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1210, 2017

Editorial: Keep President Jimmy Carter Away from North Korean Negotiations

By |October 12th, 2017|Editorial, Nuclear, Politics, Presidential, World|Comments Off on Editorial: Keep President Jimmy Carter Away from North Korean Negotiations

PNN – Former President Jimmy Carter has offered to serve as a negotiator with North Korea on the United States’ behalf, with his goal being a peace treaty between the United States and North Korea. While President Carter has been to North Korea for negotiations before, sending him there now would be an unquestionably bad move, despite what some legacy media sources would have you believe about his past “successes” in the region.

President Carter’s first trip to North Korea took place in 1994, during the Clinton Administration. The negotiations concerned North Korea’s nuclear program. As an eventual result of these negotiations, the United States helped North Korea to obtain light-water reactors, which the Clinton Administration claimed could not be used to make nuclear bombs. This was objectively false and the Clinton Administration demonstrably knew this, because hardly a year later they were condemning Russia for attempting to supply light-water reactors to Iran because they feared Iran would use them to make nuclear weapons.

In short, former Presidents Carter and Clinton both played a significant role in helping North Korea obtain the resources that eventually became the hydrogen bombs that they seem to have and are using to threaten ourselves and our allies with today. As of Thursday, October 12th, it seems as though they have tested yet another hydrogen bomb, which makes for their second hydrogen bomb test this year. One cannot be sure, but perhaps without our government’s assistance in the 90s, North Korea would not have the same level of nuclear sophistication that they have now.

President Jimmy Carter wishes for a peace treaty with North Korea, and that is admirable. True peace would be wonderful and few people genuinely want to see a war. […]

210, 2017

58 Killed, 500 Injured in Largest Terrorist Shooting in US History

By |October 2nd, 2017|National, Nevada|Comments Off on 58 Killed, 500 Injured in Largest Terrorist Shooting in US History

PNN – A domestic terror attack in Las Vegas, Nevada has left more than 500 people injured and at least 58 killed. The attacker has been identified as 64 year old professional gambler Stephen Paddock. Paddock carried out the shooting from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday night. His target was the Route 91 Harvest country music festival happening below. Paddock, who has no history of criminal behavior, took his own life after the attack. His motives remain unclear and thus far investigators have not found a manifesto or memoir to shed light upon the situation. Paddock has no known political ties, nor does it appear that he was involved in any form of extremism, religious or otherwise. Paddock was relatively new to the area, having moved to the nearby town of Mesquite in 2015.

Following the attack, several groups have already attempted to take credit, though Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has referred to the Paddock as a “lone wolf.” ISIS has claimed, via their Aamaq propaganda outlet, that Paddock was acting on their behalf as a soldier, and that he had converted to Islam several months prior. No evidence has been offered to support these claims, and authorities have been dismissive of the idea so far. It would not be the first time that ISIS has falsely claimed an attack, as was the case with a similar attack on a casino in the Philippines earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the Facebook page Melbourne Antifa made a post, which has since been deleted but remains available as an archive, claiming responsibility for the shooting. Several legacy media outlets have incorrectly reported said post as a hoax, claiming that no such […]

2709, 2017

Mattis Targeted in Failed Taliban Attack on Afghanistan Airport

By |September 27th, 2017|National, World|Comments Off on Mattis Targeted in Failed Taliban Attack on Afghanistan Airport

PNN – Secretary of Defense James Mattis was the target of an attack on Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Wednesday. The attackers primarily used rocket-propelled grenades to assault the airport, firing a total of 29, with an additional 11 munitions being used that have yet to be identified. The fire was concentrated onto a guard tower and the southern side of the airport. Following the attack, the Taliban took credit via Twitter on the account of their spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid. They further specified that Secretary Mattis was their intended target. Mattis had already left the airport before the attack began. There have been no reported casualties so far and the full extent of the damage to Hamid Karzai International is currently unknown. Five people have been reported as injured, with one said to be in poor condition.

The Afghan special forces searched homes near the airport that were suspected to be the source of the volley. Three suspects were found and killed in a subsequent firefight. The men were armed with AK-47s and RPGs. A fourth suspect was wounded.

Secretary Mattis visited Afghanistan unannounced following a short stay in India. It seems as though he learned of the attack from the press after the fact. During a press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Mattis condemned the attack as terrorism, and said that the Taliban “will find the Afghan Security Forces continuing on the offensive against them in every district of the country right now.”

This marks Mattis’ first visit to Afghanistan following President Donald Trump’s August announcement of his new strategy in the region, which included an influx of up to several thousand new troops, though the Trump administration has declined to offer any exact figures. […]

2009, 2017

California to Sue Trump Admin Over Border Wall

By |September 20th, 2017|Illegal Immigration, Politics|Comments Off on California to Sue Trump Admin Over Border Wall

PNN – On Wednesday California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced California’s intent to sue the Trump administration over the planned wall along the United States’ southern border. This announcement comes mere days after President Donald Trump announced that the wall was officially under construction–first, via repairing the already existing wall segments installed by previous administrations, with four sample wall segments to be constructed shortly after to help the Trump administration select a final design. The wall, which is set to have segments in several major Californian locales, such as San Diego, was one of President Trump’s central campaign promises during the 2016 presidential elections.

This lawsuit should be no surprise to those who have been following Becerra’s actions since Trump took office. Barely one week into President Trump’s first term, Becerra appeared on MSNBC with a vow to stop Trump’s wall. The lawsuit, which seems to be Becerra’s attempt to make good on that vow, alleges that the Trump administration cannot build the wall in California because it would violate both state and federal environmental laws. The lawsuit also alleges that the federal statute being used to justify the construction of the wall is not adequate to allow the project to move forward, and that the Trump administration is violating the constitution – specifically the separation of powers doctrine and the 10th amendment –  by attempting to place a wall on the southern border.

Becerra filed another lawsuit against the Trump administration just last week and he was joined by the attorney generals of Maryland, Maine, and Minnesota in doing so. That lawsuit, which alleges that President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) was unconstitutional, has yet to make it to […]

2009, 2017

Trump Claims Validated Via Manafort Wiretap Revelation

By |September 20th, 2017|FakeNews, Mainstream Media, National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on Trump Claims Validated Via Manafort Wiretap Revelation

PNN – Back in March, President Donald Trump tweeted out a claim that he had been wiretapped by the outgoing Obama administration. At the time, President Trump wrote “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” The legacy media was instantly dismissive of the claim. Now we are learning that President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was wiretapped once in 2014 and once in late 2016, and that this latter round of wiretapping apparently continued into early 2017. While this does not verify that President Trump himself was wiretapped, to see such a prominent member of his campaign surveilled via a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court order should give any reasonable person pause. The Manafort wiretap revelation may be one of the most significant news stories of any presidential administration in recent memory.

And yet, despite this shocking revelation, the legacy media continues to dismiss Trump’s claims. In a CNN article entitled “Donald Trump still has no evidence that his wiretapping claim was right”, Chris Cillizza claims that the wiretapping of Manafort isn’t enough to validate President Trump’s claims, as he had specifically said that Trump Tower had been wiretapped. What CNN neglects to report is that Manafort had a residency within Trump Tower, and it is not yet clear if that residence was included in the wiretapping, or if it was limited to Manafort’s home in Alexandria, VA. What also remains unclear is whether or not the wiretap picked up any phone calls between then President-Elect Trump and Manafort. Should the wiretap have included Manafort’s Trump Tower residence and it captured any conversations between Manafort and Trump, then Trump […]

2009, 2017

Editorial: Trump’s UN Speech Struck the Right Tone

By |September 20th, 2017|National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on Editorial: Trump’s UN Speech Struck the Right Tone

President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on Tuesday morning and his speech has gotten mixed responses from the legacy media. Stories about Trump’s UN speech have primarily focused on President Trump’s strong warnings towards North Korea, his insistence on placing America first, and his repetition of his newest nickname for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un:  Rocket Man. These aspects certainly make President Trump’s speech stand out from previous speeches given by United States Presidents at the UN, which is certainly not a bad thing. President Trump struck the perfect tone with his speech, despite whatever his critics might have you believe.
A Call for Sovereignty
To start, President Trump was right to tout his “America First” agenda, and he was correct when he pointed out that every other representative there was obliged to put their own countries first. To pretend that leaders shouldn’t do so is nothing more than globalism and President Trump, by focusing on sovereignty and self-interest, has sent a clear message to those who would seek to make leaders put the needs of others ahead of the needs of their own country. This is a marked departure from President Obama’s appearances at the UN, during which he often seemed conciliatory. By refusing to make any sort of apologies and by explicitly calling for patriotism, President Trump is being anything but.

Trump’s attitude leaves him holding all the cards, which will ultimately help him reshape the UN, and that is obviously his goal—Trump says that he wants the UN to be a better investment for the US, considering that we’re paying 22% of their budget on our own. As he said, “the United Nations must reform if it […]

1409, 2017

Trump: Wall Samples being Built, DACA Replacement Adds Border Control

By |September 14th, 2017|Illegal Immigration, National, Politics, Presidential, Tax/Budget/Spending|Comments Off on Trump: Wall Samples being Built, DACA Replacement Adds Border Control

As President Trump departed the White House for Florida on Thursday morning he took the time to stop and speak to reporters about the DACA negotiations that took place with Democratic leadership over dinner on Wednesday evening. During the short, informal conference Trump revealed more information about the planned wall on our southern border and confirmed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s earlier claim that the new DACA replacement legislation will not include wall funding.

“We’re working on a plan – subject to getting massive border control – we’re working on a plan for DACA,” President Trump said. “People want to see that happen. You have 800,000 young people brought here, no fault of their own, so we’re working on a plan. We’ll see how it works out. But we’re going to get massive border security as a part of that.” These statements echo a recent softening on immigration rhetoric from the President and, as we previously reported, may signal a pivot to more centrist policies.

“Mitch is on board, Paul Ryan is on board,” President Trump went on to say, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. “We all feel—look, 92% of the people agree on DACA, but what we want is—we want very powerful border security.”

When asked about funding for the border wall, President Trump said “The wall will come later. We’re right now renovating large sections of wall – massive sections – making it brand new.” He continued “We’re building four different samples of the wall to see which one we’re going to choose, and the wall is going to be built. It will be funded a little bit later.”

While the President did not offer a specific timeline […]

1309, 2017

US Senate Tables Rand Paul’s Anti-War Amendment

By |September 13th, 2017|Constitution, National, Politics|Comments Off on US Senate Tables Rand Paul’s Anti-War Amendment

The United States Senate has voted down an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have repealed the Authorization for Use of Military Force and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, which gave war powers to the President in 2001 and 2002 respectively. These resolutions were passed following the 9/11 terrorist attack of 2001 to allow then President Bush more authority to pursue those responsible.

Had the amendment, which was proposed by Senator Rand Paul (KY-R), passed it would have required the President to seek congressional approval for future wars. The amendment was designed to go into effect six months after the passing of the NDAA to give lawmakers time to decide what, if any, war authority might be granted to the President, which could then be included in a new Authorization for Use of Military Force bill. Paul was granted a vote on the amendment only after threatening to object to all of the other amendments to the NDAA, which would have made bringing said amendments to a vote much more difficult.

Paul introduced his amendment by reading a prepared statement, which read in part:  “I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war. What we have today is basically unlimited war – war anywhere, anytime, any place on the globe. This vote will be to sunset, in 6 months, the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force.” He went on to say “No one with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes these authorizations allow current wars we fight in 7 countries.”

When it came time to vote, 61 senators voted to table Paul’s amendment while only 36 fought the motion to table it. On […]

1309, 2017

Refugee Ban intact as Supreme Court Blocks Lower Ruling

By |September 13th, 2017|Judicial, National, Politics|Comments Off on Refugee Ban intact as Supreme Court Blocks Lower Ruling

President Donald Trump scored yet another victory with his controversial refugee ban after the Supreme Court blocked a lower court’s ruling on Tuesday. The blocked ruling would have allowed up to 24,000 additional refugees into the country by October via forcing the United States to admit those who had been offered entrance by resettlement agencies. The Supreme Court’s order to block the ruling came at the request of the Trump administration.

While this means that the refugee ban will be more effective for the time being, the issue is not entirely settled yet. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments regarding the legality of the ban on October 10, just a few short weeks before the refugee ban is set to expire, and several weeks after President Trump’s original travel ban – which the refugee ban replaced – is set to expire. Should the Trump administration decide not to renew either ban, the ruling may become a moot point either way, save for whatever precedent it could establish for future administrations to act on these issues.

Previously, the Supreme Court instructed the Trump administration on how to proceed until the full hearing could take place, with the justices deciding that refugees with “bona fide” relationships to people or entities in the United States must be allowed entry. The justices did not, however, give specific definitions as to what qualifies as a “bona fide” relationship, thus leaving room for further conflicts. The Trump administration has interpreted the ruling to mean close family members, for the most part, but lower courts have succeeded in getting grandparents and cousins included on the list of what is considered a close enough relationship. While this is not what the Trump administration […]

1209, 2017

‘Monkey Selfie’ Lawsuit Ends; Famed Photo Considered Public Domain

By |September 12th, 2017|General News, Judicial, National, Property Rights|Comments Off on ‘Monkey Selfie’ Lawsuit Ends; Famed Photo Considered Public Domain

In 2011, a bizarre selfie taken by a black macaque monkey named Naruto gained global fame–how often does one see a monkey selfie, after all? Naruto took the now famous picture of himself, along with several other less circulated pictures, using the unattended camera of photographer David Slater. Slater had left his camera on the ground, well within Naruto’s curious reach. Naruto, to his credit, turned out to be quite the photographer, as the images came out very well. There was just one problem:  who owned the copyright on the images Naruto took? The result of a lawsuit surrounding this situation has finally produced some answers.

Typically, the copyright on any photograph is assigned to the individual who takes the photograph, but until Naruto snapped those pictures the U.S. legal system had never faced any situations in which that individual was an animal. Some insisted that the photographs should be considered Slater’s intellectual property simply because the camera used to take them belonged to him, and Slater proceeded as if this was the case. Others insisted that the images should be considered public domain, as an animal did not have the legal ability to hold a copyright (this is still the official stance of the Wikimedia Foundation, and the image is listed as a public domain work on their Wikimedia Commons website to this day, despite Slater’s demand that they cease doing so). However, some fringe groups thought that the issue should be handled differently:  it was time to allow animals more legal rights.

Then, in 2015, infamous animal rights organization PETA decided to step in by filing a lawsuit against Slater on Naruto’s behalf. PETA has a long history of outlandish behavior, such as releasing violent […]