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A round up of the day’s news that might be of interest to you.
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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s White House is creating “too much drama” and is “distracting” the country from more serious issues.
“I don’t have any desire to beat this president up, but it’s pretty clear that this White House is a reality-show, soap-opera presidency,” Sasse told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” running through a list of the more incendiary reports that have put the White House on the defensive in recent months, including several anonymous accounts detailing dissent and subversion in the administration.
“What you’d like is the president to not worry so much about the short-term of staffing but the long-term of vision-casting for America, pull us together as a people, help us deliberate about where we should go and then build a team of great, big-cause, low-ego people around you,” he said. “Right now it feels like there’s just way too much drama every day and that distracts us from the longer-term stuff we should be focused on together.”NBC
The New York Times reported that transit officials declared the Cortlandt Street subway stop on New York City’s No. 1 line reopened on Saturday amid a small gathering of riders and Manhattan Transit Authority (MTA) officials.
One rider told the Times that reopening the station, which was closed due to a collapsed tunnel caused by falling rubble from the twin towers above, is important to show the city’s resilience in the face of hardship.
“Even though we fell, we were able to get back up,” Andre Collazo, a 64-year-old graphics technician from the Bronx told the Times. “It’s important in the sense that we’re strong, we’re resilient.”The Hill
George Papadopoulos, a one-time Trump campaign adviser who was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in jail as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, said Sunday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was “quite enthusiastic” about his potentially setting up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He added that members of the campaign were “fully aware” of his efforts.
Papadopoulos’ remarks directly contradicts what Sessions told Congress under oath, that he “pushed back” on the potential meeting.
“My recollection differs from Jeff Sessions’,” Papadopoulos said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning.NBC
North Korea held a major military parade and revived its iconic mass games to celebrate its 70th anniversary on Sunday, but in keeping with leader Kim Jong Un’s new policies the emphasis was firmly on building up the economy, not on nuclear weapons.
The North rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units in the parade but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted nearly half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.
It also brought the mass games back after a five-year hiatus. The games are a grand spectacle that features nearly 20,000 people flipping placards in unison to create huge mosaics as thousands more perform gymnastics or dance in formation on the competition area of Pyongyang’s 150,000-seat May Day Stadium.Politico
“You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, ‘Let’s hope to God we don’t have a crisis,'” said Bob Woodward.
For the Washington Post reporter, that is the bottom line to all the jaw-dropping chaos and discord described in his new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House” (published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS).
“People who work for him are worried … that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world,” Woodward said.CBS
Former Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has dropped his lawsuit accusing a number of groups and individuals of defaming him with campaign ads against him.
Moore’s attorney filed a motion Friday to dismiss the July lawsuit, according to AL.com, but did not provide details as to why Moore was seeking to drop the case.
Moore and his wife, Kayla Moore, filed the lawsuit in July, claiming that a number of “misleading” commercials cost him the open U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.
The commercials in question targeted Moore over the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him that arose in the last weeks of the Alabama Senate campaign, which he ultimately lost to Democrat Doug Jones.The Hill