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New year promises heightened scrutiny for Supreme Court and its hot-button docket

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Just hours after Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry into President Trump in September, Chief Justice John Roberts seemed to warn his fellow justices — and the nation at large — of a partisan storm headed the third branch’s way.

“We don’t go about our work in a political manner,” Roberts said during remarks in New York. “That’s not how we at the court function and the results in our cases do not suggest otherwise.”

“I’ve been elected by nobody,” he added, noting federal judges enjoy life tenure, ostensibly free from changing political fortunes.

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Now the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to have a monumental 2020, with an impeachment trial that would feature the chief justice in a vital role, and a hot-button docket.

“You name it: immigration, executive power, gun control, the Supreme Court is increasingly being called upon to decide these issues that are really at the political fault line in America,” said Thomas Dupree, a prominent appellate attorney and former deputy assistant attorney general. “I suspect it’s not a role the court is actively looking for but it seems inevitable that they’re again going to be drawn into these political controversies.”

Like it or not, the nine justices know their rulings on a range of issues will be closely watched from a partisan perspective, especially in a presidential election year.

Among the cases they will decide in coming months:

— Abortion, and a restrictive Louisiana law on who can perform the procedure at local clinics.

— Immigration, and the Trump administration’s plans to end the so-called “DACA” program for young undocumented immigrants.

— Civil rights protections for LGBTQ workers, and whether employers can be sued for job discrimination.

— Gun rights, dealing with New York City’s onetime ban on transporting a handgun outside the home.

— And President Trump’s efforts to shield his banking and financial records from congressional committees.

“The court will be an issue in 2020 but that’s perfectly normal. It was a huge issue in 2016, it helped get President Trump elected,” said Paul Smith, a lawyer and Georgetown University law professor who has argued 21 cases before the high court. “Conservative voters said we want to be able to pick the next justice and they really vote that issue and it will be again precisely because it’s become such an important part of our system.”

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS POISED FOR STARRING ROLE IN A TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

Roberts is set to play a major role — the man in the court’s center, literally and figuratively. He is a conservative jurist, but has voted with his more liberal colleagues to put some of Trump’s policies on hold.

As Roberts presides over his 15th term as chief justice, there has been much disagreement in the legal and political community over his leadership role on the high court. He has been described as someone deeply concerned about the court’s non-partisan reputation, who seeks to move cautiously and incrementally, pushing back when he can against efforts to move his bench too far to the right, too fast.

And the chief justice could be poised to preside over a Senate impeachment trial, a constitutional requirement that will test his leadership skills against a highly partisan exercise. Ironically, some conservatives, angry at Roberts’ June vote blocking a citizenship question on the 2020 census — dealing a major setback to the Trump administration — immediately called for his impeachment.

He has tried to deflect criticism he is turning his back on conservative principles.

“If we uphold a particular political decision, that remains the decision of the political branches, and the fact that it may lead to criticism of us is often a mistake,” he said recently. We do have to be above or apart from the criticism because we, of course, make unpopular decisions — very unpopular decisions.”

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As head of the entire federal judiciary and the Supreme Court, Roberts — known by some as the “first among equals” — could prove the equalizer, the “swing” or deciding vote in a range of pending appeals that could be added to the docket in coming weeks:

— Religious liberty and whether certain business owners can deny their artistic services to LGBT customers by citing their sincere faith.

— Gerrymandering claims in several swing-state election boundaries.

— And congressional subpoenas for top Trump aides– a prelude to perhaps another round of impeachment articles against the president.

Progressive groups like the ACLU have been aggressive in taking the administration to court– knowing the nine justices will have the last word.

“We absolutely take issue with many of the Trump administration’s initiatives on immigrant rights, on the border wall, on its effort to overturn Roe vs. Wade. So we’ve been very busy fighting back,” said David Cole, the group’s national legal director. “But that’s because in our view the Trump administration has violated constitutional law in so many fields and for the most part the courts have agreed with us.”

Just who sits on the capital’s most exclusive club will also be an election-year focus. Trump has touted the two justices he has appointed — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. They have so far proven to be reliable conservatives — exactly what the president and his supporters had hoped.

The senior associate Justice Clarence Thomas, 71, has already dismissed suggestions he will step down anytime soon.

And the court’s oldest member, 86-year-old Justice Ruth Bader — despite recent health scares including cancer, the flu, and fractured ribs — is also determined to stay put.

“How am I feeling? Well, as this audience can see that I am alive,” she said to cheers at an August event. “It’s the best and hardest job I’ve ever had, and it’s kept me going through four cancer bouts.”

The justices get back to work with oral arguments resuming in two weeks. Then a sprint to the finish, with the biggest, most contentious rulings issued in late June — right in the middle of the election race.

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New photos show widespread fire damage in aftermath of militants’ attack on U.S. embassy in Baghdad

Stunning photos reveal scenes of destruction inside the United States embassy in Iraq’s capital one day after Iran-backed militiamen stormed the previously heavily fortified compound in protest of recent airstrikes.

The photos, released Wednesday by the Associated Press, show windows blown out and the charred remains of papers, office furniture and shelving inside the Baghdad complex.

Smoke was still seen rising from a reception room in the embassy and an embassy checkpoint was left in complete ruins from the conflagration.

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Fire damage can be seen in a reception room of the U.S. embassy compound, that was burned by pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters had broken into the compound, trashing a reception area and smashing windows . (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)

Protesting militants stormed the compound on Tuesday, leading President Trump to call for an immediate response that included a surge of U.S. Marines to quell the unrest.

American troops dropped flares from aircraft and fired tear gas to disperse the militia.

POMPEO: US WILL HOLD IRAN ‘ACCOUNTABLE’ FOR ANY ‘MALIGN ACTIVITY’ AFTER BAGHDAD EMBASSY ATTACK

In a Fox News interview, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made reference to Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the shadowy Tehran-linked militant-slash-intelligence organization known as the Quds Force.

On “Special Report,” Pompeo said there were no plans to evacuate the embassy or to pull troops out of Iraq following the attack.

“You have to put this in a larger context,” he said. “This is 40 years of the Islamic Republic of Iran [being] engaged in global terror campaigns, nuclear weapons dreams and nuclear enrichment capability.”

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Pompeo criticized the Obama administration, appearing to make a veiled reference to its nighttime delivery of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to Tehran.

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Pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters are seen through broken windows of a burned checkpoint in front of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. U.S. troops have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of pro-Iran militiamen and other protesters who were gathered for a second day outside the American Embassy compound in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

“We put real pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the former Kansas congressman said of the Trump administration. “We will continue to hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable wherever we find their malign activity and we will make sure we have the resources to do so.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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90,000 Jews gather in celebration of Talmud after anti-Semitic attacks: ‘We will not be intimidated’

More than 90,000 Jews braved the cold at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey Wednesday to celebrate the historic completion of the study of the entire Talmud, sending a strong message of resilience days after a stabbing in a New York rabbi’s home left five people wounded.

The Siyum HaShas celebrates the study of the Talmud, which is said to be among the most challenging religious texts in the world. The book, comprised of 2,711 double-sides pages, takes seven-and-a-half years to complete, with one page read per day. Jewish communities across the globe eagerly anticipate and celebrate completing the study.

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In addition to the 92,000 people who filled the seats at MetLife for this year’s event, 20,000 others gathered in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, along with thousands more at satellite locations across the U.S. and Israel.

The event drew a heavier security presence than in previous years due to the recent uptick in anti-Semitic crimes. Reportedly hundreds of state police officers, metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs were on-site in New Jersey.

NEW YORK RABBI WHOSE HOME WAS SCENE OF MACHETE ATTACK BREAKS SILENCE: ‘WE WILL FORGE FORWARD IN FAITH’

A stabbing of five people at a New York rabbi’s home during a Hannukah celebration Saturday reportedly marked the ninth anti-Semitic attack in one week, less than two weeks after a targeted attack at a kosher deli in Jersey City, N.J., left several dead.

“I think the massive turnout sends a powerful message to the rest of the world that we will not be intimidated,” one attendee told Fox News.

Another attendee, who traveled from Philidelphia to celebrate the Talmud, said he felt an obligation to attend this year’s event in light of the rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

“We are gathering to celebrate the Talmud because it is the source of our strength,” he said.

Rabbi Yissocher Frand, senior lecturer at Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, discussed the history of the religious book live at the event and offered words of empowerment to a reeling Jewish community.

GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE SAYS GROWING NUMBER OF ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS IS ‘BEWILDERING’

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“The Nazis burned the Talmud because they knew that this text has the power to rebuild the Jewish people,” he said.

“We make a bridge from a difficult past to a commitment to the future,” Rabbi Pesach Krohn added.

At one point during the event, the entire stadium joined in an age-old Jewish melody. The Hebrew lyrics translate to a request to God for protection and to raise a future generation of God-fearing children.

Many VIPs, including New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, attended the event.

Former Trump advisor Jason Greenblatt took to Twitter to share his experience.

“So beautiful. So special. I’m so lucky to have witnessed this,” he captioned a video, which showed thousands of men and women dancing and clapping in their seats.

Consul General of Israel Danny Dayan also posted about the event.

“More than 80,000 Jews are gathered now in MetLife Stadium to proudly celebrate their adherence to their Judaism. I wouldn’t be anywhere else,” he wrote.

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Cat’s former owner sues woman who wouldn’t let adopted pet sleep in the bed with her

A woman battling cancer who allowed another woman to adopt her cat has launched a lawsuit against the woman because she doesn’t allow the pet to sleep in her bed.

Danette Romano is accused of breaking her promise after agreeing to adopt the Norwegian Forest cat from Carol Money, who was unable to care for the kitten, Lacie, due to her battle with breast cancer, reports the New York Post.

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Money, 73, said she told Romano that “Lacie’s distress at night from not sleeping with her was the only reason she would consider letting someone adopt Lacie.”

The former pet owner was under the impression that her beloved Lacie would join her new owner in bed at night – but apparently that was not the case.

“[Romano] knew that she would not let Lacie sleep with her at night and purposefully withheld this information from [Money] in order to induce Plaintiff into letting her adopt Lacie,” said the legal complaint, which was filed at the Onondaga Supreme Court in Syracuse, N.Y., in November.

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“Lacie’s distress at night from not sleeping with her was the only reason she would consider letting someone adopt Lacie,” the lawsuit claims. (Photo: iStock)

FAMILY FINDS MISSING CAT 6 YEARS LATER, ONLY TO GET TERRIBLE NEWS

Romano reportedly adopted Lacie for $65 in the spring of 2018 and allegedly agreed to return her to Money if the cat was unhappy, the lawsuit also said.

Things got catty, however, when Money visited her precious feline at her new home. Romano’s husband allegedly admitted, “We don’t let Lacie sleep with us.”

Money also claimed the husband said Lacie refused to come upstairs and instead waited at the “bottom of the stairs each night and would even be there in the morning when they woke up.”

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The former cat owner said she then sent several texts, emails and voicemails to Romano to discuss the matter, and even returned to the home on Dec. 20, 2018, but had the cops called on her for harassment. Shortly after, Money received a cease-and-desist letter requesting that she no longer contact the Ramanos.

Money, who is board member for the Central New York Cat Coalition, is suing for breach of contract and other claims for unspecified damages. What’s more, she is seeking Lacie’s safe return.

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Cat’s former owner sues woman who wouldn’t let adopted pet sleep in the bed with her

A woman battling cancer who allowed another woman to adopt her cat has launched a lawsuit against the woman because she doesn’t allow the pet to sleep in her bed.

Danette Romano is accused of breaking her promise after agreeing to adopt the Norwegian Forest cat from Carol Money, who was unable to care for the kitten, Lacie, due to her battle with breast cancer, reports the New York Post.

DOG STEALS TOY FROM BABY IN HILARIOUS VIDEO

Money, 73, said she told Romano that “Lacie’s distress at night from not sleeping with her was the only reason she would consider letting someone adopt Lacie.”

The former pet owner was under the impression that her beloved Lacie would join her new owner in bed at night – but apparently that was not the case.

“[Romano] knew that she would not let Lacie sleep with her at night and purposefully withheld this information from [Money] in order to induce Plaintiff into letting her adopt Lacie,” said the legal complaint, which was filed at the Onondaga Supreme Court in Syracuse, N.Y., in November.

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“Lacie’s distress at night from not sleeping with her was the only reason she would consider letting someone adopt Lacie,” the lawsuit claims. (Photo: iStock)

FAMILY FINDS MISSING CAT 6 YEARS LATER, ONLY TO GET TERRIBLE NEWS

Romano reportedly adopted Lacie for $65 in the spring of 2018 and allegedly agreed to return her to Money if the cat was unhappy, the lawsuit also said.

Things got catty, however, when Money visited her precious feline at her new home. Romano’s husband allegedly admitted, “We don’t let Lacie sleep with us.”

Money also claimed the husband said Lacie refused to come upstairs and instead waited at the “bottom of the stairs each night and would even be there in the morning when they woke up.”

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The former cat owner said she then sent several texts, emails and voicemails to Romano to discuss the matter, and even returned to the home on Dec. 20, 2018, but had the cops called on her for harassment. Shortly after, Money received a cease-and-desist letter requesting that she no longer contact the Ramanos.

Money, who is board member for the Central New York Cat Coalition, is suing for breach of contract and other claims for unspecified damages. What’s more, she is seeking Lacie’s safe return.

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Louisiana sports reporter Carley McCord’s husband describes moment ‘world fell apart’ after plane crash

Carley McCord’s grieving husband says his “world fell apart” when he received the devastating news of the sports reporter’s death in a plane crash.

Steven Ensminger Jr. said his aunt delivered him the news that his 30-year-old wife died en route to the Peach Bowl in Georgia, where his father was coaching the Louisiana State University Tigers, ABC News reported.

“My aunt Betty called and she told me I need to sit down right now and listen carefully,” Ensminger said. “And that’s when my world fell apart.”

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Carley McCord died in a Louisiana plane crash at age 30.

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McCord was one of five passengers killed aboard a small aircraft Saturday morning that went down in a parking lot in Lafayette, Louisiana, and erupted in flames, officials said.

Ensminger — who was working while his wife was on the doomed flight — said he has been struggling with accepting that he didn’t respond to McCord’s final text message to tell him that she loved him.

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5 people missing, 2 rescued after crab boat sinks off Alaska coast

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Five people are missing after a crabbing vessel sank off the coast of the Alaskan peninsula overnight Tuesday.

Two other people have been rescued since the F/V (Fishing Vessel) Scandies Rose sank near Sutwik Island in the Gulf of Alaska, according to the United States Coast Guard.

A mayday call was heard around 10 p.m. local time, according to Seattle Fox affiliate Q13.

Forty mph winds had caused treacherous sailing conditions last evening, including 15- to 20-foot waves and reduced visibility.

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The Coast Guard has been using a Jayhawk helicopter and a Hercules airplane to search a wide swath of the chilly sea for potential additional survivors, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The Scandies Rose’s home port is at Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island — considered a capital of sorts for the crabbing industry and about 400 miles west of the vessel’s last known location. The vessel works seasonally with a Seattle-based seafood company, Q13 reported.

The crabbing industry has historically been a very dangerous line of work. In 2017, Washington State-based crab boat F/V Destination sank after accumulating sea-spray ice in the Bering Sea near St. Paul. The six crew aboard were lost.

The business of crabbing has received increased visibility nationwide, having been chronicled for the past 15 years by the Discovery Channel on its popular “Deadliest Catch” program narrated by Mike Rowe.

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Over the years, the program has followed Coast Guard helicopter crews that have taken part in dangerous rescues of crabbers in distress.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie told Aleutian Islands radio station KUCB that officials don’t yet know the cause of the Scandies Rose’s sinking.

“Right now, our primary focus is trying to find the five people who are still missing. Once the search-and-rescue aspect of this has concluded, then we will start focusing on the investigation side of it,” she told the station.

The two individuals who were rescued have been taken to a Kodiak hospital where they remain in stable condition, KUCB reported.

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Amazon driver refuses to deliver wine to 92-year-old grandmother without ID

Talk about taking your job seriously.

An Amazon delivery driver refused to give a customer a bottle of wine that was delivered to her because she did not have ID – despite the fact that she’s 92 years old.

The customer, Louise Wilkinson, was shockingly refused the bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry that her grandson Carl Jonston arranged to be delivered to her U.K. home, The Sun reports.

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Louise Wilkinson, 92, was shockingly refused a bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry that her grandson arranged to be delivered to her U.K. home. (Photo: iStock)

When the grandmother, who insisted she was of legal drinking age, explained that she did not have a driver’s license or a passport, the delivery driver took the package away.

The driver tried to deliver the wine bottle again the next day, but when Wilkinson showed him her bus pass, which has a picture of her on it, he still refused to give it to her.

“She is clearly old enough to drink and the second time she did have photo ID, but a bus pass isn’t on Amazon’s list of accepted identifications,” Jonston, the grandson, said. “I can understand that if you are lucky enough to look around 18 you should have to show ID. But my gran is 92. No one could be in any doubt that she’s old enough to drink.”

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He added: “But why can’t they be like in the supermarket where they just accept a visual check if you are clearly over 18. I don’t see why Amazon drivers can’t do the same.”

Amazon’s policy regarding purchasing alcohol states that valid photo ID and a signature from the recipient are required upon delivery for all customers.

“If the recipient is not over the age of 18 and has not been able to show valid photo identification, the item will be returned to Amazon for re-delivery the following day,” the policy says.

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Acceptable forms of photo ID include a passport, driver’s license, military ID card, a biometric immigration document or a photographic identity card bearing a national Proof of Age Standard Scheme (PASS) hologram.

Jonston said his grandmother was a bit disturbed by the incident, as “people that age get anxious when things don’t go to plan.”

He said he’ll instead seek a refund from Amazon and deliver the booze himself.

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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dead at 77

David Stern, the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association widely credited with leading the league through a period of tremendous growth, died Wednesday. He was 77.

In a statement, the NBA said Stern had died “as a result” of a brain hemorrhage he suffered Dec. 12. At the time, ESPN reported that Stern underwent emergency surgery after collapsing at a Manhattan restaurant.

“For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action,” Adam Silver, Stern’s successor as commissioner, said in a statement. “He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us.  Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals – preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.”

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David Stern was hired as the NBA’s general counsel in 1978 and became commissioner six years later. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Stern worked at the NBA for more than 35 years, beginning with his hiring as the league’s general counsel in 1978. He became the league’s executive vice president two years later and succeeded Larry O’Brien as commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. He remained in the job for the next 30 years before stepping aside in favor of his longtime deputy, Silver, in 2014.

In his statement, Silver credited his predecessor with “usher[ing] in the modern global NBA.

“He launched groundbreaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world,” Silver said. “Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand – making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.”

During Stern’s tenure, a league that had trouble securing live telecasts of finals games a few short years earlier became a more than $5 billion a year industry, while basketball became one of the most popular sports in the world after soccer.

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As part of its growth, the NBA expanded from 23 to 30 teams during Stern’s tenure, though some expansions were more successful than others. While the Miami Heat have won three NBA titles since entering the league in 1988, the Vancouver Grizzlies lasted just six seasons in their original home before moving to Memphis in 2001. Stern was also widely criticized for supporting the move of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City, leaving one of the NBA’s most fervent fan bases without a team to support.

Stern is survived by wife Dianne and sons Eric and Andrew.

This is a developing story, check back for more updates.

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John Bolton: After Kim Jong Un claim, US should resume South Korea military exercises

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Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton called on U.S. armed forces to resume military exercises with South Korea, and ascertain the state of American troops in the region, following Kim Jong Un’s recent statement on testing nuclear weapons.

Kim’s cryptic remarks about the United States receiving a “Christmas gift” from North Korea had already stirred speculation, about the rogue nation planning to test the viability of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which could have the potential to deliver a nuclear warhead.

He then stoked fears of conflict on Tuesday when he spoke to party leaders, claiming he is no longer obligated to comply with a previously self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Bolton voiced his concerns publicly on Twitter Wednesday and suggested resuming canceled military drills and holding congressional hearings.

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“How to respond to Kim Jong Un’s threatening New Year’s remarks? The U.S. should fully resume all canceled or down-sized military exercises in South Korea,” he tweeted. “Hold Congressional hearings on whether US troops are truly ready to “fight tonight.”

Kim also warned of a “new strategic weapon” on Tuesday, and accused the U.S. of making “gangster-like demands.”

“The world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future,” he said,

President Donald Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Florida on Tuesday that he has a good relationship with Kim and expects the North Korean leader to stand by his word.

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“He likes me, I like him. We get along. He’s representing his country, I’m representing my country. We have to do what we have to do,” Trump said.

“But he did sign a contract,” the president added. “He did sign an agreement talking about denuclearization. And that was signed. … I think he’s a man of his word.”

In June, Trump made history by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea when he met with Kim face-to-face.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this piece 

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