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Collins: 'Very troubling' NK might conceal nukes

On State of the Union, Sen. Susan Collins discusses a new report from The Washington Post that says that North Korea does not intend to denuclearize.

Posted: Jul 2, 2018 4:51 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2018 4:56 PM

Trump administration officials and members of Congress addressed some of the nation's hottest political issues on the Sunday morning shows this week, talking about the Trump administration's plan to denuclearize North Korea, the White House's strategy to nominate a new Supreme Court justice, and calls to abolish US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

North Korean denuclearization

  • Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins on CNN's "State of the Union" reacted to a Washington Post report that North Korea is working on concealing nuclear weapons: "This is a very troubling report. There's no doubt about it. And North Korea has a long history of cheating on agreements that it's made with previous administrations. ... But there's no doubt that, in order to achieve that goal, we need verifiable, unimpeded, reliable inspections. And without those inspections, we can have no guarantee that North Korea is not cheating once again."

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that if the Post report was true "nobody should be surprised." He added that if officials in Pyongyang "play Trump like they've played everybody else, they're going to regret it."

Supreme Court vacancy

After Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced last week that he would retire soon, the Trump administration signaled an eagerness to get a nominee confirmed to the court before the upcoming midterm elections.

  • Graham on "Meet the Press" called Trump's list of 25 judges "highly qualified. He challenged concerns that a new Supreme Court justice appointed by Trump would lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. "You don't overturn precedent unless there's a good reason," he said. He also said he'd like a justice who is "conservative, not crazy."

  • Both Democratic Sens. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois on "State of the Union" and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on ABC's "This Week" agreed that the nomination should be delayed until after midterm elections in four months.

  • One concern for some senators, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, said, is being edged out by voting against the Supreme Court nominee. She told "Meet the Press": "My colleagues on both sides of the aisle know that this vote could be one of the key votes of their entire career. ... If they vote for somebody who's going to change precedent, it could be a career-ending move."

  • Some Democrats, including Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, say the clearance of the judicial short list through the Federalist Society precludes them from Democratic support. Durbin told "Fox News Sunday" that the Federalist Society is "looking for someone on the court who will make sure that they rule that the Affordable Care Act's protection of those with pre-existing conditions is unconstitutional." Blumenthal said on "Face the Nation" that the organizations doing the vetting made it a condition that the nominee "commit to rolling back protections for health insurance."

Calls to abolish ICE

Over the weekend, several Democratic lawmakers joined protests across the country calling to abolish ICE.

  • Duckworth, on "State of the Union," relayed that she does not support calls from some Democrats to abolish ICE: "If you abolish ICE as it is, as an executive agency, it reflects the policies of the White House, of the President. You abolish ICE now, you still have the President with the same failed policies. Whatever you replace it with is just going to still reflect what this President wants to do."

  • Klobuchar on "This Week" expressed similar sentiments: "I think what has to change are the policies, and the people that are making these policies are making horrendous decisions like separating kids from their parents. We are always going to need immigration enforcement."

  • Blumenthal on CBS said abolishing the agency "will accomplish nothing unless we change the Trump policies."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 452268

Reported Deaths: 6100
CountyCasesDeaths
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Ramsey40370746
Dakota33353349
Anoka31193366
Washington20363231
Stearns17995189
St. Louis13857245
Scott1209197
Wright11723106
Olmsted1068375
Sherburne825766
Carver700138
Clay655582
Rice618070
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Crow Wing487778
Otter Tail460967
Chisago456436
Benton422287
Winona393048
Douglas377266
Nobles373946
Mower370829
Goodhue352661
Polk330559
McLeod326747
Beltrami314048
Morrison313545
Lyon304138
Becker288039
Itasca286443
Isanti284242
Carlton282543
Steele278110
Pine269214
Freeborn251523
Todd232630
Nicollet227537
Brown216934
Mille Lacs214945
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Cass209424
Meeker200933
Waseca191916
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Martin171426
Roseau166217
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Cases: 309989

Reported Deaths: 4424
CountyCasesDeaths
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Linn17979279
Scott15787171
Black Hawk14037243
Woodbury13093181
Johnson1224652
Dubuque11535159
Pottawattamie9111115
Dallas905972
Story877838
Webster471577
Cerro Gordo471472
Sioux459157
Clinton456167
Warren456139
Marshall429862
Buena Vista396130
Muscatine394978
Des Moines390043
Plymouth352470
Wapello348498
Jasper330159
Lee322632
Marion308152
Jones274250
Henry266131
Carroll258034
Bremer249348
Crawford233524
Boone222017
Washington222033
Benton212250
Mahaska197237
Jackson194331
Tama189959
Dickinson188329
Kossuth178544
Delaware175236
Clay171421
Wright166424
Fayette165024
Hamilton162030
Buchanan161624
Winneshiek159720
Harrison157962
Hardin156730
Cedar155419
Clayton153649
Butler150824
Page146315
Floyd140836
Cherokee139927
Mills138417
Lyon137333
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Hancock131424
Allamakee130230
Iowa127422
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Grundy122128
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Louisa115730
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Sac112015
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Franklin103218
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Osceola64611
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