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Trump suggests June 12 meeting with North Korea may be back on
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said Friday the summit with North Korea on June 12 may still happen despite his decision to cancel it less than 24 hours ago.“It could even be the 12th, we’re talking to them now, they very much want to do it, we want to do it, we’re going to see what happens," Trump told reporters at the White House Friday.Reacting to a statement from North Korea in which they signaled a continued interest in sitting down with the US in response to President Trump's letter to Kim Jong Un that he had decided to...
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Trump's pick for State Department post handling refugees criticized for immigration views
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's nominee for the top State Department position for refugees and migration has drawn fierce criticism over several of his past comments about immigrants.Dr. Ronald Mortensen, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and a former Foreign Service officer, is known for his hardline views on immigration. He's also criticized top Republicans as advocating for amnesty, and he accused Arizona Sen. John McCain of rolling out a welcome mat for ISIS.The White House formally nominated Mortensen Thursday to be the assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, the agency's top diplomat tasked...
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Congressional leaders meet with DOJ, intel officials on informant controversy
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Top congressional leaders met with senior intelligence and law enforcement officials Thursday in a series of White House-brokered meetings to review highly-classified information about the Russia investigation, including possible details about a reported FBI informant in touch with several Trump campaign advisers during the 2016 presidential campaign.And in a surprise development, the president's new lawyer handling the Russia investigation, Emmet Flood, attended and participated in at least part of the briefings as did White House chief of staff John Kelly, sources confirmed to ABC News.Democrats have raised questions about the appropriateness of any White House involvement, concerned...
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President Trump posthumously pardons boxer Jack Johnson
Bettmann / Contributor (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump signed a full posthumous pardon for former heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson in a surprise Oval Office ceremony alongside actor Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis, and others."It's my honor to do it. It's about time," Trump said during the ceremony in the Oval Office.Just 30 minutes before reporters were called to the event, Stallone posted a picture of himself on Instagram.“He was treated very rough, very tough,” Trump said of Johnson on Thursday as he signed the pardon.In 1913, Johnson, a noted boxing legend, was convicted by an all-white jury with...
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Congress reacts to Trump canceling the summit with North Korea
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of President Donald Trump's cancellation of a planned nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, members of Congress were quick to play the blame game.Some members of Congress lauded Trump, saying he made the right decision to call off the summit if North Korea did not intend on getting rid of its nuclear weapons, while others blamed Trump for his "amateur" antics and lack of preparation."My understanding is it's been difficult to communicate with them over the last short period of time; maybe Kim Jong Un is having some second thoughts," said...
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President Trump cancels North Korea summit
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump in a letter directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday announced that he is canceling the much anticipated nuclear summit, calling it a "truly sad moment in history." "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting. Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place." The president's letter comes after...
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White House one step closer to a bipartisan victory with prison reform bill advancement
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The White House is one step closer to achieving a bipartisan legislative victory with the passage of a prison reform bill that has been championed by the president’s son-and-law and adviser Jared Kushner in the House of Representatives.“The First Step Act” passed the House Tuesday by a sweeping bipartisan 360-59 margin but is expected to face stronger political headwinds in the Senate, where the leading Republican on the key House Judiciary Committee Sen. Chuck Grassley has expressed his opposition to a narrow prison reform bill that does not also tackle broader sentencing reforms."You have a president that...
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Joe Lieberman unaware of John McCain's 2008 regret until new book
@SenJohnMcCain (WASHINGTON) -- Former Sen. Joe Lieberman says he was unaware Sen. John McCain regretted not selecting him as his 2008 running mate until the Arizona senator shared that sentiment in his new book and in an upcoming documentary. “I must say, I kind of wondered, but we never talked about it. It was a classic, as close as we are,” Lieberman laughed as he spoke to ABC News. “What he said in the book meant a lot to me really because he had never said that before, and it was sort of just an expression of our friendship at...
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Cynthia Nixon must gather signatures to get on ballot for New York governor
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (NEW YORK CITY) -- New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon did not receive enough votes today at the New York Democratic Party Convention to guarantee her a spot on the primary ballot.Gov. Andrew Cuomo won more than 95 percent of the votes from the state Democrats, giving him the party’s nomination for his re-election campaign. Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” actress-turned-politician, said that she will work to get the 15,000 petition signatures she needs from across the state to get onto the ballot.Nixon showed up to the party’s convention but was not offered a speaking...
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Trump to award Medal of Honor to former Navy SEAL for 'daring assault' in Afghanistan
U.S. Navy (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump will award a former member of the Navy's SEAL Team Six with the Medal of Honor Thursday for an attempted rescue of his teammate on a mountainside in Afghanistan in March 2002. Retired Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt Slabinski will receive the military’s highest honor for his "daring assault" amidst ongoing enemy fire, according to the White House.Sixteen years ago, during the early morning of March 4, Slabinski was leading a reconnaissance team to the top of a 10,000 foot snow-covered mountain when unexpected heavy fire knocked Petty Officer 1st Class Neil...
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FBI rolls out new campaign to warn the public against posting fake threats : 'Think Before You Post'
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The FBI rolled out a new public service announcement on Wednesday called “Think Before You Post" in the hope that people stop making hoax threats in the wake of tragedies such as the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas or the shooting in Parkland, Florida.They offer a stark warning: if you make a hoax threat, you will be prosecuted.“The Bureau and its law enforcement partners take each threat seriously. We investigate and fully analyze each threat to determine its credibility,” said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich in a news release. “Hoax threats disrupt school, waste limited...
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NTSB recommends seat belts on all new school buses after deadly crashes
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- For the first time, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending all new school buses be equipped with lap and shoulder seat belts, after the agency released findings from a special investigation report prompted by two deadly 2016 crashes."I feel like we've always tiptoed around this issue of seat belt usage and lap [and] shoulder belts in school buses," said NTSB Board Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. "The last recommendation we made on this was in 2013 coming out of a crash in Chesterfield, New Jersey, that occurred in February of 2012. And it was a recommendation...
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