White House Correspondents' Dinner Goes Awry; North Korea Nuclear Test Site to Close in May
By: BillOReilly.com StaffApril 29, 2018
Here is the Daily Briefing for Sunday, April 29, where we round up the day's biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look.

North Korea Will Abandon Nuclear Program if U.S. Pledges Not to Invade

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told his South Korean counterpart President Moon Jae-in that North Korea would be willing to denuclearize in return for a commitment that the U.S. will not invade the country. The New York Times reported Kim’s offer, made Friday during the historic summit between the two countries and other details of the meeting Sunday via a South Korean government spokesman. The conciliatory meeting at Panmunjom, on the border of the two Koreas, was a dramatic turn for the two countries, which have formally been at war since the outbreak of the Korean war, and was aimed at paving the way for Kim’s upcoming summit with President Trump. 

 

White House Correspondents’ Dinner Goes Awry

President Trump's absence for the second year in a row from the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner may end up being the least controversial thing about Saturday night's gathering of the White House press corps. Chatter among journalists after the event was full of criticism for comedian Michelle Wolf, who was the evening's headliner. The comedian spoke for roughly 20 minutes to a ballroom full of Washington's top journalists and political operatives. The comedic routine was laced with sexual innuendos and, at times, dominated by outright vulgarities that were directed primarily at Republicans and conservatives, a fact not lost on those in the room who expressed their displeasure on Twitter afterward. The Washington Post's Paul Farhi wrote Wolf's remarks "swerved from raunchy to downright nasty." Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News said, “The spirit of the event had always been jokes that singe but don't burn.”

 

Trump Threatens to 'Close Down the Country' Over Funding for Border Wall

President Trump threatened on Saturday to "shut down the country" – an apparent reference to a government shutdown unless Congress approves funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a fiery campaign-style speech, Trump lashed out at Democratic lawmakers for opposing his pledge to build the border wall and said that once government funding runs out at the end of September he would call for a so-called shutdown. "We have to have borders and we have to have them fast and we need security, we need the wall," Trump said at the rally in Washington, Michigan.

 

Caravan's Asylum-Seekers Snub U.S. Warnings as They Head Toward Border

U.S. immigration lawyers are telling Central Americans in a caravan of asylum-seekers that traveled through Mexico to the U.S. border in California that they face possible separation from their children and detention for many months. The migrant caravan on Sunday will test the Trump administration's tough rhetoric criticizing the caravan when the migrants begin seeking asylum by turning themselves in to border inspectors at San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing. The San Ysidro crossing, which admits about 75,000 people a day into the U.S., may be unable to take asylum-seekers if it faces too many at once, forcing people to wait in Mexico until it has more room, according to San Diego’s field office director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

 

Pompeo Talks Tough on Iran and Gulf Dispute

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is using the Middle East leg of his first trip abroad to call for concerted international action to punish Iran for its missile programs. On Sunday, Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman in hopes to urge Saudi Arabia and its neighbors to resolve a long-festering dispute with Qatar that U.S. officials say Iran is exploiting to boost its influence in the region, including in Yemen and Syria. “I think they would all agree that it’s in everyone’s best interests that the Gulf states all figure out how to be together,” Pompeo told reporters as he traveled to Israel. “We’ve got a common challenge in Iran I think they all recognize that. We’re hopeful that they will in their own way figure out their dispute between them.”

 

North Korea Nuclear Test Site to Close in May

North Korea's nuclear test site will close in May, the South Korean president's office has said. A spokesman said the closure of the Punggye-ri site would be done in public and foreign experts from South Korea and the US would be invited to watch. Scientists have said the site may have partially collapsed in September. Six nuclear tests have been carried out there since 2006. The office also said North Korea would change its time zone, currently half an hour different, to match that of the South.

 

Trump: ‘Kanye West Gets It’

President Trump celebrated the support he's received from Kanye West at a rally in Michigan Saturday evening. Trump said, “In all fairness, Kanye West gets it. He gets it. And he saw that. When he sees that African-American unemployment is the lowest in history, you know, people are watching. That is a very important thing he has done for his legacy.” On Friday night, Kanye West released Ye vs. the People,” his second song to be released since he began tweeting enthusiastically in support of President Trump last week, sending his longtime fans and detractors into a frenzy.

 

University of Texas to Treat Masculinity as a 'Mental Health' Issue

The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.” Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.” The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.” Though you might enjoy “taking care of people” or being “active,” MasculinUT warns that many of these attributes are actually dangerous, claiming that “traditional ideas of masculinity place men into rigid (or restrictive) boxes [which]... prevent them from developing their emotional maturity.”

 

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