In other news, California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill to allow College athletes to earn money off their own names and likeness in endorsements, essentially telling the NCAA that they're done. Newsom made the announcement on Lebron James' talk show.
Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Mac Thornberry is now the sixth congressman from Texas to announce that he won't run for reelection in 2020. The total number of House Republicans who are planning to leave office or have already left is now 20 including Chris Collins who just resigned today.
Finally, Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton says the Trump regime has been 'pretending' (lying) about North Korea's non-existent progress toward denuclearization.
More interesting is Bolton's confirmation of what we already knew: North Korea didn't halt testing because Trump wooed Kim Jong-un; they halted testing because they don't need to do more tests.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton said the U.S. can’t “simply pretend” North Korea is making progress toward denuclearizing and said Kim Jong Un will never give up his nuclear stockpile without more pressure. [...]
“It seems to me clear that the DPRK has not made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons,” Bolton said Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, using an acronym for North Korea. “The strategic decision that Kim Jong Un is operating through is that he will do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and to develop and enhance it further.” [...]
“One reason -- one very good, very troubling reason -- why there’s no more testing of nuclear weapons for the moment, or of long-range missiles, is that North Korea has in its judgment, for well or ill, finished testing and can produce nuclear warheads and long-range ballistic missiles,” Bolton said. “That’s not an encouraging sign, that’s a sign to be worried about.”
Bolton himself was a party to Trump's policy for a long time, of course, so he doesn't have much of a leg to stand on here even if what he's saying is correct.
Ultimately, Trump's legacy re: North Korea will be that he legitimized the rogue nation as a nuclear power. Future administrations will face more difficult questions and challenges in Korea because of Trump.
Now, here's John Oliver on Compounding Pharmacies, and make sure you stay through the end because I laughed my ass off.
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