❖ While North Korea was celebrating the 101st birthday of founder Kim Il-sung, people in South Korea were protesting against North Korea. Consequently, North Korea “has issued new threats against South Korea, vowing ‘sledgehammer blows’ of retaliation if South Korea does not apologise”.
❖ We the people aren’t allowed to see the “6,000-page Senate report on the CIA’s use of extraordinary rendition and” torture. But we now have the 577-page Constitution Project’s report, which concludes: “[T]here never before had been ‘the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, proprietary and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.’” New details presented.
❖ That eleventy-seven dimensional chess game is working out just great: “Republicans embrace Obama’s offer to trim Social Security benefits”.