Inspectors in Douma. Korean War Over? California says “no” to National Guard?


This is the transcript for The Morning Brew for April 17, 2018

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Chemical inspectors to be allowed in Douma

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Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said. The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not been allowed to visit Douma. Early on Tuesday, Syrian state media said the country’s air defenses had responded to a missile attack over the western city of Homs. The missiles targeted Shayrat air base, it said – but did not say who fired the missiles. Another report, from the pro-Iranian Hezbollah militia, said that Syrian air defenses had intercepted three missiles targeting Dumair military airport, north-east of the capital Damascus. A Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters: “There is no US military activity in that area at this time.” Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons when they arrive at the site on Wednesday, it will have been 11 days since the attack. They are expected to gather soil and other samples to help identify the substances – if any – used in an attack. The US envoy to the OPCW, however, expressed concern that Russia had visited the site and “may have tampered with it” to impede the investigation. Of course Russian officials (who are Russian bots in disguise) denied the accusation and said that the April 7 attack was staged. Last week the Russians pointed their fingers at Britain as the ones whole staged the whole thing.

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North and South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war (Breaking this morning)

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Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation. Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty. Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said. A successful summit between the Koreas later this month could help pave the way for a meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump. The U.S. president and North Korean leader are poised to hold talks in late May or June, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops

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The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard’s initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided. “The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations,” Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner, told reporters in Washington. The Democratic governor conditioned his commitment on his state’s troops having nothing to do with immigration enforcement, even in a supporting role. Brown was clear last week that California troops will help go after drugs, guns and criminal gangs, but not immigrants. Drawing that line will likely prove difficult because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes.

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Harry Anderson, ‘Night Court’ Star, Dies at 65

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Harry Anderson, the amiable actor who presided over the NBC comedy “Night Court” for nine seasons, has died at his home in Asheville, N.C., according to a local media report. He was 65. Anderson was found at his home by police officers early Monday morning and said there was no signs of foul play. Anderson was a magician-turned-actor who was known as a rabid fan of jazz singer Mel Torme. The affection for Torme was woven into his TV alter ego, Judge Harry Stone, a quirky character who ruled the bench at a Manhattan night court. The sitcom was a mainstay of NBC from 1984 to 1992. Anderson earned three consecutive Emmy nominations for his work on the show from 1985-1987. After “Night Court,” Anderson co-starred as columnist Dave Barry in the CBS comedy “Dave’s World,” which ran for four seasons. Anderson moved to New Orleans in 2000 to open the nightclub Oswald’s Speakeasy, where he performed a mix of comedy and magic, and a magic and curio shop dubbed Sideshow. Anderson logged a guest spot in FX’s “Son of the Beach” in 2002 and a 2008 appearance on NBC’s “30 Rock.” But for the most part, he stayed away from Hollywood. He moved to North Carolina in 2006 after New Orleans was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Born in Rhode Island, Anderson reportedly had a difficult childhood and moved frequently with his mother, who he once described in an interview with Playboy as “a hustler.” He moved to California at the age of 16 to be with his father. He became a street performer and reportedly ran a lucrative shell game on the streets of San Francisco for a time. Anderson made his way to L.A.’s famed Magic Castle in the early 1980s, where he connected with an agent, according to TCM.com. He made several appearances on “Saturday Night Live” around this time. After “Night Court” made him a star, Anderson hosted “SNL” in 1985. Anderson’s other credits included guest shots on “Tales From the Crypt” and HBO’s “Tanner ’88,” “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” and “The John Larroquette Show.” He starred in the 1990 ABC miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.”

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