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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………..North Korea is still the major foreign policy story of the week….the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem………there are now stories of the FBI keeping tabs on the Trump campaign…….a new ICG report will apparently bring back news to Mr. Comey and Obama administration……President Trump getting credit for the US economy……The blue wave may not come after all………huge divisions in the Democrat Party between resistance and talking about issues that people care about…..and other stories………..

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Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 05/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

Who edited that article at The New York Times?

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What happens when a newspaper has to make 4 corrections?    Maybe we can call it a big mistake.    Or, maybe “grande bias”!

And so happened with this “hit piece” on The New York Times:    

The New York Times issued four different corrections to an antagonistic, failed hit piece on Foundation for Defense of Democracies CEO Mark Dubowitz, who once opposed President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear pact.
The embarrassing article falsely claimed Dubowitz “paid himself” nearly twice as much as his think-tank peers, the FDD is linked to Israel’s Likud Party and a Republican donor with financial ties to the Emirates provided $2.7 million to fund an anti-Qatar conference.

How does it happen?   4 mistakes?  Maybe The NY Times needs a few editors who are not part of the “resistance”.

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May 22, 2018 at 9:30 am

What if the Democrats had accepted Trump’s ‘ceasefire’?

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My favorite English phrase is “be careful what you wish for”, or things may look a lot different tomorrow once you get what you want today.    

Someone must have been thinking about the Trump-Clinton feud when they came up with that phrase.

Back in November 2016, President elect Trump answered a question about “Lock her up” or the chant from campaign rallies. He basically said let’s move on:    

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his campaign pledge to have former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton investigated and jailed.

Mr. Trump said during an interview with the New York Times that he doesn’t feel strongly about the issue and doesn’t want to hurt the Clintons. 

I recall the moment and praised President Trump for looking forward rather than backward. After all, we are in the U.S., and we don’t put the loser in jail, as often happens in “banana republics.”

Sadly, the Democrats did not seize on the moment and begin planning for 2018. I guess that they were so angry and declared war on the new president.

It was stupid and counterproductive. And it’s likely to end up a lot different than they thought back then.

The latest is that the FBI may have infiltrated the Trump campaign. If true, Watergate will be remembered as a “G” movie compared to this:    

Following demands by President Donald Trump for the Justice Department to investigate his claim that his campaign had been “infiltrated or surveilled” by the FBI, the agency on Monday directed the Inspector General to probe those accusations.

“The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election,” Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.

Well, isn’t that interesting?

How will this end? Let me say two things about it:

1) it will likely end poorly for Mr. Comey and a few others connected with the Obama administration. Just ask Mr. McCabe. And more importantly,

2) We would not be taking about much of this, from Russian collusion to the unmasking of U.S. citizens, if the Democrats had accepted the President-elect’s offer to move on.   

So be careful about destroying the other guy because you may end up destroying yourself.

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May 22, 2018 at 6:25 am

The FBI and the Trump campaign, the crash in Cuba and other stories

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We look at the stories of the FBI and the Trump campaign…..we need to learn who approved it and why?……the air crash in Cuba continues to raise questions about the regime’s economic problems…….Chuck Berry recorded ‘Maybellene’ in 1955…..Raymond Burr 1917-1993…..Clara Barton & Red Cross 1881…..Lindbergh landed in Paris 1927…..and others stories…………Click to listen:

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Source: The FBI and the Trump campaign, the crash in Cuba and other stories 05/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Monday’s video: We have investigation fatigue

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May 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Another blow to Cuban tourism

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Back in December 1972, Nicaragua was hit by a horrible earthquake. It killed 10,000 people, devastated villages, and may have been the beginning of the end of Somoza’s reign. The damage exposed the corruption and inefficiencies of the regime.

A couple of days ago, an air crash in Cuba killed 100 people and exposed some serious problems in the Castro regime.   

My good Cuban friend, Dr. Carlos Eire, brought this item to my attention:  

Cuba’s problems have gotten so bad that, a few weeks ago, the country grounded most of its domestic flights because of safety concerns over its fleet. 

To continue flying, officials have been forced to lease planes from foreign outfits that sometimes use decades-old planes, like the one that crashed and burned right after takeoff on Friday, killing nearly everyone on board.

The old Boeing 737 had been leased to Cubana de Aviación, the state airline, by a relatively unknown Mexican company with just three aircraft in its fleet. 

Some aviation industry analysts were taken aback at the plane’s advanced age.

“That’s one of the oldest passenger jets I have heard of that is still in service,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of the Teal Group, an aviation and aerospace consulting company in Fairfax, Va.

“Whether the airline is going to survive is an open question,” said George Farinas, a retired Delta pilot who works as a civil aviation inspector and is writing a book about the history of Cubana de Aviación. “They are in a major crisis right now.”

No kidding.

Let me add a couple of personal references.

A few years ago, I was in Mexico for Christmas and met a man who flew commercial flights. He told me that many Mexicans refuse to work for “Cubana”, the once private airline now another state company. He said that Cuba is not up to date on maintenance.  

Just yesterday, a Canadian friend, who is very familiar with Cuba, told me that it’s the end of tourism. “What foreigner is going to fly in a Cuban domestic flight?” he said.

We don’t want to politicize a terrible tragedy and we pray for the families. Nevertheless, there is a legitimate question: Can Cuba maintain commercial flights? The answer is, not good enough to get on a plane.

Update (hat tip: Bryan Demko) from ABC News:

The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews’ performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba’s national airline.

Mexico’s government said late Saturday that its National Civil Aviation Authority will carry out an operational audit of Damojh airlines to see if its “current operating conditions continue meeting regulations” and to help collect information for the investigation into Friday’s crash in Cuba that left 110 dead.

The plane that crashed, a Boeing 737, was barred from Guyanese airspace last year after authorities discovered that its crew had been allowing dangerous overloading of luggage on flights to Cuba, Guyanese Civil Aviation Director Capt. Egbert Field told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The plane and crew were being rented from MexicoCity-based Damojh by EasySky, a Honduras-based low-cost airline. Cuba’s national carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, was also renting the plane and crew in a similar arrangement known as a “wet lease” before the aircraft veered on takeoff to the eastern Cuban city of Holguin and crashed into a field just after noon Friday, according to Mexican aviation authorities.

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May 21, 2018 at 7:09 am

Air crash in Cuba, President Trump’s words and we remember Cuba 1902

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We look at the air crash in Cuba and what it means about going to Cuba………….President Trump did not say that immigrants are ‘animals’……May 20 and Cuban history……James Stewart 1908-97……….Charles Lindbergh 1927…….Happy # 72 Cher…….Robin Gibb 1949-2012…………and others stories…………

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Source: Air crash in Cuba, President Trump’s words and we remember Cuba 1902 05/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm