Tuesday April 18, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. United States Vice President Mike Pence, traveled to Japan after his visit to South Korea and the Korean Demilitarized Zone. With only about 100 feet between himself and North Korean soldiers, Pence warned that the United States failed policies of the past were over and under the Trump administration there would consequences for North Korea for war type actions such as missile firings, testing of nuclear bombs or any other military excursions. In Japan, Pence assured Japan that the United States stood firmly behind the country as its ally. Pence stated before a lunch with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that, “The era of strategic patience is over and while all options are on the table, President (Donald) Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region and with China to achieve a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

2. Monday, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear arguments by Arkansas to allow the executions of two men who had received a stay of execution by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Originally Arkansas planned to execute 8 convicted men who were found guilty this month but appeals have now stopped all the planned executions.

3. In Georgia, a special election to fill the seat of Representative Tom Price, who was picked by President Trump to become the Health and Human Services Secretary is becoming a national referendum on the Trump White House. The Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, 30, is running well ahead of a crowded Republican field in this election for this seat that had been won by Price in November by double digits. Money is pouring into the race as those who oppose Trump are seeing this race as proof there is real resistance to Trump and that his win in November was more of a fluke, not what many Americans want representing them. Democrats are hopeful that a win there could send a national message that they could retake the House in 2018. Trump himself has taken an interest in the race tweeting Monday, “The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressional race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!”

4. A nationwide manhunt is underway for a man accused of murdering Robert Godwin, 74, in Cleveland, live on Facebook Sunday. The accused, Steve Stephens, has also aired other videos where he bragged of murdering others who he believed needed to die. Authorities have warned not to confront Stephens if seen as Stephens is considered armed and dangerous. A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his capture and prosecution.

5. A new poll from Gallup released early Monday finds that most Americans no longer view Trump as someone who keeps his promises. The poll numbers on that question show that Trump has fallen from 62 percent in February to 45 percent in early April, a 17-point reversal. Women have lost confidence in the new president per the poll. In February, 65 percent of the women asked said that Trump keeps his promises but the new poll shows a 25-point swing as 40 percent now say he keeps his promises. The past months has seen the president change his position on many different policies which may have led to those in the poll who have lost confidence in him.

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