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  • White House
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President Trump expressed unusual optimism about talks between North and South Korea, citing “good energy” after initial discussions produced agreement that North Korea will send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. 

“A lot of good talks are going on right now,” Trump said Wednesday during a news conference at the White House with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. “A lot of good energy,” he added.

Trump had spoken by phone with South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier Wednesday, following the two Koreas’ first high-level talks in two years. The North and South agreed to continue discussing ways to reduce tensions, which have risen as North Korea has sped toward the development of a missile-born nuclear weapon that can reach U.S. soil.


With new deadlines looming, President Trump plans to again refuse to certify to Congress that the Iranian nuclear deal is the U.S. interest — but stop short of reimposing sanctions that could kill the landmark accord, according a U.S. official involved in the process and a person familiar with the deliberations.

The White House is expected to announce the president’s decision, which could still change, on Friday.

The moves would maintain the status quo in place since October, when Trump first declined to certify the 2015 deal, which was negotiated with Iran by the United States and five other world powers. The Obama administration considered it a crowning foreign policy achievement that blocked Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

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President Trump, still stewing from the release last week of a scathing book about his first year in office, renewed his call to alter libel laws on Wednesday, saying his administration would take a "a very very strong look" at them.

The trouble for Trump: It is not law but a landmark Supreme Court ruling that set a high constitutional bar for public figures to claim libel.

“Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness,” he told reporters during a lengthy introduction to a cabinet meeting. 

  • North Korea
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President Trump is telling South Korea's president that he's open to U.S.-North Korean talks "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances."

That's according to a White House readout of the president's call Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The phone call comes after the Koreas held their first high-level talks in two years. North Korea agreed to send a delegation to the Olympic Games next month and both sides agreed to hold talks on reducing tensions along their border.

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The White House issued a crucial correction Wednesday to the official transcript from President Trump’s lengthy White House confab that took place a day earlier.

Here’s the back story.

Trump held an unusual 55-minute televised meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday. Much of the discussion involved so-called Dreamers, an estimated 700,000 young people who were brought to the country illegally as children who are now facing deportation.


Scattered community efforts to help residents lessen the blow of the Republican tax overhaul’s limit on a popular deduction are turning into full-fledged rebellion in California and elsewhere across the country.

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It had seemed as if Joe Arpaio’s political career was over.

In November 2016, after more than two decades of winning elections as sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., he was defeated handily by a Democrat. Then, in July of last year, he was convicted of criminal contempt for violating a federal court order to stop racially profiling Latinos.

But President Trump offered him a pass, pardoning Arpaio in August.

After months of criticizing football players for kneeling during the national anthem, President Trump sang “The Star Spangled Banner” in public on Monday night.

Actually, only some of it.

Standing with a color guard at college football’s national championship in Atlanta, Trump mouthed the words to parts of the anthem, but stood in silence as the crowd kept singing in other parts.


Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday released the full transcript of the panel’s interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm that researched President Trump during the 2016 campaign.

The lengthy transcript was released over the objections of Republicans, who have been sharply critical of Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS. 

“The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice,” Feinstein said in a statement. “The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”

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Running for reelection against Oprah Winfrey would be “lots of fun” President Trump said on Tuesday, though he doesn’t think she will enter the 2020 race.

“Oprah will be lots of fun,” Trump said, talking to reporters at the White House ahead of a meeting with lawmakers about immigration legislation.

“I don’t think she’s going to run. I know her very well,” Trump said. “I like Oprah,” he added, mentioning that he was on one of the last episodes of her television show.