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  • Majority say they're open to re-electing Trump

    03/25/2019 1:21:37 PM PDT · by grayboots · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/25/2019 | The Hill
    A majority of registered voters in a new poll say they would consider voting President Trump into a second term. Fifty-four percent in the Hill-HarrisX survey released Monday said they would think about voting for Trump, though 46 percent of registered voters said they would not even consider casting a ballot for the president. The polling was conducted before a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusions were released. That summary reported that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, a huge win for the president. People who said they backed Trump in 2016 are...
  • Sumo: Hakuho still unbeatable after Day 12 of Spring meet

    03/21/2019 9:11:27 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 17 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | March 21, 2019 | Mainichi Japan
    OSAKA (Kyodo) -- Grand champion Hakuho beat ozeki Tochinoshin on Wednesday to retain his lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with 12 straight wins. Hakuho faced little challenge from the struggling Tochinoshin (6-6), who has only beaten the 41-time top-division champion once in 28 matchups. The Mongolian yokozuna hemmed up Tochinoshin after a momentary stalemate, then turned on the gas after recharging his engine and deposited the ozeki over the straw. Fighting as a demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki, Tochinoshin needs to secure two wins over the final three days of the 15-day meet to retain his post at sumo's second...
  • Trump's border wall money may come at expense of schools for military kids

    03/20/2019 11:49:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/20/2019 | Mike Stone
    The U.S. Department of Defense is proposing to pay for President Donald Trump’s much-debated border wall by shifting funds away from projects that include $1.2 billion for schools, childcare centers and other facilities for military children, according to a list it has provided to lawmakers. The Pentagon gave Congress a list on Monday that included $12.8 billion of construction projects for which it said funds could be redirected. Around 10 percent of the list relates to educational establishments and includes school buildings for the children of service members in places like Germany, Japan, Kentucky and Puerto Rico. The move comes...
  • Seoul official: North Korea could be dismantling rocket launch pad

    03/18/2019 11:36:41 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | By Elizabeth Shim March 18, 2019 at 7:18 AM | By Elizabeth Shim March 18, 2019 at 7:18 AM
    SEOUL, March 18 (UPI) -- South Korea's unification minister said Monday North Korea activity at a missile launch site could be preparations for a "demolition." Cho Myong-gyon, who will soon be replaced by Kim Yeon-cheol, the chief of a Seoul-run think tank, told the National Assembly's foreign affairs and unification committee opinion is divided among officials in the South whether North Korea is restarting missile-related activity or getting ready to destroy the site, Yonhap reported Monday. (Maybe. Maybe not.) UPI ping.
  • Japan says transgender people must be sterilised

    03/15/2019 6:44:26 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 60 replies
    The Economist ^ | 3-14-19 | unattributed
    Should transgender people be sterilised before they are recognised? Earlier this year Japan’s Supreme Court decided that the answer is yes. Takakito Usui, a transgender man (ie, someone who was born female but identifies as male), had sued over a requirement that, to be officially designated a man, he has to have his ovaries and uterus removed (as well as have surgery to make his genitals look male, be over 20, single, have no minor children and have been diagnosed as suffering from “gender-identity disorder”). He argued that all this violated his right to self-determination and was therefore unconstitutional. The...
  • Toyota to Boost U.S. Investment to Nearly $13 Billion by 2021

    03/14/2019 7:43:34 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    The Japanese auto maker said the spending would go toward adding production of two new hybrid vehicles in the U.S. and expanding plants that build engines, axles and other vehicle components. The additional investment is projected to create 600 new jobs. President Trump praised Toyota’s plans in a tweet—“BIG NEWS for U.S. Auto Workers!”—and said the investment was evidence that a trade agreement hammered out last year between the U.S., Canada and Mexico is fixing what he described as a “broken NAFTA deal.”
  • US affirms plan for 6 nuclear plants in India

    03/14/2019 2:40:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    Indica News ^ | March 14, 2019 | IANS
    IANS -- The slow-moving US plans to set up six nuclear power plants in India have received a boost as the two nations reiterated their commitment to strengthening security and civil nuclear cooperation during the 9th India-US Strategic Security Dialogue. A joint statement issued on Wednesday after the dialogue, where the Indian side was headed by Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale, said that Washington "reaffirmed its strong support of India's early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group". "They committed to strengthening bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India," it added....
  • Board Finds ‘No Basis’ to Remove Officer Involved in USS Fitzgerald Collision from Navy

    03/13/2019 8:41:47 AM PDT · by robowombat · 41 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 11, 2019 3:43 PM | Sam LaGrone
    Board Finds ‘No Basis’ to Remove Officer Involved in USS Fitzgerald Collision from Navy A board of inquiry moved not to separate from service a sailor who the Navy had previously charged with negligent homicide for his role in the 2017 fatal collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), USNI News has learned. On Friday, a board found “no basis” to separate Lt. Irian Woodley from the Navy for cause, Woodley’s lawyer, Lt. Cmdr. Justin McEwen, confirmed to USNI News when contacted on Friday. The board was made up of three surface warfare officers and was based in Japan. “The findings were...
  • Third time a charm? Trump tries again to slash State Department funding by 25 percent

    03/11/2019 6:06:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 11, 2019 07:25 PM | Joel Gehrke
    President Trump’s administration is proposing a sharp cut in diplomatic funding for the third year in a row, even though Congress repudiated his last two State Department budgets and gave the branch billions more than he requested. “This is a back and forth with Congress,” Doug Pitkin, director of State's bureau of budget and planning, told reporters Monday. “Just because Congress has not taken up some of the reductions that were proposed over the last three years does not change the administration's position.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touted the $40 billion request for fiscal 2020, a steep decline from...
  • Trump invokes new demand for extracting billions of dollars from U.S. allies

    03/10/2019 7:52:14 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 44 replies
    MSN 'News' via Washington Compost ^ | March 10, 2019 | John Hudson, et al
    In private discussions with his aides, President Trump has devised an eye-popping formula to address one of his long-standing complaints: that allies hosting U.S. forces don’t pay Washington enough money. Under the formula, countries would pay the full cost of stationing American troops on their territory, plus 50 percent more, said U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the idea, which could have allies contributing five times what they provide. Trump calls the formula “cost plus 50,” and it has struck fear in the hearts of U.S. allies who view it as extortionate. Rumors that the formula could become a global...
  • Report: Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops

    03/10/2019 7:12:48 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 111 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES (Mideast edition) ^ | March 9, 2019, p. 6 | John Vandiver
    [photo caption] M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles converge on a smoke signal during a live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr, Germany, in March. President Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for American protection, according to a news report. [photo credit; MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES] STUTTGART, Germany — President Donald Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for the privilege of American protection, according...
  • Kim regime worried about uprising: ex-UK ambassador to Pyongyang

    03/10/2019 3:30:38 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 20 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | March 11, 2019, p. 4 | Kim Bo-eun bkim@koreatimes.co.kr
    North Korea is keen to have sanctions eased, as the country faces a dire food shortage, a former U.K. ambassador to North Korea said. [photo caption] Children wave from a window at a kindergarten in Samchon, North Korea, in this photo taken by a World Food Program official in October 2015. An estimated 11 million North Koreans, more than 43 percent of the country’s population, are undernourished, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. [photo credit: Korea Times file] After a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi last month failed to produce...
  • North Korea 'preparing rocket launch', images suggest

    03/09/2019 9:18:22 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09 March 2019
    Satellite images of a facility near Pyongyang suggest that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite. The increase in activity is around a site known as Sanumdong, where North Korea assembled most of its ballistic missiles and rockets. It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea's main rocket launch site at Sohae had been rebuilt. Work to dismantle Sohae began last year but stopped as US talks stalled. On Friday US President Donald Trump said he would be disappointed if North Korea was to resume weapons testing. "I would be surprised in a...
  • Will this week bring Trump a Peace Prize or impeachment?

    03/05/2019 6:54:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 27, 2019 | David Shribman
    For all the tumult, travail and transformation that Donald Trump has wreaked on American politics in the last 25 months, his presidency and his legacy may be defined by the momentous week ahead. In the remaining days of February, Mr. Trump’s outreach with nuclear-armed North Korea and his economic combat with China could be resolved, even as the fate of his border wall and the Russia investigation – the latter holding the possibility of the fourth effort in American history to remove a president – hang in the balance. This crowded hour in history has far more than 22 minutes,...
  • North Korea’s Tongchang-ri: Rebuilding Commences on Launch Pad and Engine Test Stand (BREAKING)

    03/05/2019 7:57:28 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 119 replies
    38 North ^ | 5 March 2019 | Jack Liu and Jenny Town (Exclusive)
    Reports of a recent briefing by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) to the National Assembly’s intelligence committee noted that North Korea has started restoring structures on the rocket launch pad at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). The North had previously started to dismantle the rail-mounted transfer building on the launch pad along with the engine test stand last year at the beginning of US-DPRK negotiations. While progress was quick at first, both the launch pad and engine test stand had remained in about the same condition since August 2018. However, based on commercial satellite imagery, efforts to...
  • North Korea food production 'lowest for a decade': UN

    03/05/2019 9:31:13 PM PST · by caww · 14 replies
    sg.news.yahoo.com ^ | 3/5/2020 | Sebastien BERGER
    Last year's harvest was just 4.95 million tonnes, the United Nations said in its Needs and Priorities assessment for 2019, down by 500,000 tonnes....It was "the lowest production in more than a decade", the UN's Resident Coordinator in the North Tapan Mishra said in a statement...."This has resulted in a significant food gap."..As a result 10.9 million people in the North needed humanitarian assistance -- 600,000 more than last year -- with a potential for increased malnutrition and illness. It is equivalent to 43 percent of the population. The impoverished North has been frequently condemned by the international community for...
  • Subaru Recalls Cars as Some Perfumes Cause Malfunctions: Could affect up to 2.3 million vehicles

    03/01/2019 11:29:42 AM PST · by billorites · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2019 | Chieko Tsuneoka
    If you drive a Subaru, you may want to avoid wearing perfume or a sweater treated with fabric softener—they could prevent the engine from starting. Subaru Corp. said Friday it plans to recall as many as 2.3 million Impreza and Forester vehicles world-wide after discovering that certain chemical compounds released by everyday products such as cosmetics, fabric softener or car polish could cause parts to malfunction. These malfunctions could affect a brake-light switch that is also involved in starting the engine or cause a vehicle-stability warning light to flash unnecessarily, the Japanese auto maker said. No accidents related to the...
  • Undeterred by summit collapse, Moon vows closer North ties

    02/28/2019 10:22:04 PM PST · by blueplum · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | KIM TONG-HYUNG
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday his government plans to discuss with the United States the possibility of restarting joint inter-Korean economic projects to induce nuclear disarmament from North Korea. Moon's comments during a nationally televised speech came a day after a high-stakes nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed over what the Americans saw as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for limited disarmament steps...(snip) ..."I vow to help usher in an era of a peace-driven economy on the Korean Peninsula," said Moon,...
  • BREAKING -- President Trump URGENT Speech at the Governors Ball at The White House

    02/24/2019 7:53:14 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 49 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/24/19 | Golden State Times
    Just happened to come across this video. Governors Ball. President Trump's remarks. Speaks a lot about China and North Korea.
  • Honda confirms Swindon car plant closure

    02/19/2019 12:29:14 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    bbc.com ^ | February 19, 2019
    Honda has confirmed it will close its Swindon car plant in 2021, with the loss of about 3,500 jobs. The Japanese company builds 150,000 Honda Civics in Swindon a year, of which some 90% were exported to the EU. The decision comes just weeks after Nissan switched plans to build its X-Trail SUV from the UK to Japan. Car manufacturers have said they are concerned about continued uncertainty surrounding the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the EU. The industry has also been hit by falling demand in China and a slowdown in diesel sales. And a new EU-Japan trade deal will...