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GOP Questioning Trump’s Competence…Colleges Brace for Campus Violence…Size of NK Arsenal Unknown

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Israel’s president has expressed his nation’s sympathy to the people of Spain and said the world must join together to fight terrorism. Reuven Rivlin sent a letter of condolences to King Felipe VI after the bloodshed in Barcelona. Rivlin said “terrorism is terrorism is terrorism, whether it takes place in Barcelona, Paris, Istanbul or Jerusalem.”

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) – President Donald Trump is responding to questions about his competence and moral leadership by defending Confederate monuments and lashing out at his critics. His unpredictable and provocative behavior is wearing on his Republican allies. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says the president hasn’t shown the stability or some of the competence needed for dealing with a crisis. Another Republican senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, says Trump’s moral authority has been compromised.

BOSTON (AP) – Colleges are bracing for more violence on campus after a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia became the latest example of hatred migrating from the internet to the streets. The bloodshed in Charlottesville last weekend wasn’t the first clash between far-right extremists and counter-protesters on or near a college campus. And university administrators know it won’t be the last.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – Three generations into the Kim family’s ruling dynasty in North Korea, markets have blossomed and a consumer culture is taking root. The country had little choice but to accept the markets after enduring a devastating famine in the 1990s. But giving up a measure of control over the economy has consequences. So does growing dependent on Chinese imports. The North may be hitting an economic bubble and may face political instability.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the U.S. to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region. Officials say some U.S. assessments conclude North Korea has produced or has the ability to produce anywhere from around 30 to 60 nuclear weapons, but civilian experts put the arsenal at a dozen to about 30 weapons.

Trump Takes Twitter Swipe at Graham…Charlottesville Victim’s Family Asks for Additional Resistance…China Warns US Against Trade War

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at a fellow Republican, calling Sen. Lindsey Graham a “publicity seeking” lawmaker. In a daybreak post on his Twitter account Thursday, Trump faulted the GOP senator for statements Graham has made about the president’s stance on the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) – China has warned “there is no winner in a trade war” after an aide to President Donald Trump advocated a tougher stance toward Beijing in published comments. A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said Thursday both sides have benefited from trade.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Family members of the young woman mowed down while protesting a white nationalist rally say the best way to honor Heather Heyer is to continue her fight against injustice. Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told mourners packing the Paramount Theater on Wednesday to ask themselves, “What can I do to make a difference?”

BEIJING (AP) – A senior Chinese general has told the top U.S. military officer that military action should not be an option in addressing the situation on the Korean Peninsula. China’s defense ministry said in a statement that Gen. Fan Changlong told U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford in a meeting Thursday that all sides should remain restrained and avoid words and actions that could escalate tensions.

HONG KONG (AP) – A court has overturned the earlier sentences of young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders and sentenced them to prison in connection with huge pro-democracy protests in 2014. Last year Wong and student leader and disqualified lawmaker Nathan Law were sentenced to community service for leading or encouraging an illegal rally in September 2014.