In addition to recent strikes on Syria, the US has suggested putting sanctions on Russia which will spark a massive trade war.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shut down a bill Tuesday meant to protect Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump.

Also, Senator Rand Paul warns that a new War Powers Act making its way through Senate will allow the President to declare war without the backing of Congress.

A new video shows a black man walking into Starbucks, dropping the word “racist” and immediately being given a free coffee.

The stunt was in response to news that Starbucks is set to close 8,000 stores for an afternoon for race-bias training.

Bryan Sharpe, who goes by “Hotep Jesus” on Twitter, recorded himself walking into a Starbucks and telling a barista, “I heard ya’ll was racist, so I came to get my free coffee.”

Starbucks is racist https://t.co/fPf3ERMlXX

— Hotep Jesus 🧠 (@VibeHi) April 15, 2018

“I heard ya’ll don’t like black people, so I came to get my Starbucks reparations voucher,” adds Sharpe and the girl, who is white, immediately complies.

“Is that a real thing?” she says. “I mean, I’ll give it to you, I saw that on my Twitter last night and I was like, what the f**k!”

Sharpe gets his free coffee and leaves the store.

“Black privilege gets me free coffee. I love racism. Only in America,” he subsequently tweeted.

Black privilege gets me free coffee.

I love racism.

Only in America. 🇺🇸

— Hotep Jesus 🧠 (@VibeHi) April 15, 2018

Other users dubbed the video the #StarbucksChallenge, suggesting that more people may try to copy Sharpe’s stunt in the coming days.

Starbucks will close 8,000 stores on May 29 so 175,000 employees can undergo “racial tolerance training”.

The decision was made in response to an incident in Philadelphia when two black men entered a Starbucks and asked to use a bathroom. When an employee told them it was only for paying customers, the men sat in the store without ordering. The manager then called the police and the men were arrested.

Back in 2015, Starbucks announced it was launch a nationwide program where baristas would write the words “race together” on Starbucks cups to “start a conversation about race”.

The initiative was a complete failure and became the laughing stock of the Internet.

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Senator Rand Paul warned Tuesday that a new war powers act currently making its way through the Senate will expand the President’s authority to declare war without the backing of Congress, essentially allowing the ‘Commander In Chief’ to wage war any where at any time.

While the legislation has been presented as a plan to “reassert” Congressional power to “authorize where, when and with who we are at war,” the proposal for a new AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) actually allows the president to declare anyone an ‘associated force’ of terrorists, without even disclosing the details to Congress or the public.

The legislation is an update to the 2001 and 2002 AUMF for the war in Afghanistan, following the 9/11 attacks.

“Unfortunately, the authorization they’re putting forward will expand the president’s authority to involve us in war,” Senator Paul wanned during an appearance on Fox News.

“Currently we’re involved in six or seven countries actively and another 10 or 20 sorts of intermittently. This new authorization will authorize all of those wars and then some.” Paul added.

“For the first time, it will authorize something called associated forces, which means anybody on the planet who says they are associated or we think are associated, we can go to war with,” Paul continued, essentially warning that the legislation constitutes a rubber stamp for war.

“My fear is that this new authorization will not constrain the president, but it will actually expand the presidential power, will expand our military involvement around the world.”

Also commenting on the bill, Rita Siemion, international legal counsel for Human Rights First said “It’s going to be handing over significant powers to President Trump and any future president with no limits on which groups the nation goes to war with.”

Siemion also warned that currently any new interpretations of the AUMFs, including new “associated forces”, can remain classified. In other words, Americans and their elected representatives are not mandated to be informed who the country is waging war with, a scenario directly out of George Orwell’s 1984.

In an interview with The American Conservative, Kurt Couchman, vice president for public policy at the conservative Defense Priorities also warned on the implications of the legislation.

“When the founders wrote the Constitution they understood that military conflict was a big deal,” Couchman noted, adding that “They saw sovereigns go bankrupt over a series of wars started by kings, and they did not want our president to be king. You need the people to be on board through their representatives. (This proposal) ensures wars will continue on auto-pilot only subject to the president’s discretion.”

Rand Paul further noted that the global war on terrorism is a failing model.

“For every terrorist you kill, are you killing more terrorists than are created?” he said. “We kill a terrorist somewhere in Algeria, what do the relatives do, become terrorists or go home and say it’s fine the Americans killed the leader of our village. We’re fine with that.”

“Or do they strap on vests and decide to attack the U.S,?” said Paul, adding “I’m not so sure the war on terror is beneficial or working at this point.”

Paul also noted that he is skeptical over the chemical weapons attack in Damascus, noting that “It doesn’t make sense for Assad to have done this because it galvanized the world against him.”

“The only thing that galvanizes world opposition to the Assad regime, the only thing that gets us involved in all is the use of chemical weapons,” said Paul.

The Senator said that he has not seen any proof to imply Assad was behind the attack, and added that if he was “he is the dumbest dictator on the planet.”

U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s meeting this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after numerous outlets reported on the clandestine trip.

The Washington Post on Tuesday said that Pompeo traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for Trump ahead of the two leaders planned summit.

“The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump’s most trusted emissaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program,” the Post said.

Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to affirm the top-secret diplomatic mission.

“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed,” Trump said. “Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”

Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018

News of the trip follows Pompeo’s confirmation hearing last week for secretary of state in which he made several references to Pyongyang.

Pompeo denied advocating for the overthrow of the Kim regime while seeking the role of top U.S. diplomat.

“I have never advocated for regime change,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I am not advocating for regime change.”

The CIA director instead cautiously asserted that the upcoming face-to-face between Trump and Kim was an important diplomatic step forward.

“I’m optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation [that] will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperately — America and the world so desperately need,” Pompeo said.

Trump appeared to hint at Pompeo’s historic visit while speaking at Mar-a-Lago Tuesday, stating that direct talks with North Korea were being held “at very high levels.”

“We have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels with North Korea,” Trump said.

The president also gave his “blessing” to talks between South Korea and North Korea concerning a potential end to the Korean war, although the U.S., not South Korea, is a signatory to the armistice agreement.

“They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war,” Trump said.

Trump also said Tuesday that his meeting with Kim would likely take place in early June, unforeseen any issues that may arise.

“It’s possible things won’t go well and we won’t have the meetings, and we’ll just continue to go on this very strong path we have taken,” Trump added.

While significant steps are being made towards a possible deal with Pyongyang, some remain skeptical as to whether North Korea is genuine.

Ex-North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho predicted Monday that Kim “will drag on for two to three years” without giving up his nuclear weapons “while waiting for the U.S. president to be replaced.”

Thae argued that the North “can never abandon its nuclear weapons because it proclaims itself a nuclear state in its Constitution.”


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A group of students from a school in Umeå, have been reported to the police and the Swedish Security Service (SÄPO), for distributing a fact sheet about immigration, Fria Tider reports.

Presented were facts like: The real costs of immigration, the overrepresentation of migrants in violent crime statistics and the advantage illegal immigrants have by receiving dental care for very low tariffs. All statements referred to recent studies of which one of was the Pew Research Center’s Muslim population growth in Sweden.

Principal Anna Sundelin, of the Dragonskolan, contacted the police and SÄPO because according to her the action of the group is “terrible” and “racist”. “It is absolutely unthinkable that we have that kind of propaganda at our school,” she says about the fact sheet.

Gymnasieungdomar skrev faktablad om invandring – anmäls till SÄPO av rektorn #svpolhttps://t.co/IFdDihmceppic.twitter.com/1Knx0QJTzw

— Fria Tider (@friatider) April 15, 2018

One of the involved students tells Fria Tider: “We weren’t ready to just sit still and roll our thumbs and do nothing while Sweden declines, therefore chose to make a fact sheet about the impact of immigration on our society. So we could inform other students.

Another student said: “It’s very worrying that the school chooses to contact the Security Police because some students have posted leaflets with facts”.

Principal Sundelin stated that the school has “zero tolerance” and that the management has published news about the fact sheet on the intranet so that students and teachers can report if more appear.

Earlier we reported about how a student of Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology, was suspended for publishing a fact sheet about the overrepresentation of migrants concerning sex crimes.

A South Korean official on Wednesday said the country would consider negotiating a peace treaty with North Korea following the rogue state’s denuclearization, according to local news outlet Yonhap.

That followed daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reporting on Tuesday that the two countries were already in talks to announce a permanent end to the officially declared military conflict between them.

Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.

Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, Munhwa Ilbo said.

Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty. Geopolitical tensions have occasionally flared up since the armistice, although both countries have so far managed to avoid another devastating conflict.

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Turkish fighter jets have harassed the Greek PM’s helicopter as it flew to Rhodes in the latest escalation in tensions between the two nations.

Alexis Tsipras’ helicopter was flying at an altitude of 1,500 feet when a pair of Turkish fighter jets reportedly approached from 10,000 feet and asked the Greek pilot to provide flight details, according to reports.

The pilot then told the Greek PM about the situation and he mustered two fighter jets of his own – the Turks then backed down.

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Pro-mass immigration GOP megadonor billionaires the Koch brothers are set to release a seven-figure ad campaign to push amnesty for millions of illegal aliens in the United States, just months ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Statements by spokesmen for the Koch brothers and their network of organizations reveal that the billionaires are lobbying President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress to back a plan that would open the door for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens who are eligible and enrolled in the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Daniel Garza, the president of the Koch-funded LIBRE Initiative told Business Insider in a statement:

The American people deserve a government that is effective and efficient in solving our nation’s problems.

Congress and the White House have spent a lot of time talking about DACA, but today our elected officials have yet to approve a permanent legislative solution. The Dreamers are among our best and brightest. They are students, workers, and men and women risking their lives in the Armed Forces. Washington must come together and approve a bipartisan solution that provides certainty for Dreamers and security improvements along our border. [Emphasis added]

James Davis, a spokesman for the Koch brothers, told Axios:

Elected officials must stop thinking about this as a campaign issue … this is an avoidable crisis; we’re only here because of Washington’s failure to act. President Trump and our congressional leaders should step up and do the right thing. This is too big of a problem for lawmakers to ignore, or to allow politics to get in the way. [Emphasis added]

The plan by the Koch brothers to lobby the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress to pass an amnesty ahead of the 2018 midterm elections is a strategic political move for the billionaires in order to prevent Trump and likeminded Republicans from running campaigns against cheap, foreign labor and mass immigration.

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United Nations (U.N.) Deputy Ambassador Jon Lerner has deep ties to not only his longtime colleague and boss, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, but also Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the failed “Never Trump” movement, and the pro-mass immigration billionaire GOP mega-donors the Koch brothers.

Lerner, 49, withdrew from consideration to become Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser after news broke that President Trump was reportedly livid that a key member of the Never Trump movement would be joining his White House.

Still, Lerner has squeezed his way into the administration he avidly fought against despite having no foreign policy experience, with a source telling the New York Times that the consultant will informally advise the White House on national security.

Nikki Haley and Never Trump Ties

Nikki Haley first hired Lerner for her successful gubernatorial campaign in South Carolina. Then, after winning the South Carolina governorship, Haley kept Lerner around as one of her senior strategists.

Haley endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the 2016 GOP presidential primary and infamously indirectly attacked Trump’s “America First” agenda in her 2016 State of the Union response while Lerner was advising her.

Great meeting w/ the next Ambassador to the UN, Governor @nikkihaley. She will be a strong voice for the United States on the world stage pic.twitter.com/jLDT5x9D4j

— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) January 5, 2017

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A Southwest Airlines flight was forced to land in Nashville Wednesday morning shortly after takeoff after experiencing a bird strike.

The incident comes a day after a Southwest Airlines plane engine exploded, killing a passenger.

Flight 577 departed from Nashville International Airport to Phoenix, but was forced to turn around 24 minutes later. The plane landed safely back in Nashville and was “taken out of service for maintenance review,” FOX 17 Nashville reported. Nobody was injured during the forced landing.

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