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The Monkees’ Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz promise to play plenty of rarities on upcoming duo tour

Courtesy of Rhino EntertainmentWhen Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz launch their first-ever tour as a duo next week, Monkees fans can expect to be treated not only to plenty of the band’s hits, but also to songs that the group never performed live.

Dolenz tells Rolling Stone that preparing the rarities for the trek, dubbed The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show, was a hard but rewarding task.

“It’s been a lot of work because Nez is quite the perfectionist,” explains Dolenz. “But it’s so exciting to hear these songs done in their original context and harmonies.”

Among the Nesmith-penned gems the duo has dusted off for the tour are “You Told Me” from the 1967 album Headquarters and a pair of tunes recorded during sessions for 1969’s Instant Replay: “Some of Shelly’s Blues” and “St. Matthew.”

Mike and Micky also are planning to perform some songs from The Monkees’ 2016 album, Good Times!, as well as Nesmith’s “Different Drum,” which Linda Ronstadt‘s old band The Stone Poneys scored a hit with in 1967.

The idea for The Mike and Micky Show tour dates back to the days during the making of The Monkees TV show when Dolenz and Nesmith bonded on set while waiting for their scenes to be filmed.

“[W]e’d just set up on some of the set furniture and sing songs while the crew set up lights,” Nesmith explains.

The trek itself came about after Monkees member Peter Tork told Dolenz he wouldn’t be available to tour with the band for the foreseeable future because he wanted to focus on a tribute project to legendary bluesman Lead Belly, which he was doing with his own group, Blue Suede Shoes.

The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show kicks off June 1 in Chandler, Arizona. Here are all of the dates:

6/1 — Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts
6/2 — Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum
6/3 — San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s
6/5 — Anaheim, CA, The Grove
6/6 — Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/8 — Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theatre
6/9 — Stateline, NV, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
6/12 — Denver, CO, Paramount
6/14 — Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center
6/15 — Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
6/16 — Cleveland Heights, OH, Cain Park
6/18 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre
6/19 — Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
6/21 — Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
6/22 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
6/23 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount
6/25 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre

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Mariah Carey watches fans sing YouTube covers of her songs

ABC/Randy HolmesThanks to Glamour magazine, some aspiring singers on YouTube had one very special viewer checking out their work.

As part of Glamour‘s video series “You Sang My Song,” Mariah Carey watched several YouTube videos of fans covering some of her most famous songs. The singers put their own spins on hits including “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “Heartbreaker” and “We Belong Together.”

An impressed Carey gave her reactions, and the fans were then surprised with the video of Mariah watching them.

“It’s a good feeling as a songwriter to see how many different ways people can interpret these songs,” Mariah said.

She also tweeted, “Thank you @glamourmag and all you amazing artists for sharing these beautiful renditions with me!”

The varied interpretations featured two friends doing a stripped-down version of “Always Be My Baby,” a young boy belting out “Hero” and a guy playing “Touch My Body” on the violin.

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John Fogerty and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons unite for new song “Holy Grail,” due out in June

Lee CherryJohn Fogerty and Billy Gibbons: together at last!

After the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman said he’d be collaborating with the ZZ Top guitarist, the two have announced a new song together. The track, “Holy Grail,” will arrive on June 8.

For a preview of the track, you can listen to a 30-second snippet now via Fogerty’s YouTube.

“I am so happy to be playin’ and singin’ with the Reverend BFG,” says Fogerty. “That Sharp Dressed Man, himself. This is the Holy Grail!”

“It’s not an overstatement to say that writing a song with John Fogerty is a genuine bonus!” Gibbons adds. 

He notes, “It’s fair to say that John and I are both pumped about our collaboration and we think this new one called ‘Holy Grail’ holds true with some great storytelling and some solid guitars movin’ the number right along. It begs a shout of, ‘Turn it up!'”

If you need even more Fogerty and Gibbons in your life, John and ZZ Top will kick off their joint Blues and Bayous tour this Friday, May 25 in Atlantic City. The trek concludes June 29 in Welch, Minnesota.

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John Fogerty and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons unite for new song “Holy Grail,” due out in June Adult Contemporary / Oldies, International, Rock
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John Fogerty and Billy Gibbons: together at last!

After the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman said he’d be collaborating with the ZZ Top guitarist, the two have announced a new song together. The track, “Holy Grail,” will arrive on June 8.

For a preview of the track, you can listen to a 30-second snippet now via Fogerty’s YouTube.

“I am so happy to be playin’ and singin’ with the Reverend BFG,” says Fogerty. “That Sharp Dressed Man, himself. This is the Holy Grail!”

“It’s not an overstatement to say that writing a song with John Fogerty is a genuine bonus!” Gibbons adds. 

He notes, “It’s fair to say that John and I are both pumped about our collaboration and we think this new one called ‘Holy Grail’ holds true with some great storytelling and some solid guitars movin’ the number right along. It begs a shout of, ‘Turn it up!'”

If you need even more Fogerty and Gibbons in your life, John and ZZ Top will kick off their joint Blues and Bayous tour this Friday, May 25 in Atlantic City. The trek concludes June 29 in Welch, Minnesota.


ABC News’ Ryan Smith shares the message behind tonight’s “20/20” special “The Last Days of Michael Jackson”

Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Tonight, ABC News’ Ryan Smith will host a two-hour 20/20 special, The Last Days of Michael Jackson.

The special, which will profile the King of Pop’s life, legacy and complicated childhood, will offer never-before-seen video from interviews he did with ABC News’ Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

It will also feature individuals who were around the icon before his passing, including Derek “Cooley” Jaxson, who taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, a renowned Jackson impersonator, and Lisa Staub, the tour operator who was in front of his house on the day Jackson died.

But according to Smith, this special isn’t about rehashing MJ’s scandals or what led to his death — it’s about sharing his life.

“This is our opportunity to really tell his story,” Smith tells ABC Radio. “The positives, the negatives, the sensational stuff, and the true stuff that seemed out of character and really give you a full picture of who he was.”

He continues, “Through those two hours, we take you through all of that. What people were saying, what he was going through, what he was experiencing. To give you the full picture of Michael Jackson the human, not just Michael Jackson the pop star, or Michael Jackson, the man who had issues. The human being is what matters to us.”

Although Smith says the documentary will definitely feature “music and the footage” that reflects Jackson’s life, he explains its real purpose is to honestly and respectfully humanize an “extraordinary” man.

“We’ll show you some things you haven’t seen before, but also a well-rounded view of who he was,” he says.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC.

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Regina King tapped to lead cast of HBO’s TV adaptation of “Watchmen”

“The Leftovers” – HBO/Van Redin(NEW YORK) — HBO has tapped Emmy Award-winning actress Regina King for a television adaptation of the iconic comic book series Watchmen.

According to Deadline, King will join Don Johnson,Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard in the pilot. The series, written by Damon Lindelof, would be the latest collaboration between Lindelof and King since HBO’s The Leftovers. 

Watchmen, which was turned into a movie in 2009, is set in an alternate reality where superheroes are either retired, working for the government, or treated as outlaws and vigilantes. 

Although character details have not yet been revealed, Deadline says King is believed to play Angela Abar, while Gossett Jr. will likely be Old Man. Howard would take on the role of Red Scare and Clemens could be Pirate Jenny. None of these characters appeared in the previous iterations of Watchmen.

This is the latest project for King, who played Erika Murphy in Lindelof’s The Leftovers. She also starred in Netflix’s critically acclaimed drama Seven Seconds.

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Sources: Harvey Weinstein will turn himself in to NYPD on Friday

Tim Boxer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein will turn himself in to New York City police Friday to face criminal charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, sources familiar with the case told ABC News. 

Weinstein has been under criminal investigation in connection with the allegations of two women: Lucia Evans and Paz de la Huerta.  It’s not clear what charges Weinstein will face, but Evans told The New Yorker Weinstein forced her to perform a sex act on him in 2004.  Meanwhile, de la Huerta told Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her in 2010. 

Both accusations are within the statute of limitations in New York given the nature of the alleged crimes.

Weinstein’s case was recently presented to a grand jury by prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which declined to comment.  Weinstein’s defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, also declined to comment, as did the NYPD.

Ever since allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein came to light late last year, he has continued to deny any claims of non-consensual sex. 

As a result of the allegations, Weinstein was fired from his production company, his wife Georgina Chapman left him, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Oklahoma City shooting: Civilian shoots, kills suspect who opened fire at restaurant

ABC News(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The suspect in the shooting that injured multiple people in an Oklahoma City restaurant has died after he was shot by an armed civilian, according to police.

The Oklahoma City Police Department tweeted that investigators were on the scene of the shooting at Louie’s Grill & Bar near Lake Hefner Parkway.

The customer was outside when the suspect walked into the restaurant and began opening fire around 6:30 p.m. local time, Oklahoma City Police Public Information Officer Bo Matthews said in a press conference after the shooting. The civilian then confronted the suspect and shot him to “death,” police wrote on Twitter.

Both the suspect and the civilian were armed with a handgun, police said.

Two female customers are among the injured, Matthews said.

The victims are expected to survive, according to ABC affiliate KOCO-TV.

There is no longer an active threat, police said.

The conditions of the victims were not disclosed by authorities, but at least one victim is in surgery, Matthews said.

Police are looking to interview at least 100 witnesses, Matthews said. The suspect has not yet been identified, Matthews said.

Further details were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Hair stylist claims she warned police about Las Vegas mass shooter

Denise Truscello/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Among the thousands of documents just released by police about the Las Vegas mass shooting, a statement from one woman said a client named Stephen Paddock told her the Las Vegas Strip was vulnerable — months before the shooting.

A hair stylist, whose name was redacted, detailed an encounter she claimed to have had with Paddock in a statement to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. She said his strange comments made her feel uneasy.

“He was talkin’ about the area down on the Strip,” she said in the statement. “I didn’t know anything about it because I don’t go to the Strip like most locals don’t. He said that it was an outdoor arena and that he couldn’t believe that they made it an outdoor arena because anybody could shoot into the crowd from … the casino across the way.”

Shortly after finishing the haircut, she said an Asian woman came in who she thought to be Marilou Danley, Paddock’s girlfriend.

The stylist said she asked the woman she believed was Danley whether she knew what Paddock had been telling her. She said the woman replied, “Oh, what about somebody shooting into a crowd and, you know, wanting to hurt a lot of people?”

The stylist claimed that Paddock paid the bill and then said, “I wonder what she’s worried about? She’ll be out of the country.”

She later claimed that Danley had said she was going to leave the country because of her husband’s statements. The stylist said Danley told her, “Oh my husband’s talkin’ about crazy stuff and wantin’ … to hurt people … I’m leaving the country. I gotta get out of the country before it happens.”

Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting and no criminal charges are expected against her, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department has said. She has repeatedly told law enforcement that she was unaware of Paddock’s plans to carry out the shooting.

About three days later, the stylist claimed she called and reported the conversation to Las Vegas police, telling them, “This is probably somethin’ that’s just crazy, that I’m probably overreacting on, but it was really strange.”

The woman claimed she had also spoken to the FBI, who told her they could not find records of Paddock or Danley visiting the salon, after she said they had subpoenaed the records. She said she wasn’t sure what number she had called police from and later said she had begun to doubt herself about whether she called.

Las Vegas police released the thousands of redacted documents related to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on October 1, 2017, in which 58 people died and hundreds more were injured. The released documents were provided after a court order that followed a public records lawsuit from media organizations seeking more information on the investigation. The documents included a mix of police reports and witness statements.

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77-year-old school bus driver charged in deadly crash with a dump truck

Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images(MORRISTOWN, N.J.) — New Jersey prosecutors have charged a school bus driver with two counts of death by auto in connection with the double-fatal crash that killed a student and teacher from Paramus last week, according to the State Superior Court Clerk’s Office in Morristown.

Hudy Muldrow, 77, was driving the bus that collided with a dump truck in Mount Olive on Thursday, killing 10-year-old fifth-grader Miranda Vargas and teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51.

In a news release from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, authorities said the bus that Muldrow was driving as well as two other school buses had been taking students and teachers from East Brook Middle School on a field trip to Waterloo Village that morning.

All three buses “missed a turn” on their journey to Waterloo Village, the release said, and all three attempted to correct their mistake. The two other buses arrived at Waterloo; however, according to the release, Muldrow “is alleged to have turned Bus #2 to the left in an apparent attempt to gain access to the official-use only access point located between the East and Westbound lanes of Route 80.”

“Hudy Muldrow turned Bus #2 so that it was positioned in an almost-perpendicular direction in relation to the lanes of travel on Route 80 Westbound,” which is a three-lane highway. At that point, “Bus #2 was impacted by a dump truck that was traveling in the center lane of Route 80 Westbound.”

Authorities said that in addition to killing Miranda and Williamson, the crash had caused numerous injuries to others on the bus as well as to the dump truck driver.

“The full extent of the non-fatal injuries has yet to be determined, but range from minor to multiple serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. … The investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing, and additional charges may be sought in the future,” the release said.

On Tuesday, a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission spokesperson revealed that since getting his driver’s license in 1975, Muldrow had a total of 14 suspensions, eight speeding tickets, a careless driving ticket and a ticket for an improper turn in 2010.

Muldrow, who began driving school buses in 2013, currently has a valid driver’s license that’s not suspended. He also has no active points and has the appropriate commercial license to drive a school bus.

Muldrow’s son, Hudy Muldrow Jr., told on Tuesday that his father was a good driver.

When Hudy Muldrow Jr. was asked about his father’s driving violations, he said: “I don’t know anything about that. I have nothing else to say.”

Muldrow surrendered to New Jersey State Police and was booked into the Morris County Jail to await arraignment Friday.

According to the Paramus School Board, a candlelight vigil is planned Thursday for both Miranda and Williamson.

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Police mum on how Milwaukee cops were disciplined for using stun gun on NBA rookie

iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) — Questions swirled about how officers were disciplined a day after Milwaukee police released video showing those officers using a stun gun on NBA rookie Sterling Brown.

In a news conference Wednesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said that the officers involved “acted inappropriately” and were “recently disciplined,” but he did not answer reporters’ questions about how many officers were disciplined or what that discipline entailed.

Wisconsin State Rep. Leon Young told ABC News that Morales told him and other state lawmakers Thursday morning that one sergeant and two officers were disciplined in the incident, but said the chief told the lawmakers that statutory reasons prevented him from disclosing how they were punished.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday afternoon that the first officer on the scene was suspended for two days and two other officers who arrived later were suspended for 10 and 15 days.

“We’re calling on the police department to share this information that many of you have been asking for about the discipline,” Milwaukee Council President Ashanti Hamilton said at a press conference. “What type of discipline is being issued? Who are the officers that are being disciplined? What is the process?”

Reporters asked Morales those questions as he entered City Hall Thursday morning, but he only said that those details would be released soon.

It was not immediately clear why Morales didn’t disclose details of how officers were punished, though in a news conference Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett suggested the discipline would be shared with the public once the officers’ rights were met.

“As I understand it – you have to ask the chief these questions – give some rights to those individuals being disciplined in terms of the process,” Barrett said. “As soon as he can legally, I expect that discipline will be announced.”

“Let’s share what that process is,” Hamilton said of the disciplinary process. “They should share that information with the public.

The body camera video captured a confrontation between Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and members of the Milwaukee Police Department outside a Walgreens drugstore shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 26.

Brown had parked horizontally across two handicap parking spots in the store’s empty lot while he had gone into the store. When he returned to his vehicle, an officer was waiting and the situation turned tense with the officer repeatedly telling Brown to “back up” and accusing Brown of “being all badass to me.”

Other officers arrive on the scene and Brown appears to be talking calmly with them when an officer orders him to take his hands out of his pockets.

“Hold on, I got stuff in my hands,” Brown can be heard responding on the video before officers take him down and taser him. Brown can be heard moaning in pain after the taser is deployed.

“If this guy hadn’t been such [an idiot], it would’ve been ‘Hey, have a nice day.’ But then I thought, ‘Oh, he is being an ass, he is trying to hide something.’ And now he’s like ‘I’m a Bucks player,'” the first officer on the scene can be heard explaining to his colleagues after Brown had been tasered.

The scene that plays out on the body camera footage seems to contradict the police report which says Brown was “very aggressive” and “physically resisted” the officers’ attempts to handcuff him.

Brown was arrested for resisting or obstructing an officer, but ultimately was only cited with a parking ticket.

On Twitter, Brown, the son of a retired Illinois police officer, pledged to take legal action against the Milwaukee Police Department, but called on his supporters to respond peacefully.

“Peaceful support to ensure no further damage to our community is the only way to respond,” Brown’s statement read, in part.

In the hours after the video was released, there were no protests in Milwaukee. The calm was striking in contrast to fiery protests seen in many places after incidents of alleged police brutality in minority communities.

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Trump: NFL players who don’t stand for the national anthem ‘shouldn’t be in the country’

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — NFL players should “stand proudly” during the national anthem, President Donald Trump said after praising the league’s new rule banning players from kneeling on the field during the song.

Trump criticized the league’s players who might challenge the rule and continue to kneel in protest, suggesting “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”

“I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms,” Trump said in an interview with Fox and Friends Thursday morning. “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing. You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/23/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

Kansas City 5, St. Louis 2, 10 Innings
Houston 4, San Francisco 1
Cleveland 1, Chicago Cubs 0

Detroit 4, Minnesota 1
Texas 12, N.Y. Yankees 10
L.A. Angels 5, Toronto 4
Boston 4, Tampa Bay 1
Chicago White Sox 11, Baltimore 1
Seattle 1, Oakland 0

Milwaukee 9, Arizona 2
San Diego 3, Washington 1
Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 0
Miami 2, N.Y. Mets 1
Pittsburgh 5, Cincinnati 4, 12 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 3, Colorado 0

Boston 96, Cleveland 83
Washington 4, Tampa Bay 0

Atlanta 81, Chicago 63
Minnesota 76, Dallas 68
Seattle 87, Phoenix 71

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First photos purporting to show demolition of North Korean nuclear site unveiled

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — Photos released by North Korean state media purporting to show the demolition of North Korea’s nuclear test site earlier Thursday.

At Thursday’s Pentagon briefing, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said the U.S. is assessing the pictures of what happened.

“We’re looking at pictures of it right now,” said McKenzie. “And we don’t have a final assessment, they obviously did some visible destruction of the entrance to the tunnel. I don’t have a better answer for you than that right now.”

Journalists from around the world flew from Beijing to Wonsan, on the east coast of North Korea, Tuesday and were taken on a long journey to the nuclear site near the village of Punggye-ri.

North Korean state media previously reported the dismantlement process would involve “collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts” and that foreign media were invited to cover the event to show the process in a “transparent manner.”

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Pompeo blames North Korea for summit cancellation, but still hopeful it will happen

Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration is blaming North Korea for President Donald Trump canceling his summit with Kim Jong Un, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying the country’s recent rhetoric showed they were unprepared to meet.

“We did not walk away from this,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday. “I regret the statements that the North Koreans have made over the past few days and the fact that we’ve not been able to conduct the preparation between our two teams that would be necessary to have a chance for a successful summit.”

But Democrats weren’t buying it, arguing the administration had mishandled the opportunity, blaming tough talk from top officials for sending the wrong message to Pyongyang.

“The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal,” said the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

President Trump released a letter this morning, which the State Department had transmitted to North Korea and Kim Jong Un, saying he was canceling their meeting scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. He cited “the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement” and said the cancellation was “for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world.”

North Korea had released a statement Thursday that bashed Vice President Mike Pence for “ignorant and stupid” comments, in which he cited the so-called “Libya model” for North Korea’s denuclearization and said the U.S. still has the military option for solving the North Korean crisis on the table.

In 2003, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for normalized relations with the U.S., but to many, including North Korea, the model includes Gaddafi’s overthrow, aided by western airstrikes, and his violent death seven years later.

“We will neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us. Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States,” said Choe Son-hui, a vice foreign minister, in a statement on North Koran state television KCNA.

Trump seemed to respond directly to that threat of war in his letter, writing, “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”

But Pompeo, who read the letter at the top of the hearing, said plans for the summit had begun to fall apart over the few days, with the administration getting “a lot of dial tones” when reaching out to North Korea. That includes a planning meeting in Singapore last week where the North Koreans did not show up, according to a senior White House official.

“Over the past many days we have endeavored to do what Chairman Kim and I had agreed, was to put teams, preparation teams together to begin to work to prepare for the summit, and we have received no response to our inquiries from them,” Pompeo said.

Democrats blamed a lack of understanding of North Korea and multiple references by Pence and National Security Adviser John Bolton to the “Libya model.”

“The ‘Libya model’ as Kim Jong Un has been interpreting it is where leader surrenders their nuclear capability only to then be overthrown and killed,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. “Why would you think that there would be any other interpretation than what happened to Gaddafi at the end of his denuclearization, which is that he wound up dead? Why think that that would not, in fact, elicit hostility from a negotiating partner only three weeks from sitting down across the table?”

Pompeo rejected that argument, saying in his conversations with Kim, he made clear the U.S. would provide security assurances long after they struck a deal. Pompeo has met Kim twice, as CIA Director and Secretary of State – the highest-ranking U.S. official to do so, meeting for more than three hours in total.

Pompeo also denied that the administration did not know what it was doing, saying, “The American team is fully prepared. I think we are rockin’. I think we are ready. I think we are prepared for this meeting.”

With the summit scrapped, for now, the international sanctions regime will remain in place, with the goal of getting the two leaders to sit down at some point, according to Pompeo, who said there were no signs China was violating the United Nations sanctions in any “serious” way.

But those partners in the sanctions campaign were surprised by Trump’s letter and sudden cancellation, and there are questions now about whether it will crack the global pressure on North Korea. Pompeo declined to say whether the administration gave South Korea or others a heads-up.

At the White House Thursday, Trump threatened military action, saying the Pentagon “is ready if necessary,” although he declined to say if the breakdown of the summit raises the risk of war.

But Pompeo said he was “still optimistic” there could be a diplomatic solution: “The diplomacy this administration has engaged in has gotten us this far. I am confident that we will move forward in a way that will continue to give us the opportunity to achieve this,” he said.

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South Korea ‘baffled,’ ‘very regretful’ over Trump’s cancellation of North Korea summit

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — South Korea President Moon Jae-in says he is “baffled and very regretful” that President Donald Trump cancelled the planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore that had been set for June 12.

South Korea did not have any advance notice and was caught off guard Thursday by the cancellation, according to the country’s presidential office.

Urging both leaders to resolve the issue “by direct and closer conversations,” Moon noted that “it is difficult to solve the sensitive and difficult diplomatic problems through the current way of communication,” the presidency, called the Blue House, said in a statement.

“Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and permanent peace is a historic task that could not be given up, nor delayed,” he said in the statement after an hour-long emergency National Security Council meeting.

Trump said in a letter to Kim Thursday that it would be “inappropriate” to hold the summit next month as planned because of what he called “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a statement this week from a North Korean official.

The cancellation, Trump said in remarks later in the day, was a “tremendous setback for North Korea and, indeed, a setback for the world.”

There were split opinions among residents in South Korea on the cancellation of the summit, some backing up Trump’s surprising move Thursday.

“Trump said he won’t have talks? Why?” A food vendor named Choi Young-sook asked. “I think [Trump] cancelled the meeting because he expects more from North Korea. He is trying to get a head start.”

“President Trump showed off his negotiating skills this time, by not being swayed by North Korea’s continuous threats and breaking promises,” said Cho Youngtak, a psychiatry resident in Asan Medical Center in South Korea. “In the long term, the decision will bring South Korea and U.S. to a better position in bargaining.”

Meanwhile, some people were frustrated that the historic meeting was called off.

“I thought [the] North Korea-U.S. summit would bring peace to Korea,” a college student Lee Myoung Suk said. “It would have ended in a greater peace if South Korea joined for a three-party talk.”

“But when will be the appropriate time?” a Malaysian student attending a South Korean university asked, while a local engineer added, “There is always turmoil, so sooner is better than later.”

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day (hit on 5/24)was a record breaker…just before the breakup of the band that performed it. In fact, another artist was brought into the recording sessions partly in hopes that would deter them from bickering so much; and one member of the band said a line in the song was a pot shot at his wife!… read more…

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day has a somewhat sad story attached to it. The leader of the band responsible would be drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam. He would miss all the success the group had while he was away and by the time he got back, it was over! read more…

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day would become the third number one for today’s featured artist but two other people sing the first few lines of the song. read more…

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