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US officials know North Korea won’t give up nukes — but Trump keeps getting tricked by Kim’s nice letters: report

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So far, there has been no concrete progress made on the American effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Despite this, however, President Donald Trump is convinced a breakthrough is right around the corner, even though no one on his national security staff feels the same way.

The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser recently talked with several former U.S. government officials and allied diplomats who have received briefings from Trump administration officials about North Korean denuclearization efforts, and they’ve all come away believing that leader Kim Jong-un has shown no intention of relinquishing his country’s nuclear weapons.

“Their view is that North Korea is not serious about denuclearizing,” one official told Glasser. “The President, however, thinks history began when he became President.”

One reason the president is still optimistic about nuclear disarmament in the Korean Peninsula, reports Glasser, is that Kim keeps sending Trump letters that shower him with flattery and praise.

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“Over the weekend, Trump praised Kim for sending him an encouraging letter, publicly suggesting that he was open to denuclearization by the end of Trump’s first Presidential term,” Glasser writes. “On Monday, the White House announced that, in response to the ‘very warm, very positive’ note from Kim, Trump was now ordering his staff to plan for a second Trump-Kim summit meeting.”

Read the whole report here.

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Black man and realtor handcuffed for ‘forced entry’ into property’s open house: lawyers

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On Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported that Anthony Edwards has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati and three police officers after he and his real estate agent, Jerry Isham, were handcuffed and detained at gunpoint last year while touring an open house.

The police were summoned by Thomas Branigan, a retired police officer living next door, who called 911 to report them as home invaders and said they had "forced entry" into the house. He later admitted he did not have a view of the door at the time.

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Rob Reiner has the perfect plan for the GOP and Trump’s ‘N-word tapes’ from ‘The Apprentice’

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For years, there have been rumors about the existence of unbroadcast tapes from NBC's "The Apprentice" that are said to document Donald Trump using the N-word.

Actor Tom Arnold has been pushing the idea.

While conventional wisdom may once of held that such a release would be a political catastrophe for a president, the release could actually help Trump in his 2020 re-election campaign, director Rob Reiner argued on Tuesday.

"I’ve heard there are tapes of Trump using the N-word during his time on The Apprentice. Based on the GOP’s support of his racism, they should ask producer Mark Burnett to release the tapes to boost the support of his base," Reiner tweeted.

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CNN blasted for giving a platform to white supremacist Richard Spencer to defend Trump’s racism

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CNN was highly criticized on Monday for interviewing Richard Spencer, an avowed white supremacist who took part in the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"CNN interviewed white supremacist Richard Spencer during a Tuesday segment on President Donald Trump’s racist tweets, in another example of a news outlet inadvertently giving a large platform to white supremacists," The Daily Beast reported.

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