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Trump admits he’s ignoring his advisors on North Korea because he has ‘confidence’ in Kim Jong-un

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President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary tweet from Japan on Saturday, prior to golfing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

In the tweet, Trump admitted ignoring the concerns of his own advisors on North Korea.

“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,” Trump wrote.

The president said, “I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me.”

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Then Trump admitted breaking the unofficial rule that domestic politics end at the nation’s shore, lashing out at Vice President Joe Biden and claiming Jong had done so too.

“I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, and also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Bidan (sic) a low IQ individual, and worse,” Trump claimed. “Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1132413516063870977

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Never-before-seen tax docs show Trump’s businesses made themselves seem more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials

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Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax.

For instance, Trump told the lender that he took in twice as much rent from one building as he reported to tax authorities during the same year, 2017. He also gave conflicting occupancy figures for one of his signature skyscrapers, located at 40 Wall Street.

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‘Make it a twofer’: Trump brutally mocked after claiming ‘rumor has it’ CNN’s president will resign ‘momentarily’

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President Donald Trump unleashed his second attack on the media over the course of less than 24 hours, this time attacking his top news target, CNN, as "a virtual fraud." The president also claimed "rumor has it" CNN's president, Jeff Zucker, "will be resigining momentarily?" (The typo is Mr. Trump's.)

Now that we have found out that @CNN is a virtual fraud, rumor has it that Jeff Zucker will be resigining momentarily?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2019

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Trump and the end of the American myth of meritocracy

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The following is chock-a-block with spoilers for "Succession" Season 2, including the finale, so proceed with caution.For understandable reasons, the internet is all a-chatter about the final scenes of Season 2 of "Succession." On Sunday's finale, Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), who spent most of this season looking like a whipped puppy, finally stuck it to his old man, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), throwing the patriarch under the bus during a live press conference, during which Kendall was supposed to offer himself up as the fall guy for Waystar Royco's criminal behavior. It was a moment of Kendall showing spine and competence, and understandably, audiences cheered him on.
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