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Episode Info: Donald Trump seems to believe he's the first U.S. President to have been invited by a North Korean leader for face-to-face talks. He seems to think his 'maximum pressure' campaign against the North led to a breakthrough invitation he immediately accepted from Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday night to discuss "denuclearize" on the Korean Peninsula. But Trump appears to have failed to check with any of his own diplomatic officials -- where he has any in place -- before quickly accepting the invitation, which, as we began to learn late on Friday, may not have actually been a formal invitation at all.  And, even if he wishes to believe his tough sanctions regime and blustery threat of military pressure over the past year has somehow led to progress with the North (which appears to have been moved, if at all, by outreach from South Korean President Moon Jae-in), it seems the Trump Administration has no actual strategy in place to push for the disarmament and necessary verification that has eluded many previous U.S. Presidents who were wise enough to decline such invitations. All of that said, Brad explains why he believes that meeting with Kim would be a very good thing for all of us, no matter the deal -- or lack thereof -- that may or may not come out of it. Also today: The swamp is decidedly not only NOT being drained by Donald Trump, it's being quickly filled with more swamp dwellers than ever before. New reports from the Associated Press reveal that the White House Counsel has waived ethics requirements for dozens of top White House and executive agency appointees to work on issues directly related to corporate clients they very recently lobbied for or represented as attorneys. Some have even been granted permission to continue working for previous companies even while they now officially work for the federal government at the very same time.  The spate of ethics waivers, issued by White House Counsel Don McGahn and top EPA attorneys, among others, have been sparse in explanation, while some have even been redacted before being shared with Congressional lawmakers attempting to oversee the executive branch...Read more »

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