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  • Analysis: After Trump pullout, NKorea changes tune on summit A protester wearing a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump, center, performs with cut-out photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, during a rally against the United States’ policies against North Korea near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 25, 2018. President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from a plan to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month in Singapore caught a lot of people off guard, including, it appears, Kim Jong Un.Every indication is that Pyongyang still wants to make the meeting happen. And as soon as possible. The signs read ” Apology.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from a plan to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month in Singapore caught a lot of people off guard, including, it appears, Kim Jong Un. Every indication is that Pyongyang still wants to make the meeting happen. And as soon as possible. Pyongyang made ...
  • Analysis: Ahead of summit, Pyongyang lobs barbs at Bolton FILE - In this April 9, 2018, file photo, National Security Adviser John Bolton listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. After announcing early Wednesday that it was pulling out of high-level talks with Seoul because of a new round of U.S.-South Korea military exercises, the North took aim at Bolton and said it might have to reconsider whether to proceed with the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because it doubts how seriously Washington actually wants peaceful dialogue. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has a message for President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s summit: Don’t listen to your new hard-line national security adviser, John Bolton. After announcing early Wednesday that it was pulling out of high-level talks with Seoul because of a new round of U.S.-South Korea military exercises, the North took aim ...
  • Analysis: Gaza bloodshed spurs global worry about US Mideast policies Israeli Arab Knesset members and left wing activists participate in protest against the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, during the embassy’s official inauguration ceremony, Monday, May 14, 2018. Amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border, President Donald Trump’s top aides and supporters on Monday celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a campaign promised fulfilled. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s prospects for brokering the Mideast peace “deal of the century” plunged ever deeper as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opened amid bloodshed in Gaza. The day fueled global concern that U.S. policies are tipping the broader Middle East into deeper, intractable conflict. At the same time, Trump is winning international ...
  • Analysis: Trump’s move likely to worsen Mideast proxy battles Iran Sactions BEIRUT (AP) — There may not be much Iran can do about President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, but across the Middle East, it has a variety of ways it can hit back at the United States and America’s regional allies. Iran has expanded its influence far beyond its borders in recent years, sponsoring ...
  • EU envoy says Iran deal will not ‘fall apart’ without the US French President Emmanuel Macron, right, meets with US businessman Michael Bloomberg, left, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates Bill Gates, British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, third left, and other philanthropists at the Elysee Palace in Pari, Tuesday, on Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord. (Christophe Archambault, Pool via AP) BEIJING (AP) — The Iran nuclear deal will not “fall apart” despite the United States withdrawing from the landmark accord, the European Union’s representative to China said Wednesday. The EU believes “that this is an agreement that belongs to the international community,” Ambassador Hans Dietmar Schweisgut said during a press briefing in Beijing. “This is not ...
  • Analysis: What is Iran’s atomic deal? Why is it targeted? FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2010 file photo, an Iranian security official directs media at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, with the reactor building seen in the background, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers faces its biggest diplomatic challenge yet as President Donald Trump appears poised to withdraw the U.S. from the accord. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers faces its biggest diplomatic challenge yet as President Donald Trump appears poised to withdraw the United States from the accord. What is the atomic agreement and why does it face criticism now? ___ GIVE AND TAKE At its heart, the 2015 deal imposes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear ...
  • Syria’s Kurds put IS on trial with focus on reconciliation This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government forces overseeing the evacuation by bus of Army of Islam fighters from the besieged town of Douma, just east of Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 2, 2018. Syrian state media said Monday, that the largest rebel group in Damascus’ eastern Ghouta, the Army of Islam, has begun to evacuate from Douma. The government is waiting for the rebels to leave the besieged town before it can say it has full control of the area, after seven years of revolt. (SANA via AP) QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — The “Defense of the People” Court is an almost intimate place. Three judges — two men and a woman — sat behind a large desk. The defendant, a former Islamic State group fighter in Syria, faced them in a chair only a yard away, close enough for a conversation. A space ...
  • Opinion: Shut up about Michelle Wolf if you’ve been silent on Trump’s offenses WCD 1(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)   —    As happens after every White House Correspondents’ Association dinner (a.k.a. Nerd Prom), the question is “What did you think?” What did you think of the comedian hired to skewer the president, the press corps and the political class gathered in the Washington Hilton for a dinner that raises money for scholarships, ...
  • Rival Koreas’ leaders face high stakes at historic summit Four North Korean soldiers, center far, and four South Korean soldiers, right and left, stand at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Thursday, April 26, 2018. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will plant a commemorative tree and inspect an honor guard together after Kim walks across the border Friday for their historic summit, Seoul officials said Thursday.(Hwang Kwang-mo/Yonhap via APSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It may lack the punch of President Donald Trump’s vow to unleash “fire and fury” and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s “nuclear button” boasts, but the stakes will be high on Friday when Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in sit down on the southern side of the no ...
  • Analysis: Russia, China Pledge New Military Ties, Challenge U.S. FILE - This combination of file photos show U.S. President Donald Trump, right, in a meeting at the White House in Washington, on March 31, 2017, and China's President Xi Jinping in a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Dec. 1, 2016.For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at bilateral talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President Donald Trump hosts President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week, the world’s two largest economies and carbon polluters are taking dramatically divergent paths on climate policy. (AP Photo/File)(PhatzNewsRoom / Newsweek)   —   Russia and China have pledged to strengthen their bilateral military and political ties as part of a strategic cooperation that challenges U.S. interests, especially to Washington’s stance on Middle East allies Syria and Iran. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu met Tuesday with Air Force General Xu Qiliang, deputy vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, ...
  • Delays keep inspectors from reaching Syria attack site A girl shops at a kiosk in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Arabic on the right reads, “Regards Assad, God protect you Assad.” (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) BEIRUT (AP) — International chemical weapons inspectors do not appear to have visited the site of a suspected attack in Syria after days of delays by Syrian and Russian authorities. Syrian state media reported Tuesday that inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had entered the town of Douma, but Syria’s U.N. ambassador, ...
  • ‘Mission Accomplished!’ But What Is the Mission in Syria? In this photo released on Thursday Feb. 22, 2018 which provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrians gather between destroyed buildings which attacked during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. A new wave of deadly Syrian government bombardment in the opposition-held eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus on Thursday killed 13 people as world leaders and aid groups called for an end to the carnage that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days.(Ghouta Media Center via AP) (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)   —   WASHINGTON — On the morning after, President Trump declared success. The surgical strike against chemical weapons facilities in Syria had been executed perfectly, he said on Saturday. “Mission Accomplished!” he wrote on Twitter. That’s a phrase presidents and politicians have studiously avoided since President George W. Bush’s ill-fated aircraft carrier visit prematurely ...
  • James Comey’s memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false nydailynews_peebrain(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)   —   The nation’s intelligence chiefs had just finished briefing Donald Trump on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election when FBI Director James B. Comey stayed behind to discuss some especially sensitive material: a “widely circulated” intelligence dossier containing unconfirmed allegations that Russians had filmed Trump interacting with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013. The ...
  • Analysis: FBI’s Cohen raids hit home for the president © Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press Michael D. Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump, in Washington in September.(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)    —   President Trump has howled in all caps for nearly a year as the Justice Department has delved deeper and deeper into his orbit. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III indicted his former campaign chairman. Then he secured a guilty plea from his former national security adviser. All the while, Mueller and ...
  • H.R. McMaster delivers a parting shot to Russia as he prepares to bow out as national security adviser HR McMasters - 105070222-GettyImages-696600228.530x298(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)    —   Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, in his last public remarks as President Trump’s national security adviser, strongly denounced Russia for its increased aggression around the world, and declared: “We have failed to impose sufficient costs.” His comments come a little more than a week after he was ousted by Trump, who is replacing ...
  • How North Korea Could Start World War III A woman walks past a TV screen broadcasting news of North Korea’s missile launch, in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said Tuesday, an aggressive test-flight over the territory of a close U.S. ally that sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby. The letters, left, read ” North Korea Missile.” (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)(PhatzNewsRoom / The Daily Beast)   —    Kim Jong Un, the North Korean supremo, traveled to Beijing last week at the invitation of Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. President Donald Trump saw the visit as a good sign, but he’s undoubtedly wrong to be optimistic. In fact, an invigoration of the China-North Korea alliance, a possible result of ...
  • Why Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for ending DACA is falling flat FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017 file photo, a protester holds a sign at a rally at Metropolitan State University after President Donald Trump’s decision to repeal a program protecting young immigrants from deportation in Denver. Colleges and universities nationwide are stepping up efforts to help the students who are often called “Dreamers,” after the Trump administration announced plans last week to end that federal program protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. (AP Photo/Tatiana Flowers, File)(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)   —   President Trump appears to be realizing what the rest of Washington has already come to terms with: A deal to protect “dreamers” from deportation is dead. Recognizing that hundreds of thousands of sympathetic young immigrants could be deported under his watch, he’s on a tear to blame Democrats for a deal’s falling ...
  • Analysis: Putin Finally Went Too Far FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, serves food to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during dinner at Prigozhin’s restaurant outside Moscow, Russia. Progozhin is known as “Putin’s chef” _ a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Putin through his stomach. On Feb. 16, 2016, Prigozhin, along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations, was charged by the U.S. government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. According to the indictment, Prigozhin and his companies provided significant funding to the Internet Research Agency, a St. Petersburg-based troll farm that allegedly used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to influence the White House race. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, Pool, File)(PhatzNewsRoom / The Atlantic)   —   When Britain threw out 23 Russian diplomats in response to an assassination attempt on Russian agent Sergei Skripal, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia and current bad boy of modern geopolitics, shrugged it off. With relations between London and Moscow so strained, the embassy didn’t have all that much to ...
  • Analysis: What to make of N. Korean offer for nuke talks In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, third from left, meets with North Korean vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, Kim Yong Chol, second from right, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, March 5, 2018. The envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in are on a rare two-day visit to Pyongyang that’s expected to focus on how to ease a standoff over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and restart talks between Pyongyang and Washington. (South Korea Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via A SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — At first glance it seems like a blockbuster: North Korea has reportedly offered up its nukes for negotiation, an abrupt reversal from its repeated vows never to relinquish the “treasured sword” it sees as protection against constant U.S. “hostility.” Experts reading between the lines, however, believe the North may be falling ...
  • Analysis: Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier steele-mueller-composite-10-05-17-large-tease (PhatzNewsRoom / The New Yorker)    —-    In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was stepping off a commuter train in Farnham, where he lives, when one of his two phones rang. He’d been looking forward to dinner at home with his wife, and perhaps ...
  • Analysis: Like Trump, Netanyahu sidesteps norms FILE- in this file photo dated Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, President Donald Trump, left, speaks during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Davos, Switzerland. Netanyahu and Trump will meet upcoming Monday March 5, 2018, and the two elected leaders share strikingly similar circumstances, as they are both at loggerheads with their countries’ establishments, holding on, despite their individual scandals. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, FILE) It looks mainly like a legal matter, with police investigating, prosecutors deliberating, journalists digging and shady associates cutting deals. But in this season of scandal in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel, not unlike in Donald Trump’s America, what’s beneath the surface may be even more revealing. When Netanyahu and Trump meet Monday, they will share circumstances that are ...
  • What we learned from the Democratic response to the Nunes memo — and what we didn’t FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016, file photo, Carter Page, then adviser to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the graduation ceremony for the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign met with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013 and provided him documents about the energy industry, according to court filings. The Russian, Victor Podobnyy, was one of three men charged in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring. According to the court documents, Podobnyy tried to recruit Page, an energy consultant working in New York at the time, as an(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)    —    To hear President Trump tell it, the memo released on Saturday that provides the Democratic counterpoint to the document prepared by staff for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) earlier this year both bolsters Nunes’s case and, somehow, was a total bust for the minority party. But, then, Trump’s response to all things ...
  • Analysis: A Democratic Memo Undercuts Key Republican Complaints About the FBI House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a close ally of President Donald Trump who has become a fierce critic of the FBI and the Justice Department, strides to a GOP conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending a vote by Republicans on the House intelligence committee to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (PhatzNewsRoom / The Atlantic)    —-     The Republican charge that the FBI misled a secret surveillance court in order to spy on a former Trump campaign operative seemed to unravel on Saturday, when Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee revealed the exact wording that the bureau used when applying for the order in October 2016. In a ...
  • Analysis: What This Lawyer’s Guilty Plea Tells Us About Mueller’s Investigation Alex van der Zwaan arrives at Federal District Court in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Van der Zwaan has been accused of lying to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates, who was indicted last year along with Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, on charges of conspiracy to launder money and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)(PhatzNewsRoom / Mother Jones)   —   Alex Van Der Zwaan pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Washington Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging that he lied to prosecutors and FBI agents during a November 3, 2017 meeting. The 33-year-old former lawyer, and the reported son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan, is now the fourth person to admit guilt in Special Counsel ...
  • Analysis: Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger © Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post, via Getty Images Rob Porter observing President Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office this month. (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)   —   WASHINGTON — People who crossed paths with Rob Porter in Harvard classrooms or the hallways of Capitol Hill describe him in glowing terms: He was articulate enough to be secretary of state. Intelligent enough to be a Supreme Court justice. Driven enough to be president. Until Mr. Porter resigned as a White ...
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