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◆ UN bans key North Korean exports because of missile tests (Reuters)
Could cut up to 1/3 of the state’s meager $3 billion export revenue.
Nikki Haley, America’s ambassador to the UN, offered a weary, pessimistic assessment:
We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem. Not even close. The North Korean threat has not left us, it is rapidly growing more dangerous. –Amb. Nikki Haley to UN Security Council
Meanwhile, China and Russia sharply criticized US deployment of anti-missile systems in South Korea.
Related Story: US tells China it will be watching closely to see if Beijing actually executes the promised sanctions (Associated Press)
Comment: This will only get more dangerous.
◆ Administration leakers should not be hard to catch, says Washington Post.
The headline news has been Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepping up the number of investigations and saying that journalists who receive classified information should not be immune if lives are endangered (a questionable argument, in light of Supreme Court precedents).
The Post, citing cyber-security experts, lists four steps in the investigations:
- Find a pool of suspects
- Shrink your pool using digital tools
- Subpoena and grab personal data
- Question and prosecute
Comment: The key thing to notice about these leaks is that they are not whistle-blower leaks, designed to expose wrongdoing. They are designed either to damage the President or his administration or, alternatively, to win internal battles over policy. Neither is tolerable when the information is classified. The damage to the country should be obvious.
◆ Gang Warfare: Arch-rivals of MS-13, the Barrio-18 gang are equally lethal (Daily Mail)
Barrio-18 was founded in Los Angeles and has now spread across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. It has “an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 members across 20 US states and is linked to drugs, murder, kidnappings and other violent crime from Central America to Canada.”
◆◆ Two “Dumb Criminal” Stories so breathtaking in their stupidity, I have to include both
◆ Meth dealer walks into a bank with a $1 million dollar bill (fake, of course) and a deposit slip. What could possibly go wrong? (Daily Mail)
Comment: Such a carefully thought-out plan, too. Where did he trip up?
◆ Anthony Thomas is an impressive co-winner of “perp of the day” (New York Daily News)
Comment: “Does this mean I don’t get the job?”