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‘Duck Dynasty’ star Sadie Robertson says husband Christian Huff loves her stretch marks

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Sadie Robertson has a very supportive husband in Christian Huff.

On Saturday, Robertson took to Instagram to pen a candid note on Huff’s support of her — including her stretch marks.

SADIE ROBERTSON LEARNED TO OVERCOME FEAR BY FINDING TRUST IN GOD: MY BELIEF IS ‘UNSHAKABLE’

“’whoa babe your stretch marks are so cool’ – things husbands say,” the former “Duck Dynasty” star prefaced the post. “I’m finding it’s pretty cool that the things I was insecure about my husband thinks are the best. But when I really start to think about it, i think that the things most people are insecure about are the things we think are the best on the ones we love.”

“Smile lines, face wrinkles, stretch marks, scars that say we made it through something hard, and all the other things we notice in the mirror that bother us, our friends and family notice and love and are proud of the people we have become,” Robertson continued.

‘DUCK DYNASTY’ STAR SADIE ROBERTSON CELEBRATES BRIDAL SHOWER: ‘I WOKE UP GRATEFUL TO GOD’

Robertson, 22, concludes the post on a loving note, stating, “Just think about it… if we love it for other people let’s just start loving it for ourselves too — it would make life a lot more fun💥.”

The two lovers tied the knot on Robertson’s family’s Louisiana farm in November. The reality star and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant got engaged to Huff in June after he popped the question.

The happy couple recently embarked on their honeymoon, as noted in an Instagram post from Robertson last Monday.

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“I might not be able to take the beach with me BUT IM TAKING THE VIEW AYEEEE,” Robertson wrote. “I know it’s only week 1 but marriage is awesome.”

Robertson’s post featured two images — the first showed her and Huff standing beside the rocks at the beach under the sunlight; the second showed the chiseled Huff enjoying some food and drinks with his new wife.

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WATCH LIVE: Judiciary Hearing Sets Stage For Trump Impeachment Charges

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing ahead with articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee convenes Monday to formally receive the investigative findings against President Donald Trump as the White House and its allies launch an aggressive attack on Democrats and the proceedings.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler expects the committee to vote soon, possibly this week, on at least two or more charges against the Republican president. Democrats say Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate rival Joe Biden while at the same time withholding U.S. military aid ran counter to U.S. policy and benefited Russia. It could result in impeachment charges of abuse of power, bribery and obstruction.

“The central allegation is that the president put himself above his country several times, that he sought foreign interference in our elections several times, both for 2016 and 2020, that he sought to cover it up,” Nadler said.

“All this presents a pattern that poses a real and present danger to the integrity of the next election, which is one reason why we can’t just wait for the next election to settle matters,” he said.

In advance of the hearing, Nadler sent a letter to the White House late Sunday officially forwarding the House Intelligence committee’s report, along with additional evidence supporting impeachment. It also invites White House officials to review sensitive materials in a classified setting.

The hearing sets off a pivotal week as Democrats march toward a full House vote expected by Christmas. In drafting the articles of impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the constitution’s bar of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Trump and his allies acknowledge he likely will be impeached in the Democratic-controlled House, but they also expect acquittal next year in the Senate, where Republicans have the majority. Trump’s team is turning attention elsewhere, including Monday’s release of a long-awaited Justice Department report into the 2016 Russia investigation.

“Impeachment Hearing Hoax,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

The White House is refusing to participate in the process it calls a sham and the top Republican on the panel, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia asked to postpone the hearing, criticizing Democrats for moving too swiftly. One legal scholar testified last week it would be the quickest impeachment in modern history.

“This is just how desperately they are ― desperately focused on impeaching this president,″ said Collins who said against Democrats unleashed thousands of pages of documents his side has no time to review before the session. ”This is a show. This is a farce. This is whatever you want to call it. The American people are having their tax dollars wasted on this impeachment of this president.”

Trump is heading out for campaign rallies shifting attention away from the House. Over the weekend, Trump was focused on a related matter, the Justice Department Inspector General’s findings into the FBI’s decisions to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. The president has long called special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe a “witch hunt,” but the Inspector General’s report is expected to reject the president’s claim that it was illegitimate, according to people familiar with its findings.

Trump tweeted Sunday, “I.G. report out tomorrow. That will be the big story!”

Democrats say Trump abused his power in the July 25 phone call when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a favor in investigating Democrats and engaged in bribery by withholding nearly $400 million in military aide that Ukraine depends on to counter Russian aggression.

Trump and his aides have made clear that they now see his impeachment in the House as inevitable and have shifted their focus A vote to convict requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate, where Republicans hold 53 of 100 seats. It is unlikely that any Republican senators would cross party lines and vote to remove Trump from office.

As Democrats draft the articles, Pelosi’s challenge will be to go broad enough to appease her liberal flank, which prefers a more robust accounting of Trump’s actions reaching back to Mueller’s findings, while keeping the charges more tailored to Ukraine as centrist lawmakers prefer. Democratic leaders will meet later Monday evening.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said Democrats should approach the question of what to include in the articles the way a prosecutor bringing forward ”’the strongest and most overwhelming evidence and not try to charge everything, even though you could charge other things.″

Schiff said, “I think we should focus on those issues that provide the greatest threat to the country. And the president is engaged in a course of conduct that threatens the integrity of the next election, threatens our national security.”

Monday’s hearing is to receive the Intelligence panel’s report on the inquiry, with lawyers from both parties testifying in what is expected to be a day long session that will lay the groundwork for the impeachment charges.

Nadler, in two television interviews, declined to say ultimately how many articles of impeachment Democrats will present but said they will involve “certainly abuse of power” and likely “obstruction of Congress.” He said final decisions will come after Monday’s hearing following discussions with House leadership and the Democratic caucus.

Nadler pointed to a “pattern” of conduct by Trump in seeking foreign interference in elections but would not commit to including the evidence of obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as part of the articles of impeachment.

In his report, Mueller said he could not determine that Trump’s campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election. But Mueller said he could not exonerate Trump of obstructing justice in the probe and left it for Congress to determine.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Democrats for their timeline, which he said was unfairly aimed at preventing the nation’s voters from making their own choices in the 2020 election.

“If they do not impeach him, they cannot beat him at the polls,” McCarthy, R-Calif.

Trump said over the weekend that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wants to take the information gathered from Giuliani’s investigations and a recent trip to Ukraine to the U.S. attorney general and to Congress. But a House GOP ally called Giuliani’s trip “weird,” coming as House investigators review allegations that Giuliani improperly worked on behalf of Trump to pressure Ukraine to pursue investigations into Biden and Biden’s son, as well as a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

“It is weird that he’s over there,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., describing it as “odd having him over there at this time.”

Nadler spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” McCarthy was on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gaetz spoke on ABC’s “This Week,” and Schiff appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick and Darlene Superville contributed to this report.

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Shocking photo of a colony of huntsman spiders living together found in Australia

A rare photo has emerged of a colony of huntsman spiders living together in nest boxes originally built for pygmy possums.

Non-profit organization Bush Heritage Australia published the photo of the group of arachnids on its blog, noting that they quickly moved into the boxes shortly after they were built.

“It all started about the same time we were finding Pygmy Possums in the boxes, but on lifting the lids of some we found many huntsman spiders of all sizes whizzing around inside,” the non-profit wrote on its website.

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(Credit: Conservation not-for-profit Bush Heritage Australia)

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“We now know that they’re a species of huntsman that live together, normally under the bark of trees,” Bush Heritage continued. “In the restored area tree bark is in short supply at present and they’ve found the wooden boxes suitable.”

Huntsman spiders, which can grow nearly 1 foot in length, generally live in Australia, Africa and other temperate climates, according to a 2003 study.

According to the Australian Museum, these spiders, known for their size, speed and ability to hunt, can be dangerous to humans if bitten. However, attacks are rare, the museum added. Symptoms include swelling, pain, nausea and vomiting, The Sun notes.

‘CRYPT-KEEPER’ WASP ABLE TO CONTROL THE MINDS OF ITS VICTIMS

In June, a man staying at a lodge in Tasmania, Australia, witnessed a large huntsman spider eating what appeared to be a pygmy possum.

These spiders have also been known to take up residence in people’s homes. In August, an Australian woman posted photos of a giant huntsman spider lurking in her home on Facebook before it was safely removed.

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Fox News’ James Rogers and Michael Hollan contributed to this story.

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Elon Musk cleared in ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial

Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet.

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Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a Thailand cave last year, had sought $190 million in damages for the shame and humiliation caused by the man his lawyer called a “billionaire bully.”

It took less than an hour for an eight-person jury in Los Angeles federal court to reject Unsworth’s claim after a four-day trial.

Musk said the verdict restored his faith in humanity as he quickly left the court with his security detail.

Musk — who deleted the tweet and later apologized for it — had asserted the expression was nothing more than a flippant insult that meant “creepy old man,” not pedophile.

Unsworth had provoked the attack by belittling Musk’s contribution to the rescue — a miniature sub his engineers built that was never used — as ineffective and nothing more than a “PR stunt.” He further earned the ire of the tech whiz by suggesting Musk stick the sub “where it hurts.”

On Friday, it was Unsworth who felt the pain.

“I accept the jury verdict, take it on the chin, and move on,” Unsworth said outside court.

Jury foreman Joshua Jones said the panel decided Unsworth’s lawyers failed to prove their case. He said they spent too much time trying to appeal to jurors’ emotions and not concentrating on the evidence.

“The failure probably happened because they didn’t focus on the tweets,” Jones said after the verdict was announced. “I think they tried to get our emotions involved in it.”

Attorney Lin Wood, in an impassioned and at times emotional closing argument, suggested the jury should award $190 million. Wood said $150 million of that figure should be a “hard slap on the wrist” to punish Musk for what he said was akin to dropping an atomic weapon on his client that would create problems for years like radioactive fallout.

He suggested the figure would be reasonable given that Musk testified his stock in Tesla and SpaceX is worth about $20 billion. But Musk’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, ridiculed the suggested verdict as “numbers being thrown out like ‘The Price is Right.’”

Wood said it was important to challenge Musk’s tweet in court even if they didn’t win. Unsworth had said the statement would appear true if he didn’t sue.

“Anybody that knows this man knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Elon’s accusations were false,” Wood said outside court. “This was not the justice that he deserved under the evidence.”

While Musk was cleared of liability, the trial was just the latest incident where he’s faced legal problems because of troublesome tweets.

Musk and Tesla reached a $40 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year over allegations he misled investors with a tweet declaring he had secured financing to buy out the electric car maker. Earlier this year, the SEC sought to hold him in contempt of court for tweeting a misleading projection of how many cars Tesla would manufacture. That led to a new agreement imposing tight controls on Musk’s tweets about the company.

The day after Musk’s tweet about Unsworth, Tesla stock price fell 3% and shareholders and people within the company were urging him to apologize. Musk said he resisted at first because he didn’t want to look “foolish and craven” by doing so right after the stock dropped.

Musk’s lawyer told the jury the tweet did not rise to the level of defamation and cases over insults didn’t belong in federal courtrooms.

Spiro said Unsworth had tried to profit off his role in the cave rescue and basked in the many accolades he received.

Unsworth had been honored by the queen of England and the king of Thailand, had his photo taken next to British Prime Minister Theresa May and been asked to speak at schools and contribute to a children’s book, which showed that no one took Musk’s insult seriously.

“People accused of pedophilia don’t get celebrated by world leaders,” Spiro said. “Kings and queens and prime ministers don’t stand next to pedophiles.”

Unsworth hadn’t demonstrated actual damage to his reputation other than asserting over a couple minutes of emotional testimony delivered with his voice cracking that he felt isolated, ashamed and dirtied, Spiro said. There was no supporting testimony from his girlfriend or other friends who could discuss the impact they witnessed, no evidence he had lost business or relationships as a result of the tweet and he hadn’t sought psychological counseling or medication.

Spiro mocked Unsworth’s claims that the tweet was like a life sentence without parole, noting that many people are serving such terms in actual prisons.

He urged jurors to return a verdict that would make clear no reasonable person would conclude Musk had called him a pedophile.

“Tell Mr. Unsworth once and for all, ‘You are not a pedophile,’ ” Spiro said. “With our verdict, we free you, we free you from parole.”

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Anti-Doping Agency Bans Russia From International Sports Events For 4 Years

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The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from major events for the next four years, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Here, a man walks in front of the Russian Olympic Committee headquarters in Moscow on Monday.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee says Russian athletes can’t compete under their flag at international events for the next four years, declaring Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency to be non-compliant with its rules. The committee says critical data about Russia’s athletics programs was “neither complete nor fully authentic.”

The ban applies to Russian officials and agencies in its sports apparatus — but it also offers a pathway for Russian athletes to compete if they can prove they’re “clean.” WADA says it now has a list of all Russian athletes who are suspected of doping — including a core group of 145 athletes it says are the “most suspicious.”

“For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport,” WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said as his agency announced the penalty. He added, “The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of RUSADA’s reinstatement conditions, approved by the ExCo in September 2018, demanded a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered today.”

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency now has 21 days to accept or dispute the sanction. If it appeals, the case would move to arbitration by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Russia’s well-publicized doping program cast a cloud over its Winter Olympics in South Korea, where athletes were forced to abandon their national colors and celebrate victories without their country’s flag because of the extensive cheating that was found in its international athletics programs. Now WADA says Russia won’t be able to take part in high-profile events such as the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo or the 2022 World Cup because it has continued to provide fake information.

WADA says that in files copied from Russian databases, “some data were removed, others altered and, in some cases, system messages were fabricated in an effort to hamper the work of WADA investigators. In addition, measures were taken to conceal these manipulations by back-dating of computer systems and data files in an attempt to make it appear that the Moscow data had been in their current state since 2015.”

In addition to the ban, WADA says Russia must also pay a fine of up to $100,000 — an amount it says is the maximum allowed under its rules.

Russian athletes could still compete in the Tokyo Olympics next year, WADA says, but they would have to fulfill a number of requirements, from showing they aren’t implicated in cheating to having no drug-positive findings in their records.

Similar to the 2018 Olympics, the new WADA ban means Russia’s flag cannot be flown at any major sports event in the next four years. And Russian government officials — including President Vladimir Putin and other leaders — are barred from attending any major event.

WADA says its executive committee responded “in the strongest possible terms,” short of a blanket ban on all Russian athletes. But the body also chose not to impose “any special monitoring or supervision or takeover of RUSADA’s anti-doping activities” over the four-year period, saying recent audits of the agency have found that it is “effective” in helping to fight doping in Russia.

By imposing a punishment that’s very similar to previous sanctions — with a ban that allows athletes to compete under a “neutral” flag — WADA is opening itself to criticisms that it still hasn’t gone far enough to address Russia’s systematic cheating. Those critics have long called for a total ban on Russian athletes, to ensure the country’s leaders get the message.

“If we don’t have meaningful consequences, I don’t think we’re ever going to see a change,” former WADA official Rob Koehler recently told NPR’s Tom Goldman. Koehler, who now runs the organization Global Athlete, added, “In the long term, athletes will suffer. So we’re looking at the next generation we’re trying to help here.”

For the Russian Anti-Doping Agency to be reinstated, Russia must satisfy the international agency’s requirement that RUSADA’s “independence is being respected and there is no improper outside interference with its operations,” WADA says, implying that the biggest problems in Russian athletics reside in its sports and government agencies, not in its doping agency.

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Who Is Barry Berke? Judiciary Committee’s Lawyer Will Present Impeachment Case

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WASHINGTON — When Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee present their opening arguments for impeaching President Trump on Monday, they will turn not to a seasoned prosecutor but to one of the nation’s leading defense lawyers to set the stage.

Barry H. Berke, a New York-based white-collar defense lawyer, has served as the special oversight counsel to the committee since February, working to build the investigative framework that now appears destined to end in the impeachment of Mr. Trump. On Monday, he will take a rare turn at the witness table to present for 30 minutes the facts before the committee and how they square with the law.

Mr. Berke will not be the only House lawyer publicly presenting on Monday. Daniel S. Goldman of the Intelligence Committee will orally present his panel’s two-month inquiry concluding that Mr. Trump abused his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Stephen R. Castor will represent Republicans on both the judiciary and intelligence panels.

But Mr. Berke will be the first witness to speak, setting the tone for the proceeding and a week that could end with the Judiciary Committee voting to recommend impeachment articles.

Along with Norman L. Eisen, a former top Obama White House ethics lawyer, Mr. Berke has consulted with the committee since Democrats retook the majority this year to organize and carry out a sprawling investigation into possible abuse of power and obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump. He has helped draft subpoenas for testimony and records, questions for key hearings and, most recently, articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump.

Before they joined the committee, Mr. Berke and Mr. Eisen wrote a series of reports on obstruction of justice, collusion and Mr. Trump for the Brookings Institution.

In September, during his only other appearance before television cameras, Mr. Berke’s cross-examination of Corey Lewandowski elicited an admission from Mr. Lewandowski that he had been dishonest in a television interview about his role in a scheme by Mr. Trump to curtail the Mueller investigation.

“I have no obligation not to be dishonest to the media because they are as dishonest as anybody else,” Mr. Lewandowski said.

Republicans have bitterly complained about Mr. Berke and Mr. Eisen, arguing that the hiring of outside legal consultants constitutes the “privatization of impeachment.”

A graduate of Duke and Harvard Law School, Mr. Berke worked for four years in the federal defender’s office of the Southern District of New York. He joined Kramer Levin in New York in the 1990s and built a practice around complicated financial and tax crimes and a reputation as one of the leading cross-examiners in the country. He is on leave from the firm, taking the train to Washington each week.

In 2011, Mr. Berke’s defense of a former Deutsche Bank broker accused of marketing fraudulent tax shelters set the New York legal world atwitter with the novel use of a simple prop: his red hankie. When he cross-examined the government’s star witness, a tax lawyer involved in the scheme, Mr. Berke asked him to take part in some role play. When the handkerchief was in his pocket, the witness was to treat Mr. Berke like a potential client and give him the pitch the witness had given real-life clients about why the shelters worked.

After four days of questioning, Mr. Berke successfully undermined the prosecution’s case and his client was acquitted; four co-defendants not represented by Mr. Berke were convicted.

Paul H. Schoeman, who worked with him on the case, said the flare of creativity was quintessential Mr. Berke.

“In New York legal circles, Barry’s performance in that trial was a real event,” Mr. Schoeman said. “He is really creative and inventive in his thinking, and he combines that with incredible preparation and hard work. It’s not just a good idea; it’s well executed.”

Mr. Berke has also been active in New York Democratic circles, and he is no stranger to high-profile political cases. In recent years, he represented Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York in a federal investigation into his campaign fund-raising, which concluded in 2017 without charges being filed.

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Discussion Thread: Day Two of House Judiciary Impeachment Hearings – 12/09/2019 | Live – 9am EST

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This morning the House Judiciary Committee will hold their second round of public hearings in preparation for Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Today’s hearing follow’s last week’s statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, requesting that House Committee Chairmen proceed with Articles of Impeachment and will receive presentations of evidence from counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee

In preparation, this weekend Chairman Jerry Nadler released a report entitled Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment


Today’s hearing will call Majority and Minority Counsel for both the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee as witnesses, to provide presentations of evidence.

Democrats call:

  • Barry Berke, Majority Counsel, House Judiciary Committee

  • Daniel Goldman, Majority Counsel, House Intelligence Committee

Republicans call:

  • Steve Castor, Minority Counsel, House Judiciary Committee, House Intelligence Committee


The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00am EST. You can watch live online on

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Today’s hearing is expected to follow the format for Impeachment Hearings as laid out in H.R. 660

  • Opening statements by Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Ranking Member Douglas Collins followed by:

  • For today’s hearing, per a House Judiciary Press Release: Pursuant to the Judiciary Committee procedures adopted under H. Res. 660, Monday’s hearing will proceed in two phases. First, Majority and Minority counsel for the Judiciary Committee will present opening statements for up to one hour, equally divided. Second, Majority and Minority counsel for the Intelligence Committee will present for up to 90 minutes, equally divided, followed by:

  • Committee Members each allowed 5 minutes of time for questions and statements, alternating from Dem to Rep, followed by:

  • Closing statements by Ranking Member Doug Collins and Chairman Jerry Nadler

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Trump a ‘heedless and erratic old man’, North Korea says, after tweets about Kim Jong Un

North Korea took aim at President Trump on Monday, dubbing him a “heedless and erratic old man,” after he tweeted leader Kim Jong Un wouldn’t want to “void his special relationship” with him or the U.S. by interfering in the 2020 election by acting “in a hostile way.”

The country won’t cave to U.S. pressure because it has nothing to lose, Kim Yong Chol, a senior North Korean official and former nuclear negotiator, said in a statement. The North accused Trump of trying to buy time ahead of an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un for Washington to salvage nuclear talks.

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Trump tweeted Sunday that Kim was “too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore.”

“He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November. North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised,” he added. “NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!”

The Denuclearization Agreement referenced was a vague statement issued by Trump and Kim during their first summit in Singapore in June 2018 that called for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when or how it would occur.

NORTH KOREA TO TRUMP: STOP CALLING KIM JONG UN ‘ROCKET MAN,’ OR WE’LL CALL YOU A ‘DOTARD’

Trump’s tweets, according to Kim Yong Chol, show he’s an angry old man “bereft of patience.”

“As (Trump) is such a heedless and erratic old man, the time when we cannot but call him a ‘dotard’ again may come,” the North Korean official said. “Trump has too many things that he does not know about (North Korea). We have nothing more to lose. Though the U.S. may take away anything more from us, it can never remove the strong sense of self-respect, might and resentment against the U.S. from us.”

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A senior North Korean official on Monday called President Trump a “heedless and erratic old man.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Nuclear negotiations between the North and the U.S. paused after a February meeting between Trump and Kim in Vietnam broke down when the U.S. side rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Kim has said North Korea will seek a “new way” if the U.S. maintains its sanctions and pressure, and issued the deadline for the Trump administration to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal.

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Trump and Kim met for a third time in June at the border between the two Koreas and agreed to resume talks. But an October working-level meeting in Sweden broke down over what the North Koreans described as the Americans’ “old stance and attitude.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Star Trek’ and ‘Benson’ actor Rene Auberjonois dead at 79

Rene Auberjonois, known for his roles in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Benson” and as Father Mulcahy in the 1970s film “M.A.S.H.,” has died at age 79.

Auberjonois’ son, Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois, told The Associated Press that his father died on Sunday at his Los Angeles home of metastatic lung cancer.

Rene Auberjonois worked constantly as a character actor in several golden ages, from the dynamic theater of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to the prime period of network television in the 1980s and 1990s — and each generation knew him for something different.

‘STAR TREK’ ACTOR ROBERT WALKER JR. DEAD AT 79

Film fans may best remember him as the military chaplain who played straight man to the doctors’ antics in “M.A.S.H.” It was his first significant film role and the first of several for director Robert Altman.

For sitcom watchers of the 1980s, he was Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the hopelessly highbrow chief of staff at a governor’s mansion on “Benson,” the ABC series whose title character was a butler played by Robert Guillaume.

And for sci-fi fans of the 1990s and convention-goers ever since, he was Odo, the shape-shifting Changeling and head of space-station security on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

“I am all of those characters, and I love that,” Auberjonois said in a 2011 interview with the “Star Trek” website. “I also run into people, and they think I’m their cousin or their dry cleaner. I love that, too.”

Fellow stars from “Star Trek” shows praised the actor on Twitter.

William Shatner said that “to sum up his life in a tweet is nearly impossible. To Judith, Tessa & Remy I send you my love & strength. I will keep you in my thoughts and remember a wonderful friendship with René.”

George Takei tweeted: “Star Trek fans knew him as Odo from Deep Space Nine. We knew him as René. He was a wonderful, caring, and intelligent man. He shall be missed. When I look out to the stars, I shall think of you, friend.”

Auberjonois was born in New York in 1940, the son of Fernand Auberjonois, a Swiss-born foreign correspondent for U.S. newspapers, and the grandson of a Swiss post-impressionist painter also named René Auberjonois.

The younger René Auberjonois was raised in New York, Paris, and London, and for a time lived with his family in an artists’ colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included the actors John Houseman, Helen Hayes and Burgess Meredith.

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After graduating from college at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon, Auberjonois hopped around the country joining theater companies, eventually landing three roles on Broadway in 1968, including playing the Fool in a long-running version of King Lear.

The following year he would play Sebastian Baye opposite Katharine Hepburn in “Coco,” a play on the life of designer Coco Chanel that would earn him a Tony for best actor in a leading role in a musical.

He would later see Tony nominations for 1973’s “The Good Doctor,” 1984’s “Big River,” and 1989’s “City of Angels.”

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FILE – In this May 16, 1985, file photo, actor John Ritter, left, checks out the bicycle of fellow actor Rene Auberjonois, center, backstage at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York following a performance of the Broadway musical, “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” (AP)

In 1970, Auberjonois began his run with Altman, playing Mulcahy in “M.A.S.H.”

In his most famous exchange from the movie, Sally Kellerman’s Margaret Houlihan wonders how such a degenerate doctor as Donald Sutherland’s Hawkeye Pierce could reach a position of responsibility in the U.S. Army.

A bible-reading Auberjonois responds, deadpan: “He was drafted.”

“I actually made that line up when we were rehearsing the scene,” Auberjonois said on the podcast “The Gist” in 2016. “And it became a kind of an iconic line for the whole film.”

The same year he played an off-the-wall ornithologist in Altman’s “Brewster McCloud,” played a saloonkeeper alongside Warren Beatty in the director’s western “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” in 1971 and appeared in Altman’s “Images” in 1972.

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He spent much of the rest of the 1970s doing guest spots on TV shows before joining the cast of “Benson” in its second season in 1980, where he would remain for the rest of the show’s seven seasons, playing the patrician political adviser and chronic hypochondriac Endicott.

Much of his later career was spent doing voices for animation, most memorably as the French chef who sings the love song to fish-killing “Les Poissons” in Disney’s 1989 “The Little Mermaid.”

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Actor Rene Auberjonois, pictured here in 2016, died at age 79 on Dec. 8, 2019. (Noam Galai/WireImage)

He played Odo on “Deep Space Nine” from 1993 until 1999 and became a regular at “Star Trek” conventions, where he raised money for Doctors Without Borders and signed autographs with a drawing of Odo’s bucket, where the character would store himself when he returned to his natural gelatinous state.

Auberjonois was also a regular on the ABC law-firm dramedy “Boston Legal” from 2004 to 2008.

Late in his career, Auberjonois would work with independent filmmakers including the artful director Kelly Reichardt, for whom he appeared in 2016’s “Certain Women” and 2019’s “First Cow,” his final role.

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In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, writer Judith Auberjonois; sisters Marie-Laure Degener and Anne Auberjonois; daughter Tessa Auberjonois; son-in-law Adrian Latourelle, daughter-in-law Kate Nowlin and three grandchildren.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Star Trek’ and ‘Benson’ actor Rene Auberjonois dead at 79

Rene Auberjonois, known for his roles in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Benson” and as Father Mulcahy in the 1970s film “M.A.S.H.,” has died at age 79.

Auberjonois’ son, Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois, told The Associated Press that his father died on Sunday at his Los Angeles home of metastatic lung cancer.

Rene Auberjonois worked constantly as a character actor in several golden ages, from the dynamic theater of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to the prime period of network television in the 1980s and 1990s — and each generation knew him for something different.

‘STAR TREK’ ACTOR ROBERT WALKER JR. DEAD AT 79

Film fans may best remember him as the military chaplain who played straight man to the doctors’ antics in “M.A.S.H.” It was his first significant film role and the first of several for director Robert Altman.

For sitcom watchers of the 1980s, he was Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the hopelessly highbrow chief of staff at a governor’s mansion on “Benson,” the ABC series whose title character was a butler played by Robert Guillaume.

And for sci-fi fans of the 1990s and convention-goers ever since, he was Odo, the shape-shifting Changeling and head of space-station security on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

“I am all of those characters, and I love that,” Auberjonois said in a 2011 interview with the “Star Trek” website. “I also run into people, and they think I’m their cousin or their dry cleaner. I love that, too.”

Fellow stars from “Star Trek” shows praised the actor on Twitter.

William Shatner said that “to sum up his life in a tweet is nearly impossible. To Judith, Tessa & Remy I send you my love & strength. I will keep you in my thoughts and remember a wonderful friendship with René.”

George Takei tweeted: “Star Trek fans knew him as Odo from Deep Space Nine. We knew him as René. He was a wonderful, caring, and intelligent man. He shall be missed. When I look out to the stars, I shall think of you, friend.”

Auberjonois was born in New York in 1940, the son of Fernand Auberjonois, a Swiss-born foreign correspondent for U.S. newspapers, and the grandson of a Swiss post-impressionist painter also named René Auberjonois.

The younger René Auberjonois was raised in New York, Paris, and London, and for a time lived with his family in an artists’ colony in Rockland County, New York, whose residents included the actors John Houseman, Helen Hayes and Burgess Meredith.

RON LEIBMAN, ‘ANGELS IN AMERICA’ AND ‘FRIENDS’ ACTOR, DEAD AT 82

After graduating from college at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon, Auberjonois hopped around the country joining theater companies, eventually landing three roles on Broadway in 1968, including playing the Fool in a long-running version of King Lear.

The following year he would play Sebastian Baye opposite Katharine Hepburn in “Coco,” a play on the life of designer Coco Chanel that would earn him a Tony for best actor in a leading role in a musical.

He would later see Tony nominations for 1973’s “The Good Doctor,” 1984’s “Big River,” and 1989’s “City of Angels.”

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FILE – In this May 16, 1985, file photo, actor John Ritter, left, checks out the bicycle of fellow actor Rene Auberjonois, center, backstage at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York following a performance of the Broadway musical, “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” (AP)

In 1970, Auberjonois began his run with Altman, playing Mulcahy in “M.A.S.H.”

In his most famous exchange from the movie, Sally Kellerman’s Margaret Houlihan wonders how such a degenerate doctor as Donald Sutherland’s Hawkeye Pierce could reach a position of responsibility in the U.S. Army.

A bible-reading Auberjonois responds, deadpan: “He was drafted.”

“I actually made that line up when we were rehearsing the scene,” Auberjonois said on the podcast “The Gist” in 2016. “And it became a kind of an iconic line for the whole film.”

The same year he played an off-the-wall ornithologist in Altman’s “Brewster McCloud,” played a saloonkeeper alongside Warren Beatty in the director’s western “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” in 1971 and appeared in Altman’s “Images” in 1972.

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He spent much of the rest of the 1970s doing guest spots on TV shows before joining the cast of “Benson” in its second season in 1980, where he would remain for the rest of the show’s seven seasons, playing the patrician political adviser and chronic hypochondriac Endicott.

Much of his later career was spent doing voices for animation, most memorably as the French chef who sings the love song to fish-killing “Les Poissons” in Disney’s 1989 “The Little Mermaid.”

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Actor Rene Auberjonois, pictured here in 2016, died at age 79 on Dec. 8, 2019. (Noam Galai/WireImage)

He played Odo on “Deep Space Nine” from 1993 until 1999 and became a regular at “Star Trek” conventions, where he raised money for Doctors Without Borders and signed autographs with a drawing of Odo’s bucket, where the character would store himself when he returned to his natural gelatinous state.

Auberjonois was also a regular on the ABC law-firm dramedy “Boston Legal” from 2004 to 2008.

Late in his career, Auberjonois would work with independent filmmakers including the artful director Kelly Reichardt, for whom he appeared in 2016’s “Certain Women” and 2019’s “First Cow,” his final role.

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In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, writer Judith Auberjonois; sisters Marie-Laure Degener and Anne Auberjonois; daughter Tessa Auberjonois; son-in-law Adrian Latourelle, daughter-in-law Kate Nowlin and three grandchildren.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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