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North Korean media is boasting that Trump made unannounced concessions — including sanctions relief

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President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s state news organization is now crowing that leader Kim Jong-un got President Donald Trump to make several concessions that the two countries never announced publicly — including lifting sanctions on the regime.

As NPR reports, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is claiming that Trump assured Kim that he would suspend joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, while also vowing to lift sanctions on the country.

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While Trump said that he would suspend military exercises after the summit in Singapore, he made no mention of pledging sanctions relief.

Additionally, the KCNA says that Trump agreed that denuclearization should come in an incremental, step-by-step process — which contradicts Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claiming that the administration favored a swift all-at-once denuclearization to avoid getting caught up in the kinds of bureaucratic games North Korea has employed in the past.

Shi Yinhong, an international relations expert at People’s University in Beijing, tells NPR that Trump’s vow to halt joint exercises was itself a gift to China that he believes Trump will be forced to walk back.

“Shi predicts that such a move could face stiff domestic opposition,” NPR reports. “If U.S. troops in South Korea were to really halt military exercises, he says, it could cause allies to lose confidence in Washington and undermine the entire U.S. military presence in Asia.”

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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