North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing the number of Americans being held there to three. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Park said Kim, who is in his 50s, taught accounting at the university for about a month. He said Kim was detained by officials as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang's international airport. read more
The Trump administration has sent the American Bar Association into exile, ending the group's semiofficial role in evaluating candidates for the federal bench. In a statement on Friday announcing the development, Linda A. Klein, the group's president, said it had provided pre-nomination evaluations of potential judicial candidates to every administration since that of Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the sole exception of that of George W. Bush. ... In her statement, Klein said the ABA had conducted "an objective, nonpartisan review of the professional competence, integrity and judicial temperament of those who would have lifetime appointments to our federal courts." read more
Truth from a conservative.
In the aftermath of the GOP health-care debacle came a revealing act of candor. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan admitted that his party, which controls the House, Senate and White House, is not yet a "governing party" because it could not "get 216 people to agree with each other on how we do things."
The BBC has learned that U.S. officials "verified" a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump's election -- that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy. ... [Former MI6 agent Christopher] Steele's "dossier,, as the material came to be known, contains a number of highly contested claims. At one point he wrote: "A leading Russian diplomat, Mikhail Kulagin, had been withdrawn from Washington at short notice because Moscow feared his heavy involvement in the U.S. presidential election operation ... would be exposed in the media there." There was no diplomat called Kulagin in the Russian embassy; there was a Kalugin. ... [O]n this vitally important point -- Kalugin's status as a "spy under diplomatic cover" -- people who saw the intelligence agree with the dossier, adding weight to Steele's other claims. read more
One American dead after terror attack in New York.
Terrorist spent time in Afghanistan and underwent military training.