Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Nuclear saber-rattling from U.S. and North Korea, remembering Glen Campbell, and morning headlines

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 9:13 AM


NEWS: Five days into a 17-day "working vacation" at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey, President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if the isolated nuclear power endangers the United States. (via New York Times)

How did Kim Jong-un's rogue regime, which claims the ability to strike the U.S. mainland with intercontinental ballistic missiles, respond? Find out below.

NEWS: An FBI raid was carried out last month on a home belonging to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, searching for tax documents and foreign banking records, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (via New York Times)

ARTS & CULTURE: Three authors with Spokane connections are finalists for the Washington State Book Awards.


Raising the stakes
North Korea's state-run news agency responded to President Trump's threats by making a threat of its own: A plan to attack the U.S. island territory of Guam, 2,100 miles away in the western Pacific, with a preemptive strike of medium- to long-range ballistic missiles, possibly armed with nuclear weapons. U.S. B-1B bombers based on Guam regularly fly missions near South Korea's border with the North. (Washington Post)

Are you one of the 36 percent of Americans who could find North Korea on a map? Then you're more likely to prefer diplomacy to military action. (New York Times)

It's one or the other
The release of a new U.S. government report on the effects of climate change may force Trump to choose between his administration's scientific experts or his own political base, which largely denies that humans are the cause of Earth's measurable and unprecedented warming. Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement in June, has consistently dismissed climate change as a "Chinese hoax." (New York Times)

National Climate Report: Read the draft | 9 takeaways from the report (New York Times)

Careful up there!
Three members of a Spokane family had to be rescued by helicopter after mountain goats triggered a rockfall on a high mountain hike in Montana. (Spokesman-Review)

Remembering Glen Campbell
Music legend Glen Campbell, a country/pop singer and songwriter who won 10 Grammys and sold 45 million records in a career that stretched back to the mid-1960s, died at 81 following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. (Rolling Stone)

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