N. Korea says it will suspend nuclear, missile tests

Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday. The country says it’s making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy. The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. The North’s decisions were made in a meeting of the ruling party’s full… Read More

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The Comey Memos Won’t Derail the Mueller Probe

The release of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos detailing his early interactions with Donald Trump are unlikely to harm Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, legal experts say. “Ordinarily, prosecutors conducting grand-jury investigations need to keep their cards close to the vest. That goes double for obstruction-of-justice investigations. If corrupt witnesses know what evidence and testimony have already been accumulated, they can build a false story around it without fear of contradiction,” said Bruce Green, a former federal prosecutor and a law professor at Fordham. “As far as the Comey memos are concerned, these considerations stopped mattering once so much of their content had leaked.” On Thursday evening, the Department… Read More

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Robinson: The Trump administration is succeeding wildly at one thing

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is succeeding wildly at one thing: sowing utter confusion about its foreign policy. Perhaps “foreign policy” is the wrong term. “International lurchings” might be more apt. Allies and adversaries alike are having to learn which pronouncements to take seriously, which to ignore and which are likely to be countermanded by presidential tweet. Trump announces he has accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean dictator Kin Jong Un, whose nuclear arms and ballistic missiles have provoked a dangerous crisis. No groundwork for such a meeting has been laid, so the president dispatches an envoy on a secret mission to Pyongyang — not a diplomat but… Read More

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The Rift Between McCabe and Comey Could Help Trump

The growing tension between two frequent targets of President Trump, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his old boss, former FBI Director James Comey, was laid bare Friday morning. “Andy is upset and disappointed in some of the things Comey has said,” McCabe’s lawyer Michael Bromwich said at a briefing for reporters Friday morning. Comey told the Justice Department’s internal watchdog that McCabe never alerted him to disclosures he planned to authorize to the Wall Street Journal in October 2016. McCabe, who was fired last month after the Justice Department Inspector General determined that he lied about those disclosures, insists that Comey knew—and that there are email and phone… Read More

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Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout

By Melissa Daniels | Associated Press PHOENIX — Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a first-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republican-dominant states. A grassroots group and the state’s largest teacher membership group said Thursday that teachers will walkout April 26. The vote was held following weeks of growing protests and an offer from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to give teachers 20 percent raise by 2020. Many teachers kept up the pressure at schools and on social media, saying the plan failed to address much-needed funding for classrooms and support… Read More

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Minister won’t apologize to NPA for accusing it of skirting fundraising law

B.C.’s municipal affairs minister won’t apologize to Vancouver’s Non-Partisan Association for accusing it of trying to skirt rules that ban political donations by companies and unions. Selina Robinson said Thursday she still feels the NPA is trying to find ways around the “intent” of legislation last year that banned corporate and union donations in local election campaigns, and set a limit of $1,200 on an individual’s donations to a party and its endorsed candidates. But the law, as written, doesn’t prevent municipal political parties from raising money from corporations and unions if that money goes toward operational expenses, instead of an election campaign. The NPA has said they’re open to… Read More

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Read the transcript of Andrew Weaver’s legislature rant

Below is the Hansard transcript of Andrew Weaver’s address to the legislature during Tuesday’s debate about legislation that would expedite compensation for police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency workers suffering from job-related mental stress. You can also watch it here. (It begins at the 1:37 mark.) Third Reading of Bills BILL 9 — WORKERS COMPENSATION AMENDMENT ACT, 2018 A. Weaver: I rise to take my place in third reading to address the bill before the House at this particular juncture. I do rise with a great deal of dismay, knowing that this bill went through committee stage in but five minutes at a time…. Interjection. A. Weaver: I’ll wait… Read More

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Hanson: Will Syrian airstrikes take US down slippery slope of more involvement in the Middle East?

Was the latest round of airstrikes in Syria a one-time hit to restore deterrence and stop the future use of chemical weapons, or was it part of a slippery slope of more interventions in the Middle East? President Donald Trump was elected in part because he promised an end to optional wars, such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the Libyan misadventure. But Trump also guaranteed an end to perceived Obama-era appeasement. Trump said he would no longer put up with false red lines in Syria, or complacence about North Korea’s new generation of nuclear missiles. He also claimed that he wanted to remind enemies that the… Read More

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Dionne: Nikki Haley’s powerful statement sheds light on the greatest Trump mystery

WASHINGTON — “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” These eight words from Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will go down as among the most powerful indictments of the rancid governing culture President Trump has fostered. They may also shed light on one of the great mysteries of the moment: Why is it that Trump regularly backs off when it comes to confronting Vladimir Putin and Russia? The matter-of-factness of Haley’s comment made it all the more acidic. She was pushing back against efforts by White House staffers to toss her overboard after she had declared, firmly and unequivocally, that the United States intended to… Read More

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Editorial: Dave Jones would be best-balanced attorney general

In the Trump era, the already wide-ranging responsibilities of the California attorney general have expanded greatly. In addition to managing more than 4,500 employees, representing the state and its officials in court, assisting local law enforcement and protecting Californians from fraud and public safety threats, the attorney general must now defend against an assault from Washington. Dave Jones The challenge in the June 6 election is finding the candidate who will protect the state’s values against Trump’s onslaught without politicizing other operations of the office. For that, the best candidate is Dave Jones, state insurance commissioner since 2010 who has aggressively protected consumers while being fair to the industry he… Read More

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