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Monday, November 18, 2019

North Korea on Monday responded to a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump that hinted at another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it has no interest in giving Trump further meetings to brag about unless it gets something substantial in return. The statement by Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan is the latest call by North Korea for U.S. concessions ahead of an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un for the Trump administration to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal to salvage nuclear diplomacy. Following a U.S. decision over the weekend to call off joint military exercises with South Korea to create space for diplomacy with the North, Trump in a tweet urged Kim Jong Un to "act quickly, get the deal done" and hinted at another summit between them, saying "See you soon!" But Kim Kye Gwan reiterated his government's stance that Washington must discard what North Korea sees as "hostile" policies to keep the negotiations alive. read more


President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed the new round of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to help struggling farmers survive his trade war with China. But his praise follows a troubling report that the trade aid " a total over two years of $28 billion " is being disproportionately doled out to farmers in Trump-supporting Southern states, and being paid to the largest, wealthiest farms and foreign corporations.

The Department of Agriculture said Friday it will begin making the second round of this year's $16 billion in trade aid payments to farmers this week.

The aid is not being paid "compliments of China tariffs," as Trump tweeted, but by the Market Facilitation Program funded by U.S. taxpayers. Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods are paid by American companies that import the products and typically pass on costs to U.S. consumers.


The U.S. House of Representatives is probing whether President Donald Trump lied in his written testimony submitted to then-U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the now-completed federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, CNN said on Monday.

The House's general counsel told a federal court in Washington on Monday that lawmakers were examining whether Trump's written answers to federal investigators were untruthful, CNN reported.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Ohio's state House of Representatives has passed a bill that some critics fear could require teachers to accept faith-based answers on school assignments even if those responses are contradicted by scientific facts.

The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019, which passed the state House 61-31 on Wednesday, generally seeks to protect public school students' right to express their faith on school grounds. But one controversial aspect of the proposed legislation is receiving scrutiny for dictating that schools can't "penalize or reward a student based on the religious content of a student's work."


Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified during the public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump that Trump's Twitter attacks against her are "very intimidating." read more


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