In our news wrap Tuesday, a bipartisan Senate report reaffirms that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election -- and will try it again this year. The findings contradict President Trump’s claims of a hoax and reiterate the intelligence community’s consensus. Also, South Korea and China are casting doubt upon earlier reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is gravely ill.
In the day's other news: A bipartisan U.S. Senate report reaffirms that Russia did interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, and will try it again this year.
It is the latest in a series of reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee. It backs up the intelligence community's work, and it dismisses President Trump's claims that the findings were a hoax.
In the 2020 presidential campaign, Democrat Joe Biden's team has reported its best fund-raising month yet. The former vice president's operation says that it took in more than $46 million during March. Most of that take came early in the month, before the coronavirus disrupted the economy. President Trump still has, though, a big advantage in fund-raising, with more than $240 million stockpiled.
South Korea and China cast doubt today on reports that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is gravely ill. The reports said that Kim had undergone surgery recently. The South Korean president's office said there is no sign of anything unusual. However, a leading South Korean lawmaker said it is not clear what is happening.
Yoon Sang-Hyun (through translator):
Someone told me Kim Jong-un had a surgery for cardiovascular problems. Another person told me he got an ankle surgery. And another told me that he is infected with the coronavirus.
Looking at various circumstances, I believe that there are some unusual signs regarding Kim's health.
The reports surfaced a week after Kim missed a key state ceremony and after his sister received a surprise high-level promotion.
In Chile, anti-government protests have reignited, despite a ban on large gatherings during the pandemic. At least 14 people were arrested late Monday, as small groups demonstrated in Santiago. The protests came in defiance of a curfew. Near daily protests broke out last October over economic inequality.
Back in this country, Oklahoma will not be allowed to enforce a ban on abortions during the pandemic, at least for now. A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction last night. The state had sought to include abortions with other elective procedures that are temporarily postponed.
And the Scripps National Spelling Bee is being canceled for the first time since World War II. Organizers said today that there is no safe way to hold the event during the pandemic. The competition had been for scheduled for early June outside of Washington, D.C.
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