Singapore Talks, Sessions Says NO To SOME Asylum Seekers. Primaries and more!

This is the transcript for the news segment on The Morning Brew for June 12, 2018. The show airs Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM EST.

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Trump, Kim Moved Toward Denuclearization

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Tuesday, in Singapore, President Trump promised “security guarantees”, but did not go into specifics in regards to North Korea, and Kim Jong Un recommitted to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”.

The unthinkable summit has ended with President Trump thanking Leader Kim “for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for this people.”

The US President did announce he would put a freeze on the “war games” with South Korea while negotiations continue. Trump has stated it was a cost saving measure, but North Korea has always seen them as a security threat.

They agreed on paper to continue discussions, but the document didn’t have anything about ending the technical state of warfare between the United States and North Korea. There was a promise to “build a lasting and stable peace regime” on the Peninsula and also a call to repatriate remains of prisoners of war and those who went missing in action during the Korean War.

Much like the agreement between North and South Korea at Panmunjom, the document included a commitment, however weak in its wording, to denuclearize, but no solid plan or time table to do so.

President Trump has stated that Kim accepted his invitation to visit the White House at the right time.

Here is what was agreed upon:

  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity
  2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
  4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Thought it is clear there is still work ahead, this seems to be a positive step in the right direction.


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Supreme Court Upholds Ohio’s Removal of Voters

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Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. stated that Ohio’s purging the names of voters who have moved and passed away meet the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act, and the 5-4 decision backs this. The conservatives agree with the ruling, but, without shocking anyone, there are those who say Ohio’s purging policy affects the poor and minority voters.

The main contention over the states policy and the Supreme Court ruling backing it is because Republicans say this will help prevent voter fraud. The Democrats still contend fraud a the polls is pretty much non-existent and the end result will alienate those who are disadvantaged.

In order to stay within the law, Ohio sends out a notice after a voter is found to have skipped one federal election cycle. If the voter does not respond to the notice and their vote is not noted in the next two elections, the person is assumed have moved and is then taken off the rolls of registered voters. They also routinely purge those who have deceased.

Justice Alito wrote, “We have no authority to second-guess Congress or to decide whether Ohio’s [law] is the ideal method for keeping its voting roll up to date. The only question before us if whether it violates federal law. It does not.”

Justice Sotomayor has this to say, “Communities that are disproportionately affected by unnecessarily harsh registration laws should not tolerate efforts to marginalize their influence in the political process, nor should allies who recognize blatant unfairness stand idly by.”

“Justice Sotomayor’s dissent says nothing about what is relevant in this case – namely the language of the NVRA.” Justice Alito shot back and continued the rebuttal by saying she “has not pointed to any evidence in the record that Ohio instituted or has carried out its program with discriminatory intent.”



Sessions Makes Exclusions for Asylum

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told immigration judges to cease giving asylum to most victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. Doing so would keep tens of thousands of people from seeking refuge in the United States. He set a precedent by using a case which involved a victim of domestic violence from El Salvador, saying victims of “private” crimes do not qualify for asylum.

He further ruled that, “Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum. The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes – such as domestic violence or gang violence – or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.”

This coincides with the immigration services website which has the following guidelines for seeking asylum:

Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:




Membership in a particular group, and or

Political opinion.

In a press conference, Sessions declared judges will be required to adhere to his interpretation of the law which “restores sound principles of asylum and longstanding principles of immigration law.”

Unless overturned by federal appellate court rulings, the Attorney General’s rulings are binding.


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June 12 Primaries: What’s at Stake…

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Today, South Carolina, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia have primaries. Here is what is at stake in each state.

South Carolina

McMaster is shadowed by a corruption probe, which may hurt his chances. He has struggled to garner the number of voters he needed to not face a run-off.

Representative Mark Sanford, a Trump critic, is being challenged by State Representative Katie Arrington in the coastal first district. Arrington is asserting Sanford is impeding Trump’s agenda.


-Note this is the state of the House district that opted for Hillary over Trump in 2016.

In the cross hairs of the Democrats is the Freshman Representative Barbara Comstock, a republican. Before she can face her Democratic opponent, she has to overcome a challenge from retired Air Force veteran Shak Hill, who gave her criticism for voting against the ACA in 2010.

There are six Democrats running for the nomination, which makes the process of highest vote wins a free-for-all.

To have a majority, 23 seats must be gained.


Gov. LePage, due to term limits, is out. This opens the field to GOP Garrett Mason, Kenneth Fredette; LePage’s former state health agency chief, Mary Mayhew, and the newcomer Shawn Moody.

It’s a seven-way primary in this state.

Nevada and North Dakota

Neither of these states have competitive primaries this election cycle, even though they have two of the most pivotal Senate races this year.



Stories were edited and the show is produced and directed by Maddy. Merlin was ill this day.

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