Friday, October 19, 2018
Nation & World

Trump says his ‘Nuclear Button’ is bigger than North Korea’s

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea on Tuesday night, boasting that he commands a "much bigger" and "more powerful" arsenal of devastating weapons than the outlier government in Asia.

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’?" Trump wrote on Twitter. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

Trump’s combative response to a statement made in recent days by Kim raised the temperature in the brewing confrontation between the United States and North Korea even as American allies in South Korea were moving to open talks with Pyongyang. The contrast between Trump’s language and the peace overture by South Korea highlighted the growing rift between two longtime allies.

The president’s saber-rattling tweet shifted the tenor of his response to the South Korean initiative just hours after a milder initial statement. Trump, who has scorned the prospects of negotiating with North Korea, earlier in the day said the possible talks between the two governments on the peninsula resulted from sanctions imposed by the United States and the international community. "Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not — we will see!" he wrote Tuesday morning.

Why Trump hardened his message later the same day was not immediately clear. But Trump has not hesitated to match North Korea’s incendiary language even while other American presidents resisted such back-and-forth taunting out of concern that it was unwise and unnecessarily rewarding the hermit nation.

Last summer, Trump vowed to rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea if it posed a threat to the United States. Last fall, he went before the United Nations General Assembly to warn that he would "totally destroy North Korea" if the United States were forced to defend itself or its allies.

Comments
Conservatives mount a whisper campaign smearing Khashoggi in defense of Trump

Conservatives mount a whisper campaign smearing Khashoggi in defense of Trump

WASHINGTON - Hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a dark whisper campaign against Jamal Khashoggi that is designed to protect President Donald Trump from criticism of his handling of the dissident journalist's alleged murd...
Updated: 11 hours ago
In North Carolina, hurricanes convince some Republicans that climate change is real

In North Carolina, hurricanes convince some Republicans that climate change is real

It took a giant laurel oak puncturing her roof during Hurricane Florence last month for Margie White to consider that perhaps there was some truth to all the alarm bells over global warming.
Published: 10/18/18
Trump says 'certainly looks' as if Khashoggi is dead as pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia

Trump says 'certainly looks' as if Khashoggi is dead as pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump said Thursday it appears that Jamal Khashoggi is dead and warned that his administration could consider "very severe" measures against Saudi Arabia, sharply raising pressures on
Published: 10/18/18
Israel's Supreme Court overturns deportation of Florida student

Israel's Supreme Court overturns deportation of Florida student

Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an appeals court ruling that agreed with the government's decision to bar an American graduate student from entering the country over her alleged involvem
Published: 10/18/18
Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression

Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression

The Washington Post's Global Opinions editor says Jamal Khashoggi's final column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for.
Published: 10/18/18
Three things you need to know before you go to Canada for some legal weed

Three things you need to know before you go to Canada for some legal weed

Before you go to Canada to smoke weed, there are some things you need to know.
Published: 10/17/18
Saudi Arabia transfers $100 million to US amid crisis over Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia transfers $100 million to US amid crisis over Khashoggi

The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khasho
Published: 10/17/18
Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

MONTREAL (AP) — Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it.Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began earl...
Published: 10/17/18
A timeline of the disappearance and alleged slaying of Jamal Khashoggi

A timeline of the disappearance and alleged slaying of Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the kingdom's policies and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared earlier this month on a trip to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul
Published: 10/17/18
Big Bird puppeteer is retiring after 50 years on 'Sesame Street'

Big Bird puppeteer is retiring after 50 years on 'Sesame Street'

WOODSTOCK, Conn. — The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday will be his last day on the program, which he joined from...
Published: 10/17/18