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Dan Gainor: Media go far beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome in attacking president

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The anti-Trump media went off the deep end this past week, concocting horror stories about the president they love to hate.

I’m not talking Trump Derangement Syndrome. That’s so 2016. I’m talking about peddling absolutely crazy stories. These include claims that President Trump wants to exterminate Latinos and is honoring Hitler’s birthday.

And on top of this, many in the media attacked anyone who dared express support for the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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MSNBC led the way, with its on-air personalities saying things that would get normal humans fired from jobs, de-platformed online and disowned by their families.

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One MSNBC guest slammed a wealthy Trump supporter. He said he wanted “pitchforks and torches outside this man’s house in the Hamptons.” At MSNBC, that’s just another day at the office.

Even one of the pros from MSNBC’s sister network joined in with the lunacy. NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and agreed with his host that a recession would be worth it to get rid of Trump.

“Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution,” Engel told viewers.

Remember, Engel is an actual reporter. But sadly, calling for a recession was Amateur Hour compared to the rest of this week.

Here are four of the worst examples of the media’s mass hysteria.

MSNBC’s version of a Republican

Spouting crazy lies on a major cable channel is never having to say you’re sorry. But you can tweet it.

“Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace and attorney Raul Reyes teamed up to make up claims about the president. Reyes blasted Trump for using “words like infestation.” He followed that with an incredible statement: “With an infestation, the natural conclusion is attempt an extermination.”

But rather than rein in Reyes and get him to back off the bizarre claim, Wallace leaned in. “You now have a president, as you said, talking about exterminating Latinos,” she responded. Wallace, a former Republican, was promptly skewered for her comments by conservative outlets.

That led to a lame “apology” where she said, in part: “I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos.  My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry.” You could almost see a network executive standing behind her, twisting her arm to write it.

Her non-existent sincerity was ripped apart. One America News Network host Liz Wheeler responded, “Funny, I never ‘unintentionally’ accuse an innocent person of advocating mass genocide.”

Wallace had to know the network wouldn’t care. Remember, MSNBC is the purgatory where executives exiled liar Brian Williams. So she fits in nicely.

 The heck with Godwin’s Law

The far-left never met a Nazi comparison it wasn’t willing to try on Trump. But MSNBC contributor Frank Figliuzzi came up with one so bizarre that even liberals seemed to shy away from it.

He was on the “11th Hour with Brian Williams,” and I guess that inspired him to make up stuff. Figliuzzi, who, God help us, is a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, now traffics in far-out conspiracy theories. And this one is a doozy.

According to Figliuzzi, lowering the flags to half-staff because of the shooting, culminated in a possible tribute to Adolf Hitler. “The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th. That’s 8/8.”

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Here’s the amazing part. Figliuzzi said he wasn’t sure Trump “did this deliberately” but then he launched into how “The numbers ‘88’” “stand for ‘Heil Hitler,’” because the letter H is the eighth letter in the alphabet.

No good deed…

There’s nothing like embarrassing a news outlet – especially one that has already fallen far from its former glory. Such is the case with the once important Baltimore Sun. The liberal paper has fought back against Trump over his criticism of Baltimore liberal Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.

So when a pro-Trump do-gooder came to the less charming parts of Charm City, the paper’s editorial board popped a gasket. The paper published an editorial criticizing Trump supporter Scott Pressler, headlined: “We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”

The editorial was filled with criticism and back-handed compliments because Pressler and his 170 helpers did something unforgivable. They made the city look bad by removing 12 tons of trash.

“Mr. Pressler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well,” the editorial said.

Yep. That’s exactly what it does. Further, it shows that the local newspaper didn’t take care of the poor of Baltimore, either. I’m a Baltimore native. I know.

Sadly, the Sun wasn’t ready to set on Pressler without one more big, liberal dig. He plans to come back again in September for another clean-up. The paper turned it into a left-wing fantasy: “Maybe it could even lead him and his followers to advocate for federal housing, health care, transportation, education, criminal justice, civil rights and anti-poverty policies aimed at urban communities.”

Thankfully, a Big Government solution isn’t Pressler’s game. He showed ordinary Americans can help one another and don’t need the government or another liberal news outlet to help.

Misfiring on Guns

After last year’s Jake Tapper-led gun townhall, no one should trust CNN on guns for a millennium or two. But that didn’t stop anti-gun cable network from taking aim at the Second Amendment one more time.

Only this time, CNN put anchor Chris Cuomo in charge. And he didn’t even pretend neutrality. He whined that the NRA wouldn’t come on his phony program and get beaten up. “They sent a totally disingenuous statement that they’re open to honest discussion, but not this spectacle,” he complained.

Cuomo ended with a declaration for gun control. “For one, we can’t continue to be this stupid. It just defies common sense. We have a clear consensus among Americans of wanting better and more protection,” he said.

What we have is a clear consensus that CNN doesn’t want to cover the issue of guns fairly, rationally or even accurately.

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Free Beacon Firearms Policy Reporter Stephen Gutowski took Cuomo to task on Twitter. Gutowski pointed out flaws in the show and asked: “What is the point of being a journalist if you have zero desire to learn about the subject you’re reporting on?”

Truer words…

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Tim Tebow’s Triple-A baseball season over after hand injury: reports

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The New York Mets are making a run at a spot in the MLB postseason – but don’t expect Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow to play any role in a pennant race this year.

According to reports, Tebow’s baseball season has come to an end after he cut a finger on his left hand in the outfield July 21, requiring stitches.

Tebow had been playing for the Syracuse Mets, the New York club’s Triple-A affiliate in the International League.

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The left-handed hitting Tebow finished his 2019 season with a less-than-impressive .163 batting average, four home runs and 19 RBI, ESPN reported.

He spent 2018 with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Doube-A affiliate in the Eastern League. There he posted a .273 batting average with six home runs and 36 RBI – and made the All-Star Game before suffering a broken bone in his right hand, the report said.

Tebow, who will turn 32 Wednesday, previously focused on football, playing in college for the University of Florida and winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007.

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He then played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets before deciding to pursue a baseball career.

Despite his struggles this season, Tebow has no plans to retire, the New York Daily News reported – though his chances of making an MLB roster look dimmer.

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Could Dorothy Kilgallen mystery be solved through DNA evidence? Worth a try, author says

An author who has investigated the mysterious death of newspaper columnist and TV star Dorothy Kilgallen has asked a judge to let him exhume her body for DNA evidence.

Mark Shaw, who wrote “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much” and “Denial of Justice,” filed a petition in Westchester Supreme Court last week to disinter Kilgallen’s body from the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

Shaw also wants the court to order a DNA sample from retired journalist Ron Pataky, now 84, to “establish his probable complicity in her death.”

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Pataky has admitted he was the last person to see Kilgallen alive, Shaw writes.

A famous forensic expert, Dr. Cyril Wecht, has agreed to oversee the exhumation and DNA collection, Shaw says in his petition.

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Dorothy Killgallen, the reporter who died suddenly at age 52 on Nov. 8, 1965, is seen in an undated photo.

Shaw contends, in court papers and his books, that Pataky was helping Kilgallen’s enemies,  including Mafia boss Carlos Marcello, who wanted the reporter dead to quash her ongoing investigation into the JFK assassination.

The DNA tests, he said, may show that Kilgallen and Pataky had physical contact before she died suddenly at age 52 on Nov. 8, 1965.

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After appearing as a regular panelist on the TV game show “What’s My Line?”  Kilgallen was found dead in her Manhattan apartment, naked under a robe and still wearing make-up. The medical examiner ruled it an accidental mix of booze and sleeping pills. Shaw contends she was drugged.

“A DNA match will confirm that either she touched him or he touched her, perhaps during an embrace, having sex, or just shaking hands when they parted,” Shaw told The Post.

Shaw has served the petition to exhume Kilgallen on her three children and Pataky, any of whom may object.

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Lego debuts ‘Friends’ Central Perk set as show marks 25 years: ‘Could we be any more excited?’

They’re pretty much everywhere in reruns and now they’re there for you in Lego form!

Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the TV sitcom “Friends,” Lego fans will soon be able to construct Central Perk with the company’s newest nostalgic addition for the young-at-heart brick builder.

Starting Sept. 1, “Friends” super fans will be able to bring Monica, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, Ross and Chandler back to their favorite coffee shop in 1,079 Lego elements that include the orange couch, an armchair, coffee table and the coffee shop’s exterior complete with sign.

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The set includes every one of the all-new “Friends” Minifigures and even Gunther! The coffee shop is a ”faithful recreation” with “authentic details,” Lego says on its website.

Builders can also construct a coffee machine, menu board and Phoebe’s stage so you can literally say, “We were on a break!”

The Central Perk set was created by French fan designer named Aymeric Fievet.

“The challenge was to visualize passages of the series to allow me to recreate the furniture and the characters in as much detail as possible,” Aymeric, who lives in Normandy, told Lego. “The assembly of this model took me about a week after finding the necessary references. During the voting period, the set was changed several times!”

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Lego Ideas gives fans the opportunity to submit their brick-building ideas and win a chance to work with Lego master designers to bring it to life.

“Friends” ran on NBC from 1994 until 2004.

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Antifa’s ‘Iron Front’ symbol banned by Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders

With another confrontation between supporters of Antifa and the Proud Boys expected on the streets of Portland, Ore., next weekend, two pro soccer teams in the Pacific Northwest are trying to help keep the focus on the game instead of politics at their home matches.

According to the Associated Press, Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders have each banned the “Iron Front” symbol used by Antifa supporters from being displayed by fans inside the teams’ stadiums.

MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott explained the reasoning behind the league’s action.

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​​​​​​​A sign that reads “Anti-Facist Always Seattle Anti-Racist” is displayed in the supporters section during an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers in Seattle, July 21, 2019. (Associated Press)

“I think it was the belief of the league and the clubs that fans are at our games to enjoy the game,” Abbott told the AP, “and that there is a place for third-party political organizations or groups to express their views, but that place isn’t within our stadiums.”

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The symbol – composed of three arrows pointing downward and to the left – has been adopted by some Antifa supporters. It was used in the 1930s by a German group that opposed the Nazis, according to the AP.

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A version of the three-arrow “Iron Front” symbol used by some Antifa supporters is seen during a demonstration in downtown Portland, Ore., June 29, 2019. (Associated Press)

In one variation, the three arrows are replaced by three axes – suggesting support for the Timbers as well.

Soccer fans, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, are more inclined to express political views at games than fans of other sports, according to the report.

On social media, soccer fans who support Antifa were not happy about Major League Soccer’s decision.

Past clashes in Portland between supporters of Antifa and the Proud Boys have erupted into violence – including at attack on conservative writer Andy Ngo.

Having faced criticism for the city’s handling of past confrontations, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and police Chief Danielle Outlaw last week said both political groups should expect to face a strong police presence this coming Saturday.

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Wheeler issued a warning to anyone, on either side, looking to instigate violence.

“We don’t want you,” Wheeler said, according to OregonLive.com. “But if you do come, we will be ready for you.”

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Portland Timbers fans celebrate the win against Seattle in an MLS Soccer game in Portland, Ore, on Oct. 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Added Outlaw: “Don’t come. We don’t want you here. I don’t care what side you’re on.”

The Timbers have a home game scheduled against Atlanta United on Aug. 18, the day after the expected Proud Boys-Antifa showdown, and another Aug. 23, against the Seattle. The Sounders won’t play at home again until Sept. 1, against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth separate after less than a year of marriage

Miley Cyrus and husband Liam Hemsworth have decided to separate, a representative for Cyrus confirmed Saturday.

The split comes less than a year after the on-again, off-again couple married in a private ceremony in December.

The rep said the pair are focusing right now on themselves and their careers but will stay “dedicated parents to all of their animals they share.”

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Miley Cyrus, left, and Liam Hemsworth attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York, May 6, 2019. (Associated Press)

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Rumors of a split have been swirling for months and they escalated Saturday when Cyrus Instagrammed a photo of herself not wearing her wedding ring while on vacation in Italy.

Previously, Cyrus, 26, told Elle magazine for an interview in its August issue that she and Australian-born Hemsworth, 29, star of “The Hunger Games” movies and other films, had a “unique” relationship.

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“I’m in a hetero relationship,” Cyrus said, “but I still am very sexually attracted to women. I made a partner decision. This is the person I feel has my back the most. I definitely don’t fit into a stereotypical wife role. I don’t even like that word.”

The rep said the couple has requested privacy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Man raped 8-year-old girl after hitting her in head with shovel, fracturing her skull: police

A 29-year-old Kentucky man with a history of being declared incompetent to stand trial — following allegations of sexual assault and other crimes — is now accused in a brutal attack on an 8-year-old girl, according to reports.

Authorities in Louisville say Cane Madden, 29, is scheduled for arraignment Monday after being arrested early Saturday for allegedly whacking the child in the head with a shovel, fracturing her skull, then raping her.

“Well, there’s only one kind of prayer you can send. It’s ‘Lord have mercy, and Lord send the angels to watch over her,’” Ruth Watkins, a neighbor of the child, told Louisville FOX affiliate WDRB-TV. “Oh, it was a hurting, paining feeling going through my heart to know that something like that would happen on this street.”

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“Oh, it was a hurting, paining feeling going through my heart to know that something like that would happen on this street.”

— Ruth Watkins, neighbor of 8-year-old rape victim

Louisville Metro Police say Madden also stole the child’s Apple iPad, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

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Cane Madden, 29, with a history of previous assault cases that were dismissed, is now accused of assaulting and raping an 8-year-old girl, authorities say. (Louisville Metro Police)

After police were called to the city’s California neighborhood around 4:30 p.m. Friday, the girl was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for a fracture on the right side of her skull, multiple cuts and injuries that suggest sexual assault, according to the report.

Details about how the man came in contact with the child were not immediately available.

The suspect was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday and was being held on $1 million bond, the Courier-Journal reported.

He was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery, according to WDRB.

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Madden was accused of at least one previous sex crime, WDRB reported. In that 2017 case, according to police, Madden “bit the victim on her face above her left eye, removing a large chunk of the victim’s face.”

The charges in that case were dismissed after a judge found Madden incompetent to stand trial, the station reported. Madden has also seen other assault cases against him dismissed, according to the Courier-Journal.

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UK woman, 71, unmasked as culprit behind anti-Brexit graffiti

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A 71-year-old widow has been unmasked as the culprit behind a series of anti-Brexit slogans written in chalk throughout a town in West Yorkshire, England.

Hazel Jones, a retired teacher from Wakefield, was filmed by a bystander writing “Brexit is based on lies. Reject it,” on a brick wall of a local school on Aug 2.

“Keep seeing this message appear on this wall,” said Carla Petts, who took the 30-second video of Jones. “Thought it must be some youths writing it. Today I spotted the culprit. What a woman!”

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Jones is seen writing the slogan, before putting the white chalk back in her pocket and leaving the area with her walking stick in hand.

“Had I known I was being filmed I would have dressed up a bit more,” she told The Times.

Jones told The Times she’s been writing political graffiti since the 2016 referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union. She said she writes the slogans for her four grandchildren, whom she believes have been wronged by her generation and the referendum result.

“My generation has fouled up the prospects of younger people, so it’s my grandchildren that I’m doing it for,” she said.

Jones is a former supporter of the left-wing Labour party who recently voted for the center-left Liberal Democrats because they support a second referendum on the EU question, something she stands firmly behind.

“We all have to do our bit and I think it’s very important that people are made aware of the imminent catastrophe that we will be faced with if Brexit goes through,” she said. “But if the government chooses to deliberately impose on its own population food shortages, job losses and disruption of medical supplies, they really need not fear old ladies pointing this out.”

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She doesn’t consider herself a vandal or criminal because the slogans are made of chalk, which washes away in the rain and Jones only writes on public walls or fences, not on private homes.

“My children are worried there may be reprisals but it really never occurred to me that it was an offense,” she said. “It’s just chalk after all.”

Her children may have another reason to worry about reprisals: According to the BBC, Wakefield voters supported leaving the EU by a margin of approximately two-to-one in 2016.

An early riser, Jones believes she’s gotten away with it because she gets up early and hits the walls on the way into town. The widow says she was only spotted on Aug 2, because she was “a little later than usual.”

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When asked what she will do now that she’s been unmasked as the culprit, Jones remarked: “I suppose the game is up now, I can’t keep on doing it anymore.”

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North Korea slams Seoul over military drills with US, says Kim oversaw latest weapons tests

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North Korea said Saturday that dictator Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a new weapons system, the latest in a series of launches widely seen as an effort to drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea amid ongoing joint military exercises between the two countries.

The Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang’s official propaganda organ, said Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over the launches. The agency didn’t specify whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery but said they were developed to suit the North’s “terrain condition” and provide “advantageous tactical character different to existing weapons systems.”

The KCNA statement came hours after President Trump said Kim has expressed a desire to meet again to start nuclear negotiations after the end of ongoing joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, and had apologized for the flurry of recent short-range ballistic launches that rattled U.S. allies in the region.

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In a separate statement, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry blasted South Korea for continuing to host military drills with the United States and said that its future dialogue will be held strictly between Pyongyang and Washington.

South Korea’s military said Friday that the North had launched two short-range ballistic missiles Saturday, the fifth such launch within the past two weeks. The country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles flew around 250 miles and landed in the Sea of Japan.

By launching a slew of weapons that directly threaten South Korea but not the U.S. mainland or its Pacific territories, North Korea also appears to be dialing up pressure on Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from the United States on Pyongyang’s behalf.

South Korea has said North Korea’s recent launches could hurt efforts to stabilize peace on the Korean Peninsula and called for the North to uphold an agreement to form a joint military committee to discuss reducing tensions, which was part of the inter-Korean military agreement reached last year. North Korea in recent months has ignored the South’s calls for dialogue while demanding that Seoul turn away from Washington and resume inter-Korean economic cooperation held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North.

The rash of weapons firings come as American and South Korean forces conduct a 10-day military exercise which the North has denounced. North Korean officials have called the large-scale annual drills a “rehearsal for war” while the South called the test-firings a show of force.

Pyongyang has claimed that the U.S.-South Korea exercises force it to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”

“Given that the military exercise clearly puts us as an enemy in its concept,” said Kwon Jong Gun, director of the U.S. affairs department at Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry. “They [South Korea] should think that an inter-Korean contact itself will be difficult to be made unless they put an end to such a military exercise or before they make a plausible excuse or an explanation in a sincere manner for conducting the military exercise.”

“Though we are to enter into a dialogue in future as the currents flow in favor of dialogue, [the South] had better keep in mind that this dialogue would be held strictly between the D.P.R.K and the U.S., not between the North and the South,” Kwon said, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Kwon’s remarks come a day after the North blasted the South’s acquisition of U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets as it tries to expand its military capabilities, warning that Seoul would gain “nothing but destruction” if it pursues a contest of strength with the North.

Hours after the North’s latest launches, Trump tweeted that Kim spent much of his letter complaining about “the ridiculous and expensive” U.S.-South Korea military exercises. He said that Kim offered him “a small apology” for the flurry of missile tests, and that he assured him they would stop when the exercises end.

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Trump said the tests do violate Kim’s pledge to give up nuclear and long-range tests. He said on Friday he received a “beautiful” three-page letter from Kim in which the leader complained of “the ridiculous and expensive exercises.”

Trump and Kim met twice for summits in Singapore and Hanoi. In June the leaders briefly at the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea.

Fox News reporter Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Robert Bianchi: Epstein’s death is an amazing failure by his jailers – His victims must not be denied justice

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It is simply amazing that millionaire financier Jeffery Epstein, who was jailed on multiple charges of sex trafficking minors, died in federal custody Saturday in what authorities called an apparent suicide.

Epstein’s death comes just two weeks after he was placed on a suicide watch after being found injured in his cell, possibly from a suicide attempt.

How did this happen to such a high-profile inmate who was in segregation and who was supposed to heavily monitored? Why was he taken off a suicide watch that could have prevented his death?

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I want hard evidence to prove that Epstein’s death was a suicide. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy is pending to determine the death of the 66-year-old, who was jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in the city. Authorities said he was found unresponsive in his cell at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday and was dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

The Metropolitan Correctional Center is a federal prison that handles the worst of the worst criminals and is well-staffed. Clearly, Epstein should have been under constant observation to make sure he could not kill himself or someone else could do so.

Attorney General William Barr said after learning of Epstein’s death: “I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”

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A full investigation is clearly needed to see if anyone can be criminally charged in connection with Epstein’s death. The Office of the Inspector General will determine if any policies or procedures at the federal prison – or anyone responsible for implementing them – bear any responsibility for Epstein’s death.

Once prison staff found Epstein hanging in his cell, you can be assured they went into “CYA” mode to try to shield themselves from any responsibility. I hope that during the investigation they decide to be honest about how it was possible that Epstein was left unguarded and died.

Some people welcomed news of Epstein’s death, calling it a pathetic end for a serial child rapist who deserved to die. But that woefully misses the point of how Epstein’s victims, law enforcement and the public have now been deprived of the right to see him stand trial and be held accountable for the many crimes he is accused of committing.

The wealthy disgraced financier also escaped justice in 2007. Then-U.S. Attorney in Miami Alex Acosta let Epstein off the hook with a sweetheart deal that let him avoid appropriate punishment for crimes when prosecutors were hot on Epstein’s trail.

The women who said they were Epstein’s victims had a right to confront Epstein in court – both from the witness stand and during sentencing if he wound up being convicted.

The thing about this that strikes me as a former prosecutor is that Epstein has now escaped justice on two separate occasions with the help from the very government institutions that were supposed to prevent this and protect the victims.

On Saturday federal prison leadership and staff could not find a way to keep a high-profile defendant alive to face trial. Death proved to be Epstein’s ultimate escape from responsibility for the crimes he stood accused of committing – sexual abuse of dozens of underage girls at his $77 million New York City mansion and at his mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. between 2002 and 2005,

Epstein had pleaded not guilty and faced a sentence of up to 45 years in prison if convicted. 

The wealthy disgraced financier also escaped justice in 2007. Then-U.S. Attorney in Miami Alex Acosta let Epstein off the hook with a sweetheart deal that let him avoid appropriate punishment for crimes when prosecutors were hot on Epstein’s trail.

Acosta resigned as U.S. labor secretary last month after Epstein’s arrest and prosecution in New York spotlighted Acosta’s excessively lenient treatment of Epstein in the Florida case.

Any lawyer who practices criminal law knows that Acosta made as corrupt an “agreement” for extraordinary leniency toward Epstein as any I have ever seen in my 30-year career as an attorney.

There was ample evidence in a stunning 53-page indictment being prepared by federal prosecutors in Miami to lock Epstein up for many years for sex crimes. It was the kind of case that prosecutors live for because of the terrible victimization of teenage girls.

But what should have been a perfect case to get a dangerous sexual predator locked up where he couldn’t harm any other girls was – unbelievably – scuttled by then-U.S. Attorney Acosta himself.

After a private meeting at a hotel with Epstein’s private defense counsel, Acosta agreed to a state court resolution of 13 months in jail for Epstein, where he was given work-release even though this was not permissible under the rules of the jail. So while he slept at the jail, Epstein was able to leave and conduct his business during the day.

And for that absurdly inadequate sentence, Acosta agreed to a “non-prosecution” agreement, and an illegal agreement not to notify Epstein’s victims – in violation of federal law regarding resolution of such a case. Acosta also agreed to shield any potential co-conspirators to Epstein’s sex crimes.

Acosta then insulted any trial prosecutor by saying trials are uncertain. Really! How many trials did Acosta back away from in other cases on that bogus theory? My bet: none.

As prosecutors, it is our job to try cases. The case against Epstein in Florida 12 years ago was strong. But even if it were challenging, Acosta should have worked to convict a clearly dangerous sexual predator who deserved a stiff sentence.

I am awaiting an enterprising journalist to pull the records of sex crimes prosecuted by Acosta’s U.S. Attorney’s Office that were far less severe than Epstein’s, to see what the pleas and sentences were in those cases. I bet people would be shocked.

In all, I guess we all felt that we had to move past Acosta’s deal and let the federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York finally bring Epstein to justice. That hope was dashed with Epstein’s death. 

Accordingly, I call now for any case against those accused of assisting Epstein in his crimes to be pursued vigorously.

In addition, civil suits to recover financial damages from Epstein’s estate for his victims must move forward.

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And finally, the Office of Inspector General should find out why Epstein’s child victims were denied justice by Acosta years ago.

We can no longer levy any punishment against Epstein. But his victims deserve justice, and anyone who assisted him in his crimes deserves prosecution. The sordid Jeffrey Epstein story is far from over.

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