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Saturday, August 12th, 2017

The Week!

Trump and North Korea

This has been a week that will most likely be recorded as simply unusual for America's foreign relations.
Of course we are referring to Mr. Trump's and his reactions to a small world's dictator on his views about our democracy.
This is how it is shaping up since Friday . . .

"A Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons is a goal both Washington and Beijing are interested in pursuing, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during a phone conversation Friday."
     During the conversation, Xi also requested that the U.S. and North Korea both tone down their recent rhetoric and avoid actions that could worsen tensions between the two nations, Chinese Central Television said.

“At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Chinese President Xi Jinping,
quoted by Chinese state media

Taylor Swift and  Groping Allegations

“Taylor Swift did not act improperly,” Judge William J. Martínez said in United States District Court in Denver. He said David Mueller, the former host of a radio program here, offered “insufficient evidence Miss Taylor Swift acted improperly when she reported an assault she truly believed happened.”

The judge’s ruling stopped short of saying the groping had occurred, as Ms. Swift had testified in a dramatic turn on the witness stand Thursday. But the judge said there was not enough evidence to proceed as far as giving the case to a jury.

Ms. Swift smiled broadly at the news and people at her table — including her mother, Andrea; one of her managers, Frank Bell; and her lawyers — embraced.

Judge Martínez allowed the case to continue against two other defendants, Ms. Swift’s mother and Mr. Bell, whom Mr. Mueller contends pressured the radio station KYGO to fire him from his $150,000-a-year job. He said it would be up to a jury to decide whether any of their actions in complaining to the station about Mr. Mueller had been improper.


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