a hard core of activists who believe that all vaccines are dangerous and have become increasingly emboldened about denouncing the medical establishment. NBC News
On Health Care Bill: Left’s ‘Real Concern…Is Taking Money And Power Out
The many critics of the latest Republican health care plan “are worried about the power leaving Washington and going to the states,” Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News’s Bret Baier on Thursday. Liberal objections to the Graham-Cassidy bill center on coverage for pre-existing conditions, but Graham said no one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing illness. “If you are a Bernie believer, this is your worst nightmare because I take the money and power out of Washington and I let states decide this, but you do have to guarantee to issue pre-existing conditions coverage as a mandate under the bill," Graham said. CNS
NAFTA Withdrawal Threats, Deportations Blamed For Increase In Mexicans’
Negative Views Of US
A recent survey of Mexicans’ opinions found a significant jump in the percentage holding a “very unfavorable” opinion of the United States – from six percent in 2015 to 42 percent this year – and also a decline in Mexicans’ willingness to move illegally to the U.S. to look for work. Immigration advocates and experts attribute a shift to President Trump’s rhetoric, his threat to pull out of NAFTA, and an increase in immigrant deportations. The Pew Research Center’s survey, conducted last spring, found 65 percent of Mexicans have a negative view of the U.S., more than double what it was two years ago when 29 percent expressed a negative view. CNS
Cranks Up North Korea Threats As Pyongyang Holds Anti-U.S. Rally
U.S. President Donald Trump dialled up the rhetoric against North Korea again at the weekend, warning the country’s foreign minister that he and leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer”, as Pyongyang staged a major anti-U.S. rally. North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Trump called Pyongyang’s leader a “rocket man” on a suicide mission. “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. Reuters
Giants On The Defensive In Washington
Internet giants, including Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O), are moving to compromise on several major policy issues as they adjust to an abrupt shift in the political winds in Washington. Just last week, the U.S. Senate took a big step toward advancing legislation that would partially strip away the internet industry’s bedrock legal protection, a 1996 law that shields companies from liability for the activities of their users. At the same time, Democratic senators are writing legislation that would create new disclosure rules for online political ads after Facebook this month revealed that suspected Russian trolls purchased more than $100,000 worth of divisive ads on its platform during the 2016 election cycle. Reuters
Boosts Luther Strange In Alabama: ‘He Shares Our Agenda’
President Trump on Saturday beat back the chief attack on his his candidate in Alabama’s Republican runoff election for U.S. Senate, saying Sen. Luther Strange had proven himself to be his ally in the fight against the Washington establishment. “I’m telling you because I’ve seen him. He is tough as hell,” Mr. Trump told a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, where he took the unusual step for a sitting president of wading into one of his party’s primary race. “Luther is your man. Luther wants to end business as usual, stop the insider dealing and Luther Strange is determined to drain that swamp,” said the president. “He shares our agenda.” Wahington Times
Wiretaps Raise Questions
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s spokesman said Thursday that federal investigators’ moves to wiretap him in 2014 and again in 2016, around the time he was involved with the campaign, were politically motivated. After CNN revealed the secret wiretaps this week, saying they were obtained under a foreign intelligence surveillance law, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said on NPR’s “1A” program that no matter how one feels about Mr. Manafort, they should be “disgusted at the treatment of Paul Manafort and the fact that he was surveilled by political opponents.” He also questioned the evidence investigators used to substantiate the wiretaps. Washington Times
College Lecturer Tweeted, ‘Trump Must Hang.’ He Doesn’t Regret It.
The anonymous tip came in at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. There it sat for almost 24 hours, until Rob Shimshock, a 22-year-old reporter for the Daily Caller in Washington, found it in the site’s generic inbox, an electronic slush pile. The unsigned email contained links to a few tweets, as well as to the biographical page of an untenured history lecturer at California State University, Fresno—Lars Maischak. The author was obscure, but the tweets were explosive. On February 17, Maischak had posted on Twitter about the new president: “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and higher the better. POLITICO
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday evening urged Americans to stand up to hate groups – and took direct aim at President Donald Trump, who he said “has publicly proclaimed the moral equivalency of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and those who oppose their hate.” Speaking at the centennial fundraising dinner for the Charleston branch of the NAACP, Biden said, “This is a moment for this nation to declare what this president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or vision: there is no place in America for hate groups.” POLITICO
Deny Climate Change Is To Deny A Truth We Have Just Lived’
Pleading with all countries in the United Nations General Assembly – large and small, rich and poor – to come together to save our planet, the Prime Minister of Dominica, where the landscape, ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes “resembles a warzone,” said his and other islands in the Caribbean need help now to build their homelands back better. “I come to you straight from the front line of the war on climate change,” Roosevelt Skerrit said in an emotional address to the General Assembly’s annual general debate. United Nations
Amazing Story Of Little Al Cashier, A Transgender Civil War Hero
Mississippi, 1863. The men of G-Company in the 95th Illinois Voluntary Infantry must have cheered loudly as ‘Little Al’ Cashier clambered up the tree, pulled off the tattered, gun-shot Union flag and hoisted a new one. Or maybe they held back their applause until he was down again, safely out of sight of the Confederate snipers. Either way, all were agreed that Little Al was as courageous a soldier as any of them. A third of G-Company were dead by the end of the U.S. Civil War, killed in action or prey to the virulent diseases that swept the lines. Daily Beast
Bombers Fly Over Waters Off North Korea
U.S. Air Force bombers from Guam flew over waters east of North Korea on Saturday to send a message to Kim Jong Un, according to the Pentagon. U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers escorted by fighter jets flew “the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century,” a statement from the Pentagon said. The move was meant to “underscore the seriousness with which we take DPRK’s reckless behavior” and serve as a “demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat,” the statement said. Daily Beast
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