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Sweet “Judy”: Listen to new song from Stephen Stills and Judy Collins’ upcoming duets album

Credit: Anna is hosting the premiere of “Judy,” a new track from Stephen Stills and Judy Collins‘ upcoming collaborative album, Everybody Knows, due out September 22.

Stills wrote “Judy” as a tribute to Collins while he was working on her 1968 album, Who Knows Where the Time Goes?, and he made a solo demo of the tune around that time that was released on his 2007 archival compilation, Just Roll Tape.

Everybody Knows celebrates the 50th anniversary of the start of the singers’ long friendship and their brief love affair, which also inspired Stephen to write his classic Crosby, Stills & Nash song “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.”

Asked how she feels about Stills having written songs about their relationship, Collins tells Billboard, “Oh, it’s just delicious. We always were friends. We didn’t ever hate each other. We had a kind of, I would say, dramatic love affair, lots of positive and then a lot of upset because it wasn’t working out. And then, of course ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ came along and, I mean, how can you resist when you hear that song all over the country?!”

The album features new versions of songs tied into the singers’ shared history, such as “Judy,” along with some cover tunes chosen by Stills and Collins, and one brand-new tune by Judy.

“It’s got the markings of something that was bound to happen,” says Collins of the album, “and by some miracle both of us are still on the planet and feeling very healthy and positive.”

The duo launched a lengthy U.S. tour in support of Everybody Knows last month that winds down November 5 in Santa Rosa, California. Collins tells Billboard that if her and Stills’ schedules allow, she’d like to extend the trek.

Here are all of their upcoming tour dates:

8/16 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/17 — New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
8/18 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
8/20 — Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park
8/21 — Great Barrington, MA, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
8/23 — Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
8/25 — Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/26 — Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/28 — Vestal, NY, Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 — Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
9/3 — Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
9/6 — San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Sea
9/8 — Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
9/9 — Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
9/27 — Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
9/28 — Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House
9/30 — Torrington, CT, Warner Theater
10/1 — Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts
10/2 — Huntington, WV, Keith Albee Performing Arts Center
10/4 — Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University
10/5 — Charlottesville, VA, Sprint Pavilion
10/7 — Cranston, RI, Rhode Island Center for the Arts at Park Theatre
10/8 — Albany, NY, Hart Theatre – Egg Center for the Performing Arts
10/11 — Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
10/12 — Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/13 — Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/15 — Youngstown, OH, Edward W. Powers Auditorium
10/17 — Godfrey, IL, Olin Theater
10/21 — Las Vegas, NV, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
10/22 — Tucson, AZ, Fox Theater
10/25 — San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
10/26 — San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
10/28 — Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
10/29 — Turlock, CA, Community Theatre
11/1 — Chico, CA, California State University – Chico
11/2 — Visalia, CA, Fox Theatre
11/4 — Brooks, CA, Cache Creek Casino Resort
11/5 — Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

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Report: U2 planning to release new album, “Songs of Experience,” on December 1 — World AIDS Day

ABC/Randy HolmesU2‘s long-awaited album, Songs of Experience, apparently will arrive just in time for the holidays, if The Irish Sun is to be believed. According to the newspaper, the album will be released on December 1 to coincide with World AIDS Day and in conjunction with the Project Red campaign Bono founded to raise money to support the fight against the disease.

The Irish Sun also reports Songs of Experience‘s first single will be “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” which will be released to radio stations on September 8.

Irish radio disc jockey Dave Fanning, who was treated to a preview of the upcoming album earlier this year at Bono’s house, described “You’re the Best Thing About Me” as “a great tune and much lighter than anything on [U2’s last album] Songs of Innocence. It’s the perfect single.”

U2 has been performing another Songs of Experience tune “The Little Things That Give You Away” during its ongoing tour celebrating The Joshua Tree‘s 30th anniversary. The band kicks off a second North American leg of the trek September 3 in Detroit.

Discussing the difference between Songs of Experience and 2014’s Songs of Innocence, Fanning said the new tunes he heard “were more personal from Bono, singing about later on after he left [his childhood home on Cedarwood Road in Dublin]. Reflecting back on his life.”

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Dolly Parton climbs up to the treehouse and connects with the kids for first children’s album

Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleDolly Parton will release her first album of original children’s music, I Believe in You, this fall, with all the proceeds going to her Imagination Library, which sends free books to kids all over the world.

The country-pop legend wrote all 14 of the tracks on the record, drawing inspiration from her large family both in East Tennessee and in Nashville.

“I have all my little nieces and nephews…and I always try to keep playhouses and treehouses and things where I play with them when they come to visit me,” she explains. “And usually when I write these children’s songs, I go up to the treehouse or sit there and kinda put myself back in their place, and I try to become a kid again.”

The Country Music Hall of Famer reveals that many of the songs on the album, like “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” and “Chemo Hero,” were written with the next generation of Partons in mind.

“It’s so easy for me to tailor-make them to my little nieces and nephews that I’m with all the time,” Parton says. “I hear what their feelings are, how they think, the things they go through, so I try to write songs you know, to help them, too.”

I Believe in You features a new recording of Dolly’s classic “Coat of Many Colors,” as well as a bonus track with her reading the children’s book based on the song. You’ll be able to pick up a digital copy on September 29, with physical copies coming on October 13.

Here’s the complete track list for I Believe in You:

“I Believe in You”
“Coat of Many Colors”
“Together Forever”
“I Am a Rainbow”
“I’m Here”
“A Friend Like You”
“You Can Do It”
“You Gotta Be”
“Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny”
“Chemo Hero”
“Brave Little Soldier”
Bonus track: Coat of Many Colors book read by Dolly Parton

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“Bad” news — “Bad Boys 3” loses its release date

Getty Images/Kevin WinterThe much anticipated third installment of Bad Boys may not happen for a very long time.

According to DeadlineBad Boys for Life, which has already lost its original director — Michael Bay — has now lost its 2018 release date. The film, which follows the comedic antics of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two Miami narcotic detectives, was set to premiere on November 9, 2018.

Unfortunately for fans, the premiere date has been replaced with Will Ferrell’s upcoming action-comedyHolmes & Watson with no set replacement date for the Bad Boys sequel. While Smith is said to be “still interested,” in returning to the franchise, the script is still being hammered out.

It’s been 14 years since the last Bad Boys film hit theaters. Bad Boys II grossed over $270 million worldwide.

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Dire situation: “Game of Thrones” leading fans to buy, abandon huskies

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(LOS ANGELES) — Some fans of HBO’s wildly fantasy drama series Game of Thrones love the show so much, they’re apparently buying and adopting Siberian huskies, because of their resemblance to the huge, wolf-like direwolves from the show. The problem: after the novelty wears off, many of these dogs are being abandoned at shelters.

“Huskies are a very high-energy breed,” Jodie Simard, executive director of Wagging Tails Rescue in Las Vegas, told ABC Las Vegas affiliate KTNV-TV. “They’re also very intelligent, so if you don’t keep them busy and keep them exercised, they can be destructive.”

In the past six months, Simard added, Wagging Tails has seen a, “huge increase in the amount of huskies surrendered.”  

It’s gotten to be such an issue that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage issued a plea to fans buying or adopting huskies.  The actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister, says in a statement released by PETA, “Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”

Dinklage’s co-star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, actually adopted the dog that played her direwolf Lady on the show.

“Growing up, I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s dire wolf, Lady, on set,” Turner told the Coventry Telegraph in 2013. “We knew Lady died [on the show] and they wanted to re-home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her.”

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Marlon Wayans praises “Marlon” co-star Essence Atkins and their longstanding chemistry

NBC/Tyler Golden(NEW YORK) — Marlon Wayans feels right at home in his new NBC series, Marlon, which is loosely based on his life. Part of his comfort comes from the fact that he stars alongside longtime co-star Essence Atkins.

“I love that girl to death. It’s kind of like a set marriage — she gets me,” Marlon tells ABC Radio. “She understand me comedically of where I’m going to go.”

In Marlon, Wayans plays Marlon Wayne, an Internet star with an over-the-top personality, while Atkins plays his ex-wife, Ashley. The two actors — who already have a history of starring in five projects together, including A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2 — acknowledge their close bond. Marlon says their chemistry is part of the draw of the show.

“I call her the heart of the show,” Marlon explains. “And it’s the thing that’s going to make people watch. It’s not just the jokes, but people tune in…because they fall in love with the journey of what the characters are going through emotionally.”

Atkins concurs, but adds that their on-screen relationship isn’t destined to happen off-screen.

“He’s an amazing guy and he’s amazing friend and we both love and respect each other immensely. It very much mirrors the relationship that our characters have,” Atkins says of Wayans. “But I think deep down inside you know when it’s not going to work. You don’t want to risk the great connection that you have, the great friendship…the great trust… I want Marlon on my six until I’m old and grey.

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Border Patrol ranks have declined over the past year, despite Trump’s hiring push

Phototreat/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents has declined over the past year, despite President Donald Trump’s emphasis on increasing the ranks of the agency to carry out his border security agenda.

There are currently 19,407 agents, which is 335 fewer agents than 10 months ago, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data.

However, CBP, which oversees Border Patrol hiring, said it expects that it will hire more agents before the end of the fiscal year is over. And the agency expects it will hire more total agents this year compared to last year.

The numbers “don’t tell the whole story,” said CBP Office of Human Resources Management Assistant Commissioner Linda Jacksta.

“We’re starting to see some momentum. We’re starting to see some traction. We’ve implemented a number of improvements over the past two years. Those are starting to mature and take root,” she told ABC News.

She acknowledged those implementations “take time,” but said that for the first time in the last two years, the agency was starting to see “real gains.”

In January, Trump signed an executive order directing CBP to immediately begin the process of hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents. The order also called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hire 10,000 federal agents and officers.

A recent Department of Homeland Security inspector general report found that both agencies are facing “significant challenges” in identifying, recruiting and hiring the number of law enforcement officers mandated in the executive orders.

The report also found that neither CBP nor ICE could provide “complete data to support the operational need or deployment strategies” for the additional 15,000 agents and officers they were directed to hire.

“We know that the president wants us to hire 5,000 agents, so we look forward to seeing how Congress enacts the budget for ’18 and that will tell us what we’re funded to hire, recognizing that we want to meet or exceed those goals to the greatest extent that we can,” said Jacksta.

Another inspector general report, released in August, found that CBP administered polygraph tests to applicants after they had already given information “disqualifying” them from being hired.

The testing cost CBP about $5.1 million on more than 2,300 polygraphs, between 2013 and 2016, for applicants with “significant pre-test admissions of wrongdoing,” including illegal drug use, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and in once case an applicant who, during the pre-test interview, admitted to participating in the gang rape of an intoxicated and unconscious woman.

This “slows the process for qualified applicants; wastes polygraph resources on unsuitable applicants; and will make it more difficult for CBP to achieve its hiring goals,” read the report.

CBP agreed with the report’s findings and said it was taking steps to “aggressively” fix the testing issues.

Even before the executive order was issued, the agency was authorized by Congress to employ 21,370 agents, a number it hasn’t reached since 2013, according to the agency’s watchdog.

Trump’s budget request for next year includes the hiring of 500 agents.

“We’re hopeful that Congress will approve the president’s budget,” Jacksta said.

She said the agency is looking ahead to fiscal year 2018, saying that 2017 was a “ramp-up year” in order to implement the capability to hire the agents that Trump has requested. “We’re well positioned,” to hire the 500 agents next year, she said.

Jacksta said that she’s “optimistic” for future hiring because of certain human resource metrics.

For example, CBP said that the attrition rate has dropped by about a percentage point since 2015, as well as a reduction in the time it takes to hire an agent.

“This applicant pool, we’re competing with a lot of other state, local, federal law enforcement organizations, we need to maintain our competitive edge and have an efficient hiring process so we don’t have people dropping out and taking other jobs,” she said.

Jacksta said that the department has “shored up its recruiting efforts,” citing a 106 percent increase in applicants for Border Patrol over the past two quarters, as well as a 54 percent increase in the number of veterans applying.

She also said that the “pass rate” for Border Patrol applicants has more than doubled in the past two years.

Today, the department has to go through around 100 people to hire one agent, but two years ago, CBP needed 270 applicants to hire one person, according to the department. Jacksta attributed that to the agencies’ increased “transparency” about the requirements to complete the hiring process.

However, according to the inspector general, Border Patrol would need around 750,000 applicants to meet the president’s goals.

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Stranger celebrating his birthday pulls kayaker to safety in Alaska

Popartic/iStock/Thinkstock(HOPE, Alaska) — Daniel Hartung’s very first kayaking trip on powerful whitewater rapids almost became his last, if it weren’t for the heroics of a stranger.

On Saturday, Hartung, 64, of Indian, Alaska, attended a bluegrass and whitewater festival near Hope, Alaska, with his wife.

Hartung, who’d been kayaking on flat water for more than 10 years, said that as he and his wife surveyed the waters, she told him that she had a bad feeling about him getting into the churning waters.

But Hartung went anyway.

“There were other more experienced kayakers than me,” he told ABC News today. “So I thought I would go there and felt a little bit safe on trying my first whitewater with experienced kayakers around.”

He went over a set of falls and then hit a rock. Water flooded the kayak and Hartung was tossed into Six-Mile Creek. As he traveled down the river, he hit another rock and then became stuck on a tree.

Other kayakers tried to rescue him as he fought against the raging current.

“The water was so forceful that I could not get myself out of it. I could lift my head slightly above the water to breathe,” he said. “The more I tried to extract myself, the lower my head went until I was not able to breathe anymore.”

As minutes continued went by, Hartung eventually dipped underwater and found himself giving up.

“I kept trying and trying and after a while it just became apparent to me that it was not going, that I was not going to get myself out of this,” he said. “It was very calming. Everything whited out and I blacked out. … No fear, no other thoughts.”

What Hartung didn’t know was that a man named Obadiah Jenkins had appeared.

He pulled Hartung free from under the tree and got him to shore. A group of people, including Hartung’s wife, helped get him up a hill in blankets, where they were met by emergency personnel.

“I just knew at that point there was no way I could let this man die,” Jenkins said. “If I had 1 percent chance of saving his life, I was gonna try it.”

Rescuers performed CPR to revive Hartung. Jenkins, who had turned 33 that day, said there was no better present than seeing Hartung live.

“I remember, first time he opened his eyes, that I could tell he was breathing on his own, I said to him, ‘Nobody dies on my birthday,'” Jenkins said. “I could tell I got a little rise out of him because his eyes went to the side a little bit like, ‘Yeah, OK.'”

Hartung, who is now home recovering from a broken rib, said he plans to stick to calmer waters and would like to buy Jenkins a big steak dinner.

“This guy is a true hero,” he said.

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911 calls reveal Charlottesville car crash suspect allegedly abused mother

MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New and disturbing information has been released about James Alex Fields Jr., the man who allegedly drove into a group protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia, Saturday, killing a woman and injuring several others.

ABC News has obtained transcripts of three 911 calls from 2010 and 2011, in which Fields was accused of terrorizing his mother, Samantha Bloom, who requires the use of a wheelchair.

In one call, according to dispatcher reports, Bloom told police that Fields “smacked [her] in the head” and “put his hands over her mouth.”

Bloom had made the call after locking herself in the bathroom.

In another call, according to dispatcher reports, Fields allegedly stood behind Bloom with a 12-inch knife and “scared mom to death not knowing if he was going to do something.”

Fields is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count related to leaving the scene in connection with this weekend’s violence.

Fields was denied bail Monday and his next scheduled court hearing is Aug. 25.

His appointed attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Saints fire two team doctors after misdiagnosis

Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) – The New Orleans Saints have fired  team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri after they misdiagnosed an injury to cornerback Delvin Breaux.

The pair had originally diagnosed Breaux’s fibula injury as a bruise, but it was later discovered that he had fractured the bone.

Breaux has a history of injuries and while the team believed he could have played through some of them, the team did not release him after learning of this misdiagnosis, according to the New
Orleans Advocate.

Jones and Suri have worked with the team for a number of years and have also done work for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

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Detroit Tigers’ Ian Kinsler rips umpire: ‘He needs to stop ruining baseball games’

33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez is no stranger to controversy, and he was involved once again on Tuesday when Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler unleashed harsh criticisms of Hernandez to a local newspaper.

Kinsler told the Detroit News that Hernandez “needs to re-evaluate his career choice,” claiming that the ump is “messing with baseball games.”

Hernandez has been an umpire in the major leagues for 24 seasons. Hernandez has been involved in a number of controversial calls, and in a 2010 ESPN survey, 22 percent of players asked called him the worst umpire in the major leagues.

“I’m surprised at how bad an umpire he is,” Kinsler told the News. “I don’t know how, for as many years he’s been in the league, that he can be that bad.”

Hernandez ejected Kinsler from the Tigers’ game on Monday after the infielder tossed his bat following a strikeout. Kinsler disagreed with Hernandez’ ball and strike calls.

Asked if he had a personal problem with Hernandez, Kinsler told the News “I’m not mad at him. He just needs to go away.”

When told of Kinsler’s comments, Hernandez reportedly said “I’m not at liberty to discuss tit-for-tat what’s going on. As a matter of fact, I don’t even caer what he said.”

Hernandez, born in Cuba, filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball earlier this year alleging racial discrimination and a vendetta against him by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre has prevented him from career advancement. That suit is pending.

Hernandez also served as an umpire for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Miami last month.

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Scoreboard roundup — 8/15/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Houston        9  Arizona         4
N-Y Yankees    5  N-Y Mets        4
Washington     3  L.A. Angels     1
Boston        10  St. Louis       4
L.A. Dodgers   6  Chi White Sox   1

Tampa Bay   6  Toronto       4
Texas      10  Detroit       4
Cleveland   8  Minnesota     1
Oakland    10  Kansas City   8
Seattle     3  Baltimore     1


San Francisco   9  Miami          4
Milwaukee       3  Pittsburgh     1
Cincinnati      2  Chi Cubs       1
Atlanta         4  Colorado       3
San Diego       8  Philadelphia   4

Connecticut   96  Atlanta   75

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US service member killed in Afghanistan

Stocktrek Images/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An American service member has been killed in eastern Afghanistan as part of an operation against the ISIS affiliate in that country.

“One U.S. service member has died as a result of wounds suffered Wednesday during a partnered operation with U.S. and Afghan Forces in Eastern Afghanistan,” said a statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

“U.S and Afghan forces were also injured during the operation aimed at further reducing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan presence in Afghanistan,” the statement continued. “The wounded personnel have been medically evacuated for treatment.

“Next of kin notifications are underway,” added the statement. “More information will be released as appropriate”

Two U.S. soldiers were killed on Aug. 2 in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, while four others were injured in the attack. Specialist Christopher Harris, 25, and Sgt. Jonathon Hunter, 23, both with the 82nd Airborne Division, were killed when their convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber.

The death of the American service member on Wednesday is the tenth this year. In 2016, nine American service members total were killed in action.

There are 8,400 American troops serving in Afghanistan advising and assisting the Afghan military in the fight against the Taliban and ISIS-Khorasan.

The fight against ISIS in eastern Afghanistan has grown in intensity over the past year as the Afghan military has carried out multiple offensive operations against the ISIS affiliate.

The Trump administration is currently discussing a new South Asia strategy that wraps up the U.S. military role in Afghanistan.

While there is the possibility the administration could send as many as 3,900 additional troops to Afghanistan, no decision has been made pending a strategic decision from Trump about the future U.S. military role in that country.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the administration was “very close” to a decision about a new strategy and that all options were on the table, including the complete withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

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US demands big NAFTA changes, setting stage for tough talks

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The top U.S. trade negotiator says that the United States won’t settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began.

President Donald Trump has called the 23-year-old trade pact the “worst” in history.

In a statement Wednesday, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer said that Trump “is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and an updating of a few chapters. We believe NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement.”

Lighthizer’s comments suggest the negotiations could prove contentious. The Canadian and Mexican negotiators defended NAFTA as an economic success story but acknowledged it needs to be updated to reflect economic and technological changes.

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Experts say Kim Jong-Un doesn’t want nuclear war

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — Despite the fiery rhetoric coming from both President Donald Trump and North Korean officials, as well as concerns over the country’s recent advances in missile technology, experts maintain that nuclear war is not what Kim Jong-Un wants. Rather, experts say what Kim is searching for can be summed up in one word: survival.

“This is not a man who wants to go to war with the United States,” Jonathan Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who focuses on Northeast Asian studies, told ABC News.

“[The North Koreans] were not going to strike first because they know the risks if they did launch some kind of missile attack,” Pollack said, adding that those risks include Trump deciding to put North Korea “out of business.”

While statements were being hurled back and forth by both Trump and Kim last week, Scott Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told ABC News that “what we know of Kim Jong-Un is that he wants to survive.”

Steve Ganyard, an ABC News aviation contributor and retired Marine Corps colonel, agreed: “Kim Jong-Un is a rational man, so the whole goal is regime survival.”

“He’s learned the lesson of Saddam [Hussein] and Muammar [Gaddafi],” Ganyard said. “He’s never going to give up his nukes, so I think at some point we go back to Cold War-style deterrence and containment the way we did with the Soviet Union successfully,” Ganyard added.

That would bring relations with the U.S. back to the status quo, but not change things much on the ground in North Korea.

“It will remain a standoff unless we can ratchet up the economic sanctions to the point that it begins to cripple the North Korean economy,” Ganyard said.

Pollack went further, saying that in addition to simply surviving as the country’s leader, Kim “wants to be validated.”

“He presides over one of the most misbegotten regimes in the world that has an economy one fortieth the size of South Korea’s,” Pollack said of Kim. “He is trying to claim that he is now on a level playing field with the most powerful state in the world, so he does this through an over-commitment to military programs.”

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