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Pence Warns North Korea But Doesn't Rule Out Talks and More in Politics Today

by Countable | 4.17.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. Pence Warns North Korea, but He Also Doesn’t Rule Out Talks

Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea on Monday not to test American resolve, but he also raised the possibility that the Trump administration could pursue talks.

The message, delivered by Mr. Pence on a visit to South Korea that included a stop at the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean Peninsula, showed that the administration, while talking tough, was not ruling out negotiations.

Read more at the New York Times.

Read more about what’s next with North Korea on Countable.

2. The Violent Clashes In Berkeley Weren't 'Pro-Trump' Versus 'Anti-Trump'

According to reports in mainstream news outlets like CNN, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, Saturday saw pro-Trump demonstrators clash with anti-Trump protesters in Berkeley, California, while more placid "Tax Day" marches took place around the country calling on the president to release his tax returns. The news stories offer largely the same account and framing as that given by the LA Times: "hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed Saturday at a 'Patriots Day' rally… Both groups threw rocks and sticks at each other and used a large trash bin as a battering ram… Twenty-one people were arrested… Eleven people were injured."

All of this did happen. But such accounts missed the most crucial aspects of what was at stake in the Berkeley clashes, and thus fail to explain why there were aggressive altercations at all. To frame Saturday's events as a fight between supporters of the president and his denouncers roundly misses the key tensions undergirding the confrontation: that of anti-fascists versus white nationalists.

Read more at Esquire.

3. Which State Sends Most Taxes to DC? Hint: It's Not a State

Washington, that swampy den of iniquity that politicians love to scorn, sends the most tax dollars per person to the U.S. government.

The nation's capital gets a good return on its tax investment. For every dollar the District sends to the federal government, it gets back almost $4, according to a 2015 study by the New York state comptroller.

The biggest losers when it comes to taxes and spending are New Jersey, Wyoming and Connecticut. New Jersey gets back just 77 cents for every dollar it pays, while Wyoming gets back 81 cents and Connecticut gets 83 cents.

Read more at NBC News.

4. Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear church-state case

Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states.

The justices on Wednesday will hear a Missouri church's challenge to its exclusion from a state program that provides money to use ground-up tires to cushion playgrounds. Missouri is among roughly three dozen states with constitutions that explicitly prohibit using public money to aid a religious institution, an even higher wall separating government and religion than the U.S. Constitution erects.

Read more at MPR News.

5. EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry

Just days after taking office, President Trump invited American manufacturers to recommend ways the government could cut regulations and make it easier for companies to get their projects approved.

Industry leaders responded with scores of suggestions that paint the clearest picture yet of the dramatic steps that Trump officials are likely to take in overhauling federal policies, especially those designed to advance environmental protection and safeguard worker rights.

Read more at the Washington Post.

6. President Donald Trump planning Wisconsin visit on Tuesday

President Donald Trump is planning a Tuesday visit to the Kenosha headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., his first visit to Wisconsin since taking office.

In a February interview with Bloomberg, Nick Pinchuk, Snap-on chief executive officer, president and chair, praised Trump for meeting with business executives shortly after his inauguration.

Pinchuk also said he was seeing more confidence from small business owners, including the auto repair shops that buy Snap-on tools.

Read more at Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: (stephan) via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • M
    04/17/2017
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    POTUS and Pence: The American people have not given you the authority to make threats against any foreign country that has not attacked us. So STOP IT!!

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  • Jennie
    04/17/2017
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    More talks and less threats!

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  • Dolores
    04/17/2017
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    More and more talks. Or send every able bodied family member of the White House and Congress to fight, if hotheads get us into a war!

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  • Chuck
    04/17/2017
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    If trump wants to be taken seriously maybe he shouldn't golf while his VP is talking "tough".

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  • Joann
    04/18/2017
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    Stop the insanity! No war! Negotiate and try harder!

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  • Alexis
    04/18/2017
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    PROTECT THE EPA

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  • Chuck
    04/17/2017
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    You know we lose credibility when Pence talks tough while 45 golfs.

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  • Dave
    04/18/2017
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    Diplomacy is the ONLY away! Bombs don't solve problems, they cause worse problems!

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  • Richard
    04/18/2017
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    Vice president Pence took a velvet glove - iron fisted approach. Very savy. Saves face for the N. Koreans and yet lets them know the consequences of future actions.

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  • Aqil
    04/17/2017
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    Republicans and Pence trump and his administration will destroy us all . They are the anti christ , Devils , demons etc . And whatever you want to call them . For you idiots who voted for them follow them straight to hell in this life and the life after .

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  • Scott
    04/18/2017
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    Don't write a check with your mouth....if your ass can't cover it!

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  • James
    04/18/2017
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    Can I make a suggestion? Let Pence and 45 stay in South Korea as this comes to a head, and it will.

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  • Nicole
    05/05/2017
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    ONLY TALKS AND NEGOTIATIONS, otherwise we will be facing an apocalyptic level war!

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