Trump Would Meet Kim ‘If Appropriate’

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would be open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg in an interview. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.” In recent months, North Korea has been testing missiles and rockets in order to accelerate the development of its nuclear program, in defiance of international law. “Most political people would never say that,” Trump said. “But I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news.” In an interview with CBS earlier Monday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said he could not see a Trump-Kim meeting happening “right now.”

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Trump Would Meet Kim ‘If Appropriate’
President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would be open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg in an interview. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.” In recent months, North Korea has been testing missiles and rockets in order to accelerate the development of its nuclear program, in defiance of international law. “Most political people would never say that,” Trump said. “But I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news.” In an interview with CBS earlier Monday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said he could not see a Trump-Kim meeting happening “right now.”
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2. GONE
Bill Shine Out at Fox News
Fox News co-president Bill Shine is leaving the network, Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch confirmed Monday afternoon. “Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today. I know Bill was respected and liked by everybody at Fox News. We will all miss him. Suzanne Scott becomes President, Programming and Jay Wallace, President News,” Murdoch wrote in a statement.New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman first reported the news on Monday afternoon. Two Fox News sources reportedly told Sherman that Shine was out of the network as of Monday morning. “In recent days, per source, there was talk among Fox News women about circulating a petition inside the network calling for Shine’s firing,” Sherman reported. Shine, along with Jack Abernethy, became co-president of Fox News in Fall, after longtime network head Roger Ailes departed amid a wave of sexual assault allegations. Shine was accused of covering up for a number of sexual harassment cases within the network. On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Shine’s presidency might be nearing its end, and that his employers “have put out feelers” for a new president, preferably a woman. Fox insiders previously told The Daily Beast that “the only way to fix this is for the Murdochs to clean house.”
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3. MASS CASUALTY EVENT
Four Stabbed at University of Texas
A mass stabbing at the University of Texas’s Austin campus left four people injured, one of whom might be dead, officials told Austin’s American-Statesman. The stabbings reportedly took place near the school’s Gregory Gym. Police arrested one man near the scene of the crime, and warned people to stay away from the area. Students tweeted pictures of a man under arrest, apparently for the stabbings.
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4. NEW FACE
Ryan Seacrest Named as ‘Live’ Co-Host
Ryan Seacrest was named Monday as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ABC’s Live, succeeding Michael Strahan, who left last year to join the network’s morning show, Good Morning America. “Nice to see you, partner,” Seacrest said as he entered on Monday. While the search for a new co-host was ongoing, Ripa was joined on set by a rotating cast of co-hosts including Jerry O’Connell, Fred Savage and Andy Cohen. “Ryan is a close friend and his star shines as brightly off the camera as it does on,” Ripa said. “His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation. Plainly said, everyone loves him, and so will our daily viewers.”
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5. FLIMSY
Trump on Wiretap: I Stand by Nothing
President Donald Trump said he doesn’t “stand by anything” with regard to his false claim that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped, stating incorrectly that he was proven correct. “I don’t stand by anything. I just—you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it. And frankly it should be discussed,” Trump told CBS News in an interview that aired Monday on CBS This Morning. “That is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it’s a very big topic. And it’s a topic that should be No. 1. And we should find out what the hell is going on.” When CBS News host John Dickerson pressed Trump further, the president said “OK, it’s enough, thank you,” and cut off the interview.
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6. NEW CHIEF IN TOWN
Trump Ends ‘Let Girls Learn’ Program
The Trump administration is moving to end former first lady Michelle Obama’s girls education program, according to documents obtained by CNN. The program, Let Girls Learn, was founded in 2015 in order to increase access to education for girls in developing nations. “Moving forward, we will not continue to use the Let Girls Learnbrand or maintain a stand-along program,” Sheila Crowley, the acting director of the Peace Corps, wrote in an email to employees. Tina Tchen, the former first lady’s ex-chief of staff, said it was “unfortunate” that the program wasn’t continuing past the Obama administration. “We think that this is an issue that has bipartisan support, it’s really not a Republican or Democratic issue,” Tchen said.
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7. OUTFOXED
Suit: Fox Demotion for Uterus Story‬
A Fox News reporter is alleging in a new lawsuit that she was demoted for writing about her struggle with endometriosis. Diana Falzone, a reporter for FoxNews.com, says she was discriminated against because of her gender. According to the lawsuit, Falzone’s superiors at the network approved the story, but shortly after it was published, she was “permanently banned from ever appearing on air” or doing voiceovers for any Fox content. “By permanently removing Falzone from the air, Fox News has significantly damaged, and will continue to significantly damage, her career path,” the lawsuit reads.
 
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8. RSVP: MAYBE
Duterte: Sorry, I Can’t Promise WH Visit
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday declined not commit to accepting President Donald Trump’s surprising invitation to visit to the White House. “I cannot make any definite promise,” Duterte said. “I’m supposed to go to Russia. I’m supposed to go to Israel.” The White House raised eyebrows over the weekend when it sent a readout of Trump’s phone call with Duterte, during which Trump praised the notorious authoritarian for his deadly drug crackdown. Under Duterte, who has declared that he has personally killed drug suspects, extrajudicial killings of those purported to be part of the drug trade have topped 10,000, by some estimates. Duterte was once a harsh critic of the U.S. when it was led by Barack Obama—whom he once called the “son of a whore”—but Duterte said Monday “things have changed. There’s a new leadership.”
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9. HISTORY BUFF
Trump: ‘Why Was There the Civil War?’
In an interview set to air Monday, President Donald Trump mused about the Civil War and former President Andrew Jackson, saying he does not know why the Civil War couldn’t “have been worked out.” Speaking with Salena Zito on Sirius XM radio, Trump said the Civil War wouldn’t have happened if Jackson had been president at the time. “He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, ‘There’s no reason for this,'” Trump said, incorrectly stating that Jackson reacted to the Civil War. Jackson died in 1845, while the war did not start until 1861. Trump added: “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
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10. SCENE OF HORROR
Cops Kill Man Who Shot 7 at Pool Party
San Diego police shot and killed a man reported to have suddenly opened fire at a poolside birthday party at an upscale apartment complex Sunday, hitting seven adults. The suspect, later identified as Peter Selis, 49, was a resident at the La Jolla Crossroads complex, where police said he opened fire on the group with a semi-automatic pistol. Selis was white, and all the victims were people of color: four black women, two black men, and one Latino man. Authorities said no motive was known; local media reported Selis, a mechanic at a local Ford dealership, had filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 and was beset by money problems. By late Sunday, at least one of the victims was dead, while others were in surgery or in critical condition, said Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. One witness told reporters that the shooter appeared to be relaxed, even in the midst of the violence. “He had his beer in one hand and his gun in the other,” said the witness, who said he lived in the apartment complex. He was only identified by his first name, John. “There were two victims lying on the ground, one trying to crawl toward the other one to help,” he added. “This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told reporters at a press conference. “Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans’ thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight.”
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