US Bomber Flies Over Korean Peninsula During Military Exercises With South

The U.S. Seventh Air Force flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday as a part of a joint aerial exercise with the South’s military, South Korean officials confirmed.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the U.S. bomber simulated land strikes on military grounds near the eastern coast, proving its ability to “punish” the North’s aggression.

“Through the drill, the South Korean and U.S. air forces displayed the allies’ strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles,” the JCS said.

The drill involving the B-1B Lancer bomber was part of a five-day joint training exercise called “Vigilant Act,” Reuters reported.

The Seventh Air force has sent other strategic military assets, including six F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighter jets. About 12,000 U.S. military personnel are participating in the drill, which started Monday. (Read more from “US Bomber Flies Over Korean Peninsula During Military Exercises With South” HERE)

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Saudis Lurking Behind Trump’s Jerusalem Plan

President Donald Trump is getting ready to do something big and risky in the Middle East – something no other president has dared to do.

So big, and so risky, that it could either spark a new Palestinian uprising, or lead to the long coveted but elusive peace pact that every president since Jimmy Carter has tried to broker.

According to published reports, Trump is planning to announce Wednesday the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there from Tel Aviv within six months.

He reportedly has the backing of Saudi Arabia, home base of Islam’s prophet and most holy mosque, to make this move. That in itself, gives pause to some Christian leaders who would otherwise be jubilant about finally recognizing Israel’s right to Jerusalem.

Trump on Tuesday told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah that he plans to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Trump also reportedly called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and Saudi King Salman to inform them of his decision. (Read more from “Saudis Lurking Behind Trump’s Jerusalem Plan” HERE)

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Islamist Suicide Plot to Assassinate Prime Minister Foiled

A terror plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, Sky sources have confirmed.

Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “It’s the latest in a number of terror plots that police and MI5 believe they’ve foiled this year.

“I understand that the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, briefed Cabinet ministers today, such is the seriousness of what they believed they have uncovered.

“It is in essence an extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street. Essentially police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May, the Prime Minister.

“This is something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police. (Read more from “Islamist Suicide Plot to Assassinate Prime Minister Foiled” HERE)

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Russia Banned From Winter Olympics

Russia’s Olympic Committee has been banned from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15m in costs after making what the International Olympic Committee called an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport”.

Tellingly the IOC also accepted, for the first time, that the Russian state had been involved in widespread institutional doping by banning the then minister of sport, Vitaly Mutko, and his then deputy minister, Yuri Nagornykh, from any participation in all future Olympic Games.

It is the first time the IOC has imposed a ban on a country competing under its own flag for doping. Russia’s athletes were, however, thrown a lifeline by the IOC president, Thomas Bach, who confirmed they would be able to compete in South Korea in February provided they were not involved in a massive state-sponsored doping programme that corrupted the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. Such athletes will have to compete under the Olympic flag and in a uniform bearing the name “Olympic athlete from Russia”. If any Russian athlete wins a gold, the Olympic anthem will be played at the medal ceremony.

Mutko, who is now deputy prime minister for sport, tourism and youth policy and the head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, rejected suggestions there had been systematic doping only last week. Fifa also released a statement on Tuesday insisting Mutko’s ban does not affect planning for next summer’s finals.

The IOC’s decision was announced after its 14-person executive committee spent Tuesday afternoon poring over the final report of the Schmid commission, which has been examining whether there was an “institutional conspiracy” by Russian officials within the ministry of sport to corrupt the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. (Read more from “Russia Banned From Winter Olympics” HERE)

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Report: Trump to Declare Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

Two sources with direct knowledge claim President Donald Trump will give a speech next Wednesday declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Jonathan Swan reports for Axios.

A spokesman for the White House declined to confirm the report, saying, “The President has always said it is a matter of when, not if. The President is still considering options and we have nothing to announce.”

Trump could soon decide whether he keeps his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy to Israel’s declared capital of Jerusalem, from Tel Aviv.

Speaking in favor of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., recently said: “Israel remains the only nation in the world where an American embassy is not located in its chosen capital city.” (For more from the author of “Report: Trump to Declare Jerusalem the Capital of Israel” please click HERE)

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Fox News Reveals Identity of Unnamed Trump Official Who Directed Flynn to Contact Russians

Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts revealed Friday on live TV the identity of the official who reportedly told former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to talk to the Russian government about sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Russia.

In court papers filed Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller referred to a “senior” official on then-President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. On Dec. 29, 2016, Flynn contacted that official to determine what he should tell then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak about those sanctions, according to Mueller.

Reporting from outside the White House, Roberts identified that “senior” official as K.T. McFarland, the former deputy national security adviser who is currently waiting to be confirmed by the Senate as the ambassador to Singapore.

Roberts cited “a source with intimate and full knowledge of the investigation” who he said was “very, very knowledgeable.”

Fox News host Shepard Smith then pointed out that McFarland is a name Fox viewers may recognize, and not just for her work in the Trump administration.

“K.T. McFarland was to work for the administration, and did for a short time. She’s a former Fox News contributor that viewers may recognize here,” he said.

Roberts’ reporting was backed up by The Associated Press, which cited “two former officials on President Donald Trump’s transition team” as confirming that McFarland was the official referred to by Mueller as having spoken with Flynn on Dec. 29.

Moreover, the AP also identified the “very senior transition official” whom Mueller claims met with Flynn on Dec. 22 to tell him to contact Russia regarding a U.N. resolution that involved Israeli settlements.

That official was reportedly Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and Trump’s son-in-law.

Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” regarding conversations he had with Kislyak.

In a statement, Flynn said the “guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

White House attorney Ty Cobb, meanwhile, has denied that Flynn’s guilty plea and potential cooperation with Mueller’s investigation implicate Trump or his administration.

“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in (Flynn’s) resignation in February of this year,” Cobb said. “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”

“The concussion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.” (For more from the author of “Fox News Reveals Identity of Unnamed Trump Official Who Directed Flynn to Contact Russians” please click HERE)

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Ancient Forbidden Christian Text of Jesus’ ‘Secret Teachings’ to His ‘Brother’ Found

Biblical scholars have discovered the first-known original Greek copy of an ancient forbidden Christian text that purportedly describes Jesus’ secret teachings to his “brother” James, an early leader of the Church.

Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau, religious studies scholars at The University of Texas at Austin, located the rare text in Oxford University archives earlier this year. The experts found several fifth- or sixth-century A.D. Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James, one of the books from an ancient collection known as the Nag Hammadi library. Previously, the text was thought to be preserved only via translations in the Egyptian Coptic language.

Only a small number of texts from the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of 13 Coptic Gnostic books discovered in Egypt in 1945, have been found in Greek, their original language of composition. Also known as the “Gnostic Gospels,” the books are seen as key documents for understanding Gnosticism, an ancient belief system.

The First Apocalypse of James, like the other books in the Nag Hammadi library, was deemed heretical or forbidden by the church because it fell outside of the fourth-century religious boundaries that defined the 27-book New Testament.

Experts were thrilled by the discovery of the ancient fragments, which are owned by the Egypt Exploration Society. (Read more from “Ancient Forbidden Christian Text of Jesus’ ‘Secret Teachings’ to His ‘Brother’ Found” HERE)

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Headline Writers Go Crazy Over Pooping Amazon Driver

Headline writers around the globe have gone wild over the story of an Amazon delivery driver who was caught on video pooping in a customer’s drive.

And there was a common theme.

“Pooping in gutter,” said Fox 40. “Driver poops,” said ABC. “Video shows woman pooping,” said CBS. “Driver caught pooping,” said WWLP. “SEE IT: Amazon delivery driver caught on video pooping,” said the New York Daily News.

One European publication varied that message, stating, “Ding dung. Amazon delivery driver caught having a poo on customer’s driveway after dropping of a package.”

The simple story is that homeowner Nemy Bautista is “down in the dumps,” according to the Huffington Post, after finding feces in front of his house and reviewing a security video that showed the Amazon driver, who later was relieved of her duties by Amazon. (Read more from “Headline Writers Go Crazy Over Pooping Amazon Driver” HERE)

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New Warning Over Trump Tweets

By Reuters. A series of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump about the investigation into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia prompted concerns on Sunday among both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying Trump could be wading into “peril” by commenting on the probe.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, before his departure back to Washington, U.S., December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
“I would just say this with the president: There’s an ongoing criminal investigation,” Graham said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

“You tweet and comment regarding ongoing criminal investigations at your own peril,” he added.

On Sunday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter that he never asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser – a statement at odds with an account Comey himself has given.

That tweet followed one on Saturday in which Trump said: “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President (Mike Pence) and the FBI.” (Read more from “New Warning Over Trump Tweets” HERE)

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Trump Lawyer Takes Blame for Flynn Tweet: ‘I Did Not Mean to Break News’

By Joseph Weber. John Dowd, President Trump’s personal attorney, took responsibility Sunday for a Trump tweet about the president firing Michael Flynn as national security adviser that sparked speculation about Trump having obstructed justice.

“I did not mean to break news,” Dowd said. “I’m out of the tweeting business.”

Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over conversations with to Russia’s ambassador to the United States after Trump was elected last year.

The guilty plea was part of deal Flynn struck in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” said the tweet Saturday, on Trump’s official Twitter account. (Read more from “Trump Lawyer Takes Blame for Flynn Tweet: ‘I Did Not Mean to Break News'” HERE)

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Obama Complains About Trump’s Move to Remove US From Paris Deal

Former President Barack Obama lamented Saturday President Donald Trump’s administration’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

“I grant you that at the moment we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue,” Obama said at an invitation-only event in Paris. Obama did not mention President Donald Trump by name, but he did allude to the administration’s move to opt out of the accord.

The U.S. remains on track to meet the agreement, he said, referring to a state-based coalition designed to fill the void left. Obama met with French President Emanuel Macron earlier in the day during a private conversation the French presidency did not publicize.

Obama did appear to recognize the frustration many Europeans are feeling about the EU’s increasing intrusion into people’s lives.

“I think for example that the European Union needs to recognize that micro-managing every single aspect of life within Europe gets people frustrated,” he said. (Read more from “Obama Complains About Trump’s Move to Remove US From Paris Deal” HERE)

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