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DC Daily: Vice President Pence says no North Korea negotiations for now

Posted at 8:19 AM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 13:01:12-04

What's happening in the political world:

VP Pence: No direct negotiations with North Korea -- for now
-- In an exclusive interview, Vice President Mike Pence told CNN the U.S. would not negotiate directly with North Korea anytime soon.

"The only thing we need to hear from North Korea is that they are ending and ultimately dismantling their nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program," Pence said aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.

The vice president is on the second stop of a 10-day visit to the Asia-Pacific region after visiting South Korea, where he toured the demilitarized zone (DMZ), the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea.

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Gronk being Gronk at the White House
-- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is at the White House as part of the Super Bowl champions celebration ceremony, dropped in on White House Pres Secretary Sean Spicer's briefing


Patriots star Brady to skip White House trip
-- New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is not with his teammates to celebrate their recent Super Bowl win at the White House, citing "personal family matters."

Brady, a friend and occasional golf partner of President Donald trump, is one of 7 Patriots players who are not at the Wednesday ceremony. Five of those players have chosen not to attend for political reasons.

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Chaffetz won't be running for re-election
-- Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced on Facebook Wednesday that he will not seek re-election.

Chaffetz posted: "After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018."

Chaffetz is chairman of the powerful Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Ossoff can't secure congressional seat in Georgia
-- Despite a win in Tuesday night's special election, congressional hopeful Jon Ossoff will have to face Republican Karen Handel in a June runoff election.

The 30-year-old Democrat received the most votes by a long shot in Georgia's 6th District, but because he didn't get at least 50 percent, he will now head to a runoff against Handel.

Ossoff has faced recent criticism from President Trump, and the president tweeted this following the special election results:

On the day of the special election, Trump said of Ossoff:

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Trump wants review of 2015 Iran nuclear deal
-- Despite Iran being compliant, President Trump has ordered a review of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which lifts sanctions against Iran if the country restricts its nuclear activities.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Trump has ordered an interagency review to figure out if continuing to lift sanctions against Iran is "vital" to the national security interests of the U.S.

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Sources: Bill O'Reilly is "mean," "self-centered"
-- Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who has faced numerous sexual harassment and verbal abuse accusations through the years, was described as mean and self-centered by sources at Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox, CNNMoney reported.

Despite all of the controversy surrounding the polarizing O'Reilly, sources say that 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch is in favor of keeping O'Reilly because of his value to the company, and because he chafes at the thought of caving to public pressure.

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CNN contributed to this report