Topics and articles chosen with care. Linked articles in bold purple
◆ The White House correspondents had a dinner. Nobody cares.
It was the fourth failure in a row. But it’s the thought that counts. (CNN)
The launch came immediately after Sec. of State Rex Tillerson went to the UN to criticise North Korea and shortly after the communist state conducted a major live-fire military exercise.
Even failures, like the recent ones, can teach Pyongyang scientists something. They are working hard on the project. The US estimates they will produce a nuclear-capable missile that can strike the US within 4 to 8 years.
◆ Pope Francis visits Egypt, where Christians are under constant threat from Islamists despite protection from the Sisi regime (Crux) The Catholic site, Crux, says the visit may be one of those “big deal” moments and says the biggest recent change is the “mounting frustration of ordinary people here with terrorism and violence.”
Comment: The Pope’s visit is all the more important because most Egyptian Christians are Coptics, not Catholics.
◆ Turkey’s Erdogan: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Fires another 4k officials, saying they were somehow involved in last summer’s coup (or faux coup). (BBC)
1,000 worked in the Justice Ministry, which seems increasingly misnamed.
The latest sackings follow the suspension of more than 9,000 police officers and the arrest of 1,000 more last Wednesday on suspicion of having links to the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating last year’s coup attempt, a charge the cleric denies. –BBC
◆ Four US states still haven’t bounced back from 2008-9. Economies in Louisiana, Wyoming, Alaska, and Connecticut are smaller than in June 2009.
Several others have stalled recoveries: Minnesota, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia. (CNBC)
Approximately 75 million Americans have hypertension, and more than five million of them are resistant to drug therapy. Worldwide, it’s estimated that one billion people have elevated blood pressure not adequately controlled by medication. –Israel 21c
♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
◆ Thomas Lifson at American Thinker for the Israeli invention story.