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  1. Michael Morrell, Director of National Intelligence: Thank you for the question, Senator. It is our analysis that the Kim family at large is focused exclusively on power, and that most of the non-family inner circle is similarly seeking to establish and protect itself. In our view, a decapitation strike would have no positive impact upon North Korea.
  2. Mister President, The Congress of the United States of America has passed this legislation, which we present for your signature. Sincerely, John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Harrison LeClavers, President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate Mr. MORENO proposes for himself and others, with thanks to Mr. CRUZ A BILL To require a report on designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, and for other purposes. SECTION 1.Short title This Act may be cited as the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2013. SECTION 2.Report on designation of Government of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (a)Findings Congress makes the following findings: (1) The United States Government designated the Government of North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism on January 20, 1988. (2) On October 11, 2008, North Korea’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism was rescinded, following commitments by the Government of North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. However, North Korea has failed to live up to these commitments. (3) The Government of North Korea has harbored members of the Japanese Red Army since a 1970 hijacking and continues to harbor the surviving hijackers to this day. (4) On July 16, 2010, in the case of Calderon-Cardona v. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (case number 08–01367), the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico found that the Government of North Korea provided material support to the Japanese Red Army, designated as a foreign terrorist organization between 1997 and 2001, in furtherance of a 1972 terrorist attack at Lod Airport, Israel, that killed 26 people, including 17 Americans. (6) In June 2010, Major Kim Myong-ho and Major Dong Myong-gwan of North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau pled guilty in a South Korean court to attempting to assassinate Hwang Jang-yop, a North Korean dissident in exile, on the orders of Lieutenant General Kim Yong-chol, the head of North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau. The court sentenced each defendant to 10 years in prison. (b)Sense of Congress It is the sense of the Congress that the Government of North Korea should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. (c)Determination Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a determination as to whether North Korea meets the criteria for designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. (d)Form The report required by subsection (c) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex, if appropriate. SECTION 3.Definitions In this Act: (1)Appropriate congressional committees The term appropriate congressional committees means— (A)the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and (B)the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives. (2)Foreign terrorist organization The term foreign terrorist organization means an organization designated by the Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189). (3)North korea The term North Korea means the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (4)State sponsor of terrorism The term state sponsor of terrorism means a country the government of which the Secretary of State has determined, for purposes of section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. 4605(j)) (as in effect pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act), section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2371), section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2780), or any other provision of law, is a government that has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. PLAIN ENGLISH SUMMARY: "This bill expresses the sense of Congress that the government of North Korea should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. The Department of State shall submit to Congress a determination as to whether North Korea meets the criteria for designation as a state sponsor of terrorism." -Congressional Research Service
  3. The House approves the bill on a voice vote after a one-sided debate in which numerous members of both parties condemned North Korea at length.
  4. I'll page @Old Ironsides here, or I can take next if nobody wants to jump in.
  5. Parties Collide over Military Diversity WASHINGTON, DC -- Democrats and Republicans clashed in the Senate this week over a proposal to promote diversity in military leadership, marking the latest in a string of political battles over social issues this year. Senate Democrats promoted the Diversity in Military Leadership Act as a "common-sense" measure to use mentoring, outreach, and educational programs to increase diversity amongst the leading uniformed and civilian officials in the Defense Department. "This bill's purpose, and end result, is simple," Senator Harrison LeClavers (D-WI) declared on the Senate floor, "it is here to provide more of an opportunity to people who are qualified, and to help people develop the necessary skills, to join and rise through the ranks of the United States Armed Forces. We should be giving every opportunity to people to prove themselves, and this legislation will not only do that, but indeed, make sure that it is possible for more people to make a greater contribution, if they so choose, to the defense of the United States." Yet Congressional Republicans slammed the bill as "social engineering," suggesting it would weaken the armed forces by forcing upon it an affirmative action program that would select leaders based on ethnicity not merit. "Anyone who knows anything about the armed forces knows that the reason our military is so effective is because its a system of meritocracy," Senator John Garibaldi (R-OH) wrote in a statement, "the people in charge earned their positions of leadership through nothing but their own qualifications, talents, and hard work. What this bill does is undermine that system by prioritizing diversity over qualification, something that poses a very grave threat to our national security and to global stability. Diversity itself is not a bad thing at all...but diversity for diversity's sake is counterproductive and harmful." The partisan clash over the bill surprised few in Washington, given the bill's history. Democrats and Republicans clashed over the legislation in the Senate Armed Forces Committee with Republicans seeking unsuccessfully to table the act before voting unanimously against. Democrats by contrast supported the bill as one, and when the proposal came to the Senate floor, voted down a new Republican effort to table the legislation. Most observers expected Republicans to ultimately filibuster the legislation, marking the latest GOP filibuster of a Democratic social proposal in the Senate. Senate Democrats recently docketed legislation seeking to restart ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and before that, a bill regarding environmental protection. Republicans filibustered both acts. Many political analysts nonetheless expressed surprise at the rancorous nature of the debate, though a number of journalists reported widespread opposition to the bill's provisions in the upper echelons of the Defense Department. "This is a relatively tame proposal, which would use a number of very small-scale programs to try to encourage ethnic minorities towards leadership," said PBS' Samantha McClellan, "its not a traditional affirmative action program, or really anything like that, so the virulent opposition is surprising." Yet McClellan cited several senior Defense Department sources in saying that "the Republicans are not alone in disliking this legislation -- it appears that many senior Defense officials, including potentially Secretary James Sanderson, are against the bill." McClellan reported that most of those opposed were concerned specifically with a provision that would create special internships only for women and ethnic minorities, which Defense leaders worried might negatively impact morale within the ranks. A Defense Department spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. Polling largely indicated that most Americans preferred to do the same with Gallup finding that so few likely voters had heard of the bill -- which has been the subject of only limited public relations efforts by either party -- that it was impossible to reliably estimate public opinion on the issue.
  6. John Kerry, Secretary of State: Thank you for the question, Mr. Chairman. As you may imagine, with the changeover in leadership, we're now looking at this with fresh eyes. So it is difficult to directly answer that question. Michael Morrell, Director of National Intelligence: Thank you for the question, Senator. We have moderate confidence that the North Koreans presently possess nuclear weapons that can be fitted onto missiles. We have complete confidence that the North Koreans will have that capacity within 18-24 months. At present, North Korean missile technology is extremely unreliable, but nonetheless, this is is a major concern. Our analysis is that Jong-Un views nuclear weapons as a lifeline, a way to guarantee against foreign intervention to topple his family's regime. Despite common refrains, we are not talking about a madman here, but a family dynasty with a clear strategy to defend its interests.
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    No Social Security for Nazis Act

    This bill has automatically taken effect, having been neither signed nor vetoed.
  10. Stevenson Resigns; Kline Assumes Presidency WASHINGTON, DC -- Vice President Jack Kline assumed the presidency this evening, hours after President Andrew Stevenson resigned following a stroke yesterday. The now-president took the oath of office at the White House at 8:00PM after meeting with the president at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Several dozen White House staffers, pool reporters, and others including Secretary of State John Kerry, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Majority Leader Lewis Clayborne (D-OR) crowded into the oval office for the ceremony, which was presided over by Chief Justice John Roberts. Kline took the oath on Martin Luther King's bible, and the ceremony was broadcast live by CSPAN. Kline is now the 46th man to occupy the Oval Office, and the second African American, after Barack Obama. President Stevenson formally resigned just an hour before the ceremony in a brief letter, citing the health conditions that have dominated the news for the last twenty-four hours. Stevenson suffered a major stroke yesterday, requiring immediate hospitalization. The White House subsequently revealed that the president had suffered a prior stroke a month ago, following the Boston bombings. At a press conference this afternoon, now-former First Lady Jacqueline Stevenson told reporters that the president was expected to fully recover, but only after months of exhaustive physical therapy. Given the circumstances, President Stevenson elected to resign. Stevenson had been noticeably absent from public affairs for a number of weeks after suffering a minor stroke following the Boston bombings. The White House notified congressional leaders of the incident, but did not announce it publicly, worried about the panicking effect of a presidential health crisis occurring just after a terrorist attack. Stevenson remained on light duty under close medical supervision as a result, and doctors indicated that he likely would not have survived yesterday's stroke had that not been the case. White House Chief of Staff Stephanie Hillinger resigned this evening, writing in a statement that she was responsible for the decision not to publicize Stevenson's condition, and saying that given the ultimate outcome, it was clear she had made an error in judgment. Yet most in Washington were already focusing on President Kline, who faced the difficult task of righting a ship that most pundits agreed was wildly off course even before Stevenson suffered his first stroke. Kline took the oath of office while the federal government stood just weeks from a shutdown, and just months from a potential debt default. He assumed the presidency at a time when the Republicans seemed to have the clear political advantage, having launched a highly successful effort to portray themselves as working hard to create jobs while Democrats focused on partisan politics. And he became commander in chief of a defense apparatus that had yet to finalize a strategy for Afghanistan, Syria, or North Korea. Political analysts suggested that Kline would receive a boost of public support in the short term, but warned that he would not retain popularity for long without delivering on the promises made by the Democrats in the 2012 election. "The media right now is overwhelmingly focused on the tragedy of a stroke striking down a man in his fifties," said PBS' Samantha McClellan, "but this stroke -- and President Stevenson's prior health conditions -- only explain away a few weeks of what has been, frankly, an unimpressive presidential term. The Democrats control the White House and the Senate -- and of yet, they've nothing to show for it. Unless that changes, come 2014, they'll be in real trouble, no matter what Andrew Stevenson is up to at that point."
  11. A crowded Oval Office greets Vice President Jack Kline when he returns from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where President Andrew Stevenson formally informed Kline that he had resigned. After some ceremony, Kline is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States of America: Please repeat after me, Mister Vice President. "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
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    Letter of Resignation

    John Kerry Secretary of State of the United States of America 2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Kerry, It is with the greatest sadness that I must tender my resignation given my current medical condition. It has been my greatest pleasure and honor to serve my country as its chief executive. I have the utmost faith in the ability of soon-to-be President Jack Kline to replace me. Sincerely, Andrew Stevenson President of the United States of America 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20006
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    President Andrew A. Stevenson

    Signed out due to inactivity.
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  15. United States Government (Post-Secession) List of Presidents Abraham Lincoln (R) (1861-1865) Horatio Seymour (D) (1865-1869) Orris Sanford Ferry (R) (1865-1873) James G. Blaine (R) (1873-Present) List of Vice Presidents Hannibal Hamlin (R) (1861-1865) George H. Pendleton (D) (1861-1865) Joseph Albert Bright (R) (1865-1869) Edwards Pierrepont (UR) (1869-1871) George Vickers (D) (1873-Present) List of Senate Presidents Pro Tempore Solomon Foot (R-VT) (1861-1864) Daniel Clark (R-NH) (1864-1865) Augustus C. Dodge (D-IA) (1865-1867) James Harlan (R-IA) (1867-1869) Lot Morrill (R-ME) (1869-1875) George Vickers (D-MD) (1875-1877) Lot Morrill (R-ME) (1877-Present) List of Speakers of the United States House of Representatives Galusha A. Grow (R-IN) (1861-1863) Schuyler Colfax (R-IN) (1863-1865) Daniel W. Vorhees (D-IN) (1865-1869) Roscoe Conkling (R-NY) (1869-1877) Michael C. Kerr (D-IN) (1877-Present) Confederate States Government List of Presidents Jefferson Davis (D) (1861-1867) P.G.T. Beauregard (D) (1867-1873) Wade Hampton III (V) (1873-Present)) List of Vice Presidents Alexander H. Stephens (D) (1861-1867) Joseph E. Johnston (D) (1867-1873) Albert Gallatin Brown (V) (1873-Present) List of Senate Presidents Pro Tempore Robert M.T. Hunter (D-VA) (1861-1871) Robert M.T. Hunger (V-VA) (1871-1875) John W. Stevenson (D-KY) (1875-Present) List of Speakers of the United States House of Representatives Thomas S. Bocock (D-VA) (1861-1871) Thomas S. Bocock (V-VA) (1871-1875) Joseph E. Johnston (D-VA) (1875-Present)

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