NEWS     TUESDAY,  JUNE  12, 2018    NEWS

North Korea Agrees To Denuclearization
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a document on Tuesday stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula"— a historic concession, which was one of the requirements the U.S. sought at the summit in Singapore. The historic agreement came after the two leaders held several meetings throughout the day. Trump was asked by a reporter if Kim agreed to denuclearize and he said, “We are starting that process very quickly.” Fox
VOA VIEW: A tremendous for the world - if it comes true.

Full Text Of The US-North Korea Agreement Signed By Trump, Kim
President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held first historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. NBC

Weeping Dennis Rodman Praises Trump's Meeting With Friend Kim Jong Un, Blasts Obama For Ignoring Him
Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star and longtime friend of Kim Jong Un who has visited North Korea several times, broke down in tears during a televised interview early Tuesday as President Trump and Kim held a historic meeting in a hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island. In a dramatic interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo that quickly became emotionally charged, Rodman, wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, blasted former President Barack Obama for not taking the North Korean leader seriously. Fox News
VOA VIEW: A great moment for NK - now they have to follow through.

Trump Gives Kim A Thumbs-Up After Initial Handshake
U.S. President Donald Trump concluded a one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the two have begun a "wider meeting" that includes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, as well as national security adviser John Bolton. The 45-minute talk between Trump and Kim was held privately. The topics discussed were not immediately disclosed, but Trump said he approved of the progress made. UPI

Economic Director Larry Kudlow Suffers Heart Attack
Larry Kudlow, the director of President Donald Trump's National Economic Council, suffered a heart attack and was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington, the president said Monday night from Singapore on Twitter. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the heart attack was a mild one, telling reporters that Kudlow was in good condition and that he was doing well. NBC

DOJ Refusing To Give Grassley Access To Agent Who Interviewed Flynn
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley isn't backing down as the Justice Department rebuffs his repeated attempts to speak with the FBI agent whose interview with Michael Flynn was used to indict the ex-national security adviser in the Russia probe. “This is no ordinary criminal case,” Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in a June 6 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “Congress has a right to know the full story and to know it now.” Fox
VOA VIEW: The FBI and DOJ should be be found in contempt of Congress if they don't comply.

Trump's North Korea Bargaining Chip: What Is President Prepared To Offer?
Just hours before President Trump’s historic nuclear summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the Trump administration is hinting at the bargaining chips the president may have in his back pocket as he readies for the high-stakes negotiations in Singapore. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier Monday that the U.S. is “prepared to make security assurances” for North Korea if it denuclearizes. He said complete denuclearization is the only acceptable outcome from Tuesday’s meeting between the two leaders. Fox

Conway's Husband Pins Article Defending Constitutionality Of Mueller Probe
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's husband on Monday released an article defending the constitutionality of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling. The piece, titled "The Terrible Arguments Against the Constitutionality of the Mueller Investigation," takes aim at President Trump's recent Twitter attacks on the probe, in which the president argues the investigation is unconstitutional. Hill
VOA VIEW: A major problem between husband and wife.

Inside Obama's Secret Meetings With 2020 Contenders
Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in for one-on-one sessions at his Washington office. All the meetings were arranged quietly, without even some close advisers to the people involved being told of the conversations, in part because of how much Obama bristles at his private meetings becoming public knowledge. All have been confirmed to POLITICO by multiple people who have been briefed on the secretive sit-downs. Politico

Air Force Officer Missing For 35 Years Found Living In California
A US Air Force officer with top-secret clearance who went missing in 1983 has been living under an assumed name in California, according to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Capt. William Howard Hughes Jr. disappeared in July of 1983 after returning from duty in Europe. He was last seen in New Mexico withdrawing $28,500 from his bank account at 19 different branch locations, the Air Force said in a statement. CNN
VOA VIEW: Madness!

US Officials Unveil New Sanctions On Russia Over Cyberattacks
The US Treasury Department has imposed fresh sanctions on five Russian entities and three individuals, saying that they worked with Moscow's military and intelligence services in an effort to conduct cyberattacks against the US. The latest step by the Trump administration comes in response to "Russia's malign and destabilizing cyber activities" against the US and its allies, including the NotPetya cyberattack and cyber intrusions of the US energy grid, Treasury said, and includes a firm that's controlled by Russia's Federal Security Service or FSB. CNN
VOA VIEW: This shows that Trump has no fear of Russian, nor any deal.

Sessions: Domestic Gang Violence Not Grounds For Asylum
Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to further restrict U.S. acceptance of immigrants by ruling Monday that fear of domestic abuse or gang violence is not an acceptable basis for granting asylum. "The asylum statute does not provide redress for all misfortune," Sessions wrote in a formal legal opinion, exercising his authority to overturn decisions by federal immigration judges. "The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime cannot itself establish an asylum claim." NBC
VOA VIEW: Real facts, not BS.

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Who's Who At Tuesday's Trump-Kim Summit In Singapore
When President Trump shakes hands with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday morning, it will mark the first time that a sitting U.S. president comes face to face with a North Korean leader. Trump once dubbed Kim "Little Rocket Man" and threatened "fire and fury" against his regime, but has expressed optimism about a potential deal with North Korea on denuclearization. "I just think it's going to work out very nicely," he said Monday. But he has also said he is prepared to walk away from the table if talks are not fruitful. NPR
VOA VIEW: The only who is Trump.

'We Are At A Breaking Point': Pressure Builds At USC Over Gynecologist Scandal
Faculty, staff, students, and even the Chinese consulate are increasingly demanding accountability from the University of Southern California in how it handled the case of Dr. George Tyndall. Tyndall is the former university gynecologist accused of sexually inappropriate behavior with students during their medical exams. The Los Angeles Police Department is now investigating 52 complaints about Tyndall, which range from unnecessary touching in the course of pelvic exams to inappropriate sexual comments. NPR

Turkish Leader On Rumors Of Second Coup Attempt: No Traitors Will Be Left Alive
In 2016 the attempt by Turkish secularist forces to overthrow the ruling AK party and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was thwarted. Eventually, charges were brought against generals and admirals who orchestrated the attempt, which resulted in over 200 dead and the rounding up of over two thousand members of the Turkish military as conspirators. A month after the attempt, Erdogan organized and held an "anti-coup" rally in Istanbul that reportedly turned out a million plus citizens, and was presided over by Erdogan and the leaders of the two opposition parties, the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). PJ Media

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Japanes Citizens Simply Vanished.  North Korea Had Abducted Them, But Why?
When President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a joint press conference at the White House last week, the two leaders spent several moments discussing an issue Japan cares about deeply but that has barely registered in American politics: The return of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea. The matter is part of a tense and painful chapter in relations between Pyongyang and Tokyo that many people in Japan are still grappling with. NBC

Pompeo: US Will Ensure Verification Of NK Denuclearization
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the United States will make sure to verify any dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo singled out "verification" as the missing element in previous agreements to curb the North's nuclear ambitions. UPI

MSNBC Guest Suggests NK Summit Only A Distraction From Russia Investigation
Mara Gay, an editorial board member for The New York Times, suggested Monday on MSNBC that the meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump exists to distract from the Russia investigation. “This is not just a meeting about foreign policy, this is about Donald Trump’s political survival. He has said to friends that he plans on taking a win in North Korea to the voters. That’s their midterm message; that’s all they’ve got,” MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: The liberal media have gone mad.

FCC Leader Promises Better Internet As Net Neutrality Rules Expire
Net neutrality rules enacted under former President Barack Obama expired Monday, completing a move last year by the Federal Communications Commission to end the protections. The rules oblige Internet service providers, or ISPs, to enable access of all content and applications, regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. UPI

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US Bound Flight Diverted To Ireland After Security Scare
A United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago was diverted to Ireland’s Shannon Airport on Monday after a message perceived as a potential security concern was discovered on board, Irish police and airline officials said. The message made reference to a bomb on the plane, a source with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters. The 207 passengers and 11 crew members disembarked from the Boeing 767-330 at Shannon Airport at 2:15 p.m. local time, according to Jim Molloy, a representative of Ireland’s police force. Reuters

Ukraine, Russia Fail To Agree On UN Peacekeeping Mission
The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France met in Berlin on Monday to discuss the implementation of a fragile ceasefire for Ukraine and the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the country’s conflict zone. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after the four-way talks that Russia and Ukraine agreed in principle on a UN peacekeeping mission, but their ideas about how to implement it were still “very much apart.” Reuters

North Korea Continues To Invest In Nazi Style Prison Camps
Newly-released satellite images show that North Korea's prison camp system, where detainees are subjected to forced labor, torture, starvation, rape and death, may be expanding. Up to 120,000 men, women and children are imprisoned in the gulags, known as "kwanliso" in Korean, according to the United Nations. Pyongyang officially denies that the camps exist, but multiple human rights groups have documented their ongoing operation via survivor testimony and satellite imagery. CNN

Bill Clinton: Norms Of 'What You Can Do To Someone Against Their Will' Have Changed
President Bill Clinton’s new interview with PBS NewsHour, which aired last week, featured some shocking, and strikingly tone-deaf, comments from the former president about sexual harassment and assault, including his opinion that “what you can do to someone against their will” has changed. The New York Times‘ Alex Burns tweeted an excerpt from a RealClearPolitics article, which quoted Clinton’s PBS interview. NTK Network

Facing Off With Trump, Trudeau Dons The Cape Of 'Captain Canada'
Normally a conciliatory, charming figure, Justin Trudeau is being forced to transform himself into a kind of "Captain Canada" in order to fight a trade war with Donald Trump that has the potential to be as destructive as it is surprising. A boxing enthusiast who dons his gloves to work off the stress of the job in his rare free time, the Canadian prime minister will have to carefully measure his punches against the US leader, who publicly accused him of weakness and dishonesty after the meeting of the G7 nations in Quebec at the weekend. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Trudeau will lose any fight with Trump.

Strict Handgun Laws Lower Gun-Murder Rates In Cities
U.S. states that require police background checks for a handgun license see 14 percent fewer gun murders in their urban counties, a new study found. These "permit-to-purchase" licensing laws require a background check by state or local law enforcement, not just a background check conducted by gun dealers. Prior research has linked such laws to fewer deaths statewide, but the new research looked at urban areas, where nearly two-thirds of all U.S. gun deaths occur. UPI

McConnell Becomes Longest Serving GOP Leader In Senate History
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell surpasses Bob Dole on Tuesday as the longest serving Republican leader in Senate history — and he is showing no indication he's ready to call it quits. McConnell, 76, has served in Senate GOP leadership for the better part of the past two decades. He was chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate GOP's campaign arm, during the 1998 and 2000 elections. Shortly after, he was elected Majority Whip, the number two leadership job, and then he succeeded former Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., as the top leader after the 2006 elections. NPR

Senators Move To Reverse Trump's Deal Lifting Sanctions On China's ZTE
Days after the Trump administration agreed to restore Chinese telecom firm ZTE's access to its U.S. parts suppliers, a bipartisan group moved to block the deal. An amendment sponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., added language to the National Defense Authorization Act to reinstate a ban on ZTE buying U.S. components. That sanction was put in place after the Chinese company violated the terms of an earlier agreement to punish it for illegal sales to Iran and North Korea. NPR
VOA VIEW: Time will tell what happens.

US To Offer Kim Unprecedented Security Deal
North Korea is to be offered unprecedented security guarantees when Kim Jong-un meets Donald Trump in Singapore, the US secretary of state has said on the eve of the summit. Mike Pompeo did not specify what security assurances Trump would offer Kim but made clear they would go even further than a 2005 agreement in which the US pledged not to attack North Korea with nuclear or conventional weapons. Guardian

Cocaine Kingpin 'La Barbie' Sentenced To 50 Years For Drug Trafficking
A Texas-born man who prosecutors say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel using ruthless violence to defeat rivals and secure control of drug trafficking routes was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Atlanta to serve nearly five decades in prison. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to serve 49 years and one month and was also ordered to forfeit $192 million, which prosecutors say is a conservative estimate of the value of the cocaine Valdez was responsible for importing into the United States. Guardian

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Nancy Pelosi Blames Republicans for a Wage Gap That ‘Robs Women of a Total of $403,440'
On Sunday, Democrats commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act — by demanding further legislation against the gender wage gap. Citing aggregate and misleading statistics, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) essentially blamed Republicans for "robbing" roughly $400,000 from women over the course of their careers. "Fifty-five years after the law was enacted, women still earn on average only 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man," Pelosi declared in a statement. "Today, this shocking wage gap robs women of a total of $403,440 over the course of their careers, making it much more difficult for millions of hard-working women and their families to pay their monthly bills for groceries, rent, child care, and health care." PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a total idiot.

Trump Blasts Haters & Losers In Typo Filled Tweet From Singapore
President Trump addressed the “haters & losers” in a typo-filled tweet from Singapore ahead of his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., say the haters & losers,” Trump tweeted on Monday evening, just hours before the scheduled summit. The president then addressed his successes with the rogue nuclear nation to display that the arrangement was a win for the US. NY Post

Pliticians Fear For Safety As Threats Against Congress Skyrocket
Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia bought body armor. Rep. Gregg Harper hired armed security guards for events back home in Mississippi. And Rep. Dan Dovonan fortified his Brooklyn and Staten Island offices with security camera and buzzer systems. This is the new normal for members of Congress. One year after the horrific congressional baseball shooting that almost took the life of Rep. Steve Scalise and former Hill staffer Matt Mika, members are keenly aware that serving in public office has put a target on their backs. NY Post

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We're America B@itch': Official Describes Trump Doctrine
Trump administration officials contrasted their foreign policy doctrine with that of former President Barack Obama in a series of exchanges with Jeffery Goldberg of The Atlantic. “The Trump Doctrine is, ‘We’re America, Bitch.’ That’s the Trump Doctrine,” a senior White House official told Goldberg, who published the exchanges Monday, explaining “Obama apologized to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything,” adding that Trump “doesn’t feel like he has to apologize for anything America does.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: The US does not and should not not apologize for all it does.

Trump Is Wooing Black Voters And Killing Democratic Party
As the Democratic Party remains in the coma it entered in November 2016, President Trump is performing his greatest magic trick. And he’s doing it right under their noses. Anyone who thinks Trump’s decision to pardon boxer Jack Johnson and commute Alice Johnson's unfair sentence wasn’t part of a greater plan is delusional. Donald Trump is wooing black voters. He doesn’t really have to do much. He does it by inviting the presidents of some of nation’s historically black colleges to gather in the Oval for a photo op, and watch them do it, because their schools are struggling or dying. USA Today
Losing Belmont Stakes Owner Claims Collusion Helped Justify Win Triple Crown

A losing owner at the Belmont Stakes is accusing Justify’s stablemate of engaging in horseplay. Mike Repole, the co-owner of fourth-place finisher Vino Rosso and last-place finisher Noble Indy in the Stakes, is calling for a review of how Restoring Hope was handled by jockey Florent Geroux during the Triple Crown race. Reptile claims that Restoring Hope, who stables with Justify and is also trained by the Triple Crown winner’s trainer Bob Baffert, “was more of an offensive lineman than a racehorse trying to win the Belmont.” Real Clear Life

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Hannity Scores Trump's NK Interview
President Trump's first sit-down television interview after his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is expected to be with his friend and confidant, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Axios has learned. The details: Hannity is already in Singapore, and a source who spoke to him told Axios that Trump had promised him the interview. Axios
VOA VIEW: Jealousy!

Trump’s Latest Attack On Obamacare Is A Huge Gift To Democrats
Late last week, the Republican Party came down with a bad health issue: In defiance of long-standing norms, settled law, and its own political interests, the Trump administration pledged its support to a lawsuit contending that Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting conditions are unconstitutional. Specifically, the Justice Department announced that it would not defend the Affordable Care Act from a challenge brought by a group of red states, which claims that Congress’s repeal of the individual mandate renders the rest of the law unconstitutional — as that provision is not severable from the rest. NY Mag

How Trump Could Get Scott Pruitt To Fire Robert Mueller
In the middle of a juicy New York Times report about palace intrigue and ongoing staff dysfunction in the Trump administration is a revelation of potentially vast significance. The story notes that Trump has ignored his chief of staff and many of his putative top advisers to seek the informal advice of his true confidants. One of those confidants is Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. “The two speak frequently,” the Times reports, “and the president enjoys discussing his negative view of Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, with the embattled E.P.A. leader.” NY Mag

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Made Over $82M Outside White House Roles
Financial disclosure forms released on Monday revealed how much Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have earned from outside income while working at the White House, resurrecting concerns over possible conflicts of interest. The disclosures showed that the president’s daughter and son-in-law earned more than $82m in outside income in their first year serving as senior advisers to the president, the Washington Post first reported. Ivanka made $3.9m from her stake in the Trump International Hotel and reported more than $5m in earnings from her personal brand. Guardian

NBC Moving Megyn Kelly Show To New Time Slot
NBC is starting to think about reshuffling its morning lineup to limit the damage done by struggling “Megyn Kelly Today.” Sources tell Page Six that network execs are considering moving Megyn Kelly’s show — which has been having a hard time attracting viewers since it debuted in September — an hour later, and bringing Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s popular hour of the “Today” show forward by an hour to replace it. Page Six
VOA VIEW: Megyn is an overrated liberal.

Scalise To Release Inspirational Memoir After Baseball Field Shooting
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who was shot and nearly killed during a congressional baseball practice last year, apparently has a memoir coming this fall. The 304-page book is called “Back in the Game,” according to listings on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and the website for the publisher, Center Street. The release date is Nov. 13. “Back in the Game” is billed as a “tight, inspirational narrative” about the June 2017 shooting, those who helped save the congressman’s life and his religious faith. NY Post

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