Friday's HOT MIC
This is huge and unexpected ...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced Friday that his country will be suspending missile testing and closing a nuclear test site, several reports said.
"From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles," the Korean Central News Agency said, according to Yonhap News. "The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test."
President Trump reacts on Twitter:
CDC expands E. coli warning to include ALL romaine lettuce:
Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alaska prison.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that new information about theillnesses in Alaska led them to expand a warning beyond chopped romaine to include any type of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts of romaine. The inmates who became sick at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome ate lettuce from whole heads of romaine grown in Yuma, Ariz., the CDC said.
I'll be sticking to spinach and red leaf lettuce until either of those gets the ick.
I'm running out of synonyms for "unhinged" when writing about the left:
The accompanying WaPo article is a typical leftist advocacy hack job. It begins by claiming that Cox merely "says" the incidents happened, then becomes a PR piece for gun control advocates. Rather than commit an egregious act of journalism, the writer takes the protesters at their word that they're on the up and up.
H.W. making people smile despite his overwhelming personal grief:
Comey's memos all but confirm that his dossier briefing with the president in January of 2017 was a set-up -- or as Ace of Spades put it, "a running op" by deep state traitors against the duly-elected incoming president.
Mollie Hemingway lays it all out at The Federalist.
In multiple memos, Comey specifically mentioned that CNN had the dossier and wanted a “news hook” that would enable the network to report on its most salacious allegations even though they had not been verified.
“I said the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013,” Comey wrote of his conversation with Trump in a classified memo that was released in redacted form late Thursday. “I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands.”
Spoiler alert: it was none other than Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who suggested the meeting.
“I said there was something that Clapper wanted me to speak to the [president-elect] about alone or in a very small group,” Comey wrote.
“I then executed the session exactly as I had planned,” Comey noted before going into details of what he claimed he told the president-elect. He wrote that he told him about the now-infamous prostitute pee-pee videotape claims contained in the dossier. Then he wrote:“I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands. I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook. I said it was important that we not give them the excuses to write that the FBI has the material or [REDACTED] and that we were keeping it very close-hold. He said he couldn’t believe they hadn’t gone with it. I said it was inflammatory stuff that they would get killed for reporting straight up from the source reports.
Someone high up in the Obama administration immediately leaked the meeting about the dossier to CNN to provide that "hook" they were needing. But who???
Hemingway points to this interesting tidbit from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence final report on Russia:
Finding #44: Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, provided inconsistent testimony to the Committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.”