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The parents of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student who died days after being freed from imprisonment in North Korea, react to a standing ovation at the State of the Union on Jan. 30.
The parents of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student who died days after being freed from imprisonment in North Korea, react to a standing ovation at the State of the Union on Jan. 30. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

The father of the U.S. college student who died after being jailed in North Korea will visit South Korea this week to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympics as a guest of Vice President Mike Pence.

The Washington Post reports that Fred Warmbier's trip coincides with Pence's visit to fight North Korea's propaganda efforts and keep up pressure to halt its nuclear ambitions.

Warmbier's son, Otto, a University of Virginia student from Ohio, was held in North Korean custody for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. Officials said Otto Warmbier mysteriously suffered brain damage before he was returned to the U.S. last year and died days later.

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President Trump directed faint praise at Rep. Devin Nunes, the Tulare Republican who has been one of Trump’s biggest defenders in Congress, suggesting that Nunes’ “may someday” get acclaim for his efforts.

In a tweet, Trump described Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, as “a man of tremendous courage and grit, who may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!”

Nunes directed the effort to craft and release a memo last week that attempted to undermine aspects of the investigation into Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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Colin Kaepernick (7) is joined by teammates during a protest during the national anthem on Oct. 2, 2016.
Colin Kaepernick (7) is joined by teammates during a protest during the national anthem on Oct. 2, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer / Associated Press)

Two hours before the Super Bowl kickoff on Sunday, President Trump issued an official statement of good wishes that was heavy on implied criticism -- directed at his frequent foils among the players who’ve knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

The White House statement, issued prior to the championship face-off of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, focused on greetings to U.S. service members “unable to be at home with family and friends to enjoy” the televised game. 

 “We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem,” the statement said.

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The cameras were in place. The horses were saddled up.

But two minutes before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at the Wesley ranch in the breathtaking Argentine Patagonia, reporters and photographers were abruptly hustled away and told they would not be allowed to document the diplomat on horseback.

Tillerson’s horse ride into the Nahuel Huapi national park had been seen as the highlight of his visit to this gorgeous piece of Argentina during a seven-day, five-nation diplomatic tour of Latin America. But you won’t see pictures of it.

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Before House Republicans released a disputed memo criticizing FBI surveillance in the ongoing Russia probe on Friday, with President Trump’s approval, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan insisted that the once-classified document had nothing to do with undercutting the special counsel’s investigation. 

"This is a completely separate matter from Bob Mueller's investigation, and his investigation should be allowed to take its course,” said Ryan (R-Wis.)

President Trump seems to feel differently, and he fired off a tweet about the memo while riding to his Florida golf course on Saturday morning.  

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(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

Before House Republicans released a disputed memo criticizing FBI surveillance in the ongoing Russia probe on Friday, with President Trump’s approval, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan insisted that the once-classified document had nothing to do with undercutting the special counsel’s investigation. 

"This is a completely separate matter from Bob Mueller's investigation, and his investigation should be allowed to take its course,” said Ryan (R-Wis.)

President Trump seems to feel differently, and he fired off a tweet about the memo while riding to his Florida golf course on Saturday morning.  

President Trump and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.
President Trump and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

After the release of a classified Republican memo and another early-morning Twitter slam from President Trump, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray offered his employees a strong show of support Friday — and made clear that he has no plans to step down.

“You’ve all been through a lot in these past nine months and I know it’s often been unsettling, to say the least,” he said in a video message.

“Talk is cheap,” he said. “The work you do is what will endure.”

President Trump and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.
President Trump and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

After the release of a classified Republican memo and another early-morning Twitter slam from President Trump, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray offered his employees a strong show of support Friday — and made clear that he has no plans to step down.

“You’ve all been through a lot in these past nine months and I know it’s often been unsettling, to say the least,” he said in a video message.

“Talk is cheap,” he said. “The work you do is what will endure.”

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K.T. McFarland, a former White House official whose nomination to be ambassador to Singapore was blocked in the Senate amid questions about her Russia ties, withdrew from consideration for the post on Friday.

President Trump in a statement said he was “disappointed” by the withdrawal of McFarland, who’d been a national security aide, and blamed Democrats for opposing her confirmation.  

“Unfortunately, some Democrats chose to play politics rather than move forward with a qualified nominee for a critically important post,” Trump said.

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K.T. McFarland, a former White House official whose nomination to be ambassador to Singapore was blocked in the Senate amid questions about her Russia ties, withdrew from consideration for the post on Friday.

President Trump in a statement said he was “disappointed” by the withdrawal of McFarland, who’d been a national security aide, and blamed Democrats for opposing her confirmation.  

“Unfortunately, some Democrats chose to play politics rather than move forward with a qualified nominee for a critically important post,” Trump said.