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Trump says North Korea nuclear crisis 'long way from conclusion'

Donald Trump strikes cautious note a day after the North’s pledge to end nuclear tests raised hopes before planned summits

Donald Trump said on Sunday the North Korean nuclear crisis was far from conclusion, striking a cautious note a day after the North’s pledge to end nuclear tests raised hopes before planned summits with South Korea and the US.

North Korea said on Saturday it was suspending nuclear and missile tests and scrapping its nuclear test site, and instead pursuing economic growth and peace.

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Could Donald Trump's lone ranger approach provide the silver bullet? | Larry Elliott

The president’s rejection of multilateralism is risky but our 70-year-old rule-based system is far from perfect

Donald Trump is playing with fire. That thought permeated last week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington.

The US president’s go-it-alone approach – especially in the field of trade – has certainly shaken things up. It is not just the threat of tariffs, nor that the US has brought the dispute settlement system at the World Trade Organisation to a standstill.

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A Higher Loyalty by James Comey – review

While spilling the beans on Trump, the ex-FBI director portrays himself as both high-minded and willing to share his own pratfalls

Standing 6ft 8in tall, James Comey – “the FBI giraffe” as he calls himself – has made a career out of seeing over the heads of lesser men, his eyes fixed on glimmering legal ideals of probity and propriety. In this book, before his ejection from the FBI, he occasionally looks out of his office window on Pennsylvania Avenue, bypasses the luxury hotel that Trump has opened blocks from the White House, and ponders the distant Washington monument, a pristine marble shaft that points at the sky. Comey, I suspect, feels an affinity with that aspirational obelisk.

His height makes him an awkward fit for the smaller-scaled world the rest of us occupy, and his memoir abounds in clumsy physical upsets. Wearing resoled shoes that boost him by half an inch, he miscalculates how far he needs to duck and bangs his head on the lintel of a door as he enters a solemn White House conclave, which leaves him trying to finesse a trickle of blood from his skull during a meeting with George W Bush. Embraced by the diminutive Loretta Lynch, Obama’s attorney general, he feels her head nudging his navel. Trump, grandly enthroned behind “a large wooden obstacle”, humbles Comey by assigning him to a child-sized chair, from which his bony knees protrude to prod the presidential desk.

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The 'deep state' is real. But are its leaks against Trump justified? | Jack Goldsmith

Even the most severe critics of the US president should worry about this subtle form of anti-democratic abuse

America doesn’t have coups or tanks in the street. But a deep state of sorts exists here and it includes national security bureaucrats who use secretly collected information to shape or curb the actions of elected officials.

Some see these American bureaucrats as a vital check on the law-breaking or authoritarian or otherwise illegitimate tendencies of democratically elected officials.

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Sharks, zealots and the apocalypse: welcome to Steve Bannon’s movie world

A new exhibition in Rotterdam uses the films of Trump’s former right-hand man to examine the visual art of propaganda

Most recognise him as the dishevelled former Breitbart News boss who ran the triumphal last leg of Donald Trump’s election campaign and then became – until his sudden ejection, seven months in – the new president’s chief strategist.

Some may recall Steve Bannon was once at Goldman Sachs, and executive produced a few Hollywood movies. But not many know that he also made films of his own – and might justifiably be considered one of this young century’s more significant propaganda artists.

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Trump 'considering full pardon' of Jack Johnson – thanks to Sylvester Stallone

  • President says Rocky star called about black world champion
  • Obama did not respond to campaign for African American hero

Donald Trump said on Saturday he is “considering a full pardon” for Jack Johnson, the great African American boxer who was a victim of racially motivated injustice.

Related: Jack Johnson was a pioneer who gave hope to black boxers everywhere | Kevin Mitchell

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Melania Trump, Clintons and Obamas attend funeral of Barbara Bush

  • Donald Trump watches service from ‘Southern White House’
  • Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, delivers moving eulogy

Around 1,500 guests attended the largest Episcopal church in the US on Saturday, for the funeral of Barbara Bush. The wife of the 41st president, George HW Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W Bush, died on Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.

Related: Barbara Bush obituary

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Trump praises North Korea's 'progress' as expert warns against optimism

Korean-American expert says Pyongyang’s suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests are ‘not a denuclearization statement’

Donald Trump has saluted Pyongyang’s suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests ahead of planned talks with the US as “very good news for North Korea and the world”. A leading Korean-American expert on the region, however, was among those to sound a note of caution.

Related: North Korea’s nuclear pause: grist for both doves and hawks | Robert E Kelly

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Trump attacks New York Times journalist over Michael Cohen article

Trump lashed out on Twitter after Maggie Haberman contributed to a story suggesting Cohen might cooperate with federal investigators

Donald Trump lashed out on Saturday at the New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, after she contributed to a story that suggested his longtime lawyer and fixer might cooperate with federal investigators.

Related: Comey’s wish for a leaker’s ‘head on a pike’? Proof he’s no better than Trump | Jill Abramson

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America is plagued by experts without expertise | Michael Massing

On-air ‘experts’ are more disconnected from their demographics than ever – and their lack of expertise has become glaring in the age of Trump

The strong ratings of the first episode of the revived Roseanne set off an avalanche of commentary. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, for instance, John Podhoretz, a columnist for the New York Post, called the show’s success a “wakeup call for Hollywood.” Given how well it had done in Middle America, he said, the lesson was clear: for those who serve underserved Donald Trump voters, there are “riches to be reaped.”

Anand Giridharadas, a Brooklyn-based writer and MSNBC analyst, saw a broader truth: “Working-class white people may claim to be against identity politics, but they actually crave identity politics.” They want to be “seen and witnessed” in the same way that women and people of color do. With its glimpses of Maxwell House coffee and kitchen towels stitched with football logos, the show made an effort to pay respect to the details “of a certain demographic’s life.”

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