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Trump Confirms Pompeo Met With Kim Jong Un: ‘A Good Relationship Was Formed’

President Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday his CIA Director met last week with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, tweeting the summit went well and a “good relationship was formed.”

Reports emerged Tuesday night that Mike Pompeo, who is Trump’s nominee to be the next Secretary of State, had secretly met with Kim ahead of a planned summit between the young North Korean leader and Trump himself.

San Diego County Joins California’s ‘Sanctuary-State’ Revolt

San Diego County, California’s second-most populous county, on Tuesday joined at least a dozen other municipalities in supporting the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state over its so-called “sanctuary” law.

The county’s all-Republican Board of Supervisors discussed the issue in a closed session Tuesday and afterward announced that it had voted in favor of supporting the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state law.

Nikki Haley Pushes Back Against White House on Russia Sanctions: ‘With All Due Respect, I Don’t Get Confused’

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday pushed back against the White House, saying she was not confused when she made an announcement on Sunday about the White House imposing new sanctions on Russia.

Earlier in the day, White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that Haley “got ahead of the curve” on her announcement to impose sanctions on Russia, according to the New York Times.

David Hogg Calls for Boycott of 15 Financial Firms Over Investment in Gun Manufacturers

Gun control activist David Hogg on Tuesday called for the boycott of at least 15 financial firms because of their investments in gun manufacturers.

Hogg, a 18-year-old student who survived the February mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., used his Twitter platform to push for the boycott of 15 financial firms, specifically the Vanguard Group and and BlackRock.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dead at 92

By: Will Dunham

(Reuters) – Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son sworn in as U.S. president, died on Tuesday, the Bush family said. She was 92.

Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush.

The Bush family had announced in a statement on April 15 that she was in failing health, had decided not to seek further medical treatment and instead would focus on “comfort care.”

Trump to Hold Campaign Rally During White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Donald Trump isn’t going to attend this year’s annual White House Correspondents Dinner, but he will hold a campaign rally that evening.

The rally will take place on the evening of April 28 in Washington, Michigan—just outside Detroit—while reporters who cover the White House will gather in Washington, D.C., the Hill reports.

Nauert Defends Administration’s Syrian Refugee Stance: ‘Many Refugees Would Rather Stay Closer to Home’

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Tuesday defended the Trump administration’s actions to date in handling refugees from Syria, saying many would prefer to stay closer to their own homes.

At a press briefing, Nauert was asked by Associated Press reporter Matt Lee if the United States was doing all it could for refugees while calling out other countries for not doing enough. Nauert said the steep drop in refugees being allowed into America was due to more vetting procedures.

Cruz Introduces Legislation to Make Individual Tax Cuts Permanent

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) introduced comprehensive legislation Tuesday that would make the lowered individual tax rates included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent.

Cruz introduced the bill to coincide with the deadline for individuals to file their income tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service for the previous year, according to a press release from his office.

McConnell Kills Bill Protecting Mueller from Firing: ‘We’ll Not Be Having This on the Floor of the Senate’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday he would not bring any bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller to the floor, calling it unnecessary.

McConnell’s announcement effectively killed a bill meant to shield Mueller which was introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators, called the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.

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