June 12, 2018

6-12-2018 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump said he was suspending joint U.S. military exercises with South Korea, and that he was confident North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would begin dismantling his nuclear arsenal “very quickly.” Following the historic summit in Singapore, the two leaders signed a joint statement that did not go much further than previous statements from North Korea and was short on details, with no timetable or measures to verify denuclearization. (The New York Times)
  • Sixty-seven percent of registered voters said they don’t think North Korea will get rid of its nuclear weapons program as a result of the summit, and 52 percent don’t expect partial denuclearization, according to a poll conducted before the Trump-Kim meeting. The survey also found voters were split at 41 percent when asked whether the summit was likely to result in improved relations between the United States and North Korea. (Morning Consult)
  • Five states – Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia – will hold primary elections today to select candidates for the November midterms. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) is facing four GOP challengers, and voters in Maine will choose gubernatorial candidates to face off in November to succeed term-limited Gov. Paul LePage (R). (The Associated Press)
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered immigration judges to stop granting asylum to most victims of gang violence and domestic abuse. The move could block tens of thousands of people – especially women – from seeking refuge in the United States. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, suffered a heart attack and was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Kudlow, 70, had traveled with Trump to Canada for last week’s Group of Seven meeting, and his wife said he is recovering and “doing fine.” (The Washington Post)
  • The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that states can target people who haven’t voted within a certain time period in efforts to purge their voting rolls, rejecting arguments in a case from Ohio that the practice violates a federal law meant to increase the number of registered voters. In a reversal from the Obama administration, the Trump administration backed Ohio’s method of purging voters. (The Associated Press)
  • The Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on five Russian entities and three individuals in response to cyberattacks on the United States and its allies. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the firms targeted by the sanctions have contributed directly to Russia’s cyber capabilities through their work with Russia’s Federal Security Service. (CNN)
  • Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is in talks to become chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to unnamed Republican sources. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the current chairman, is expected to step down from the position at the end of this year ahead of his own 2020 re-election campaign. (The Hill)

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