This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

TRUMP RISING, HILLARY LOSING GROUND

While officially still lacking some 40 delegates in primary victories in order to secure the Republican nomination, Donald Trump already has enough confirmed “unbound delegates” to surpass the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch it. With Trump projected to win big in California on June 7, there is no question of Trump failing to ascend to the nomination. There will be no contested convention—just a disorderly fight over support for Trump. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton continues to lose ground in the polls as her history of corruption, increased “emailgate” pressures and insider dealings plague her campaign. Though Bernie Sanders can’t win, he also can’t quit as long as he is winning primaries with increasing margins. Thus, Sander’s level of support will continue to fracture his Democratic fans who, in the end, will face two unpleasant choices—Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Both front runners are about even in positive support but the numbers of voters who dislike the front runners remains stubbornly high. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

Also:

  • The Radical Agenda of Hillary Clinton
  • Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils
  • Downplaying Hillary’s Email Scandal
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Attempted North Korea missile launch fails: South Korea

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 31 2016
North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast early on Tuesday but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean officials said, in what would be the latest in a string of unsuccessful ballistic missile tests by the isolated country. — Reuters

Ben Carson: Third-Party Candidate Will Hand Election to Clinton

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 31 2016
...Carson told the program that he's heard rumors of who the potential candidate could be, but he hopes that "whoever that third-party candidate is will just stop for a moment and think about what the implications are of allowing Hillary Clinton or someone like her to get in there. — Newsmax

The sea levels are now reducing in the "hotspots of acceleration" of Washington and New York

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 31 2016
...The logic was clearly flawed, but obviously Nature did not accepted any comment. The science is settled, and can’t be discussed. So, let see the data, for example for Washington DC and The Battery NY, to check if the hotspots have produced huge sea level rises since December 2009.... — Watts Up With That

Hillary's ObamaCare problem

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 31 2016
Hillary Clinton is facing the problem of higher ObamaCare premium hikes in an election year. ObamaCare premiums are expected to rise more sharply than they have in previous years, and Republicans are seizing on the issue for electoral advantage. "Despite premium hikes under ObamaCare, Clinton continues to take credit for the law on the campaign trail," the Republican National Committee wrote in a recent email, above a compilation of headlines about steep proposed increases. — The Hill

To Combat Disease, States Make it Harder to Skip Vaccines

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 31 2016
...But it’s about to get harder for parents to exempt their children from regular vaccines in Colorado. New rules issued by the state Board of Health that take effect in July will require parents to apply for an exemption every time their children are due for a vaccine, rather than filing one exemption for an entire childhood. Proponents hope the extra legwork will lead families to think twice about skipping shots. — PEW Trusts.org

Concern over immigration delivers a 'significant' poll boost to the Leave campaign amid growing conc

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 31 2016
Public concern over immigration has delivered a "significant" boost to the Leave campaign amid growing concern about Britain's ability to control its borders, a new poll suggests. Leave now has 46 per cent of the vote share, with Remain on 51 per cent. The five point gap has been cut from 13 points last week. — UK Telegraph

U.S. Cellphone Study Fans Cancer Worries

posted by askousen - Tuesday, May 31 2016
Researchers found incidences of tumor in rats exposed to low-level radio waves, reigniting debate over safety — WSJ

How the TSA Kills Hundreds of People Every Year

posted by askousen - Friday, May 27 2016
Experts increasingly agree that the TSA is inept and has not actually prevented any terrorist attacks on airplanes. Recently, Homeland Security sent a team to attempt to smuggle guns and bombs onto planes. The so-called "red team" succeeded on 67 out of 70 tries, or more than 95 percent of the time! Bruce Schneier, a security expert, reportedly found "basically zero evidence the agency has prevented any attacks." Even in the widely publicized (by the TSA) case of Kevin Brown, the TSA didn't prevent an airplane from being blown up, because Brown was caught trying to check luggage containing materials for making a pipe bomb. But the TSA has never touted a case in which they caught someone actually trying to bring down a plane. (They claim that this is for national security reasons, which oddly did not apply to the Brown case.) — Mises.org

State Dept. inspector general report sharply criticizes Clinton's email practices

posted by askousen - Friday, May 27 2016
The State Department's independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton's email practices while running the department, concluding that Clinton failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private server and that agency staff members would not have given their blessing if it had been sought because of "security risks." [Even in this criticism they provide an "out" for Clinton, but emphasizing that she didn't apply for approval.] — Washington Post

Feds suppressing draft criminal indictment against Hillary

posted by askousen - Friday, May 27 2016
The Obama administration continues to suppress at least 12 versions of a 451-page draft indictment charging Hillary Clinton with criminal misconduct in the Whitewater case, according to an index in the National Archives obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request by the Washington-based watchdog Judicial Watch. — Jerome Corsi/World Net Daily

Obama races to cement the big Pacific Rim trade deal that all his potential successors oppose

posted by askousen - Friday, May 27 2016
President Obama is racing against the clock to cement a massive Pacific Rim trade deal that all of his potential successors oppose, with his administration eyeing a looming fight on Capitol Hill while starting to implement as much of the complicated pact as it can. [Judging from the Clinton's push for global trade agreements, it is doubtful that Hillary is really opposed to the TTIP, except it is unpopular among voters.] — LA Times

Clinton campaign's email defense takes hits from all sides after IG report

posted by askousen - Friday, May 27 2016
Hillary Clinton's myriad statements explaining her exclusive use of personal email for official business while secretary of state are coming under heavy fire from all sides in the wake of a damaging inspector general report – and her campaign's insistence the report proves her practices were nothing unusual is being met with similar criticism. — Fox News

State Dept. Staffers Looking At Benghazi Records ID'd Hillary's Email Address Much Earlier Than Thou

posted by askousen - Friday, May 27 2016
State Department staffers who worked to respond to congressional requests for documents about the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks discovered in June 2013 - a year earlier than has previously been reported - that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account. — The Daily Caller

Washington Post scorches Hillary Clinton in scathing editorial slamming her email setup

posted by askousen - Friday, May 27 2016
The Washington Post's editorial board has slammed Hillary Clinton in an op-ed article over what it described as her "inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules" when she chose to use a personal email account to conduct government business while at the State Department. [But the Post op-ed fails to call for charges to be levied or even hint that Clinton is not worthy of becoming president because of it -- leeway that certainly wouldn't be granted less-favored candidates.] — Business Insider

Clinton Releases Plan to Dissolve U.S. Border Within 100 Days

posted by askousen - Friday, May 27 2016
...Members on Wednesday night adopted a Democratic amendment to the 2017 energy and water spending bill that would enforce a 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The House dramatically voted down a similar amendment last week, when GOP leaders persuaded enough Republicans to switch sides so that it failed by a single vote. [Speaker Ryan is allowing amendments from any side of the aisle to go up for votes, leading to this play of antagonism against moral conservatives.] — The Hill

State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
The State Department inspector general concluded that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency's policies on records, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday that also revealed Clinton expressing reluctance about an official email account and hacking attempts on her private server. [So where are the criminal charges?] — Politico

Japan PM protests Okinawa crime to Obama, who promises cooperation

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe protested to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday about the killing of a young woman in Okinawa which has reignited resentment of the heavy U.S. military presence on the southern Japanese island. Obama, joining Abe ahead of a Group of Seven summit, expressed regrets over the killing for which a U.S. base worker has been charged. [Tensions with Japan threaten to close the base, the closest point of US power projection against China in a future war scenario.] — Reuters

Protesters assault Trump supporter in wheelchair

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
[Police officers sat idly by as rioters threw water bottles and water at Trump supporters entering rally.] ..."They just assaulted us!" the man yelled at the officer who seemed completely indifferent. "We didn't do anything," his companion told the officer before they continued into the rally. — The American Mirror

Yantis family supporters urge public to contact Idaho attorney general

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
Protesters marched in Council in solidarity with the family of Jack Yantis, a rancher who was shot to death by deputies in November. The organizers said they hoped to see the deputies involved go to prison and to see a new candidate run for sheriff. [Jack was shot by deputies while attempting to shoot his wounded cow, that had been hit by a vehicle.] — Idaho Statesman

These Venezuelans are tired of protesting. Instead, they're choosing to leave.

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
President Nicolás Maduro blames the El Niño climate effect for a drought that has starved the hydroelectric power supply. And the economic troubles? He claims it’s the result of foreign (namely US) interference as well as the country's business elite attempting to "sabotage the country". His critics contend that the outages and shortages are just another sign of the government's incompetence and economic mismanagement. [No, it is the years of Socialist rule promising benefits to everyone that is always, ultimately, unsustainable,and what drags a country down, even with rich resources.] — Global Post

'We want food!': Venezuela crisis deepens

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
...She had been in the street protesting, but had to take a break to line up and wait to buy bread. Unlike Teran and Diaz, Lopez described herself as a former partisan of the socialist "revolution" started by late leader Hugo Chavez and continued by Maduro. "Here in Guarenas there were revolutionary supporters. But now the people no longer want revolution -- what they want is food," she said. — Global Post

Spain's debt now worth more than value of the economy

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
Bank of Spain figures show that the country's public debt is now worth more than the value of the economy. The bank said Wednesday that Spain's public debt stockpile stood at 1.09 trillion euros ($1.23 trillion) in the first quarter of the year. That represents 101 percent of the country's annual GDP - 1.08 trillion euros - in 2015. — CNBC

Senator Rand Paul to back bill blocking FBI hacking expansion

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul plans to become the first Republican co-sponsor of legislation to block a pending judicial rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for remote access to computers located in any jurisdiction, his office told Reuters on Thursday. [Rand Paul says this rule change could allow not only wider use of a warrant but use on multiple computers, allowing one warrant to be used to hack into many computers, including ones not suspected of wrongdoing.] — Reuters

Russia's FSB chief says terrorist attack may be behind EgyptAir flight crash

posted by askousen - Wednesday, May 25 2016
MINSK, May 19. /TASS/. The EgyptAir Flight MS804 may have crashed as a result of a terrorist attack, director of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said on Thursday. — TASS

Venezuela Readies for 'State of Internal Commotion' Ahead of Civilian Unrest

posted by askousen - Friday, May 20 2016
As opposition to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro intensifies, the country is now preparing for the biggest military exercises in its history this Saturday – an opportunity to flex its military muscle ahead of possible violent street protests spurred by civilian unrest. Maduro, who is facing a recall referendum, has warned that he may declare a "state of internal commotion" if a coup occurs, according to the Latin America Herald Tribune. The state of internal commotion would allow the government to bypass normal legislative procedures in order to impose stricter security measures. — ABC News

Donald Trump goes after Hillary Clinton on guns

posted by askousen - Friday, May 20 2016
..."We're not going to let that happen," Trump said. "We're going to preserve it, we're going to cherish it." Clinton, who swiftly rebutted Trump's remarks, has called for universal background checks and stricter controls on firearms, but has never called for the abolition of the 2nd Amendment. In fact, on her website, she calls gun ownership "part of the fabric of many law-abiding communities." [Trump's right she would do all she could to undermine gun rights.] — CNN

Okla. governor vetoes bill to make performing abortions a felony

posted by askousen - Friday, May 20 2016
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a bill that would ban virtually all abortions in her state, in a surprising move. The strongly anti-abortion governor, who has been floated as a possible running mate for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, announced Friday afternoon that she would reject the bill because it was "vague and would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge." ...Fallin had remained mum about the bill since Thursday, when it was approved by a party-line vote in the Oklahoma Senate. She had until next Wednesday to sign or veto the bill. [Why did she remain silent about the problems with the bill if she favors this kind of legislation? She should have voiced her reservations early enough to get the bill written right.] — The Hill

Russia urges joint strikes on Syria rebels but U.S. reacts coolly

posted by askousen - Friday, May 20 2016
Russia has proposed to the U.S.-led coalition that they stage joint air strikes on Syrian rebels, including militant Islamist group Nusra Front, who are not observing a ceasefire, but the United States responded coolly on Friday. — Reuters

Tran-Speak, Exclusion, no Science: How Obama's Pro-Transgender Rules Impact K-12 Teenagers

posted by askousen - Friday, May 20 2016
President Barack Obama's aggressive new federal transgender rules require 55 million K-12 kids and teachers to speak in a new government-approved dialect, to ignore what science says about sex, and to comply with privacy-violating orders whenever even one teen in their school claims to have a "gender identity" problem. — Breitbart

House Lawmakers Strike Amendment Requiring Women to Register for Draft

posted by askousen - Friday, May 20 2016
The House Rules Committee on Monday struck an amendment to an annual defense bill that would have required women to register for the military draft. — Washington Free Beacon