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Apple iPhone Event: A Rebranded ‘Pro’ Phone, the Series 5 Watch, a New iPad

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Tim Cook speaking about the iPhone 11 Pro. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

Apple’s product launches have long been full of surprises, mostly centering on innovative new gadgets. The most surprising announcement so far on Tuesday? Apple dropped the price of an iPhone.

Apple said the iPhone 11, its entry-level phone, will start at $700, compared with $750 for the comparable model last year.

The move was a surprise because Apple had been raising prices each year as a way to keep revenues afloat while sales of the devices fell. But Apple might have hit the ceiling this past year. Sales of the two models that began at $1,000 or more lagged expectations, causing the company to cut revenue estimates and eventually slash prices in China to boost demand.

Meanwhile, Apple’s entry-level phone last year — the iPhone XR, at $750 — became the company’s best-selling device.

Analysts say that one issue with the rising prices has been that new iPhone features haven’t kept up. As a result, many people are holding onto their phones for longer than they used to. The dropping price suggests Apple sees that trend and is trying to entice more people to upgrade to a new device.

Apple has rebranded its iPhone line to make the entry-level option the flagship iPhone 11, while adding a “Pro” label to its pricier models.

The move is a departure from Apple’s previous marketing strategy, which instead gave the cheapest phone a different label that branded it as the discounted model. (Though it still started at $750.) The iPhone XR became Apple’s best-selling iPhone, while its more expensive models struggled in some markets. Those lagging sales caused Apple to cut revenue estimates earlier this year.

The iPhone XR also likely outperformed its costlier cousins in part because tech reviewers considered it to be about as good as the flagship iPhone — for 25 percent less. Apple has long been in a bind on pricing and developing its line of iPhones, aiming to make the least expensive devices still worth paying hundreds of dollars for without undercutting the pricier models.

The rebranding suggests Apple is embracing the lowest-priced iPhone as the device most people will use, while marketing the pricier “Pro” devices for the higher end of the market. The company has done the same with its iPads, also labeling its most advanced tablets the iPad Pro.

Apple introduced three new phones: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The main difference? Each of the three iPhones gained a new camera lens.

The new high-end Pro models include a triple-lens main camera, up from two lenses in last year’s models, and the entry-level iPhone now has a dual-lens camera, up from a single lens in last year’s iPhone XR. All the iPhones include a so-called ultrawide angle lens.

Here’s what that means: The new ultra-wide lens take photos with a wider field of view than traditional phone cameras, which makes it handy for shooting landscapes or large group gatherings. Samsung’s Galaxy S10, which released this year, also includes an ultra-wide angle lens for taking wider shots.

The second lens on the entry-level iPhone will also make the camera more capable of shooting photos in portrait mode, which puts the picture’s main subject in sharp focus while gently blurring the background.

Last year’s iPhone XR had a single lens and was capable of shooting portrait photos of only human subjects. The second lens in the new entry-level iPhone will let you take portrait shots of non-human subjects like food, animals and plants.

On the high-end iPhones, the triple-lens system lets users zoom in closer on their subjects. Apple also said it had added a night mode for shooting photos in low light. By default, when users shoot photos in the dark, the camera will automatically make photos look better lit.

With its focus on camera tech, Apple is playing catch up with Google. Google’s Pixel smartphones focus on camera innovations including Night Sight, a popular feature for shooting photos in low light, which led critics to conclude that the search giant had used its prowess in artificial intelligence to surpass Apple in camera tech.

Stan Ng, Apple’s vice president for product marketing, Apple Watch.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

Apple detailed the Apple Watch Series 5. The watch’s most noteworthy new feature is its so-called always-on display. In previous models, the screen would turn on when you tilted your wrist to check the time.

The new watch uses a display technology (previously seen in Samsung phones) to keep some pixels activated just to show the time, consuming little power. The screen becomes fully lit up when you tilt your wrist. Other updates to the watch, including a built-in compass, were minor. The watch starts at $400, the same price as the last model. It will be available on Sept. 20.

Apple introduced a new version of its entry-level iPad, which costs $330. The new model includes a 10.2-inch screen, up from 9.7 inches. Unlike the previous model, the new tablet is compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil. (Previous iPads worked with only third-party styluses and keyboards.)

The updated iPad is unremarkable compared to Apple’s high-end iPad Pros, which include sharper screens and infrared face recognition and work with a more advanced Apple stylus. However, the entry-level iPad is Apple’s best-selling tablet, and its investment in the entry-level model shows the company’s commitment to the category even though its sales have slowed down.

Tim Cook speaking about “The Morning Show.”CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

At last, Apple’s original television shows have a premiere date and price point. The company’s chief executive, Tim Cook, announced on Tuesday that Apple would begin rolling out original shows and movies on Nov. 1 for $5 per month.

Apple TV Plus, which will be the home of all of Apple’s original content, will be free for a year to users who purchase a company product like a new iPhone or a laptop.

Apple announced that on Nov. 1, it would feature a lineup of adult dramas, comedies, children’s programs and documentaries. Those series include four shows the company has released trailers for, including “The Morning Show,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell; “Dickinson,” a comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld and Jane Krakowski; “See,” an epic drama starring Jason Momoa; and “For All Mankind,” a space drama. The launch will also feature other programs, including Oprah Winfrey’s new book club, a Peanuts series called “Snoopy in Space” and a documentary that Apple bought the rights to last year called “The Elephant Queen.”

The launch date puts Apple in the thick of the so-called streaming wars that have consumed Hollywood. Disney is rolling out its new streaming service, Disney Plus, on Nov. 12. AT&T’s Warner Media, the home of HBO, Warner Bros. and the DC comic universe, will introduce its own streaming service next year, and will announce new details for it on Oct. 29.

The price point makes it cheaper than Disney’s service, which will be $7 a month, and less than Netflix, which is $13 per month. The premiere date and the price point finally put has been asked since it started making deals 23 months ago.

But questions linger: How will Apple market these programs in the coming months? Which shows will be introduced from the get-go? And will Apple drop all episodes of new series at once like Netflix, or will they roll out once a week?

— John Koblin

Ann Thai, product lead for Apple, onstage at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

Apple announced it was getting into gaming earlier this year. Now we know how much its game subscription will cost: $5 a month.

Apple said its Apple Arcade gaming service would be available starting Sept. 19 in more than 150 countries. The service charges users a monthly fee for access to more than 100 games that aren’t available elsewhere. The games can be played on iPhones, iPads, Macs and on Apple TV.

Apple showed off several of the games on Tuesday, including an undersea-exploration game from Japanese game maker Capcom and an updated version of the arcade classic Frogger.

Apple Arcade is part of a larger strategy by Apple to create a steady, more predictable revenue stream from services as sales of iPhones continue to slide. Apple has also added subscription services for news, music and streaming video.

Apple spent hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the development of new games for Apple Arcade, The Financial Times reported in April. Analysts expect gaming could become a major moneymaker for Apple within the next several years. HSBC analysts forecast its revenues to reach $2.7 billion by 2022, outpacing Apple’s news and video subscription services.

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GOP leaders blast Dems for refusing to schedule IG testimony after Comey report

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Republican congressional leaders chastised House Judiciary Committee Democrats on Tuesday for allegedly refusing to call Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to testify, after he released a bombshell report describing how former FBI Director James Comey violated agency rules in his handling of sensitive information.

House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., both accused Democrats of snubbing a witness they claim could provide information that undermines efforts to impeach President Trump.

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“The Democrats on the Judiciary Committee will not bring him in to testify,” Cheney said at a press conference. “They refuse to do that, and we think that that just fundamentally shows you their lack of substantive concern for issues that really should matter, when the director of the FBI conducts himself that way, because they’re too focused on political attacks on the president.”

McCarthy echoed Cheney, pointedly criticizing Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who is moving this week to hold a vote formalizing procedures for an impeachment investigation.

“Every time inside Congress, when an inspector general has brought forth an important report, we’ve brought them before a committee to actually hear what they had found,” McCarthy said, arguing that Horowitz’s investigation was an “appropriate” subject to be heard by the committee. “Maybe that is a disagreement with the promise that chairman Nadler made for his political friends, that he would just impeach this president regardless of facts.”

Nadler’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Nadler has defended his course of action in pursuing Trump-related investigations, including high-profile hearings with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other figures.

“President Trump went to great lengths to obstruct Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, including the President’s attempts to remove the Special Counsel and encourage witnesses to lie and to destroy or conceal evidence. Anyone else who did this would face federal criminal prosecution,” Nadler said in a statement Monday. “He has dangled pardons, been involved in campaign finance violations and stonewalled Congress across the board, noting that he will defy all subpoenas. No one is above the law.”

Horowitz’s report, meanwhile, cast a harsh light on Comey’s actions, stating he violated bureau policies by drafting, disseminating and retaining memos documenting discussions he had with the president. It also said that he leaked sensitive information on an ongoing investigation, by leaking a memo on a discussion about the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Apart from the Comey probe, Horowitz has another pending report that is eagerly anticipated by Republicans. That one deals with the FBI’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to obtain a warrant for monitoring former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Republicans claim the FBI misrepresented information to get the warrant during the early stages of the Russia investigation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has predicted that Horowitz’s FISA report will be “ugly and damning” for the Justice Department.

Tuesday’s criticism comes after another Republican, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, blasted Democrats for not yet calling Horowitz in for a hearing.

REP. JIM JORDAN: DEMOCRATS PUSHING ‘RIDICULOUS’ IMPEACHMENT PROBE AT COST OF AMERICAN PEOPLE

“He just issued a scathing report about Jim Comey, the former FBI director, and nothing has been scheduled to bring in Mr. Horowitz to answer our questions,” Jordan said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

“When you’re solely focused on going after the president, you can’t do what’s best for the country, and that’s been the problem with the Democrats,” Jordan said.

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McCarthy had a similar message Tuesday.

“It is time for the Democrats to stop focusing on trying to tear the president down but actually build America up,” he said.

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Poll: Most Americans Want To See Congress Pass Gun Restrictions

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Antonio Basco, husband of El Paso Walmart shooting victim Margie Reckard, hugs an attendee during his wife’s visitation service in El Paso, Texas, in August.

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There is widespread support among Americans — Democrats, Republicans and gun owners, alike — for a number of initiatives to curb gun violence they would like to see Congress pass, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Laws that would screen for the types of people who could use a gun are broadly popular, but when it comes to bans on certain types of weapons and ammunition, a divide emerges.

Increasing funding for mental health screenings and treatment, universal background checks, red-flag laws and requiring gun licenses all get broad bipartisan support as well as the support of a majority of gun owners. (Red-flag laws, also known as extreme-risk protection orders, allow police or family members to request that a judge temporarily remove guns from a person who may be a danger to themselves or others.)

“You’d be hard-pressed to find something where the gap between public sentiment and legislative action or inaction is wider because you’ve got a clear consensus across party lines,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll. “The gap is huge, and the congressional crowd is very much out of step with where public opinion is on this. And therein lies the frustration [of many Americans], as the frequency of these shootings increases.”

After a summer that saw high-profile mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; and Odessa, Texas; Congress is back, and there is a renewed push to pass gun restrictions, but Republican congressional leadership is deferring to President Trump.

Democrats have made implementing gun restrictions a top priority, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has declined to bring anything to the Senate floor until he is certain of what President Trump would support.

Trump has wavered on whether he even wants universal background checks passed. Without the president’s support, passage of any gun restrictions is highly unlikely.

Bans and overall sentiment on guns prove more divisive

Majorities of Americans support bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines and assault-style weapons, but there are gaps between the parties, men and women, where people live and whether or not they own a gun.

While Democrats and independents want Congress to pass them, Republicans do not.

Men and women also divide here: 72% of women are in favor of banning assault-style weapons, while 55% of men are against it.

Gun owners — majorities of whom support Congress passing legislation to increase mental health funding (88%), require background checks (77%), institute a national red-flag law (62%) and require licensing before purchase of a gun (57%) — are split on a high-capacity magazine ammunition ban (47% for, 50% against) and against a ban on assault-style weapons (57%).

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Controlling gun violence vs. protecting gun rights

When it comes to the general sentiment around guns and whether it’s more important to control gun violence or protect gun rights, a majority of Americans say it’s more important to control gun violence (55% to 39%).

That margin has been been consistent since April of 2013, when former President Barack Obama declared it a “shameful day for Washington” after Congress failed to pass gun-control legislation months after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Again, gender, place and party divides emerge:

-Two-thirds of women (67%) believe it’s more important to control gun violence, while a slim majority of men say the opposite (51%);

-Almost two-thirds who live in big cities (63%) say controlling gun violence is more important, as do more than 6-in-10 who live suburbs.

-But a majority who live in rural areas (54%) say it’s more important to protect gun rights;

-And the parties are sharply split: 90% of Democrats say control gun violence, while 69% of Republicans say protect gun rights.

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Teachers with guns and buyback programs

A majority of Americans do not think Congress should pass legislation to allow school teachers to carry guns by a 57%-to-37% margin, and they are split on whether there should be a mandatory buyback program of assault-style weapons (45% are in favor, 46% are against).

Again, there are sharp divides — Democrats and independents are against allowing teachers to carry guns in schools, but Republicans are in favor of it. Independents swing toward Republicans, however, when it comes to mandatory buyback programs of assault guns, which they do not think Congress should pass.

Two-thirds of women are against Congress passing legislation to allow teachers to have guns in schools, while men are evenly divided (50% are against it, 45% are in favor).

When it comes to whether Congress should create a mandatory gun buyback program, 55% of women think it should, 61% of men don’t want to see that.

And a strong majority of gun owners (61%) are against buyback programs.

Methodology

The survey of 1,314 adults was conducted with live caller via telephone by The Marist Poll and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points. There are 1,160 registered voters with a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points. There are 514 gun owners for a margin of error of 5.8 percentage points.

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US to commemorate 9/11 victims amid controversy over Trump inviting Taliban to Camp David

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U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now “dead,” President Donald Trump declared Monday, one day after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America’s longest war. (Sept. 9) AP, AP

The toll in human lives lost from the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, extends beyond the nearly 3,000 people killed as a direct result of the assault.

That reality will be acknowledged Wednesday as part of remembrance ceremonies on the 18th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist acts on American soil.

Tributes will be held, among other places, at the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center site in New York City, in the Washington area and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on the field where United Flight 93 crashed after passengers and crew members foiled hijackers’ plot to slam the plane into the U.S. Capitol.

The somber, nonpartisan commemorations have been touched by controversy this year after President Donald Trump announced he had planned to have secret meetings Sunday with leaders of the Taliban, the militant Afghan group that supported 9/11 leader Osama bin Laden.

Those talks, to be held at Camp David, were scrapped after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Thursday in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American serviceman.

The plans to invite a terrorist organization to the historic retreat, days before the Sept. 11 anniversary, drew swift condemnation, including from members of the Republican Party.

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Politics aside, this year’s memorial in New York – where more than 2,600 people died after two hijacked jets smashed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers – will feature the traditional reading of their names.

Events start at 8:40 a.m. EDT in a ceremony hosted by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum that can be watched on 911memorial.org/live – the function itself is open only to victims’ relatives – and it will include moments of silence at the time of the four flight impacts and when each of the towers collapsed.

At sunset, around 7:12 p.m. local time, the yearly Tribute in Light will come on, and parallel beams will shoot into the sky to represent the fallen skyscrapers.

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A less shiny yet still meaningful homage has been added this year, when granite slabs were installed at the memorial plaza in recognition of the people killed or sickened by toxins from the World Trade Center wreckage.

In the 9/11 Memorial Glade, the stone pieces jut from the ground along a tree-lined pathway and, according to the signs, are dedicated “to those whose actions in our time of need led to injury, sickness, and death.” Those include the first responders and others who provided aid after the plane crashes at all three sites.

The twin towers’ collapse produced thick dust clouds, and fires burned for months in the rubble. Many rescue and recovery workers developed respiratory and digestive system ailments potentially linked to inhaled and swallowed dust. Some were diagnosed with other illnesses, including cancer.

Research continues into whether those illnesses are tied to 9/11 toxins. In a study in 2018, researchers found a higher incidence of deaths from brain cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain other diseases among rescue and recovery workers, as well as an unusual number of suicides.

Joanna Reisman, whose firefighter husband died of brain cancer three years after searching through the WTC debris for remains, said the memorial addition should not detract from acknowledgment of the pain endured by the relatives of the initial victims.

“We just have to recognize that there were others, too,’’ Reisman said.

Victims at the Pentagon 

Like New York, the Washington area holds an event for families of 9/11 victims. The focus of the yearly remembrances hosted by the Pentagon Memorial are the 184 people who died when American Flight 77 smashed into the Pentagon building in Arlington County, Virginia, killing all on board and 125 people on the ground.

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The Pentagon Memorial itself, composed of 184 benches with the names of each of the victims inscribed, is free and usually open 24 hours a day. The one exception is Wednesday, when it will be closed to the public from 5 to 11 a.m. for a private ceremony. A 24-minute audio tour is available.

Other commemorative events around Washington include a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. – the time when the plane struck – at Arlington National Cemetery and the 9/11 Promise Run, a multiday relay that starts at the Pentagon Memorial and is scheduled to end Wednesday at Ground Zero. This year, there’s also a biking expedition to Shanksville.

Heroes in Pennsylvania

A few miles north of that tiny southwestern Pennsylvania town, organizers and supporters will hold a morning observance at the Flight 93 Memorial Plaza, part of a national park dedicated to the victims.

They are remembered as heroes – their bravery depicted in the 2006 TV movie “Flight 93” – for preventing the hijackers from accomplishing their goal.

After the names of the 40 passengers and crew members who died are read out loud and bells are rung in remembrance, a wreath will be laid at the Wall of Names.

Visitors are invited.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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‘Storm Area 51’ has Nevada tour owner pausing trips, warning visitors: ‘They take that whole place seriously’

When the masses possibly descend on the rural Nevada landscape later this month for the viral “Storm Area 51” event and related festivals that have popped up after its creation, don’t expect to set out for the full alien experience with Will Tryon’s tour company.

Area 51 is popularly known as the site of rumored government studies of outer space aliens. The “Storm Area 51” Facebook event went viral in July as people pledged to crash the secret military base in an attempt to “see them aliens.” More than 3 million Facebook users have now said they are going, with over 1.4 million replying they were interested.

After going viral, the event — which started as a joke — spurred two rural Nevada counties to draft emergency declarations, with local law enforcement planning to team resources with the state and neighboring counties ahead of the Sept. 20-22 events.

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In this April 10, 2002, file photo, a vehicle moves along the Extraterrestrial Highway near Rachel, Nev., the closest town to Area 51. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

Tryon, the owner of Las Vegas Adventure Tours and operator of GetYourGuide’s Area 51 tour, told Fox News on Monday that his company won’t be taking customers out into the area from Sept. 19 to 22 out of concerns that things could “get difficult,” including the possibility that the few gas stations in the area may run out of fuel.

“We have to think first of the safety of their customers,” he said. “I don’t think putting a customer in that kind of situation is a safe choice.”

OWNERS OF LITTLE A’LE’INN PREPARE FOR ‘STORM AREA 51’ EVENT: ‘I’M STILL TERRIFIED’

One of the alien-related festivals is scheduled to take place in the town of Rachel, located about 148 miles north of Las Vegas. The town’s official website warns there is no gas or store in the town of 54 people, with the nearest gas station either 50 miles south in Ash Springs or 110 miles north in Tonopah.

Tryon, who has been running the Area 51 tour for over 18 years, told Fox News he wasn’t surprised the Facebook event went viral because people across the country want to know what’s happening at the top-secret military base.

“It’s simply a rebound of the American desire to know,” he said Monday. “Although storming Area 51, I think, isn’t a good idea. They take that whole place seriously.”

The tour company owner said the best time to visit the area is spring or fall, when weather conditions are “absolutely perfect” in the high-desert area. The viral Facebook event just so happens to be when weather conditions are entering the “best time of the year,” according to Tryon.

He stressed, however, that those staying in Las Vegas can’t get back and forth on one tank of fuel if they plan on attempting to make a trek on their own, especially if there is traffic or any other incident on the few roadways in the region.

“Getting caught in the desert isn’t a good thing, ” he told Fox News. “You can dehydrate and end up with serious issues.”

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Sign for Little A’Le’Inn and flying saucer hanging from tow truck, Rachel, Nevada, near Area 51. (Getty Images)

That’s why he recommends people make sure they go through a certified tour operator, especially avoiding the weekend of scheduled events. In his company’s full-day tours, travelers head out along the infamous “Extraterrestrial Highway” and showcase the scenic desert complete with stops at the Little A’le’Inn, 6-foot Indian petroglyphs that resemble aliens, and get the chance to stand at the perimeter of the military base without fear of arrest.

“For the enthusiasts, it’s a pilgrimage,” Tryon told Fox News. “It has such mystique about it.”

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Tryon, who hosts tours for visitors from all over the world, said the viral Facebook event has caused “a nice uptick” in interest for tours in the area.

Lauren Hillhouse, GetYourGuide’s destination manager for Arizona and Nevada, told Fox News on Monday that the area typically sees interest from travelers in the U.S., but the European-based tour company has seen searches spike from people in places such as South America, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Traffic to its Area 51 activities page soared to 20 times normal levels in the past month, according to GetYourGuide.

“I think they’re looking for attractions, but what they are finding are tours,” she said Monday.

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Hillhouse said that Area 51 tours were not even on her top points of interest until the Facebook event “exploded.” She said that, aside from avoiding the rural area between Sept. 19 to 22, anyone who is interested in visiting the Area 51 region should make sure to sign up for a legitimate tour and legitimate experience.

“Go through a verified source, do your research and be prepared for it,” she told Fox News.

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In this July 22, 2019 file photo, signs warn about trespassing at an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51 outside of Rachel, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Tryon, who “fell in love” with the Southwest about 27 years ago, said he plans to be out next weekend on his own with a film crew — and extra gas — to keep tabs on whatever happens.

He’s also convinced the military has had a space ship and even aliens there, citing information about the crash of an unidentified object in Roswell, N.M., on July 8, 1947. Government officials have labeled the crashed object a weather balloon.

“Are we alone in the universe? Of course, we’re not,” he told Fox News.

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He also said information from earlier this year, about U.S. Navy pilots reporting having spotted UFOs while training over the East Coast in 2014 and 2015, just adds to the intrigue that people have for the secret site.

“The American people want to know what’s going on at Area 51, and they deserve to know what’s happening at Area 51,” he said.

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Netanyahu, Facing Tough Israel Election, Pledges to Annex Much of West Bank

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Tuesday that he would move to annex much of the occupied West Bank if voters return him to power in the election next week, a change that could dramatically reshape the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The move would give the nation “secure, permanent borders” for the first time in its history, he said. But it would also reduce any future Palestinian state to an enclave encircled by Israel.

Mr. Netanyahu said he wanted to seize what he called the “unique, one-off opportunity” afforded him by the Trump administration, which has expressed openness to Israeli annexation of at least parts of the West Bank.

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“We haven’t had such an opportunity since the Six Day War, and I doubt we’ll have another opportunity in the next 50 years,” Mr. Netanyahu said at a news conference in Ramat Gan. “Give me the power to guarantee Israel’s security. Give me the power to determine Israel’s borders.”

Israel seized the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war. Most of the world considers it occupied territory and Israeli settlements there to be illegal.

Battling for political survival, and in a dead heat or slightly behind in the polls against Benny Gantz, a centrist former army chief of staff, Mr. Netanyahu has tried mightily to shift the focus of the contest from the corruption cases against him to his strong suit: national security.

He has highlighted Israel’s increasingly overt military campaign against Iranian expansion and even unveiled a new site where he said Iran had pursued nuclear weapons.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said that he wants to swiftly to annex the Jordan Valley, which accounts for nearly a third of the occupied West Bank.CreditOded Balilty/Associated Press

But Tuesday’s announcement was a daring bid to bring the Palestinian conflict back to center stage in the election campaign. The issue has largely receded from Israeli electoral politics because few voters believe a peace process has any chance.

Mr. Netanyahu said he hoped to annex all Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but would move immediately after forming a new government to proceed in the Jordan Valley, a strategic and fertile strip of territory running along the border with Jordan from Beit Shean in northern Israel to the shores of the Dead Sea.

Days before the previous election, in April, Mr. Netanyahu announced his intention to apply Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, but he gave no specifics and no timetable.

In so doing — no matter what comes of his promises — Mr. Netanyahu dealt severe blows to rivals to his left and right. Right-wing voters who have supported annexing the West Bank now will be sorely tempted to give Mr. Netanyahu the benefit of the doubt.

Mr. Netanyahu visiting an Israeli army post overlooking the Jordan Valley in June with John R. Bolton, then President Trump’s national security adviser.CreditAbir Sultan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

And Mr. Gantz and his fellow former army chiefs in the Blue and White party, who have said publicly that Israel must not yield the Jordan Valley for security reasons, will have a difficult time opposing Mr. Netanyahu, said David Makovsky, an expert on the Israel-Palestinian conflict at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Predictably, his opponents dismissed Mr. Netanyahu’s appeal for an election mandate, delivered as it was at a Likud Party news conference, not from the prime minister’s office.

And Yamina, the right-wing party led by Mr. Netanyahu’s former justice minister, Ayelet Shaked, challenged Mr. Netanyahu to bring the decision to annex the Jordan Valley before the current government within hours, “otherwise everyone in Israel will know this is nothing but a cheap political spin.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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‘She Said’ Reveals The People And Practices That Protected Weinstein

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Oregon ‘monster’ sentenced to 270 years for sexual abuse, torture of three young sisters

After nearly a decade of delays, an Oregon man described as a “monster” and called the “worst of the worst” was sentenced Monday to 270 years in prison for the rape, sexual abuse, and torture of three young sisters he often offered to babysit.

Andrew Kowalczyk, 44, was also sentenced to a life term of supervised release after years of litigation and attempts to obstruct justice, including soliciting the murder of an assistant U.S. attorney.

Kowalczyk, who at 480 pounds was sitting in a wheelchair by the defense table, stuck his middle finger up at the judge and yelled, “You’re a corrupt piece of sh*t,” before being led out of the courtroom by four deputy U.S. marshals.

“It turns out that Andrew was actually a monster,” one of the victims, now 23 years old, told U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman at the sentencing hearing. “I know now that he was doing something to my sisters and I so that he could rape and molest us.”

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The mother of the victims testified that Kowalczyk bought her girls, then 8 and 2-year-old twins, toys, clothing, diapers, shoes and even a birthday cake with their names on it. He also paid for their Portland, Ore., hotel rooms and would regularly babysit the children while the mother looked for work, according to court documents.

“In terms of the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, this defendant is the worst this courthouse has ever seen,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin. “(Kowalczyk) showed no remorse. He will always be a predatory sex offender as long as he lives.”

“It turns out that Andrew was actually a monster.”

— Kowalczyk’s victim

Kowalczyk was arrested on unrelated charges in Puyallup, Washington, on Dec. 27, 2007. He was pulled over by police in Des Moines, Washington, and refused to step out of his vehicle.

Police said Kowalczyk didn’t own the car he was driving, didn’t have a driver’s license and gave officers a fake name. The incident led to a high-speed car chase that police suspended for public safety reasons. However, Kowalczyk was arrested a day later at the Northwest Motor Inn in Puyallup trying to leave in a cab.

It was then that authorities seized the bags he was carrying. They found his cameras and a hard drive that contained 650 child pornography images and videos. Several files showed him sexually abusing two very young children and metadata embedded in some of the digital images revealed they were taken using the camera found in Kowalczyk’s luggage.

Puyallup police published some of the non-pornographic images to help locate victims.

In February 2008, a federal grand jury charged Kowalczyk with a single count of sexual exploitation of a child. In March that year, investigators carried out a search warrant of a storage locker Kowalczky rented and found a sofa, mirror and several shirts that were seen in the pornographic images found on his devices. A superseding indictment with eight additional counts of sexual exploitation of children was returned on March 21, 2012.

Since he was first indicted, Kowalczyk has tried to delay his trial by replacing his counsel more than a dozen times. He’s also filed motions to suppress evidence and even attempted to obstruct justice while he was behind bars by asking his father to retrieve other incriminating evidence found on hard drives before they could be seized by authorities. He also solicited the murder of an assistant U.S. attorney, according to authorities. 

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“Andrew Kowalczyk’s abuse and torture of his victims was unthinkable and will forever impact their lives,” said Billy Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Kowalczyk tried every conceivable tactic to delay prosecution and rob his young victims of the justice they deserve. Today, his attempts to delay punishment for his horrific crimes have ended.”

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Apple iPhone Event: The Series 5 Watch, a New iPad and Streaming Details

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Apple detailed the Apple Watch Series 5. The watch’s most noteworthy new feature is its so-called always-on display. In previous models, the screen would turn on when you tilted your wrist to check the time.

The new watch uses a display technology (previously seen in Samsung phones) to keep some pixels activated just to show the time, consuming little power. The screen becomes fully lit up when you tilt your wrist. Other updates to the watch, including a built-in compass, were minor. The watch starts at $400, the same price as the last model. It will be available on Sept. 20.

Apple introduced a new version of its entry-level iPad, which costs $330. The new model includes a 10.2-inch screen, up from 9.7 inches. Unlike the previous model, the new tablet is compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil. (Previous iPads worked with only third-party styluses and keyboards.)

The updated iPad is unremarkable compared to Apple’s high-end iPad Pros, which include sharper screens and infrared face recognition and work with a more advanced Apple stylus. However, the entry-level iPad is Apple’s best-selling tablet, and its investment in the entry-level model shows the company’s commitment to the category even though its sales have slowed down.

Tim Cook speaking about “The Morning Show.”CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

At last, Apple’s original television shows have a premiere date and price point. Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, announced on Tuesday that Apple would begin rolling out original shows and movies on Nov. 1 for $5 per month.

Apple TV Plus, which will be the home of all of Apple’s original content, will be free for a year to users who purchase a company product like a new iPhone or a laptop.

Apple announced that on Nov. 1, it would feature a lineup of adult dramas, comedies, children’s programs and documentaries. Those series include four shows the company has released trailers for, including “The Morning Show,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell; “Dickinson,” a comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld and Jane Krakowski; “See,” an epic drama starring Jason Momoa; and “For All Mankind,” a space drama. The launch will also feature other programs, including Oprah Winfrey’s new book club, a Peanuts series called “Snoopy in Space” and a documentary that Apple bought the rights to last year called “The Elephant Queen.”

The launch date puts Apple in the thick of the so-called streaming wars that have consumed Hollywood. Disney is rolling out its new streaming service, Disney Plus, on Nov. 12. AT&T’s Warner Media, the home of HBO, Warner Bros. and the DC comic universe, will introduce its own streaming service next year, and will announce new details for it on Oct. 29.

The price point makes it cheaper than Disney’s service, which will be $7 a month, and less than Netflix, which is $13 per month. The premiere date and the price point finally put has been asked since it started making deals 23 months ago.

But questions linger: How will Apple market these programs in the coming months? Which shows will be introduced from the get-go? And will Apple drop all episodes of new series at once like Netflix, or will they roll out once a week?

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Ann Thai, product lead for Apple, onstage at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

Apple announced it was getting into gaming earlier this year. Now we know how much its game subscription will cost: $5 a month.

Apple said its Apple Arcade gaming service would be available starting Sept. 19 in more than 150 countries. The service charges users a monthly fee for access to more than 100 games that aren’t available elsewhere. The games can be played on iPhones, iPads, Macs and on Apple TV.

Apple showed off several of the games on Tuesday, including an undersea-exploration game from Japanese game maker Capcom and an updated version of the arcade classic Frogger.

Apple Arcade is part of a larger strategy by Apple to create a steady, more predictable revenue stream from services as sales of iPhones continue to slide. Apple has also added subscription services for news, music and streaming video.

Apple spent hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the development of new games for Apple Arcade, The Financial Times reported in April. Analysts expect gaming could become a major moneymaker for Apple within the next several years. HSBC analysts forecast its revenues to reach $2.7 billion by 2022, outpacing Apple’s news and video subscription services.

Apple is set to unveil its latest iPhones on Tuesday at an annual event aimed at drumming up interest and sales of its flagship moneymaker. In past years, Apple’s new iPhones have been a bit faster, bigger and pricier than their predecessors. Customers and investors will be watching on Tuesday to see whether Apple has something else up its sleeve, but expectations for something groundbreaking are low.

Apple is expected to debut three iPhones that look much like last year’s models, except for an extra camera lens on the back, which will produce better photos, according to recent news reports. The phones are also likely to have faster processors and more battery life.

How much they will cost is less clear. For the past two years, Apple has priced some new iPhones at $1,000 or more. That has helped depress sales and has forced Apple to cut prices in China, according to analysts.

Apple is expected to provide more details on several of its new services. Apple announced a subscription video-streaming service, Apple TV Plus, in March, with an expected start by year’s end. The company might say more about what exactly the service will include and how much it will cost.

Apple has also said it plans to introduce a subscription gaming service, Apple Arcade, but details have been sparse. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the company’s plans for Tuesday.

Historically, most iPhones have had an “S” cycle. Apple uses the letter in its iPhone branding to signify that a new model is an incremental improvement from the last one.

For example, in 2009, the iPhone 3GS was a faster version of the iPhone 3G from 2008. In 2011, the iPhone 4S was a minor update from 2010’s iPhone 4. This year’s iPhones will be incremental updates of last year’s models, focusing on enhancements in camera technology.

On paper, incremental updates sound like a snoozer. Yet they are generally the safest bet for average consumers who just want tech that works well. That’s because the S generations typically address flaws seen in older generations while introducing improvements in areas like speed and durability. In other words, if you’ve held off on upgrading your iPhone until now, you will probably be rewarded with a mature piece of tech.

On the flip side, if you are an early adopter of cutting-edge technology, S updates are usually a cue to wait another year or two before upgrading. Analysts say Apple is expected to make more significant changes to its handsets in the coming years, introducing compatibility with so-called 5G cellular networks and eventually making iPhones with foldable screens.

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Trump Ousts John Bolton as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and most recently Afghanistan.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” the president wrote on Twitter. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service.”

Mr. Bolton offered a different version of how the end came in his own message on Twitter shortly afterward. “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,’” Mr. Bolton wrote, without elaborating.

Responding to a question from The New York Times via text message, Mr. Bolton said it was his initiative. “Offered last night without his asking,” he wrote. “Slept on it and gave it to him this morning.”

Mr. Trump said he would appoint someone “next week,” setting off a process that should reveal where the president wants to take his foreign policy in the remaining time before next year’s election. In the meantime, a White House spokesman said Charles Kupperman, the deputy national security adviser, would be his acting adviser.

The national security adviser’s dismissal came so abruptly that it was announced barely an hour after the White House scheduled a briefing for 1:30 p.m. where Mr. Bolton was supposed to appear alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. But Mr. Bolton is reported to have now left the White House.

Mr. Bolton’s departure came as Mr. Trump is pursuing diplomatic openings with some of the United States’ most intractable enemies, efforts that have troubled hard-liners in the administration, like Mr. Bolton, who view North Korea and Iran as profoundly untrustworthy.

He spent much of the last week waging a last-minute battle to prevent Mr. Trump from signing off on a peace agreement with the Taliban militant organization, which he viewed as anathema — a deal that the president was preparing to finalize by inviting the Taliban leaders to Camp David.

Mr. Bolton urged Mr. Trump to reject the agreement, arguing that the president could still withdraw troops from Afghanistan to fulfill his campaign promise without getting in bed with an organization responsible for killing thousands of Americans over the last 18 years.

Mr. Trump ultimately did scrap plans for the Camp David meeting and said on Monday that talks with the Taliban were now “dead.” But Mr. Trump’s aides were furious over news stories reporting that Mr. Bolton opposed the Camp David meeting because they saw them as working against the president’s interests.

Vice President Mike Pence’s camp likewise grew angry at news stories reporting that he also opposed the Camp David invitation, seeing it as an effort by Mr. Bolton’s camp to argue that he was not alone in his position. Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence publicly denied the reports, and some White House officials said they believed it was the last straw for the president.

Mr. Bolton saw his job as stopping Mr. Trump from making unwise agreements with America’s enemies. “While John Bolton was national security adviser for the last 17 months, there have been no bad deals,” a person close to Mr. Bolton said minutes after the president’s announcement on Tuesday, reflecting the ousted adviser’s view.

To Mr. Bolton’s aggravation, the president has continued to court Kim Jong-un, the repressive leader of North Korea, despite Mr. Kim’s refusal to surrender his nuclear program and despite repeated short-range missile tests by the North that have rattled its neighbors.

In recent days, Mr. Trump has expressed a willingness to meet with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran under the right circumstances, and even to extend short-term financing to Tehran, although the offer has so far been rebuffed. Such a meeting could take place later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

The rift between the president and his national security adviser owed as much to personality as to policy. The president never warmed to him, a dynamic that is often fatal in this White House. Mr. Bolton’s critics inside the administration said he irritated the president by undermining policies even after they were decided.

At its core, the schism reflected a deep-seated philosophical difference that has characterized the Trump presidency. While given to bellicose language, Mr. Trump came to office deeply skeptical of overseas military adventures and promising negotiations to resolve volatile conflicts. Mr. Bolton, however, has been one of Washington’s most outspoken hawks and unapologetic advocates of American power to defend the country’s interests.

To his admirers, Mr. Bolton was supposed to be a check on what they feared would be naïve diplomacy, a cleareyed realist who would keep a president without prior experience in foreign affairs from giving away the store to wily adversaries. But Mr. Trump has long complained privately that Mr. Bolton was too willing to get the United States into another war.

The tension between the men was aggravated in recent months by the president’s decisions to call off a planned airstrike on Iran in retaliation for the downing of an American surveillance drone and to meet with Mr. Kim at the Demilitarized Zone and cross over into North Korea.

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Mr. Bolton favored the strike on Iran and publicly criticized recent North Korean missile tests that Mr. Trump brushed off. After the president arranged the DMZ meeting with Mr. Kim via a last-minute Twitter message, Mr. Bolton opted not to accompany him and instead proceeded on a previously scheduled trip to Mongolia.

Mr. Bolton’s departure caught White House aides and lawmakers off guard. Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah and a former party nominee for the presidency, called the news “an extraordinary loss for our nation and the White House.” Mr. Romney said he was “very, very unhappy.”

“John Bolton is a brilliant man with decades of experience in foreign policy,” he said. “His point of view was not always the same everybody else in the room. That’s why you wanted him there. The fact that he was a contrarian from time to time was an asset, not a liability.”

But senators who have tried to push Mr. Trump away from foreign intervention were pleased. “The threat of war worldwide goes down exponentially with John Bolton out of the White House,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, told reporters. “I think his advocacy for regime change around the world is a naïve worldview, and I think that the world will be a much better place with new advisers to the president.”

A former under secretary of state and ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, Mr. Bolton, 70, never fully subscribed to Mr. Trump’s courtship of Mr. Kim and privately expressed frustration that the president was unwilling to take more meaningful action to transform the Middle East in the service of American interests.

Mr. Bolton was hamstrung in his ability to steer Mr. Trump in what he saw as the right direction. He also clashed with officials at the Defense Department. At one point, military officials expressed alarm at Mr. Bolton’s requests for contingency war plans.

While in office, Mr. Bolton sought to minimize his differences with the president in public. After Mr. Trump said he would be open to meeting with Mr. Rouhani and even to extending a line of credit to help Tehran get through its financial difficulties while talks proceeded, Mr. Bolton insisted that did not reflect a concession by the president.

“He’ll meet with anybody to talk,” Mr. Bolton told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. “He is a negotiator. He is a deal maker. But talking with them does not imply — for President Trump, does not imply changing your position.”

Appointed in spring 2018, Mr. Bolton followed Michael T. Flynn — who stepped down as national security adviser after 24 days and later pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. — and his successor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who never forged a strong connection with the president and was forced out.

In choosing Mr. Bolton, Mr. Trump appreciated his outspoken performances on Fox News and wanted a contrast to the current and retired generals who were perceived as running his foreign policy team. Mr. Bolton also had the strong backing of Sheldon G. Adelson, the casino magnate and Republican megadonor who is a key supporter of Mr. Trump.

Long before Mr. Trump popularized his “America First” slogan, Mr. Bolton termed himself an “Americanist” who prioritized a cold-eyed view of national interests and sovereignty over what they both saw as a fuzzy-headed fixation on democracy promotion and human rights. They shared a deep skepticism of globalism and multilateralism, a commonality that empowered Mr. Bolton to use his time in the White House to orchestrate the withdrawal of the United States from arms control treaties and other international agreements.

With Mr. Trump’s backing, Mr. Bolton likewise helped enact policies meant to pressure the Communist government in Cuba, reversing some but not all of the measures taken by President Barack Obama in a diplomatic opening to the island. Among other things, the Trump administration imposed limits on travel and remittances to Cuba and opened the door to lawsuits by Americans whose property was seized in the revolution in 1959.

But if Mr. Trump’s original national security team was seen as restraining a mercurial new commander in chief, the president found himself sometimes restraining Mr. Bolton. Behind the scenes, he joked about Mr. Bolton’s penchant for confrontation. “If it was up to John, we’d be in four wars now,” one senior official recalled the president saying.

Mr. Trump also grew disenchanted with Mr. Bolton over the failed effort to push out President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. Rather than the easy victory he was led to anticipate, the president has found himself bogged down in a conflict over which he has less influence than he had assumed. The political opposition backed by the White House could not turn Venezuela’s military against Mr. Maduro and has been stuck in a stalemate for months.

The divergence between the two men was on display in May during the president’s first trip this year to Japan. After Mr. Bolton told reporters then that “there is no doubt” that North Korean short-range missile launches violated United Nations resolutions, Mr. Trump dismissed the concern, still eager to preserve his strained relationship with Mr. Kim.

“My people think it could have been a violation, as you know,” the president told reporters. “I view it differently.”

Mr. Trump likewise repudiated an idea of working to overthrow the government of Iran, a goal Mr. Bolton long advanced as a private citizen. “We’re not looking for regime change,” Mr. Trump said. “I just want to make that clear.”

After Iran was accused in June of damaging two tankers with explosives and then shot down the drone, Mr. Bolton favored a demonstration of force. He facilitated a recommendation by the national security team for an airstrike against Iranian radar and other facilities, which Mr. Trump initially accepted, only to change his mind at the last minute out of what he said was concern over casualties that would result.

Mr. Bolton’s later absence from Mr. Trump’s trip to the DMZ and hourlong meeting with Mr. Kim seemed conspicuous. Mr. Bolton’s staff said he was only following through on his schedule by going to Mongolia, but right or wrong, it was taken as a sign that he was not fully on board with the president’s diplomatic overture to North Korea.

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