Watch: The Two Moments From The Debate That Sent Fox’s Focus Group Through The Roof

According to a group of viewers assembled by Fox News Channel pollster Frank Luntz, two Republican candidates known for their brash rhetoric scored big points in Wednesday’s debate.

First, a large majority expressed support for Chris Christie’s populist message, which began when he directed cameras to pan the audience rather than focus on the candidates on stage. His high point, many in the focus group said, came when the New Jersey governor addressed fellow candidates Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina during a discussion of their respective business acumen.

“I gotta tell you,” he said to the pair, “they could care less about your careers. They care about theirs. Let’s start talking about that on this stage.”

He then turned the discussion to America’s middle class, which resonated with many in Luntz’s group.

“You’re both successful,” Christie told Trump and Fiorina. “Congratulations. You know who’s not successful? The middle class in this country whose getting plowed over by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

Almost everyone in the focus group identified as a member of the broadly defined middle class, with one viewer concluding it is “what the debate should be about.”

Trump’s views on North Korea also earned praised from the focus group.

Acknowledging that there are “bad actors” in Iran, the real estate tycoon said even more attention should be paid to a nation that already possesses – and threatens to use – nuclear weapons.

“Nobody ever mentions North Korea,” Trump said, “where you have this maniac sitting there and he actually has nuclear weapons.”

Drudge Report asked its audience to weigh in on the debate, which resulted in more than 630,000 votes as of this writing and a decisive victory for Trump. The front-runner earned more than half of the votes while second-place finisher Fiorina received nearly 22 percent.

Who do you think won Wednesday’s debate? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

North Korea Makes Big Announcement No One Wanted To Hear- Then Threatens USA In Huge Way

In what has been a pattern for many years, North Korea is making new threats of nuclear retaliation against its neighbors and the United States.

The rogue regime is backing up its threats by announcing it restarted production of nuclear material at its top secret Yongbyon complex, which had been shut down since 2007, according to the BBC.

The director of North Korea’s Atomic Energy Institute said his country was ready to counter any U.S. military aggression with “nuclear weapons any time.”

He highlighted that his nation’s scientists “made innovations day by day” to “guarantee the reliability of the nuclear deterrent… as required by the prevailing situation.” 

He added: “In the meantime, the U.S. anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK [North Korea] that forced it to have access to the nuclear weapons has remained utterly unchanged and instead it has become all the more undisguised and vicious with the adoption of means openly seeking the downfall of the latter’s social system.”

It is unclear exactly what U.S. policy to which the North Korean official is referring.

CNN reports that North Korea is also planning a rocket launch next month to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the communist regime. These launches have been banned by the U.N. Security Council, but North Korea remains defiant.

In 2012, the rogue regime reportedly successfully launched a satellite into space after multiple failed attempts.

“The UN said [the launch] was a banned test of ballistic missile technology and imposed sanctions. Experts say that [weaponized] ballistic missiles and rockets in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology,” the Daily Mail reports.

“Space development for peaceful purposes is a sovereign state’s legitimate right … and the people of (North Korea) are fully determined to exercise this right no matter what others may say about it,” the director of its Atomic Energy Institute told the Korean Central News Agency. The world will “clearly see a series of satellites soaring into the sky at times and locations determined” by the Workers’ Party.

North and South Korea have remained in a technical state of war since an armistice, not a peace treaty, was signed in 1953. The United States has maintained a troop presence in South Korea since that time. The current U.S. strength is 28,500 military personnel, down approximately 10,000 in numbers from a decade ago. 

The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, told CNN that Washington is working with South Korea “to ensure that other allies in the region as well as the U.S. homeland are protected from threats posed by North Korea.”

“We’ve moved, over time, a good deal of missile defense capability to the region,” Lippert said before North Korea issued the statement about its nuclear program. “Ground-based interceptors to Alaska, surface combatants to the Western Pacific, a THAAD battery [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] on Guam, another radar in Japan in order to be ready and vigilant for anything the North Koreans may or may not do.”

David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector, believes North Korea likely has between 10 to 15 nuclear weapons now and could have anywhere from 20 to 100 by 2020.

Intelligence agencies believe North Korea is developing the technology to miniaturize its weapons, so they can be mounted on ballistic missiles.

The Wall Street Journal reports: “There’s no hard evidence to show North Korea can make a nuclear device small enough to mount on a long-range missile, but U.S. military officials believe it probably has the ability. Another major technical challenge would be to deliver the bomb to its target successfully using a long-range missile. Experts are generally skeptical that North Korea has solved this problem.”

Watch: MSNBC Is So Desperate To Bury Trump That They Just Accidentally Buried Themselves

The noted political analyst seemed so pleased with himself for the “discovery” he was about to share on the MSNBC show — a tweet that would surely reflect very badly on the leading candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump.

The segment on Morning Joe was, according to The Washington Post, devoted to how the media keep getting it wrong about Trump and other notables in the news, how headline-seeking outlets continue to jump to conclusions as they offer their take on fact and “truth” in politics.

How ironic… And how embarrassing for the left-leaning cable network that’s been struggling so desperately for audience share.

As the Post article notes: “On Monday morning, in a segment devoted to how the media is overhyping the supposed implosion of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, MSNBC’s Morning Joe pointed to one supporter that the American businessman and Republican 2016 hopeful had apparently retained: North Korean state media.”

The problem, however, was that the evidence presented to show that the regime of communist dictator Kim Jong-un was coming to the defense of Trump and bashing Fox News was bogus — it was drawn from a hoax news site. And the man presenting that fake evidence on Morning Joe was no slouch — it was cited by a regular and generally respected contributor to the show, Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics, who referred to a tweet that was shown on-screen:

Image Credit: Twitter/DPRK News Service

Image Credit: Twitter/DPRK News Service

The Washington Post article on the MSNBC goof noted that the parody account behind the false information about North Korea’s supposed support for Donald Trump is well-known for its fakery:

…even a cursory online search for @DPRK_News will yield a large number of articles that reveal that the account is fake and that mock the news outlets that take it seriously. “This North Korean Twitter account is fake, but journalists keep falling for it” is how Vox put it in December.

So, apparently, in their haste to link the hard-charging Donald Trump to the oppressive regime in North Korea, the MSNBC folks called into question and put a burning-bright spotlight on their own judgment…or lack thereof.

By clicking on the video above you can watch the embarrassing blunder from MSNBC that will, quite possibly, knock the network’s flagging credibility down another notch or two.

h/t: NewsBusters

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Donald Trump Just Scored An Endorsement From The Only Man More Polarizing Than He Is

Donald Trump just scored an endorsement from someone he may not have sought out for the honor, but expressed gratitude nonetheless.

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman tweeted on Friday:

Dennis Rodman TweetTrump responded:

Donald Trump - Dennis Rodman - Tweet
Rodman appeared on Trump’s reality television show, Celebrity Apprentice, in 2013. Politico reports he was the fifth contestant fired of the 16 total contestants.

The five-time NBA champion famously engaged in what some called “basketball diplomacy” that same year, visiting North Korea and meeting with dictator Kim Jong Un.

Image Credit: Twitter/@DennisRodman

Image Credit: Twitter/@DennisRodman

Trump praised Rodman’s trip at the time, calling him “smart.”

“Dennis is not a stupid guy. He’s smart in many ways; he’s very street-wise,” he told Fox News.

“You look at the world, the world is blowing up around us. Maybe Dennis is a lot better than what we have,” Trump added.

However, the following year, after Rodman said that Trump had agreed to go to North Korea with him, the response was not as kind:

Donald Trump - Dennis Rodman

h/t: Mediaite

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Saudi Prince: Obama’s Agreement With Iran Worse Than Clinton’s North Korea Nuke Deal

Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia sent a letter to the Washington Post in which he wrote that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is worse than the nuclear pact former President Bill Clinton made with North Korea. Prince Bandar Bin Sultan was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States from 1981 to 2005.

His devastating critique of Obama’s policy toward Iran must be regarded as the official Saudi reaction to the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. Until now, the Saudi rulers have been very careful not to openly criticize the deal. King Salman has remained silent since the announcement of the agreement, and the only official reaction came from an unidentified Saudi official who told CNN that the deal was a “monumental historical miscalculation.”

President Obama discussed the nuclear agreement with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Friday. The White House later claimed that the Saudi FM had welcomed the agreement with Iran.

Prince Bandar wrote in his letter that he does not agree with the pundits who are saying “Obama’s deal with Iran stirs a déjà vu of President Clinton’s 1994 nuclear agreement with North Korea.”

“President Clinton made his decision based on a strategic foreign policy analysis, top-secret intelligence and a desire to save the people of North Korea from starvation induced by its leadership,” Prince Bandar wrote.

“It turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong. If Mr. Clinton had known about the major intelligence failure, he would have made a different decision.” Mr. Obama made his decision on the Iran nuclear deal aware that the strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information and intelligence from U.S. allies in the region predict a worse outcome than in North Korea — and Iran will have access to billions of dollars.

He continued:

This deal will wreak havoc in the Middle East, which is already a disastrous environment. Iran is a major player in the destabilization of the region. Why would Mr. Obama go ahead with such a deal with Iran? It is definitely not because Mr. Obama is not smart enough, because he is. He must believe that what he is doing is right. Still, I am convinced that my good friend Henry Kissinger was correct when he said, “America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more.”

“People in my region now are relying on God’s will and consolidating their local capabilities and analyses with everyone except (for) our oldest and most powerful ally.”

His remark about the people in the region now “consolidating their local capabilities” should be taken as a warning that Saudi Arabia could now go nuclear as well. The Saudi threat contradicts what President Obama claimed last week after the announcement of the nuclear deal with Iran. Obama said during an address to the nation that his administration “has stopped the spread of nuclear weapons” in the Middle East.

As Western Journalism reported earlier, Saudi Arabia has for a long time cooperated with Pakistan on the nuclear issue and is providing financial support for Pakistan’s nuclear program.

In March, after the announcement of the Lausanne interim agreement between six world powers and Iran, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan visited Saudi Arabia and reportedly discussed nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. At the same time, Saudi Arabia signed a nuclear deal with President Park of South Korea. South Korea will build two nuclear reactors in the Kingdom.

“Sharif’s visit to Riyadh came after Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashid Mahmoud attended a series of top-level meetings with Saudi leaders about nuclear cooperation at the beginning of February. Business Insider reported at the time that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan could have renewed a secret nuclear weapons pact during Mahmoud’s visit and an earlier visit by PM Sharif at the end of January,” we reported at the time.

In May, Western Journalism reported that Saudi Arabia already might have purchased an “off the shelf” nuclear weapon from Pakistan. An anonymous U.S. official was the source of the report. He said: ”There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis (over nuclear weapons) and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward.”

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Prince Faisal bin Saud bin Abdulmohsen, a scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in the Saudi capital, at the same time.

“Our allies aren’t listening to us, and this is what is making us extremely nervous,” he said.

“If I am basing my judgment on the track record and our experience with Iran, I will say they will do anything in their power to get a nuclear weapon. A delay of 10 years is not going to satiate anything.”

“Should Iran gain the ability to produce weapons-grade uranium and ability to deploy such weapons,” developing a Saudi capability in response “would be considered as part of our homeland security,” he told the Wall Street Journal

The sense of abandonment by the U.S. described by Prince Bandar will force Saudi Arabia to develop its own strategies together with other regional opponents of Iran such as Egypt, Jordan, and even Israel.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is said to have secret contacts with Saudi Arabia, and Israeli and Saudi officials have met at least five times since the beginning of the year to discuss the Iranian threat.

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