This story was originally published in the December 9 edition of Meanwhile in America, CNN's daily email about US politics for global readers. Sign up here to receive it every weekday morning. (CNN)So much for falling "in love." North Korea is celebrating a "very important test" at a launch site that US President Donald Trump declared would be dismantled earlier this year -- the real-life culmination of a recent exchange of verbal projectiles across the Pacific. Last week, Trump blasted Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man," and North Korea fired back that he was suffering "a relapse of the dotage of a dotage." The North's threat of a "Christmas gift" for the US looms over the coming weeks. The dealmaker-in-chief has made much of his efforts to sweet-talk Kim. Yet three face-to-face meetings between the pen-pals have done little to end the last Cold War-era standoff. North Korea now accuses Trump of stringing Kim along to keep him sweet during his 2020 US reelection race, and has … [Read more...] about Have Trump and Kim Jong Un fallen out of “love”?
Long distance love affair
Denver has long been a premier spot for getting wasted. Back in 1859, the Denver City was founded when land speculators led by Gen. William Larimer persuaded a competing mining claim to surrender its rights with a barrel of whiskey. The first city government was subsequently formed in a saloon. Over the next decades, a silver boom – and the arrival of the railroad – transformed the town into a frontier watering hole as prospectors and immigrants flocked to the foot of the Rocky Mountains to soak in sorrows and toast good fortune. By the turn of the 20th century, the city’s unruly reputation thrust the nascent state of Colorado into a love-hate relationship with prohibition that is still being realized to this day. And for nearly every step, The Denver Post has been there to cover the complicated affair. As the state rounded the bend into the 20th century, the temperance movement was well under way in the West, frothing up fear of a liquor-fueled uprising by … [Read more...] about Prohibitionist Post: 125 years covering Colorado’s love-hate affair with alcohol and cannabis
close Video Pelosi requests House Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment against Trump Democrats in House Judiciary Committee work through the weekend ahead of impeachment hearing; David Spunt reports. If you listened to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's address on Thursday, you might have thought she was announcing an armed revolution. She opened with "Let us begin where our founders began in 1776. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another." The good news is that there will be no revolution for now. The speaker was just awkwardly trying to equate President Trump with Great Britain's "oppressive monarch" George III and Democrats' impeachment efforts with the founding of our republic. Pelosi wrapped herself so tightly in our nation's founding documents that in her first 90 words alone, she explicitly mentioned the Declaration of Independence, the … [Read more...] about Curt Levey: Trump impeachment drives Democrats’ love of Constitution — here’s how they really feel
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians — not to mention a number of trade pacts. Some are inching forward. Some have stalled. Trump has said repeatedly that he is in “no rush” to wrap up the deals. But negotiations take time. He is nearly three years into his presidency and the 2020 election looms, which will crimp his ability to tend to unfinished foreign business. “I don’t blame the president for having so many deals open,” said Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state who has worked for Republican and Democratic presidents. He gives Trump credit for going after China on its trade practices and talking to the Taliban to try to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan.“But I do think you … [Read more...] about President Trump heads to UN with long list of deals he’s yet to close
NAIROBI - Kenyan police arrested the Nairobi County governor, known for his chunky gold jewelry and impromptu raps, Friday on corruption charges, a high profile move in the government’s much trumpeted anti-graft push. Chief public prosecutor Noordin Haji told a news conference that Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and his associates were accused of conspiracy to commit corruption, failure to comply with laws related to procurement, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering the proceeds of crime. Sonko and his assistants did not respond to calls seeking comment. Citizens and international investors have long complained of corruption in Kenya, East Africa’s business hub and richest economy. President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Haji, a former deputy head of national intelligence, last year after years of taking little action to rein in widespread graft. On Friday, Haji accused Sonko, who runs the Kenyan capital as Nairobi’s most senior regional politician, of … [Read more...] about Kenya Arrests Gold-loving Nairobi Governor on Suspicion of Corruption