Seoul wants U.S., China to formally declare an end to the Korean War

Two Koreas seem to be ignoring international political squabbling and continuing with a “psychological” reunification. I have been watching events on the Korean Peninsula since the conclusion of the Singapore Summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, trying to determine what the eventual outcome of that meeting would be. I have come to the conclusion that the two Koreas are like the children in a messy divorce, and are tired of being pawns in a larger political drama between the two “parents”. In part, that assessment comes from statements from South Korean officials that they...

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Is Trump Winning Again?

Back in June Paul and I both noted the view of economist Irwin Stelzer, who is no fan of Trump, that Trump might in fact win a trade war with China, because Trump has the better poker hand. And I concluded, “File this one away for further reference.” The planning represents an effort on both sides to keep a deepening trade dispute—which already has involved tariffs on billions of dollars of goods and could target hundreds of billions of dollars more—from torpedoing the U.S.-China relationship and shaking global markets. Scheduled midlevel talks in Washington next week, which both sides announced on Thursday, will pave the way for November. Of course, talks alone don’t assure a deal can be reached. But it does seem to me that China has blinked first. Moreover, turns out some folks on the left think so, too. Robert Kuttner, editor of the lefty journal The American Prospect, wrote yesterday to his email list: Trump as China Diplomat: Suppose His Shock Diplomacy Works? Trump started a tariff war with Beijing. China vowed to retaliate in kind. But Beijing was more vulnerable because China has more to lose—it exports far more than it imports and China indeed violates trade norms of fair pricing and fair access. A number of commentators, me included, faulted Trump for the incoherence of his moves. But Trump’s blunderbuss approach seems to be harming...

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Michelle Wolf’s staff: It was “classless” of Netflix to cancel us without telling us first

“Classless.” These people once threw a parade for abortion on the show. All in all, it lasted three months. Don’t think of it as being canceled, conservatives sniffed last night on Twitter after the news broke, think of it as being terminated in the first trimester. Tough day for liberals, though. Where will they go now for comic affirmation of their deepest political prejudices? [W]hen The Break premiered in May, Wolf was riding higher than pretty much any other comedian in the country after her breakthrough performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. As recently as last week White...

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Mrs. Papadopoulos Wants to Withdraw Plea Deal

RUSH: I saw something else that just last night, I said, “Should I even bring this up? This is such old news.” I said I’m gonna bring it up because it is great evidence of — and there’s plenty of it, but it’s just a great reminder of what we’re all up against with the Drive-By Media and it’s a reminder of just how ignorant the Drive-By Media is of news itself, how ignorant the Drive-By Media is of actual events that they cover. So I want to start this with an audio sound bite. This is the wife...

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Dem candidates embrace gun control in campaign for House takeover

As the Democrats shift to the left on a number of issues from health care to immigration, they’ve already gone all in on one of the most contentious issues around — gun control A study by The Wall Street Journal found that of the 63 candidates on the House Democrats’ campaign arm’s list of seats to flip in November, 62 support expanded background checks for gun purchases. While Dems have long pushed for gun control, there was a time when some candidates ignored the issue, included gun rights as part of their platform or even allied with the National Rifle Association....

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US ‘Alarmed’ Over Mysterious Russian Satellite’s Behavior

The United States government appears to be “alarmed” over the behavior of a mysterious Russian satellite. Some in the government even say that it is entirely possible that the satellite might actually be a weapon. The satellite was launched in October of last year, according to a report by BBC.  “We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on 14 August. Poblete also was concerned that the Russians had launched an anti-satellite weapon into space. “Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously...

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Security Clearances Didn’t Mean a Thing in the Obama Era

The other night on his radio show Mark Levin made a great point about security clearances. For the past few days and well into the future, the left has and will continue to wail over John Brennan being stripped of his security clearance. All the hacks, including many Obama era intelligence buffoons, who by sheer coincidence now work for CNN, the Collusion News Network, have tried to convince whomever they can just how essential it is for former intelligence officials to retain their clearances in order to be able to advise their successors. The left is treating the privilege...

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Kellyanne Conway’s dust-up with WH press spills into Twitter, where she ends it with the brutal truth

Much like the Carly Simon hit song, some members of the American press are so vain that they think everything is about them. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway commented on people being “obsessed” with President Donald Trump while referencing former CIA Director John Brennan, and her remark was then spun as her directing this at the White House press corp. Brennan, now an unhinged MSNBC contributor who spends his days trashing the president, ripped Trump in a New York Times op-ed after the White House stripped him of his security clearance, saying that Trump’s claim that he did not collude with...

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Law of Self Defense: The Lies of the Zimmerman Probable Cause Affidavit

This week’s Case of the Week is inspired by the so-called “documentary,” Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, produced by Jay Z and Trayvon Martin’s parents. The first two episodes focus enormous attention on the fact that George Zimmerman was not arrested until April 11, 2012, 44 days after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin on February 26.It’s all presented as if there is no possible rational and lawful reason for not arresting George Zimmerman. As if his guilt is the most obvious thing in the world, and only a racist police department and a racist State Attorney...

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How the Left Is Outsourcing Censorship of the Internet

Liberals control every newspaper in America, as far as I know, except the Manchester Union Leader. They control CBS, ABC, NBC and every cable network except Fox News. They control what is left of the news magazines, and pretty much every other magazine, too. Only talk radio and the pesky internet lie outside their grasp, so that is where they seek to impose censorship. But they have a problem: the First Amendment. The government can’t suppress conservative speech on the ground that it is “hate speech,” i.e., something that liberals don’t like. That was recently reaffirmed by a 9-0 decision of the Supreme Court. So liberals have outsourced censorship of the internet to the tech titans of Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, most political conversation these days occurs not on the “free” internet, where independent sites like Power Line reside, but rather on social media–Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and so on. Other players include Google (in its search capacity), Apple, Pinterest, Spotify, etc. Happily–if you are a leftist–all of these tech companies are run by liberals. And because they are private companies, they are not constrained by the First Amendment. They can restrict or ban conservative communications on the ground that they are “hate speech,” or on no grounds whatsoever, with impunity. And that is exactly what they are doing. This is a big topic. I brought it up this morning while...

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Is Elon Musk cracking up?

I suppose there’s enough buzz about this story by now that it’s gaining a life of its own. The title question sets the stage. After a couple of social media posts and ensuing interviews, some people are beginning to wonder if Tesla, SpaceX and Boring Company chief Elon Musk may be losing his marbles. Most of the recent flap started when Musk took to his highly popular Twitter feed and mentioned that he was, “considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” That’s led to all manner of problems, including investigations into whether or not he had committed some...

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Savage: What Would Cuomo’s Ancestors Say?

By now you’ve heard the gaffe made by Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York declaring that America is not such a great nation. Cuomo, a descendant of very proud Italian immigrants, has joined the American haters of the Left. How did this happen? I could hardly answer for you because I don’t know what goes on inside the minds of such cynical people. Just this week, Bernie Sanders claimed that the U.S. is now fundamentally immoral and wrong. Again, the entire Democrat establishment is running on one narrative: That this country stinks. Unfortunate as it is, this is the...

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Speculation on the Manafort Trial Speculation

RUSH: This Manafort trial, people are looking at this as a way to discredit Mueller, and the other side of it is hoping for a conviction of Manafort to justify Mueller and what he’s doing. And so this case is really not even about poor ol’ Paul Manafort. It’s about Mueller and his foolhardy, stupid, waste-of-time investigation. Well, anyway, the jurors in the Manafort trial yesterday sent the judge four questions. And one of the questions, the question that caught the attention of the Drive-By Media, which are the representatives of the American left or the Democrat Party. The...

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Judge in Manafort trial says he’s been threatened over case

Jurors in the trial of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort were sent home for the weekend, as the judge in the fraud trial revealed Friday he has received threats over the case and now travels with U.S. Marshals. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, in rejecting a motion to release juror information to the media, argued that he’s confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information were to be made public.  “I can tell you there have been [threats]. … I don’t feel right if I release their names,” he said, adding that because of threats...

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Pentagon Strips Whistleblower of Security Clearance After Exposing Millions Paid to Clinton Crony & FBI Spy

Pentagon whistleblower Adam Lovinger, a 12-year-veteran of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), had his security clearance revoked and he was demoted after filing a complaint about questionable contracts with FBI spy Stefan Halper and a company headed by Chelsea Clinton’s “best friend” for whom then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arranged meetings. The Washington Times reports: Adam Lovinger, a 12-year strategist in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, complained to his bosses about Halper contracts in the fall of 2016, his attorney, Sean M. Bigley, told The Washington Times. On May 1, 2017, his superiors yanked his security clearance and relegated...

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Trump’s NDA’s Are Now Under Attack by Judicial System

Given the obviously controversial nature of President Donald Trump, we have been hearing quite a bit lately about former employees and supposed confidantes betraying him publicly. Well, let’s clarify before we get dinged by the “fact checkers”:  Publicly, we are hearing about some pretty nasty betrayal by his former acquaintances. First there was Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for the President, who has found himself nuzzling up next to Robert Mueller in recent months, who revealed that he had made secret audio recordings of the President.  These tapes were presumably made in hopes of catching some bombshell or ammunition...

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HILARIOUS ‘interview’ takes gold-digging Omarosa to the woodshed, earns accolades for all the right reasons

Cue the liberal meltdown in 3…2…1. Allie Beth Stuckey is sure to be the target of the left’s fury after posting another mock interview, this time with former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman. Much like her parody interview with Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Stuckey will likely face the indignant anger of liberals who prove again and again that they have no sense of humor. After all, using satire to point out your political foe’s weaknesses and in this case, unscrupulous character flaws, can be very effective. Manigault Newman’s expressions in the edited video satire are worth the price...

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Keith Ellison Accuser Karen Monahan Describes Alleged Abuse to CBS News

“He looked at me, goes ‘Hey you f***ing hear me … and then he looked at me, he goes ‘Bitch, get the f*** out of my house.’” Karen Monahan, the woman accusing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) of abuse, sat down with CBS News to describe the incidents for the first time on camera: “He looked at me, goes ‘Hey you f***ing hear me … and then he looked at me, he goes ‘Bitch, get the f*** out of my house,’ and he started to try to drag me off the bed,” Monahan said. “That’s when I put my camera...

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After last night

When I went downtown to the studio yesterday to appear for a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight, I thought that Tucker wanted to draw me out on the points I made about Keith Ellison in my Weekly Standard column on Wednesday. In the column I asserted that the domestic abuse allegations against Ellison were the least of his disqualifications from office. Taking advantage of his news sense, Tucker only wanted to talk about the abuse allegations. It’s a good thing for me that John had covered them on Power Line. Otherwise I would have been caught short. Tucker also wanted me to talk about Ilhan Omar, Ellison’s successor-to-be as Minnesota Fifth District representative in Congress. I came to the tentative conclusion two years ago that she was likely married to her brother for some dishonest purpose in 2009 and was still married to him at the time. And he was husband number 2. She held out another man — husband number 1 in time — as her current husband and father of her children. When the story made its way into the Star Tribune, Omar treated it as a crisis. She used the services of a crisis manager to craft a statement or two addressing the story and then refused to answer questions about it. She has adhered to that position for the past two years. In the meantime,...

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Couple with “Abolish ICE” shirts blocked from Statue of Liberty

Before you begin cheering too loudly, I’ll warn you in advance that this is a problematic story. It deals with two residents of New York City who went for a tour of the Statue of Liberty. They opted to wear t-shirts which they had crafted themselves with the liberal catchphrase “Abolish ICE” on them. Upon their arrival at the monument, they were met with an unpleasant surprise. (Gothamist) A pair of New Yorkers hoping to pay a visit to the Statue of Liberty last month say they were ordered by federal employees to change out of their “Abolish ICE”...

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Aretha Was Much More Than Just the Queen of Soul

RUSH: Aretha. Ladies and gentlemen, I was 16; I was just starting to work in radio when Aretha Franklin bopped on the scene. I was telling Snerdley, “Everybody’s calling her the Queen of Soul,” and there’s no doubt she was. I think that doesn’t go nearly far enough in describing Aretha Franklin, who she was and what she did, her talents and so forth. She was soul, there was no question. She defined it. Well, she and James Brown, who was the Godfather of Soul. James Brown was the Ambassador of Soul. He wasn’t just the godfather; he was...

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DOJ’s Bruce Ohr wrote Christopher Steele was ‘very concerned about Comey’s firing — afraid they will be exposed’

Notes and emails connect Bruce Ohr to Trump dossier A review by Fox News of Bruce Ohr’s Justice Department emails and handwritten notes shows he is deeply connected to the controversial Trump dossier and, during the presidential election, the FISA abuse scandal; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports. A collection of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s emails, texts and handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, reveals that he was deeply connected to the unverified Steele Dossier as well as its author,  and, during the presidential election campaign, the alleged government surveillance abuses involving a Trump campaign official. The dossier,...

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Arizona: Dad Pummels Man To Death For Following Daughter Into Bathroom

An Arizona man has been charged with second degree murder after he beat a man to death following the man following his daughter into the restroom at a convenience store and attempting to enter the bathroom stall she was in. AZFamily.com reports: A Phoenix father is in jail after police say he killed a man who had just tried to get into a bathroom stall his daughter was using. Melvin Harris, 40, is now facing a second-degree homicide charge for that man’s death. … Earlier this month she says Harris was picking up their 16-year-old daughter and two of...

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Reality Check Gets Gruesome As ISIS Stabs “Evil Doesn’t Exist” US Couple to Death

There has been a little bit of testiness out there in the world as of late, especially when it comes to what constitutes “reality”. Call it the wishy-washy ramblings of young adults raised by hippies who came of age in the late 60’s, or perhaps it is the wealth of knowledge available on the internet, (a phenomenon we haven’t really explored enough)…in either case, reality seems to be slipping a bit. In an effort to be constantly inundated with new, exciting information, television channels are devoting hours and hours of airtime to things like Ancient Aliens, Finding Bigfoot, and even looking for...

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