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Trump praises Saudi crown prince as a ‘friend,’ declines say if he will discuss Khashoggi

President Trump lavished praised on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and called him a “friend of mine” during a meeting between the two leaders Saturday at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

Trump declined to answer questions from reporters over whether he would confront the prince over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi, which has sparked backlash from human rights and free-press advocates, as well as U.S. lawmakers.

In a statement, the White House said the two leaders discussed a variety of issues, including oil markets, Saudi Arabia’s role in ensuring stability in the Middle East and Iran, the Hill reported. Some lawmakers have called on Trump to disavow Saudi leadership since Khashoggi’s death last year.

UN EXPERT CALLS FOR PROBE AMID ‘CREDIBLE EVIDENCE’ SAUDI CROWN PRINCE MBS WAS INVOLVED IN KHASHOGGI’S KILLING

Many have accused the crown prince of directing the killing of the U.S.-based Saudi journalist over his criticisms of the kingdom. Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October. He had gone to the building to building to obtain certification of his divorce so he could marry his girlfriend, Hatice Cengiz, who waited outside for him.

Saudi Arabia has denied involvement in the killing. Many have accused the Middle Eastern kingdom of undermining Turkish effort to investigate the journalist’s death.

A United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings called for an international investigation into the death Wednesday. Trump has cited strong economic ties between the two nations whenever asked to rebuke Saudi leadership.

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President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a working breakfast on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (Associated Press)

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Last week, the Senate voted to block an $8 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Trump has said he will use his veto power to move the measure forward. In addition to praising the crown prince Friday, Trump also touted the country’s recent moves in modernization, such as overturning a ban on women driving and reopening movie theaters after more than three decades.

The prince is “a man who has really done things in the last five years in terms of opening Saudi Arabia,” he said as the meeting began, adding “It’s like a revolution in a very positive way.”

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Harry Kazianis: Surprise meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un could make progress on North Korea nuke dispute

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President Trump’s meeting Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and surprise tweet raising the prospect of a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offer the perfect opportunity to jumpstart efforts to persuade Kim to abandon his growing arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Trump, who is wrapping up meetings at the G20 summit in Japan, tweeted Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.): “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

A deal on North Korean denuclearization – or more realistically progress toward denuclearization – could help bring peace to a Korean Peninsula that has technically been at war for 69 years. The Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953, but no peace treaty has ever been signed.

TRUMP OFFERS TO MEET KIM JONG UN AT NORTH KOREA BORDER

There has been little movement over the past few months towards a diplomatic solution over the dispute surrounding North Korea’s nuclear weapons, which Kim views as an insurance policy to deter a possible U.S. attack that could lead to the overthrow his communist dictatorship.

Talks between Trump and Kim in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in February failed to reach any agreement on denuclearization.

But we have a problem right from the outset. Most summits are strong on photo-ops and spectacle, light on substance.

How will Trump and Moon inject a sense of urgency into their discussions, ensuring that North Korea understands that Washington and Seoul are serious about a denuclearization agreement that works for all sides?

And if Trump and Kim meet for a quick and – as far as we know – unplanned meeting at the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas there seems virtually no chance their talks could bring about a major advance right away.

While Trump is eager to get the North to give up its nukes – an action that would be hailed as a diplomatic triumph for the American president – Kim is eager to get Trump to ease crippling international economic sanctions on the North.                     

While Trump is eager to get the North to give up its nukes – an action that would be hailed as a diplomatic triumph for the American president – Kim is eager to get Trump to ease crippling international economic sanctions on the North.                     

It’s critical that Trump convince Kim that America and South Korea are ready to deal, giving Kim substantial sanctions relief in return for major progress on denuclearization.

Considering the mixed signal coming out of Pyongyang these days – a flattering letter from Kim one day, multiple angry denunciations of the U.S. days later – it is not a stretch to say that North Korea’s leadership is unsure about its approach to the outside world in the weeks and months to come.

Will Kim now meet with Trump and order diplomats to prepare for a third U.S.-North Korea summit for more substantive talks as widely reported?

Or will Pyongyang continue to court great power patrons like Russia and China and eventually begin testing long-range missiles and nuclear weapons again, putting Northeast Asia back on a war footing like the dark days of 2017?

Enter the Demilitarized Zone along the border between North and South Korea.

Trump’s planned visit to this historic setting – used by many U.S. leaders to convey resolve while standing shoulder to shoulder with the leader of South Korea during dangerous times – presents a golden opportunity to make a big splash during Trump’s summit with Moon.

If the visit to the DMZ turns into even a short “just here to say hello” meeting between Trump and Kim, it would give Trump a chance to make sure North Korea understands loud and clear that the U.S. president is serious about finding a diplomatic solution to decades of tensions.

But what should Trump say to Kim if they meet, or say in his remarks to the media covering his visit to the DMZ even if he doesn’t meet with the North Korean leader?

I have several suggestions on the message Trump should convey to Moon and – if he has the opportunity – to Kim.

These suggestions spell out what a new U.S. approach towards North Korea could look like and would not only ease tensions but would most likely get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table for serious talks.

First, Trump should make clear that the elements of the denuclearization deal that were on the table in Hanoi should be the starting point of future negotiations with North Korea.

This could mean: focusing talks on the possibility of the U.S. and the North opening liaison offices in each other’s capitals; starting something akin to joint task force to conduct searches in North Korea for the remains of U.S. military members killed in the Korean War; and a political declaration signed by Trump and Kim ending the state of war that exists in Korea to this day.

All of that would be historic – and that’s just for starters. Trump would then need to get to the heart of the issue – why the summit in Hanoi fell apart back in February: the terms of what amounts to a first step toward North Korea’s denuclearization.

Trump should make clear he is open to many different starting points, but that North Korea must begin soon what will be a multi-year effort to wind down what is now a vast nuclear weapons development program that is spread across the entire country.

Again, Trump could use what was negotiated in Hanoi as a starting point. Trump could take North Korea up on its previous offer to fully shut down all its nuclear facilities at the Yongbyon complex, one of the Kim regime’s biggest nuclear weapons production areas. International inspectors would need to closely monitor all aspects of dismantlement, with their work not tampered with or interrupted.

What Trump could offer in return would certainly get North Korea’s attention: a promise to suspend all U.N. Security Council resolutions involving trade in coal and textiles with North Korea. This suspension would be granted for one year, allowing Washington to test North Korea’s intentions, to see if it is finally prepared to give up its nuclear program.

If Kim makes substantial progress in dismantling Yongbyon, America would then not only end sanctions on coal and textiles permanently, but could offer additional incentive-based agreements enabling North Korea to get the benefit of large amounts of sanctions being suspended.

And if the North complies with agreements on denuclearization, it could get economic sanctions ended permanently.

There is no reason Kim should reject such an approach. In fact, this action-for-action model is one that the Kim regime has been asking for.

There is, however, an important catch that is essential: a snapback provision would be included in any deal, ensuring Pyongyang would feel economic pain for cheating on any agreement.

This simple approach could serve as the foundation of a new relationship between America and North Korea, allowing both sides to build sorely needed trust, forging a new path free of nuclear threats and brinksmanship.

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If North Korea is truly serious about giving up its nuclear weapons and becoming what would amount to the last Asian economic tiger, then it is time to make history and follow President Trump’s lead.

Will all this be settled in the next few days if Trump and Kim meet at the Demilitarized Zone? Certainly not. But important progress could be made, laying the groundwork for a formal Trump-Kim summit in coming months that could produce results benefitting both sides.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill requiring felons pay off fines before regaining right to vote

Florida‘s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off on a bill Friday requiring felons to pay off their financial obligations before regaining the right to vote, a tactic many critics argue amounts to voter suppression and a modern-day poll tax.

State Republicans introduced the bill after voters passed an amendment in November to give roughly 1.4 million people with felony convictions to right to cast ballots in elections. The measure allowed felons not convicted of murder or sexual offenses to vote once they “complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.”

The language also said felons must complete their sentences, which Republicans interpreted to include paying off fines and fees imposed at sentencing.

FLORIDA: VOTING RIGHTS OF MORE THAN 1 MILLION FELONS RESTORED

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Former felons register to vote in Miami on Jan. 8, 2019. (ELINA SHIRAZI/Fox News)

“Senate Bill 7066 enumerates a uniform list of crimes that fall into the excluded categories and confirms that the amendment does not apply to a felon who has failed to complete all the terms of his sentence,” DeSantis wrote in a memo to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee.

Democrats argued the bill created unnecessary hurdles voters didn’t foresee when they passed the amendment and that the original intent of preventing felons from voting was to repress the minority vote.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the NAACP and other groups promptly filed a federal lawsuit over the new law Friday.

“Over a million Floridians were supposed to reclaim their place in the democratic process, but some politicians clearly feel threatened by greater voter participation,” Julie Ebenstein, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement. “They cannot legally affix a price tag to someone’s right to vote.”

Experts said granting felons to right to vote could possibly tip the scales in a state where elections can be decided by a small percentage of votes.

Several groups and Democratic presidential hopefuls blasted new law over Twitter.

“Disgusting. My democracy plan would re-enfranchise those who have served their time and left prison—and prevent states like Florida from overriding their rights with Jim Crow-era nonsense,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted.

“The 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed to eliminate the poll tax. Today, FL Gov Ron DeSantis defied the will of people & signed a law depriving thousands of formerly incarcerated persons from voting unless they pay restitution, fines & fees. THIS is why we need to #RestoreTheVOTE,” the NAACP posted.

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When the bill advanced through the Florida House in April, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker called it a “poll tax,” a tool most notoriously used to disenfranchise black voters in the Jim Crow-era south.

Under the law, felons could petition a judge to forgive their outstanding fines and fees in favor of community service or have a victim forgo repayment of restitution.

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Matt Gaetz says probe of tweet about Michael Cohen shows Dems’ ‘double standard’

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A House Ethics Committee probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., stemming from a tweet about former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen exposes a double standard, according to the Republican lawmaker.

Gaetz told Martha MacCallum on Friday on “The Story” that he stands by comments made on a March 1 appearance on the Fox News program — in which he apologized to Cohen and his family.

“I want to say publicly what I’ve said privately to Michael Cohen and to his family, that I’m sorry,” he said at the time.

“It’s entirely appropriate to test the truthfulness of a witness, but that could’ve been done in a way that didn’t invoke someone’s family, and I shouldn’t have done it.”

REP. MATT GAETZ APOLOGIZES FOR TWEET SUGGESTING MICHAEL COHEN HAS ‘GIRLFRIENDS’

In comments to MacCallum Friday, the lawmaker claimed there has been “no finding that I’ve done anything wrong.”

“I stand by the comments I made on your show. But it really highlights the double standard that exists with today’s left.”

Gaetz pointed to two Democratic lawmakers who he claimed made fiery remarks in the past that didn’t lead to a congressional probe.

“We’ve got members of Congress — Maxine Waters actually incited violence against Republicans and supporters of the president,” he claimed.

“We had Rashida Tlaib … using profanity to talk about how she was going to impeach the president.

REP. MATT GAETZ REGRETS ‘INVOKING’ MICHAEL COHEN’S FAMILY IN TWEET, SAYS HE’S ‘SORRY’

“I guess when a Republican says something that might go a little over the line,” he said, “it might be treated a little differently.”

The Florida lawmaker added he believed there are better things for the Democrat-led House to focus on.

“I’m worried about the 5,500 people that show up at our border every day,” he said. “I worry about the fact that we haven’t changed our asylum laws,” he added, calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a vote on the USMCA trade deal.

MacCallum pressed Gaetz on the tweet, and whether he was “threatening a witness the night before he was about to testify.”

She pointed to bipartisan criticism at the time from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

FLORIDA BAR OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO REP. GAETZ’S TWEET ABOUT MICHAEL COHEN

Gaetz responded, considering whether his support for President Trump played a factor in the committee’s decision.

“There very well may be a coordinated effort to go after people like me, people like Kellyanne Conway, who are effective advocates for a transformational president,” he said, referring to the White House counselor who’s been accused of violating the Hatch Act.

Gaetz has since deleted the original tweet directed at Cohen, in which he wrote: “Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…”

The tweet was sent on the eve of testimony from Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, on Capitol Hill.

In a statement released Friday, House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch, R-Fla. and ranking member Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, said they’d established a subcommittee to review the incident.

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“On March 13, 2019, the committee received a member complaint against Rep. Matt Gaetz,” the statement read. “The committee then began a review … into allegations that Representative Gaetz sought to threaten, intimidate, harass or otherwise improperly influence the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, in connection with Mr. Cohen’s testimony before a congressional committee.”

In May, Gaetz declined a request to appear for an in-person interview, according to the committee’s statement.

The subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., with Rep. Michael Guest, R-Texas, serving as ranking member.

“The committee notes that the mere fact of establishing an investigative subcommittee does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred,” the statement read.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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US judge blocks Indiana 2nd-trimester abortion procedure ban

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A federal judge blocked an Indiana law that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure on Friday, just days before the law was set to come into force.

The order putting the Indiana law on hold was released hours after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to revive a similar law in Alabama that sought to ban dilation and evacuation abortions.

The law passed by Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature this spring calls the procedure “dismemberment abortion.” It was set to become effective on July 1.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued on behalf of two doctors who perform dilation and evacuation abortions. Under the law, a doctor who performs the procedure could face a felony charge, punishable by up to six years in prison.

Indiana’s attorneys maintained the state had a valid role in limiting types of abortion procedures, citing a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a federal law banning the method.

ACLU attorneys argued that the ban would put a “substantial and unwarranted burden on women’s ability to obtain second-trimester, pre-viability abortions.”

In granting the preliminary injunction that blocked the law, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker wrote that it “prohibits physicians from utilizing the most common, safest, often most cost effective, and best understood method of second trimester abortion, requiring them instead to resort to alternatives that are medically riskier, more costly, less reliable, and in some instances simply unavailable, while accomplishing little more than expressing hostility towards the constitutionally fundamental right of women to control their own reproductive lives.”

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said in a statement he expected to appeal the ruling.

“I continue to believe that Indiana has a compelling interest in protecting the value and dignity of fetal life by banning a particularly brutal and inhumane procedure,” Hill said.

The U.S. Supreme Court in May rejected Indiana’s appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the state’s ban on abortion based on gender, race or disability. The court, however, upheld a portion of the 2016 law signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains after an abortion.

Four other anti-abortion laws adopted in Indiana since 2013 have been blocked by federal courts, according to the ACLU.

Chris Charbonneau, the CEO at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said the latest Indiana law wrongly waded into the details of medical decisions that should be left to doctors.

“I think the Legislature has not, until recently, been serious about passing something that will be upheld,” Charbonneau said. “I think they’re passing these things as red meat to the right-wing base to make it look like they are actually doing something.”

The decision from Barker, who was nominated as a judge by President Ronald Reagan, comes just weeks after she allowed an abortion clinic to open in South Bend. The Indiana State Department of Health had denied the operator a clinic license, saying it had not provided requested safety documentation.

During a hearing this month, Barker questioned why the state would force women seeking a second-trimester abortion to undergo “highly risky” alternative procedures, such as prematurely inducing labor or injecting fatal drugs into the fetus.

Federal courts have blocked similar laws in several states, including Kentuckyand Ohio this spring, but Indiana abortion opponents were hopeful an increasingly conservative U.S. Supreme Court could eventually uphold such bans.

The Indiana measure signed by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb would make it illegal for doctors to use medical instruments such as clamps, forceps and scissors to remove a fetus from the womb except to save the pregnant woman’s life or prevent serious health risk.

Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher said legislators wanted the ban “because they think the procedure is unethical.”

The anti-abortion group Indiana Right to Life urged an appeal of Barker’s ruling.

“It’s disgusting that the abortion industry can simply overturn a law they dislike by filing a lawsuit,” said Mike Fichter, the group’s president and CEO. “Dismemberment abortions are painful and barbaric. No baby deserves this horrific death sentence.”

Indiana lawmakers didn’t go as far as those in Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, where bills were enacted barring abortion once there’s a detectable fetal heartbeat, as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Missouri’s governor signed a bill approving an eight-week ban on abortion, with exceptions only for medical emergencies. Alabama outlawed virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. Those bans haven’t taken effect, and all are expected to face legal challenges.

The dilation and evacuation procedure accounted for 27, or 0.35 percent, of the 7,778 abortions performed in Indiana during 2017, according to an Indiana State Department of Health report.

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Juan Williams: Warren ‘rising’ as Sanders ‘fades’ in 2020 field

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., appears to be losing traction to another progressive running in 2020, according to Juan Williams.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., seems to be increasing in popularity and taking Sanders’ place in the conversation, Williams claimed Friday on “The Five.”

“She’s been leap-frogging him,” Williams said of Warren.

“I think these two nights really seal that that it’s her moment. She’s got that lane in terms of left-wing Democratic Party politics.

BERNIE SANDERS ACCUSES ERIC SWALWELL OF ‘AGEISM’ FOR HIS ‘PASS THE TORCH’ REMARKS

“She’s rising and he’s fading. We’ll see what happens.”

He added Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., did not look comfortable on the dais Thursday.

“When you look at someone like Swalwell, I think he looked stiff,” he said.

Williams added the Democratic presidential primary field is overall very unwieldy.

DAVID AXELROD SAYS BIDEN SEEMED ‘CONFUSED’ AT DEBATE, SEEMED ‘PART OF THE PAST’

“I think the field is too big,” he said.

“So you get people who shouldn’t be on the stage.”

For his part, Sanders verbally swiped at Swalwell following Thursday’s debate, after the California Democrat told former Vice President Joe Biden to “pass the torch” to a younger generation of candidates.

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Following the debate, Sanders was asked about the “generational argument” that is being made by folks like Swalwell.

“I think that’s kind of ageism to tell you the truth,” Sanders responded.

“And I think what we’re trying to do and all of us are trying to do is to end discrimination in this country against women, against minorities, against the LGBT community, and I think ageism as well.”

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: Trump should complain to Xi Jinping about China’s assault on Hong Kong

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When President Trump meets Saturday with Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Japan, the U.S. president should bring up China’s assault on the sovereignty and autonomy of Hong Kong.

The Chinese Communist Party has pressured G20 participants to remain formally silent on the crisis in Hong Kong. President Trump should talk to Xi about it anyway. It is the right thing to do, and America has significant leverage in this context.

Earlier this month, 2 million protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong to oppose the latest assault by the Chinese Communist Party – this time in the form of a controversial extradition bill that would subject them and any foreigner in Hong Kong to China’s politicized and corrupt judicial system.

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This was only the latest push in what has become a systematic campaign by the Communist Party and Xi to impose control on the city, which is a former British colony.

The Communist Party is succeeding. The people of Hong Kong are at risk of losing control over their city, and with it their freedom. Xi is slowly crushing Hong Kong under the weight of his Communist regime.

In 1992, five years before Britain transferred control of Hong Kong to China, Congress passed the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act. In that law, Congress laid out a number of favorable conditions for Hong Kong – including separate customs and export arrangements, provided the city maintained certain levels of autonomy from the Chinese government.

The people of Hong Kong are at risk of losing control over their city, and with it their freedom. Xi is slowly crushing Hong Kong under the weight of his Communist regime. 

The Communist Party would like to keep the favorable conditions in place, if only because it exploits them to get around U.S. restrictions and sanctions on Chinese money laundering, technology transfers and trade.

However, Chinese leaders would also like to keep eroding Hong Kong’s sovereignty in broad and granular ways. Xi has gone so far as to arrest Hong Kong booksellers who sold materials criticizing his tyrannical rule.

The Chinese have been very careful to erode Hong Kong’s autonomy at a pace and in a manner that doesn’t trigger an American reassessment of our Hong Kong policy. President Trump can and should tell Xi that the Chinese haven’t been careful enough, and that both the executive branch and Congress will begin pushing back.

Earlier this month I introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., called the Hong Kong Policy Reevaluation Act of 2019. It amends the 1992 law by mandating a U.S. government-wide review led by the State Department that exposes China’s systematic exploitation of Hong Kong and identifies the individuals responsible for it.

The Chinese Communist Party knows it is vulnerable. Xi and his cutouts in Hong Kong eventually decided to indefinitely suspend consideration of the extradition bill in the face of the overwhelming protests that flooded the city. They will wait until the protests calm down and the international community is distracted to try again.

That will not be adequate for American policymakers. The Chinese extradition bill should be completely withdrawn from future consideration, and officials should take steps to restore and ensure Hong Kong’s autonomy.

The United States will continue to side with the men and women of Hong Kong.

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Dictators fear light because it exposes the lies underpinning their regimes. The Chinese Communist Party targets Hong Kong for the same reason it threatens Taiwan and persecutes Uighurs, Tibetans, Christians, and dissidents – and for the same reason it treats Americans and other foreigners with racial contempt and ideological suppression.

China’s leaders are afraid of freedom. They should be.

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“The View” pummels Biden over his exchange with Harris: Maybe he could be her VP

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The co-hosts of “The View” had some harsh criticisms for former Vice President Joe Biden over his response to attacks from Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate.

One of the biggest highlights from the first round of debates this week was when Harris challenged Biden’s remarks about segregationists he had worked with in the Senate as well as his record on busing, something she had experienced as a child.

Joy Behar kicked off the conversation by saying it was “clear” that Harris “is not running for vice president” and that she’s actually “running for president,” later adding that a “Biden-Kamala ticket” is a “winning ticket.”

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“If there’s a ticket, it’s the Kamala-Biden ticket,” co-host Sunny Hostin responded.

“I would take it either way, frankly,” Behar said.

Guest host Ana Navarro shared her experience attending the debates in Miami and how an “audible gasp” could be heard in the room during the fiery exchange.

“Job Biden looked so gobsmacked and sad, I almost felt like going on stage and squeezing his shoulders,” Navarro quipped. “Last night, he got a rude awakening. He’s going to have to engage because you had [Rep. Eric] Swalwell telling him to ‘pass the torch’ and you have Kamala torching him!”

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Hostin dinged the Democratic front-runner for not being prepared for the “pre-planned attack” from Harris, pointing to her tweet hinting that she would confront him on busing.

“What I think this country needed to see is that a woman can stand toe-to-toe with Donald Trump on a debate stage and eviscerate him,” Hostin told her co-hosts. “She gave us that moment. I am clear in my mind that she can him on.”

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Trump offers to meet Kim Jong Un at North Korean border

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President Trump on Friday raised the possibility of meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while in South Korea over the next few days, tweeting that he’s willing to meet Kim at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

“After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon),” the president tweeted Friday. “While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

The president, who has been overseas at the G20 summit in Japan, is set to arrive in South Korea on Saturday.

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There have been no public meetings between Washington and Pyongyang since the breakdown of a Vietnam summit between the two leaders earlier this year. But the prospects for a resumption of U.S.-North Korea diplomacy have brightened since Trump and Kim recently exchanged personal letters. Trump called Kim’s letter “beautiful,” while Kim described Trump’s as “excellent,” though the contents of their letters have not been disclosed.

Despite the deadlocked nuclear negotiations, both Trump and Kim have described their personal relationship as good. When asked whether Kim’s recent letter included a mention about another summit, Trump recently said, “Maybe there was.”

In yet another reminder of North Korea’s continued mistrust of the United States, its foreign ministry said earlier Wednesday it won’t surrender to U.S.-led sanctions and accused Washington of trying to “bring us to our knees.”

Kim has said North Korea will seek a “new way” if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Argentinian teen wakes from coma after falling ill in Dominican Republic

An Argentinian teen who was hospitalized in the Dominican Republic after falling into a coma while on vacation has woken up, according to media reports.

Candela Saccone, 15, was scheduled to leave the Carribean island on June 19 when she fell ill from a life-threatening diabetic condition while staying at a Punta Cana resort, Argentine news outlet Cronica reported. After several days in a coma, she was eventually taken off a ventilator once her health improved.

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Candela Saccone, 15, has been hospitalized in the Dominican Republic since June 19 after she became ill while on vacation. (Facebook)

“When they told us that she said a few words and got annoyed when they spoke to her, I said, ‘That’s my granddaughter!’” Saccone’s grandmother, Mónica Zanollo, told the outlet.

The New York Post reported the girl began experiencing symptoms of dizziness, vomiting and dehydration on the day she became sick. She was taken to a hospital and transferred to another in the capital of Santo Domingo.

A few days later, she slowly began to improve, Cronica reported.

“This breakthrough means that the doctors are doing things well and the progress is very important for us,” Zanollo said. “The truth is that the hospital staff has taken excellent care of the family, both at a medical level and at a human level.”

The teen’s family said they hope to bring her back to Argentina when she becomes stable.

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The health scare comes as the Carribean nation grapples with a slew of at least 12 American tourist deaths at resort areas and reports of visitors feeling mysteriously ill. The crisis has negatively impacted the country’s bread and butter tourism industry.

Flights to the island have plummeted 74 percent since reports of the deaths surfaced.

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