Pentagon's damning assessment of Kim regime made public, with summit in balance
- The report differs from Trump's public assessment of Kim. Last year the President dubbed him "Little Rocket Man" but in recent weaks he has been effusive in his praise for the North Korean leader, calling him "very open and I think very honorable." The report also makes clear the obstacles Trump faces in convincing Kim to give up his nuclear weapons program, which Kim sees as key to maintaining his grip on power.
- The Pentagon study on military and security developments in North Korea is mandated by Congress, and the latest version was completed before Trump agreed to meet with Kim. Nonetheless it provides the latest detailed public assessment from the Trump administration of Kim's weapons program and his potential motivations for maintaining power in advance of a potential summit.
How cocktail party chatter led a Trump ally to claim a 'deep state' conspiracy
- Washington (CNN) - A seemingly impromptu suggestion at a cocktail party in 2016 -- that Hillary Clinton's deleted emails were circulating among the intelligence community and the Trump campaign might be able to get hold of them -- has irked former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo for years, he said.
- When reports began to emerge this month that the FBI previously sent a confidential source to speak to advisers to Trump's presidential campaign after the bureau had obtained evidence those aides had ties to Russia, Caputo said he became increasingly convinced that the government contractor floating damaging information on Clinton was part of a setup.
- Bell said he would soon be going to work for Trump and the contractor suggested the Trump campaign pursue sources connected to the US intelligence community for damaging information on Clinton.
Trump planning to withhold aid from undocumented immigrant home countries
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration is devising a plan to withhold US foreign aid funds from the home countries of immigrants who illegally enter the United States.
- It was also possible he was referring to situations where home countries refuse to accept undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes in the US once they have served their prison sentence.
- Trump once again shined a spotlight on crimes committed by MS-13 gang members to reinforce his administration's efforts to curtail illegal immigration, even though they account for only a small portion of both the number of undocumented immigrants and gang members in the United States.
- That is just a fraction -- less than 1% -- of the 1.4 million gang members the FBI estimates to be criminally active in the United States.
Education Secretary says schools should decide whether to report undocumented students. Civil rights groups say she's wrong.
- Washington (CNN) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced backlash from civil rights groups after she told members of Congress on Tuesday that she believed schools can decide whether or not to report undocumented students to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials.
- The groups say DeVos's comments would violate the Constitution, pointing to the 1982 Supreme Court decision, Plyler v.
- DeVos said on Tuesday that she believed the choice was up to schools and local communities whether principals and teachers had the responsibility to call ICE if they learned a student or a student's family members were undocumented.
- ICE has clearly stated that schools are considered "sensitive locations," like churches and places of worship, where they do not conduct immigration enforcement.
- DeVos acknowledged during her testimony Tuesday that the Supreme Court had ruled that the government must provide money to educate undocumented students in K-12 schools throughout the country.
FDA warns that benzocaine teething products aren't safe for children
- Parents might use these products to temporarily relieve a child's teething pain, but the agency said they pose a "serious risk" to infants and children and often are not effective, since they can wash out of the mouth quickly.
- The FDA will also require that prescription local anesthetics for teething children update their product box warnings to let parents know that they too may lead to methemoglobinemia.
- Church & Dwight Co., which sells and markets Orajel products for teething, said in a statement that the safety of its customers and their children is its highest priority, and it is immediately discontinuing the distribution and sale of Orajel teething products containing benzocaine.
- At the time, it estimated that there have been more than 400 cases of benzocaine-associated methemoglobinemia reported to the FDA or published in medical literature since 1971.
- In September 2016, the agency warned parents not to use homeopathic teething tablets and gels.
How royal history is changing the future
- But with the news of the show's gender pay gap issues in the spotlight, royal history has unexpectedly become a vehicle for thinking not just about the past but about our present gender politics as we continue to fight for a future in which women -- and not only women in Hollywood or white women -- are paid equally for equal (and sometimes more) work.
- Taking pains to remind its audiences about the physical realities of pregnancy (which to some women, the Duchess of Cambridge so recently seemed to defy by leaving the hospital in heels just hours after giving birth), "The Crown" calls attention to the multiple roles that a woman in a position of political or cultural power must play.
Trump offers rare praise to deputy AG Rosenstein
- Rosenstein oversees the special counsel's investigation and has been a frequent target of criticism from the President and his allies.
- Rosenstein earned Trump's praise after outlining steps the Justice Department has taken to combat MS-13 and other violent gangs and listing specific immigration law loopholes Congress should work to close.
- The interaction between the two men comes as Trump and his allies have stepped up their efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, with Trump parroting unfounded claims that the previous administration carried out politically motivated "spying" of his 2016 presidential campaign.
- Rosenstein was at the center of a fight with the President's conservative allies in the House of Representatives who had threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress for withholding classified documents about the source.
Special counsel reveals potential witnesses in Manafort trial
- The prosecutors' office said they intend to call to testify Melissa Laurenza, a private attorney who helped Manafort and his longtime deputy Rick Gates file allegedly misleading foreign lobbying registrations with the Justice Department, as well as individuals from companies Manafort worked with.
- Andres told the judge prosecutors hadn't named the people in the three companies identified in Manafort's indictment because "they would in effect be given a premature list" of the government's witnesses for the trial.
- Other than the witness revelations, Manafort's court hearing Wednesday largely addressed procedural questions about whether Mueller's team of FBI agents and prosecutors properly secured search warrants for his Alexandria apartment and storage unit last year.
- Investigators should have asked the employee more questions about his relationship to Manafort and the storage unit before letting them in, Manafort's attorney Thomas Zehnle said in court.
Royal wedding photographer: Meghan brings 'breath of fresh air'
- London (CNN) - The photographer who captured the first intimate portraits of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex has said he believes the bride will have a "huge" impact on attitudes toward diversity.
- Kensington Palace released three of Lubomirski's portraits as official wedding photographs on Monday.
- They were taken after Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday, witnessed by millions watching live television around the world.
- Lubomirski said he was thrilled to be asked to photograph their wedding, having previously taken their engagement portraits at Frogmore House.
- The newly married couple were joined by senior royals including the Queen and Prince Philip as well as their 10 page boys and bridesmaids for the portraits in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
Texas Dem who would be state's first lesbian and Latina governor wins primary
- Washington (CNN) - Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won her runoff and became the Democratic nominee for Texas governor Tuesday night, making her the first openly lesbian and Latina nominee to win a major party gubernatorial nomination in the state.
- Valdez, a former US Army captain, accepted the nomination in a speech Tuesday evening, during which she advocated for equal opportunities for Texans.
- Texas' decades-long streak of support for GOP governors, along with Abbott's incumbent status and $40 million-plus campaign war chest, make the general election a formidable challenge for Valdez, which she acknowledged.
- Valdez's win came alongside a wave of Democratic women who dominated Tuesday's primaries, including winning races in Kentucky and Texas and giving Georgia the first black woman to ever be nominated for governor by a major political party.