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    first_img Pinterest Facebook US morning briefing Kim Yong-chol, North Korea’s nuclear negotiator and former spy chief, waits at Beijing airport for his flight to Washington DC. Photograph: YONHAP/AFP/Getty Images Topics Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Last modified on Sun 20 Jan 2019 14.40 EST Tim Walker Since you’re here… Pinterest Share on WhatsApp US politics Frank Sinatra Fri 18 Jan 2019 06.39 EST Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Trump signs a $1.5tn tax cut in 2017. On the economy, ‘he has plenty to brag about but also some big problems, many of his own making’, writes Dominic Rushe. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.Top story: President cancels House speaker’s visit to troopsDonald Trump has stepped up his personal feud with the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, by denying her the use of a military aircraft to visit US troops in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, Pelosi suggested that the president postpone his annual State of the Union address to Congress over concerns that the agencies responsible for security at the event were overstretched during the partial government shutdown. On Thursday, Trump responded by postponing Pelosi’s foreign trip and suggesting she “fly commercial” instead.PR stunt. In his letter to Pelosi, Trump wrote that, due to the shutdown, “postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate”. He added: “It would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me.”‘Utterly irresponsible.’ The Democratic House intelligence chief, Adam Schiff, criticised Trump for publicising Pelosi’s travel plan, which would not normally be made public.How two years of Trump have changed key US policies news Support the GuardianWe’d like to acknowledge our generous supporters who enable us to keep reporting on the critical stories. If you value what we do and would like to help, please make a contribution or become a supporter today. Thank you. This article is more than 5 months old North Korea’s lead nuclear negotiator arrived in Washington DC on Thursday, where he is due to meet the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, in the hope of paving the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un. Kim Yong-chol may also meet the president at the White House on Friday, as the administration renews its efforts to persuade North Korea to denuclearise.Missile strategy. The visit comes a day after Trump unveiled plans for a new US missile defence strategy aimed at deterring attacks by “rogue states” including North Korea.Democrat takes charge of Flint water crisis investigation Share via Email Adam McKay and Adam Curtis on Dick CheneyAdam McKay, the director of the award-winning Dick Cheney biopic, Vice, sat down with Adam Curtis, the British journalist and filmmaker, to discuss their shared interest in the rightwing power grab that Cheney masterminded during his decades in Washington.Has euthanasia gone too far?Since the Netherlands legalised euthanasia in 2002, countries around the world – along with several US states – have made it easier to choose the time and manner of one’s death. But Dutch doctors are starting to wonder where to set the limits of a practice that has become so normalised, as Christopher de Bellaigue reports.Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter does it her wayFrank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert, is the only one of Old Blue Eyes’ descendants to sing his songs. “When I hear things he sings,” she tells Michael Hann ahead her debut LP’s release, “I hear them as a fan, but also as a human being I knew.”And the Oscar for best wife goes to …Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong will probably vie for the best supporting actress gong at this year’s Oscars. They join a long and problematic tradition of great actresses playing the stoic, supportive wife to an important man, writes Guy Lodge.OpinionWith several female candidates already vying for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, the Democrats are once again being described as “the party of women”. Jessa Crispin says that, as 2016 proved, appeals to an entire gender are cheap and not always effective. The new Democratic attorney general of Michigan, Dana Nessel, this month took over the investigation into the Flint water crisis, creating hope among activists that victims will be properly compensated and the officials involved face tougher punishment, reports Tom Perkins from Detroit. Critics say that under Republican leadership, the investigation let its targets off lightly, despite 15 state and city officials facing criminal charges or being prosecuted over the decisions that led to an environmental health catastrophe.‘Show trials’. During her 2018 campaign, Nessel described the prosecutions over the Flint crisis as “politically charged show trials” staged by her predecessor, Republican Bill Schuette, who ran for governor and lost to the Democrat, Gretchen Whitmer.Crib sheetThe Sri Lankan president has praised his Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs as “an example to the world”. On a visit to the Philippines this week, Maithripala Sirisena said he intended to emulate Duterte’s ruthless strategy.Authorities in Tokyo are investigating whether a graffiti picture of a rat in the city centre is a genuine Banksy. Meanwhile, a Banksy work found on the side of a garage in Port Talbot, Wales, has just been sold for a six-figure sum.Israel has accused the Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, of “rabid antisemitism” after he denied visas to Israeli athletes due to compete in a Paralympics qualifying event, to demonstrate his country’s solidarity with Palestine.The Queen’s 97-year-old husband, Prince Phillip, has escaped unscathed from a car accident on the Sandringham estate. Both he and the driver of the other car involved were breathalysed at the scene and found not to have been drinking, police said.Listen to Today in Focus: Can a Democrat beat Trump?On today’s podcast, host Anushka Asthana and political reporter Sabrina Siddiqui study the growing Democratic presidential field for 2020 and ask which, if any, of the candidates have the right qualities to unseat Trump.Must-reads Twitter North Korea With Trump marking two years in office this weekend, Guardian reporters take an in-depth look at how his administration has changed US policy in five key areas: the economy, criminal justice, the environment, immigration and foreign policy, which, writes Julian Borger, has been defined by its “confusion – not only in the frequent gaps between the paths taken by the president and his own administration, but also in the morass of contradictions and U-turns in his own impulses”.Little things. While Trump’s climate change denial and EPA corruption allegations make headlines, it is “the more mundane unspooling of arcane regulations” that is likely to do deeper, long-term damage to the environment, writes Oliver Milman.North Korean envoy to meet Pompeo in Washingtoncenter_img Nancy Pelosi Support The Guardian Adam McKay (left) directs Christian Bale as Dick Cheney on the set of Vice. Photograph: Matt Kennedy/Annapurna/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock Friday US briefing: Trump escalates feud with Pelosi amid shutdown Sign up for the US morning briefing SportThe four best teams in the NFL play each other on Sunday. Hunter Felt breaks down their chances of securing a spot at Super Bowl LIII, and predicts a Saints-Chiefs showdown in Atlanta.From raw eggs to raw moose liver, boxing fans are accustomed to fighters’ outlandish diets. But Bryant Jennings, the Philadelphia heavyweight who faces Colombian Óscar Rivas on Friday night, has the most unlikely boxer’s diet of all: he’s a strict vegan.Sign upThe US morning briefing is delivered to thousands of inboxes every weekday. If you’re not already signed up, subscribe now. Shares1212 Flint water crisis Share via Email This article is more than 5 months old … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter There are those in politics and in the media who have not learned from the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. In Clinton’s and her feminist friends’ appeals to women, they overlooked just how many women’s lives had been damaged by Clinton’s policies. Pinterest Share on Twitter Pelosi had asked Trump to delay the State of the Union address due to the shutdown.Photograph: Ting Shen/Xinhua/Barcroft Images Share on Messenger US morning briefing Asia Pacific Share on Facebook Facebook Nancy Pelosi Donald Trump Pinterest How the president’s two years in power have changed key US policies … North Korean envoy to meet Pompeo … Democrat takes charge of Flint water crisis investigation A woman with a Flint Lives Matter sweater walks to a hearing on the crisis in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Twitter Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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