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Why China wants Trump and Kim to talk

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President Trump's decision to cancel the North Korea summit is bad news for China — because it's in China's interest for Trump and Kim Jong-un to talk.

What's next: If the summit is truly off, the U.S. will likely double down on pushing for strict implementation of all UN sanctions and continue the "maximum pressure" campaign to squeeze North Korea into submission. China has only joined those efforts reluctantly, and has been hoping they would ease off with the Trump-Kim dialogue.

Jonathan Swan 2 hours ago
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Trump huddles with Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens

Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens
Charlie Kirk. Photo: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon. Candace Owens. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Charlie Kirk, a 24-year-old conservative activist and Fox News regular, told me that he and fellow activist Candace Owens met with President Trump in the Oval Office this afternoon for about 20 minutes.

Why this matters: Kirk, a close friend of Don Jr.'s, has more access to this President than anyone his age in the country. He recently hosted a millennials event with Trump and sources tell me they have interacted frequently since the election campaign.

Haley Britzky 2 hours ago
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Trump signs orders to make it easier to fire federal employees

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A series of executive orders, signed by President Trump on Friday, will make it easier to lay off federal government employees and "[roll] back the prerogatives of unions that represent them," the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Per the Times, the signings were praised by the White House as Trump promoting "efficient government by reforming our Civil Service rules." But the unions criticized it as an "assault on democracy."