News Roundup 4/18/17

  • Mike Pence says North Korea should see the missiles launched against Assad and the MOAB in Afghanistan as a sign not to mess with Trump. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • The 8th Circut Court of Appeals overturned a federal judge’s ruling that stopped the execution of eight Arkansas prisoners. In a separate case, the Arkansas Supreme Court stopped the execution of two of the prisoners. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • Fighting in Mosul continues to progress very slowly as the Iraqi army is now engaged in door to door fighting with ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • An airstrike in Eastern Syria kills at least 23 people including 13-20 civilians. The US coalition likely carried out the strike against an ISIS target. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Research conducted by Human Rights Watch shows that the US airstrike in Aleppo on March 16 did hit a peaceful mosque and not an al-Qaeda target as the Pentagon claims. 36 worshipers were killed in the attack. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • While world leaders continue to watch and do nothing, Yemen is descending into famine. 60% of the population of Yemen is starving. 460,000 children are severely malnourished. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #28, I discuss the Trump Administration’s policy towards North Korea. Trump seems to have turned his attention from Iran to North Korea. Erdogan has won an important referendum in Turkey. Erdogan now has dictator-like powers. I also update Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 4/17/17

  • A Federal judge blocks a group of upcoming executions in Arkansas. The governor planned to execute eight inmates in ten days because one of the drugs used in executions was going to expire. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • A 10-year-old boy with autism was arrested in school for charges of assaulting a school employee. The incident occurred in November. However, police did not arrest the boy or notify the parents until he returned to school. [Link] Education Fyle
  • Pence said that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Pence made this statement while in South Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Slaves are now being bought and sold in open markets in Libya. [Link] Libya Fyle
  • Turkey votes 51%-49% in favor of vastly expanding the powers of the president. There are several reports of voter fraud, but those claims have been dismissed by the Turkish high court. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • An MIT professor who is an expert in ballistic missiles claims that the evidence that the White House presented about the Syrian chemical weapons attack is fake and leads to incorrect conclusions. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • 127 civilians were killed, including 95 children, when a suicide bomber blew up a car next to busses. The buses were taking Shia civilians through rebel-held Idlib. The civilians were part of a deal worked out by the Assad government and Syrian rebels that allowed an exchange of civilians. The suicide bomber appears to have targeted the children. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 4/15/17

  • The US conducted a conducted a test of its new nuclear weapon. [Link]
  • The Pentagon denies that the US plans to carry out an attack on North Korea if North Korea carries out a nuclear weapons test. The Pentagon did admit the US is assessing military operations against North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • Military officials say that they did not need Trump’s approval to use the MOAB in Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #27. I take a look at Trump backing up on campaign promises again. Trump now believes NATO is not obsolete. I discuss Trump moving closer to regime change in North Korea. I also update Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Mosul. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 4/14/17

  • CIA Director Pompeo says “we can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.” [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • Two dozen US insurance companies are suing Saudi Arabia for $4.2 billion for Saudi’s role in 9/11. [Link]
  • NBC News is reporting that multiple US intelligence sources say that the US will attack North Korea if North Korea carries out a nuclear weapons test. The US currently has a destroyer 300 miles from North Korea. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • The US used its largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS target in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. This is the first time the weapons has been used. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Civilian casualties caused by the US war against ISIS are increasing. The US likely killed over 477 in March. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • New evidence contradicts the story the US government is telling about the Syrian chemical weapons attack. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • A US drone strike killed 18 Kurdish fighters who are allied with the US. [Link] Syria Fyle

News Roundup 4/13/17

  • Trump changes his position on NATO and now says that NATO is not obsolete. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump voice support for Janet Yellen, low-interest rates, and the import-export bank. Trump opposed all of these as a candidate. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • More than 50 Members of Congress sign a letter demanding Trump seek Congressional authorization before any further escalation of the war in Yemen. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The US-coalition to retake Mosul has not made any meaningful progress in the past four weeks. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • An MIT scientist makes the case that the Syrian chemical weapons attack was not carried out the way the US claims. [Link] Syria Fyle 
  • Russia vetos a UN Security Council resolution condemning Assad for a chemical weapons attack. [Link] Syria Fyle

On FPF#26, I discuss Trump’s foreign policy. Trump’s Secretary of State thinks the US should be the world’s police force. Trump’s Press Secretary said Trump will attack Assad for using barrel bombs. Trump is taking a very aggressive policy against North Korea. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 4/12/17

  • Donald Trump says North Korea is looking for trouble and that the US can solve the problem. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Tillerson tells Russia that Assad’s rule is coming to an end. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • The FBI got a FISA warrant to spy on a former Trump advisor. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Under Trump, the US is becoming more interventionist. The US killed over 1,000 civilians in March. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle

News Roundup 4/11/17

  • A senior US official claims that Russia knew about Assad using chemical weapons in Syria before the attack happened. McMaster also made retold this claim on Fox News. The administration still has not released evidence that Assad carried out the chemical weapons attack. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Tillerson says that the US will attack anyone who “commits crimes against the innocents anywhere around the world.” [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Sean Spicer suggests that Trump could carry out more attacks against Assad for using barrel bombs. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Alabama’s Governor resigns after it was revealed that he slept with a campaign aid and used campaign funds to cover it up. [Link]
  • US troops in Syria are receiving more protection after Trump’s attack against Assad. The US has also cut back the number of airstrikes against ISIS since the attack. [Link] Syria Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #25, I update listeners on stories from Syria since Trump’s attack. I go over who support and who opposes Trump’s attack. I also update listeners on Yemen, Afghanistan, and the Trump Administration. LISTEN HERE!!

News Roundup 4/10/17

  • KT McFarland will resign from her position as deputy National Security Advisor. Her next role will be ambassador to Singapore. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Members of the Trump Administration are warning Russia to stop supporting Assad. [Link] Trump Fyle 
  • ISIS kills 44 Egyptians in two terrorist attacks on Palm Sunday. ISIS targeted Christians in the attacks. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Will Porter’s analysis of Trump attacking Assad and the chemical weapons attack. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Iran and Russia issue a joint statement on Syria. The counties say they plan to increase their support for Assad. Iran and Russia also say they will take action if the US crosses their red line again. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Saudi Arabia is trying to starve the Yemeni population into submission. The US is supporting Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Over 400,000 children are acutely malnourished and could die of starvation. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

Weekly Freedom File 4.9.17

On this Weekly Freedom File, I discuss Lockheed Martin, Venezuela, sanctuary cities, and give the Trumpdates with the show’s host Kenn. 

The F-35 cannot shoot moving targets. Lockheed Martin will not fix the problem with the F-35 but will equip a new laser guided missile to the F-35 that can hit moving targets. [Link]

The US government awarded Lockheed Martin a $27 billion contract for 200 helicopters. [Link]

The former Director of Test and Evaluation for the US military has released a report on the F-35. The report fails the F-35 in several categories. [Link]

Venezuela’s Congress has been dissolved by the high court, making Maduro a dictator. [Link]

Seattle is suing the federal government for threatening to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities. [Link]

Trumpdate

  • Gorsuch confirmed [Link]
  • Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council. [Link]
  • Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice looked into intelligence reports on Trump team members. Rice accessed the reports during the last seven months of Obama’s term. [Link]

Good News

  • States that have legalized medical marijuana have seen a 25% decrease in opioid-related deaths. [Link]