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Friday, April 28, 2017
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By Doug Criss.

1. North Korea

We’re getting something of a mixed message from the Trump administration on North Korea. President Trump said there’s a good chance the US could have a “major, major conflict” with the North, as tensions remain high over its nuke program. But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a more optimistic tone, saying direct talks with the regime would be “the way we would like to solve this.” VP Mike Pence said earlier this month that there would be no talks with the North “until they had denuclearized.” Tillerson today chairs a special meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Pyongyang. Congress next week is due to vote on a bill to authorize new sanctions against North Korea.

2. President Trump

He thought the job would be easier. And he misses his old life. In a new interview, President Trump gave some insight into how he’s settling into the Oval Office as his first 100 days draws to a close. Trump said he misses the freedom of movement he had before he became Commander In Chief and entered the White House security bubble (most Presidents say the same). And Trump really misses driving. He will be in Atlanta today to address the NRA convention — but guns will be banned from the hall where he speaks. Tomorrow, he marks Day 100 with a big rally in Pennsylvania. There’s a lot going on this weekend, including the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (which Trump is skipping) and a climate change protest march in DC.

3. Pope Francis

The Pope travels to Egypt today to meet with the country’s President and to give comfort to a Coptic Christian community there still reeling from a pair of Palm Sunday terrorist bombings that killed 45 people. Francis is coming under some criticism for meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, whose human rights record is, well, less than admirable. The Pope will also meet with Muslim leaders and is expected to once again plead for the nations of the world to open their borders to migrants fleeing Mideast violence.

4. Driving under the influence

More people died while driving under the influence of drugs than while driving drunk in 2015, a new report finds. That’s the first time that’s ever happened. In 2015, 43% of drivers killed in wrecks were driving drugged, while 37% were driving drunk. But highway safety experts are skeptical of the findings, saying alcohol use remains the biggest concern on the nation’s roads; they want to see more research on drugged driving.

5. United Airlines

Well, that was fast. Just a couple of weeks after United Airlines caught pure hell after a passenger was dragged off a flight (in a video seen ’round the world), the airline has reached a settlement with the passenger, Dr. David Dao. Financial terms weren’t revealed, but you can bet it’s a pretty big number. The whole crazy incident is rippling through the industry, too. Southwest Airlines says it will no longer overbook flights. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get tossed off a flight for strange reason: A man says he was kicked off a Delta flight for going to the bathroom.

One more thing …

Arkansas executed convicted killer Kenneth Williams overnight, the state’s fourth execution this week.
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