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Trump Using 9/11 To Build Case For War

Sunday, June 16th, 2019 @ 4:50 pm PST (XPN).  "The case is legally dubious and factually challenged."  From the article by Alex Ward (Vox) June 14th, 2019,  "And in the same Thursday speech in which Pompeo blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers this week, he listed off a series of assaults he said were “instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests.” One of them was a May 31 car bombing in Afghanistan that slightly wounded four US troops and killed Afghan civilians. The Taliban, which controlled Afghanistan and harbored al-Qaeda prior to the 9/11 attacks, took responsibility for the bombing.  Pompeo thus linked Iran with the Taliban’s plot without providing any evidence. It’s unclear why he did that, but some — like Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) foreign policy adviser Matthew Duss— say the secretary wanted to build a case that the 2001 AUMF covers Iran."  World News

Major Protests in Hong Kong

Sunday, June 16th, 2019 @ 7:30 am PST (XPN).  As reported by the BBC, "Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, despite the bill having been suspended."  "Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841, when China ceded the island to the British after the First Opium War - which had erupted over British traders smuggling opium into China. It remained a colony until sovereignty was returned to China in 1997.  It is now part of China under a 'one country, two systems' principle, which ensures that it keeps its own judicial independence, its own legislature and economic system."  World News


"Paralyzed by Fear, Democrats are Doomed"

Saturday, June 15th, 2019 @ 8:30 am PST (XPN).  XPN is putting Xplicit News in the June Spotlight.  Paralyzed by Fear, Democrats are Doomed (June 13th, 2019) is just one of many hard-hitting factual looks behind the curtain by Glen Reaux, Publisher.  XPN recommends you take a little time to visit the site.  XPN June Spotlight


Donald Trump Needs a War

Friday, June 14th, 2019 @ 5:00 pm PST (XPN).  Donald Trump needs a war and XPN is predicting he will get his war.  We know the same old worn-out script by now:  The US declares who the bad guys are, goes to war, presidential national approval ratings skyrocket, American citizens patriotically band together to support their military, and of course the president is re-elected.  Warfaring remains popular in the USA because it creates a lot of positives - the economy starts to recover and everyone (well, you-know-who) makes a lot of money.  Yes, there will be anti-war protesters and a divided Congress will spend every day complaining and debating but that’s never stopped a US president from waging his war before. The question is not if but when will we go to war?  One more thing… one of these days the rest of the world is going to say, “Enough is enough.”  XPN Opinion/Dire Predictions


Iran, the US, and the Gulf:  What Now?

Friday, June 14th, 2019 @ 5:20 a.m. PST (XPN).  From the BBC (Jonathan Marcus, Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent), "Although much remains to be revealed about the incidents, as far as the Trump administration is concerned, the evidence is clear.  This inevitably raises questions about what happens next: how might the US respond? The stakes are high. What is the danger of a full-scale air and maritime conflict between Washington and Tehran?"  International Relations


Is Trump Yet Another U.S. President Provoking War?

Friday, June 14th, 2019 @ 5:40 a.m. PST (XPN).  "The United States has a long history of provoking, instigating, or launching wars based on dubious, flimsy, or manufactured threats..."  Read the rest at The New Yorker (Robin Wright, May 13th, 2019).  Historical Context


U.S. Education:  The Corporate Plan

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 @ 5:00 pm PST (XPN).  Lynn Paramore, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, informs you of the corporate plan for U.S. education:  training first-world children for a third-world life (originally published April 6th, 2018).  Thinking of withdrawing your child from the evil public schools and enrolling in a shiny new private school?  Go ahead, they'll teach your child to be a good, obedient future employee in their company.  From the article, "...dismantling the public schools is all about control."  U.S. Education


Ships Attacked in Gulf of Oman

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 @ 6:30 am PST (XPN).  Yahoo News is reporting, "Two oil tankers have been attacked in the strategically sensitive Gulf of Oman amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran.  The ships may have been struck by a torpedo..."  International Relations


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Gallup:  75% Disapprove of Congress Job Performance

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm PST (XPN).  According to Gallup (May, 2019), 75% of the U.S. public disapproves of the way Congress is handling its job while 5% of respondents have no opinion.  The shocker is that 20% reported approval.  It is uncertain as to how or why anyone could approve of the job Congress is doing.  Unanswered Questions


Most Cyber Attacks in 2018 Came From U.S.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 @ 5:45 am PST (XPN).  From the Sputnick article, "A Chinese report warned on Monday that most cyber attacks against Chinese networks in 2018 came from the US, which Chinese experts predicted that the latter is preparing to wage a large-scale ‘cyberwar' but China is prepared to launch a strong counterattack...  The increase of the attacks indicates that the US is preparing large-scale cyber attacks against China, and could escalate to a 'cyberwar to run concurrently with its trade war to prevent China's rapid development, experts said.”  Do you ever feel like us US citizens aren’t always told the entire story? This article originally appeared on the Global Times website.  International Relations


Tell Me Something I Didn't Already Know

Human Rights In The US Are Worse Than You Think  by Lauren Wolfe, Vox (June 7th, 2019)

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm PST (XPN).  From the article, "From police shootings to voter suppression to arrests of asylum seekers, a new report finds US human rights are abysmal."  The report finds, "Strikingly poor results in the right to participate in the government and the right to be safe from the state" (and more).  But we already knew all that.  Old News


Steps Must Be Taken To Avoid US and Iran War

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 (XPN).  From Russian Times, "Steps must be taken to avoid war between Tehran and Washington, Germany’s foreign minister warned, echoing broader concern in Europe over the fallout of the new standoff in the Middle East.  The situation in the region here is highly explosive and extremely seriousMaas told reporters after meeting with Iranian FM Javad Zarif.  A dangerous escalation of existing tensions can also lead to a military escalation.”  World News


House Judiciary Hearing

Monday, June 10th, 2019 (XPN).  Watch the House Judiciary Hearing on Lessons from the Mueller Report live today (Monday, June 10th) on CSPAN3 at 2PM ET.  News


David Ortiz Shot, In Stable Condition

Monday, June 10th, 2019 (XPN).  "Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is in stable condition and is recovering after he was shot in a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night."  Ryan Young, Yahoo Sports  News


Asteroid Has Small Chance of Hitting Earth

Sunday, June 9th, 2019 (XPN).  It's nearly the size of a football field.  "QV89 was first observed by the Catalina Sky Observatory in Arizona in 2006..."  Original story by Jordan Culver, USA Today.  Science


Read the Mueller Report

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 (XPN).  For whatever reason(s), millions still have not read the Mueller Report.  Click here to download and read for yourself the redacted version of the Report On the Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (PDF) from the Department of Justice website and then, based on the facts, decide for yourself.  Don't let others do your thinking for you.  News

Take Action!  Demand Accountability

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 (XPN).  Common Cause offers opportunities for citizens to take action asking for and demanding governmental accountability and transparency.  This is a cause we all share (thus, Common Cause). Demand a democracy that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent.  Sign up for membership, breaking news, and updates.  Taking Action


Welcome to the New XPN!

Friday, June 7th, 2019 (XPN).  XP is proud to announce the creation of XP News.  XPN's goal is for you to want to start every morning right here.  This is an ambitious project of which you might be able to participate.  Contact XP if you would like a link to your page or blog or if you would like to be a regular contributor or if you would like your ad on the page/site or maybe you have other great ideas? In any event, thank you for visiting and see you again tomorrow!


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