South Koreans skeptical of North Koreas promises want to see proof

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North Korea's announcement of a halt in its nuclear and missile tests was met with skepticism by many South Koreans on Saturday, highlighting political risk for the South's president as he embarks on the latest push for peace on the peninsula.

North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site, instead pursuing economic growth and peace, the North's state media said.

But in South Korea, which is still technically in a state of war with its unpredictable, isolated neighbor, many ordinary people expressed skepticism about the sincerity of the announcement, and stressed the need for caution.

"A declaration is just a declaration," student Kim Han-nuri, 23, told Reuters in downtown Seoul on a sunny spring morning.

"Unless there's a change in its dictatorial system, I don't think we can completely trust anything North Korea says as it isn't a normal country ... I don't believe we can build normal diplomatic relations and our safety can't be guaranteed."

South Koreans have lived for decades under the threat of war with their hostile and now nuclear-armed neighbor.

They've also seen several earlier pushes for reconciliation that raised hopes of peace only to end in a return to acrimony.

Polls suggest South Koreans have become increasingly indifferent to the threat of war, with bigger concerns being more mundane issues like jobs and the pressures that have accompanied South Korea’s rapid development since the 1950s.

Liberal politician Moon Jae-in won a presidential election last year, promising a moderate approach to North Korea with the aim of reviving a "sunshine policy" of engagement.

But no one anticipated the speed with which relations have improved since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a conciliatory New Year's address at the end of last year, following months of sharply rising tension over his weapons.


Moon, who is preparing for a summit with Kim this month, remains popular but voters are suspicious of North Korea's intentions and some would certainly judge him harshly if he was seen to be rushing blindly into North Korea's embrace.<

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We wont stop Students across US renew demand for gun safety in second walkout

For the second time in two months, thousands of students from across the country streamed out of class as part of a National School Walkout to demand action on gun reform -- even as Florida police investigated a fresh shooting that injured a student Friday morning.

Students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Friday in each time zone to observe a moment of silence for shooting victims; many are then moving on to other actions, such as rallies in the larger cities or volunteer work. Before Friday's walkouts began, the latest school shooting happened in Ocala, Florida, northwest of Orlando. Police said a student was shot in the ankle at Ocala's Forest High School, and a suspect is in custody. Friday's walkouts, while drawing momentum from February's mass shooting at South Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, also marks the 1999 Columbine High School massacrein Colorado in which two gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher. Many students across the country say not enough has been done to help prevent mass shootings. In Florida, Stoneman Douglas freshman Ryan Servaites pointed to Friday's shooting in Ocala. "The fact that it happened on this day, in a way, reinforces what we are trying to get across," he said. "Enough is enough. Children are dying. Children are being hurt. We won't stop. This is why." Besides observing moments of silence, other actions during the day have included marching to a local lawmaker's office, allowing open-mic time for students to share concerns and helping register those who are eligible to vote. Students at more than 2,500 schools were to participate. In Washington's Lafayette Square across from the White House, high school students gathered well before 10 a.m. One of those demonstrators, Hiam Baidas of Falls Church, Virginia, said the country needs laws making it more difficult to buy guns. "Right now I'm 18 years old, I live right across the street from Walmart, and I can go buy a gun -- and I don't think that's OK," she said. "I think the youth are the movement that is going to change and better our country." In New York's Washington Square Park, demonstrator Arielle Geismar, 16, said students will be persistent until gun laws are tightened. "I've grown up in the generation of students who are realizing that we have lockdown

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Democratic Party sues Russia Trump campaign for allegedly disrupting 2016 election

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The Democratic Party sued Russia, President Donald Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks on Friday, charging that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a court filing showed.

The party alleges in the federal lawsuit in Manhattan that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Trump by hacking Democratic Party computers.

The lawsuit also names Donald Trump Jr., Trump associate Roger Stone and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as defendants.

The lawsuit alleges that Trump's campaign "gleefully welcomed Russia's help" in the 2016 election.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Trump has repeatedly denied his campaign colluded with Russia. Russia has denied meddling in the election.

The Republican National Committee, the Trump campaign, Trump campaign manager Michael Glassner, WikiLeaks, Stone and attorneys for Donald Trump Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Manafort associate Rick Gates and former campaign aide George Papadopoulous also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit, should it go forward, seems likely to help keep the spotlight on the issue of Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. Both are being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Through the process of legal discovery, lawyers for the Democratic Party could force the defendants to produce documents bearing on the collusion issue. 



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Growing body of evidence James Comey lied to Congress

Rep. Mark Meadows said Thursday there's a growing body of evidence to suggest that former FBI Director James Comey lied when he told Congress that the FBI and the Justice Department were not coordinating on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Meadows, R-N.C., said on Fox News that his staff has more texts between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that show signs of coordination.

"We know because we have a number of documents, a growing body of evidence," to suggest Comey may have lied about that coordination. "Not only was that false, but we know that over and over again now, we have emails that would suggest that that testimony was false and at best misled the American public, at worst was lying to Congress," he said.

"And here we are today with emails, text messages, that says that even the 'no coordination' message that Director Comey put out on that infamous day in July was actually suggested by the Department of Justice," Meadows added.

Comey said in July 2016 that there was no coordination between the FBI and the Justice Department. But Fox News host Brian Kilmeade read out one of the texts from Strzok to Page that said the timing of Comey's announcement "looks like hell" and "will appear choreographed."

Meadows said that text is interesting, but said there are others as well.

"There's even another email from the Department of Justice that would indicate ... on how to articulate the exoneration of Hillary Clinton," Meadows said.

He said the emails also suggest that the Department of Justice suggested edits to some of the FBI's work.

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Fox News’ Judicial Analyst Absolutely Shreds Hannity’s Cohen Claim

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“He can’t have it both ways,” says Andrew Napolitano.

Fox News host Sean Hannity’s legal claim is getting torn to pieces on his own network. 

On Monday, Hannity was revealed as the “mystery client” of Michael Cohen, the personal attorney to President Donald Trump who is now embroiled in a federal investigation. 

Hannity claimed he never hired Cohen but also insisted he had a right to privacy in his conversations with him under attorney-client privilege.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, a former judge, isn’t buying it.

“I love him and, you know, I’ve worked with him for 20 years,” Napolitano said Tuesday. “He can’t have it both ways.” 

He told “Outnumbered Overtime” host Harris Faulkner: 

“If he was a client, then his confidential communications to Mr. Cohen are privileged. If Mr. Cohen was never his lawyer, then nothing that he said to Mr. Cohen is privileged.”

Hannity had also claimed he “may have” paid Cohen $10 to get that privilege, a strategy that is often used as a plot device on shows such as “Breaking Bad.” 

But Napolitano said it doesn’t work that way in the real world.  

“I must tell you that that is a myth,” Napolitano said. “The attorney-client privilege requires a formal relationship reduced to writing for a specific legal purpose,” 

“So anything that is there regarding Sean Hannity can be revealed?” Faulkner asked.

“In my view, yes,” Napolitano said.



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