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Mike Pompeo Abruptly Cancels Merkel Meeting, Travels to ‘Unknown Destination’

The reporters traveling with Pompeo were not told where they would be going – only that they may not be able to report about their trip until it was over.

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With the world seemingly on the precipice of international calamity, any and all unforeseen maneuvers by American officials can be a bit alarming.

This week in particular, we have seen threats from North Korea and Iran – two nations who mostly abhor the United States.

For their part, North Korea was at least playing nice there for a few brief weeks before retuning to their usual and predictably belligerent behavior.

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Iran, on the other hand, has escalated their vitriol in unheard of ways, including the unearthing of a plan by the Persian nation to attack US sites abroad.  This threat triggered the Department of Defense to send an aircraft carrier group to the region in a show of force.

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Now, as these maladies continues to fester, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has had an abrupt and mysterious change of plans that perhaps belies a much more serious situation than originally anticipated.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a scheduled trip to Germany where he was planning to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel “due to pressing issues,” the State Department said early Tuesday.

No specific reason was given for the cancellation. The press pool traveling with Pompeo has not been told where they are going next, and have been warned they may not be able to report from the country they are going to until after they leave.

“Unfortunately, we must reschedule the Berlin meetings due to pressing issues. We look forward to rescheduling this important set of meetings. The Secretary looks forward to being in Berlin soon,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, according to the press pool traveling with Pompeo.

The secretive nature of the trip has undoubtedly piqued the interest of the nation, but Pompeo’s vital role in national security likely means that this abrupt schedule change isn’t necessarily good news for the USA either.

 

 

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Billionaire David Koch Dies; How Leftists Respond Is Absolutely Appalling

This is horrible.

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Billionaire libertarian David Koch has passed away at the age of 79, and as you might expect, the liberal media had a lot to say about the man, none of it really any good. While we’re used to seeing the left trash folks on the right, especially when they die, the venom spit at Koch by liberals is appalling in every imaginable way. These people truly have no shame. via The Daily Wire: “David Koch was a villain who devoted his wealth to further enriching himself and his fellow plutocrats, while spinning us all toward environmental doom,” wrote Slate’s Jordan Weissmann. “I don’t believe in an afterlife, but if there is one, I hope his soul suffers for eternity.” “David Koch is dead. Forget the fawning obituaries: the man spent his life funding campaigns to dismantle unions, drive down wages, slash benefits and destroy the planet. He was a monument to the grotesque greed of the billionaire class — and why we need to defeat them,” wrote Tribune Magazine’s Ronan Burtenshaw. “I’m sure David Koch loved his grandkids or whatever, but the reality is that he and his greedy generation in Big Business and politics set the world on fire from Alaska to the Amazon, and now they won’t be around to watch the flames consume the rest of us,” tweeted Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch. “David Koch wanted to abolish public schools, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and rent control,” said CNN commentator Keith Boykin. “He financed groups that denied the research on climate change. He funded the Tea Party. And he used dark money to support right-wing causes and Republican candidates for office. “Seeing lots of headlines about David Koch’s death referring to ‘billionaire’, ‘industrialist’ or ‘libertarian’ Koch,” wrote Mehdi Hasan, a columnist for The Intercept and Al Jazeera…

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It Ain’t Over Yet: Special Prosecutor Appointed In Investigation Of Jussie Smollett

Let’s hope we get the truth soon.

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Just when you thought the Jussie Smollett investigation/case had completely fizzled out and nobody cared anymore, a judge from Chicago appointed a special prosecutor Friday morning to lead the investigation into how the case was handled. That’s right, y’all. It ain’t over until it’s over. Here’s The Daily Wire with details: Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to the position to investigate the way the case was handled — specifically, why the 16 criminal charges against Smollett were dropped and to potentially reinstate the charges or even add additional charges against Smollett. “Webb gained prominence for his lead role during the Operation Greylord investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County,” Fox 32 reported. “He served as special counsel in the Iran-Contra affair and was previously appointed by Judge Toomin in the death of David Koschman.” Webb told reporters on Friday: “I don’t know where this case is going. The facts will take me where they take me.” Toomin ruled that a special prosecutor was needed in the case because “Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had no authority to hand [the case] off to her top deputy after announcing she recused herself,” CBS News Chicago reported. Foxx had been in contact with relatives of Smollett’s and was apparently approached by former first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff on behalf of the Smollett family. Obviously, that is a big no-no. Perhaps with this investigation we’ll all gain a little more insight into what actually happened and learn once and for all whether or not this whole attack was concocted as some sort of career boosting scheme Smollett or if it was for real. The evidence is certainly stacked against Smollett at this point in the case, but who knows what direction it could all take?

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