News Briefs: April 18


CIA director Mike Pompeo reportedly traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend to meet with Kim Jong Un. According to The Washington Post, Pompeo acted as an envoy for President Trump to “lay the groundwork” for an expected summit between Trump and the North Korean leader. Previously, Pompeo was the member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Kansas’s fourth congressional district and has been nominated to be Trump’s next secretary of state, pending senate approval.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, according to a family spokesman. A statement issued on Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush. According to NPR, Barbara Bush elected to receive “comfort care” over additional medical treatment after a series of hospitalizations. During her tenure as first lady, Bush promoted literacy as a means to help solve issues ranging from teen pregnancy and inner-city violence to AIDS.

A defamation lawsuit was filed against Alex Jones by three parents of children who were killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. According to The New York Times, the right-wing conspiracy theorist recently claimed the shooting was “completely fake” and a “giant hoax” perpetrated by opponents of the Second Amendment and crisis actors. The lawsuit filed on Tuesday represent the first civil action taken by parents and survivors accusing Jones of defamation.

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