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North Korea reportedly assured Pompeo that release of 3 detainees could be joined with upcoming summit

In his meeting earlier this month with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un , CIA Director Mike Pompeo was assured that a planned summit between Kim and President Trump could be joined with the release of three detained U.S. citizens, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday night. Pompeo, whose nomination as secretary of state is pending, visited Pyongyang over Easter weekend. In the meeting with Kim, The Journal reported, the dictator said the ... Full story

At least three dead, including police officer, in Nicaragua protests

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Protests in Nicaragua over changes to social security have led to the deaths of at least three people, including a police officer, the Red Cross said on Friday, heaping pressure on the leftist government of President Daniel Ortega. A riot policeman fires rubber bullets during clashes with university students protesting over a controversial reform to the pension plans of the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS) in ... Full story

Bernie Sanders Says ‘Trump’s Agenda Is Dead’ if Democrats Win Midterms

Senator Bernie Sanders argued on Friday that Democratic groups weren’t doing enough to support liberal congressional candidates in 2018. He also declined to make an endorsement in the New York Democratic primary between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, vowing to play an influential role in the 2018 midterm elections, was blunt on Friday about the stakes for the Democratic Party. “If Democrats control ... Full story

Trump won't attend Barbara Bush funeral 'out of respect' for family, White House says

President Donald Trump will not join first lady Melania Trump in attending the funeral services for Barbara Bush, the White House said in a statement, citing a desire to "avoid disruptions" stemming from the increased security presence and "out of respect for the Bush Family and friends.". "First Lady Melania Trump will attend the memorial service for Barbara Bush this Saturday on behalf of the First Family," a spokesperson confirmed Friday. ... Full story

Comey Memos: 5 Key Questions to Ask After Reading Stone

The Justice Department on Thursday released James Comey’s contemporaneous memos of the meetings and phone calls he had with President Donald Trump in the days and weeks after Trump's stunning election victory. The document dump was not a viral marketing stunt for Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty – the DOJ provided the memos in response to a request last week from the Republican chairmen of the House Judiciary, Intelligence and Oversight ... Full story

Japan concedes gap with Trump remains on trade framework

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japan conceded it was at logger-heads with Washington on whether the United States should rejoin the multilateral trans-pacific trade pact, as President Donald Trump’s preference for a bilateral deal has created a ‘gap’ in view points. Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso arrives at G-20 plenary during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, U.S., April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas. In a ... Full story

Donations to NRA's Political Action Committee Surge in March

The National Rifle Association’s political arm had a record spike in donations in March, even as students took part in demonstrations in Washington and around the country calling for stronger gun control. The NRA Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million, up from $779,063 in February, according to its latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. That was more than it had raised in any month since at least 2000, a review of FEC records ... Full story

GOP Senate candidate busted for hiding his drunk driving convictions

Luke Messer began his political career replacing a state representative killed by a drunk driver — but didn't tell anyone about his own multiple DUI convictions. On Thursday, the Indianapolis Star uncovered a dark secret about Rep. Luke Messer’s political beginnings. Messer, a Trump loyalist and the GOP insider favorite for Indiana’s Senate race, started his political career in 2003 by persuading local party leaders to let him run to replace ... Full story

China welcomes DPRK’s suspension of nuclear and missile tests

China welcomes the Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) suspension of its nuclear and missile tests, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said on Saturday. Full story

New York Marijuana Law: What You Need to Know Stone

Amid mounting political pressure to legalize marijuana in New York, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of America’s largest city, remains locked in a prohibitionist mindset. At a press conference this week touting a new campaign to stamp out vermin (not a euphemism), the mayor fielded a question about pot. Seated before a logo reading "Watch Out Rats!" de Blasio insisted that legal marijuana poses unacceptable risks: "It would become another corporate ... Full story

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