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Friday September 22nd – Open Thread

Friday September 22nd – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL. […]

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Secretary Tillerson Makes The Case for Denuclearization to the U.N. Security Council…

Secretary Tillerson Makes The Case for Denuclearization to the U.N. Security Council…

The United States leading diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, makes the historic case for peaceful denuclearization to the U.N. Security Council. . [Transcript] SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon. And I appreciate the opportunity to address the Security Council again, and I thank this month’s – this month’s chair, Ethiopia. Members of the Security Council […]

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U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Nikki Haley Press Conference…

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Nikki Haley Press Conference…

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley holds a press availability in New York City on September 21, 2017 to discuss ongoing diplomatic engagements. . No-one in the media has yet to fully grasp the Trump Doctrine’ as it pertains to leveraging the scale and influence of the U.S. economy, all aspects, to […]

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Oh My – Text of President Trump Executive Order on Sanctions To North Korea…

Oh My – Text of President Trump Executive Order on Sanctions To North Korea…

Jumping ju-ju bones, now that we’ve read the stunning content of this executive order it is completely obvious why Beijing took action today with their central bank instructions. President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin have structured this executive order in such a way that the downstream consequences from any economic engagement with the DPRK effectively cuts […]

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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Press Conference on DPRK Sanctions – 2:45pm EDT Livestream…

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Press Conference on DPRK Sanctions – 2:45pm EDT Livestream…

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be holding a press conference shortly to outline the latest sanctions against North Korea, and discuss the impact of Beijing’s central bank barring economic transactions between Chinese banks and North Korea.  Start time estimated between 2:45pm and 3:00pm EDT Update: Video Added Trump's new executive order bans ships and […]

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President Trump Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea…

President Trump Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea…

During a luncheon with South Korea (Moon Jae-in) and Japan (Shinzo Abe), U.S. President Donald Trump announces new sanctions against North Korea (Kim Jong-un). Moments prior to President Trump’s statement, Beijing (China’s Red Dragon ‘old guard’ communists), announced their central bank has instructed all of China’s banks to stop financial transactions with DPRK entities (proxy […]

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Beijing Takes A Knee – China Central Bank Tells National Banks To Halt Business With North Korea…

Beijing Takes A Knee – China Central Bank Tells National Banks To Halt Business With North Korea…

Beijing is quickly recognizing they have painted themselves into an economic corner. Beijing enables the DPRK.  President Trump specifically targets this reality as the solution to North Korea’s aggression: ¹Beijing tells DPRK to do stupid thing.  ²DPRK does stupid thing.  ³Trump hits Xi Jinping with economic punishment for stupid thing. In an effort to keep […]

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Former DNI James Clapper Denies Knowledge of Manafort FISA Warrant…

Former DNI James Clapper Denies Knowledge of Manafort FISA Warrant…

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appears on CNN last night to deny knowledge of the wiretapping of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. In March Clapper stated he would specifically have known if a FISA warrant was issued against any Trump campaign officials. Last night Clapper stated he held no knowledge of the […]

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Thursday September 21st – Open Thread

Thursday September 21st – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL. […]

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Afghan President Says Trump’s Strategy (Trump Doctrine) Much More Effective Than Obama’s Failures…

Afghan President Says Trump’s Strategy (Trump Doctrine) Much More Effective Than Obama’s Failures…

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani delivered remarks today at the U.N. discussing the difference between U.S. President Donald Trump’s current strategy and the failed policy of former President Obama. Two key differences underline the optimism of Ghani: #1) President Trump listened to what the region needed for stability; and #2) The Trump Doctrine of appropriately placing […]

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Conference – 8:00pm Livestream…

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Conference – 8:00pm Livestream…

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a press conference to debrief the media on the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York and ongoing U.S. diplomatic efforts in a variety of regions.  Anticipated Start Time 8:10pm: UPDATE: Video Added

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First Lady Melania Trump Delivers Remarks To U.N. Luncheon…

First Lady Melania Trump Delivers Remarks To U.N. Luncheon…

First lady Melania Trump delivers remarks during a luncheon at the United Nations, emphasizing the future of every nation rests with our children and what we teach them today. [Note: unfortunately CNN video feed had best audio] . “Our choices on how we raise and educate our children will, in fact, provide the blueprint for […]

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Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico…

Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico…

Prayers for Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria slams into the island.  Maria made landfall in the area around Yabucoa with 155 MPH winds.  Maris is the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico since 1928, when the San Felipe Segundo hurricane slammed the island and killed about 300 people, the National Weather Service said. SAN JUAN, […]

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President Trump U.N. Sideline Meeting With President Mahmoud Abbas…

President Trump U.N. Sideline Meeting With President Mahmoud Abbas…

President Donald Trump meets with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and highlights the message that the ongoing goal of Israeli-Palestinian peace remains vital to regional stability. . CTH readers are entirely clear-eyed as to the scope of the challenge. No-one amid our association is naive to the seemingly impossible scale against the backdrop […]

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President Trump Press Remarks With Jordan’s King Abdullah II During U.N. Sideline Meeting…

President Trump Press Remarks With Jordan’s King Abdullah II During U.N. Sideline Meeting…

King Abdullah II of Jordan meets with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.   King Abdullah is a strategic and ideological ally in the ongoing mid-east campaign against extremism, and a central figure in Trump’s peace coalition. Prior to the election of President Trump it was Egypt (Abdel Fattah al-Sisi) […]

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