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  • The first meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was long on photo ops and handshakes, but short on details regarding how North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons. Stories have been circulating to the effect that North Korea’s nuclear test site is unusable, damaged beyond repair after the country’s last test. American intelligence agencies believe the test site is still usable, and North Korea’s announced closure of the site could be quickly reversed.

  • David Catron explains why Alfie Evans will never escape Britain’s National Health Service alive:

    Though his [Tom Evans’] case was simple — set my son free to seek treatment elsewhere — and though he was granted hearing after hearing with “red judges” like Mr. Justice Hayden and legal luminaries like Sir Andrew McFarlane, the answer was always the same. Acquiescence in the pleas of Alfie’s parents wouldn’t have cost the NHS or the British taxpayer a farthing, yet Alfie’s doctors and the hospital didn’t even consider releasing him. Even when the Pope interceded and transportation was provided to move him to an Italian hospital that was ready to admit him, it somehow continued to be in “Alfie’s interest” to remain hostage to the NHS.

    If you don’t understand why the NHS and British courts refused, you don’t get socialized medicine. It is not, nor has it ever been, about health care. It’s about power. Once a government — any government — takes control of your health care, they own you and your children. Alfie’s parents and the British public had for months demanded Alfie’s release just to seek treatment by doctors competent enough to figure out what was wrong with him. But, for a socialized system, that’s dangerous.

    Later:

    By yesterday afternoon, they had Tom Evans dutifully tugging his forelock, and he was given multiple pats on the head by the British Ministry of Truth as well as the government organs on our side of the pond, all of which commended him for “working with the doctors.” British Member of European Parliament Steven Woolfe will introduce “Alfie’s Law,” which will certainly help his career. And where is Alfie himself? He is exactly where he was when all this started, in the iron grip of the NHS, a third-world socialized medical system from which no force can get him released — except of course for the grim reaper.

  • The Italian priest who has been at Alfie Evans’ bedside was booted out of the hospital because he kept reminding the staff that God is watching them and judging their sins against Alfie’s life.

  • Bethany Mandel writes that Alfie Evans is the reason Americans have the Second Amendment.

  • The House Intelligence Committee released its report on Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, and it contains a curious detail: it was former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who told CNN that James Comey briefed Donald Trump on the Steele dossier, which sparked the Russian collusion narrative in the media. When Congress questioned him about this in July 2017, Clapper denied talking to the media about the Comey briefing; Clapper has since changed his tune. Clapper is also the person who instructed Comey to brief Trump on the dossier, which makes the whole thing look like a setup. To top it off, Clapper is now a CNN contributor.

  • A federal district court judge tossed Paul Manafort’s lawsuit challenging Robert Mueller’s authority.

  • Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) resigned and said he would repay the U.S. Treasury the money he used to settle a former staffer’s sexual harassment claim.

  • The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals finally approved Texas’ photo voter ID law. The state’s original photo voter ID law was quickly challenged, and the legislature modified it in 2017 to address the Fifth Circuit’s complaints.

  • Israeli troops shot and killed three protesters along the border fence with the Gaza Strip.

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  • Nikki Haley said the Trump administration will impose new sanctions on Russia tomorrow, targeting companies that supplied the Syrian government with equipment used to produce chemical weapons.

  • Donald Trump tried to block Mike Pence from hiring Jon Lerner as his national security advisor because Trump believes Lerner is a never-Trumper.

  • Paul Bonicelli writes that last week’s missile strikes against Syria amounted to a reset of Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy:

    President Obama’s greatest error was not simply drawing red lines regarding Syrian chemical weapons use then failing to enforce them. Rather, his greatest failure was failing to appreciate that Russia and Iran have been angling for years to control the fate of the Middle East. He blew it, and they took advantage of his fecklessness by acting contrary to U.S. interests and those of our allies in the region.

    They now have unacceptable leverage over the region. Russia isn’t enamored of Assad, and neither is Iran. Assad is a loser who can’t hold his country together without outside support. He is nothing more than an opportunity for them.

    But holding Assad in contempt doesn’t mean these regimes can’t recognize a bird’s nest on the ground when they see it. When Obama failed to act in time to stop the Islamic State’s rise, drew red lines and didn’t enforce them, and foolishly turned over to Russia the task of curbing the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability, he gave Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei a gift: massive leverage in the Middle East.

  • A tiny agency funded by the federal government, Polygraph, is working to push back against Russian disinformation.

  • Israel says it destroyed the longest, deepest tunnel yet discovered between the Gaza Strip and its territory.

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