5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • North Korea says it will stop nuclear, missile tests

  • Trump accuses NYT reporter of trying 'to destroy Michael Cohen'

  • Barbara Bush funeral draws 1,500, including 4 former presidents

  • Neo-Nazis, counter-protesters assemble in Georgia city

  • Romaine recalled over E. coli contamination

North Korea "no longer needs" to test nuclear weapons and missiles, leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday, and will shut down the site of the past six nuclear tests. Kim cast the decision as a practical matter because Pyongyang has already achieved "the proven condition of complete nuclear weapons," but the announcement was hailed by many as an important gesture of goodwill in advance of Kim's upcoming meeting with President Trump. On Twitter soon after Kim's statement was published, Trump praised it as "very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress! Look forward to our Summit." The last North Korean weapons test was in November.

Source: CNN, The Washington Post

"The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don't speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will 'flip,'" President Trump complained in rapid-fire tweets Saturday. Trump accused Times reporter Maggie Haberman — who co-wrote a Friday story on Cohen, Trump's personal attorney — of using "non-existent 'sources' and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael" to build the report. The president expressed high confidence in Cohen's loyalty.

Source: Donald J. Trump, The New York Times

An estimated 1,500 mourners turned out for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston on Saturday. Her widower, former President George H.W. Bush, was joined by former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura; former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle; and former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary. First lady Melania Trump attended without President Trump, who tweeted that he would watch the ceremony from "the Southern White House," his Mar-a-Lago resort. Barbara Bush died Tuesday at 92 after electing not to receive further treatment for multiple ailments.

Source: Houston Chronicle, ABC News

A neo-Nazi march is scheduled for Saturday in the small Georgia city of Newnan, about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta. Anti-fascist counter-protesters are expected as well. To prepare for the event, local shopkeepers have removed anything that could be moved or thrown in public spaces, and many will not open for business to decrease opportunities for conflict. Many Newnan residents went shopping the night before to help make up the missing revenue. And a community nonprofit invited children to make chalk drawings in the local park to undermine the neo-Nazis' message: "It will be hard for the hate group to take serious video footage when a rainbow-colored unicorn is in the shot."

Source: Fox News, CNN

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday directed Americans to throw away all romaine that could have been grown near Yuma, Arizona, which is believed to be the source of E. coli contamination on the lettuce. The CDC originally warned against pre-chopped romaine only, but the caution has been expanded to include hearts of romaine and full heads of the lettuce. Some 53 people in 16 states have been affected by the outbreak. While five have suffered kidney failure from the bacteria, no deaths have been reported so far.

Source: The Associated Press, CNN
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