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Thursday's News: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shuts down a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller being fired by President Trump. Plus, the president voices optimism about his potential summit with North Koean dictator Kim Jong Un. And, many Senate and House Republicans are still uncertain whether they will back President Trump in 2020. 

Republicans push bill to protect Mueller, without McConnell’s support by NPR’s Kelsey Snell

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may not have any interest in allowing a vote on a measure to make it harder for President Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but that isn't stopping some Republicans from forcing the debate.” https://n.pr/2vsAsVh

Trump vows to cancel or walk out of meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un if it’s not ‘fruitful’ by the Washington Post’s Anne Gearan and David Nakamura

“President Trump voiced optimism Wednesday about his potential summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but he vowed to cancel the meeting or walk out if there are signs it “is not going to be fruitful.”” https://wapo.st/2vvrI0C

Trump declared he’s running again. Many Republicans aren’t ready to back him.By CNN’s Manu Raju

“A wide array of House and Senate Republicans are not yet ready to endorse President Donald Trump's bid for a second term, a reflection of the deep uncertainty on Capitol Hill over his political standing amid growing problems at home and abroad.” https://cnn.it/2vqkVVT

Pompeo pursues Senate Democrats in confirmation battle by the Wall Street Journal’s Nancy Youssef, Michael C. Bender and Byron Tau

“Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo has been one of the few cabinet members to thrive in President Donald Trump’s administration. He recently had a successful meeting, by the White House’s accounting, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”

Trump says Mueller, Rosenstein ‘are still here,’ blasts Russia probe by Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs and Jennifer Epstein

“President Donald Trump said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller “are still here” despite talk that he would fire them, and he predicted a quick end to the investigation into Russian tampering with the 2016 election.” https://bloom.bg/2HM2VI3