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◆ How serious is the North Korean crisis?
Answer: Deadly serious
My column on the crisis appears today in Real Clear Politics (link here).
◆ Washington Post headline: “Trump’s threat to North Korea contrasts with calm reassurances of other administration officials” (Washington Post)
Comment: No. It’s “good cop, bad cop.”
Trump and SecDef Mattis issue threats.
Meanwhile, Sec. of State Tillerson holds out hope for negotiations.
Although these differences could be seen as inconsistency or disarray, the more likely explanation is that the administration is holding out a hope for negotiations as the outcome of military threats.
◆ Deportation orders up 30% under Trump (Fox News)
The president has vowed to speed deportations and cut down on the growing backlog of cases. He issued an executive order in January calling for a national crackdown.
After Trump issued the order, the Justice Department dispatched dozens of immigration judges to detention centers across the country and hired an additional 54 judges. The agency said it has continued to hire more immigration judges each month. –Fox News
Related story: Newspaper in El Salvador helpfully explains which 18 states illegal immigrants should avoid because “police agencies [in those states] are able to enforce immigration law.” (Daily Caller)
◆ Manafort’s home is not his castle. FBI conducts pre-dawn raid (New York Times)
Why such an aggressive move against a white-collar suspect who is already cooperating? The NYT offers some ideas:
The search is a sign that the investigation into Mr. Manafort has broadened, and is the most significant public step investigators have taken since the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was appointed in May. Investigators are expected to deploy a wide array of similar measures — including interviews and subpoenas — in the coming months as they move forward with the intensifying inquiry. . . .
Legal experts said that Mr. Mueller might be trying to send a message to Mr. Manafort about the severity of the investigation, and to pressure him into cooperating. –New York Times
The use of sonic devices to intentionally harm diplomats would be unprecedented. –Miami Herald
This began in 2016, shortly after President Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry opened relations with Cuba and proclaimed a new day in bilateral relations.
Comment: These physical attacks on US personnel were known to the Obama administration, though the specific causes were not known.
The disease is caused by the body destroying cells in the pancreas that control blood sugar levels. The immunotherapy – tested on 27 people in the UK – also showed signs of slowing the disease, but this needs confirming in larger trials. Experts said the advance could one day free people from daily injections.
Patients given the therapy did not need to increase their dose of insulin during the trial. However, it is too soon to say this therapy stops type 1 diabetes and larger clinical trials will be needed. And further types of immunotherapy that should deliver an even stronger reaction are already underway.–BBC
Comment: Promising but larger studies needed. Note that it slows the progression of the disease; it does not reverse it.