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You’ve just won a Grammy. As you battle an overflow of emotions, you’ve got about a minute to sum it all up to your peers and the Academy in Los Angeles, along with everyone watching at home. What do you say? Who do you thank? Got anything you’d like to get off your chest? 

The 2019 Grammys are in the books, along with an evening of memorable quotes from the winners. Here are the speeches the music industry is likely to keep talking about. 

Cardi B 

The Bronx native has been making history since hitting the music industry and her acceptance speech for best rap album represented another major milestone along the way. Cardi B became the first female solo artist to win the category, and she approached the stage to accept her trophy with all the emotion you’d expect. And then some. “Babe, I can’t breathe,” were all the words she could get out at first, clucthing her partner Offset‘s hand. Her eyes filled with tears, she joked she might need to start smoking weed to take the edge off. Then, the realness came out: 

“I want to thank my daughter. I’m not just saying thank because she’s my daughter. When I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete. I had three songs I was for sure having. And you know how I was. We had to have this album done so I could shoot these videos but I’m still not showing. It was very long nights.”

Invasion Of Privacy was a major commercial and critical success upon release and now, Cardi’s well-earned Grammy and poignant speech further ensure its place in cultural lore. 

Drake

As “God’s Plan” won best rap song, Drake was not content to salute the Academy and bask in Grammy glory. He’d hinted at a less-than-smitten relationship with the ceremony before, declining to attend last year and questioning the Grammys’ understanding of hip-hop culture after winning two trophies in 2016. This time, he questioned the Grammys’ validity from the show itself.

“This is an opinion-based sport,” he said of the music industry. “This is a business where, sometimes, it’s up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada has to say, or what a fly Spanish girl from New York, or a brother from Houston.”

After shouting out Travis Scott, he continued: ”The point is, you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero from your hometown, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows — you don’t need this right here. I promise you, you already won.”

Before he could offer any more existential critique of Grammy validation, his mic appeared to be cut off, both inside the Staples Center and on CBS’ live broadcast.

Lady Gaga

After “Shallow” won the night’s first televised award — best pop duo/group performance — an emotional Lady Gaga shouted out Bradley Cooper (who was over at the BAFTAs overseas) and addressed the crucial messages of A Star Is Born. “I’m so proud to be part of a movie that addresses mental health issues,” Gaga said. “A lot of artists deal with that. And we’ve gotta take care of each other. So if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you.”

Dua Lipa

Minutes before Neil Portnow gave his annual Grammys speech, best new artist winner Dua Lipa tossed some shade at the outgoing Recording Academy president’s controversial comments from last year.” What an honor it is to be nominated alongside so many great female artists,” the pop singer said. “I guess this year we really stepped up.”

Ludwig Goransson

It took until almost the very end of the Grammys telecast for anyone with a mic onstage to acknowledge 21 Savage, who despite his two nominations, could not be present because of his detention at the hands of ICE. In accepting the record of the year Grammy for “This Is America” on Childish Gambino’s behalf, Ludwig Goransson, co-producer of the politically insurgent track, briefly nodded to 21: “He should be here tonight.”

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Democratic and Republican negotiators last week seemed to be on course for a deal to fund the government and boost border security short of paying for a wall, and it seemed possible that Trump might grudgingly sign on.

The disagreement appeared to dash hopes that a deal could be reached by Monday to allow each chamber of Congress plenty of time to pass legislation well before a Friday deadline.

“I think the talks are stalled right now,” said Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the 17-member conference committee on “Fox News Sunday.”

If no deal is reached and no stop-gap spending measure emerges, a new government shutdown could be triggered, again subjecting 800,000 federal workers who could be furloughed or asked to work without pay.

The most recent shutdown, which was the longest in history, ended last month in victory for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who refused to fund the wall — and with a damaging political defeat for the President in their first significant clash since the midterm elections.

The unpredictable Trump could rattle the effort to avoid a second shutdown when he heads to El Paso, Texas, on Monday for his first political rally of the year — a context which seems unlikely to see him offer flexibility on the notion of building a wall.

Sudden pessimism over the conference talks between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reflected the uncertainty and raw political nerves on Capitol Hill at the dawn of a new era of divided government.

It also reflected the excruciatingly tough task of seeking compromise on immigration policy, an issue with visceral power for both parties and which is almost an existential issue for the presidency of Trump.

Even if it turns out that the weekend’s hiccup is just a typical Capitol Hill delay en route to a deal, it could precipitate even more uncertainty, since the compromise is certain to fall short of $5.7 billion in money Trump has demanded for his wall.

In that scenario, Trump would again face a choice between climbing down on the central issue of his 2016 campaign and alienating grassroots supporters and conservative pundits or refusing to sign a bill passed by Congress.

If he digs in, the President could spark a new partial shutdown for which he would again risk being blamed.

Trump’s dilemma

Last week, Shelby had fueled optimism for an agreement after visiting Trump to update him on the process.

But on Sunday, he was more downbeat when asked if hopes of an agreement on Monday were realistic.

“I’m not confident we’re going to get there,” he said on Fox.

Two senior Republican aides told CNN that the cap demanded by Democrats on internal enforcement beds would force ICE officials to make impossible decisions about which immigrants to detain.

A House Democratic aide told CNN that Republican claims that the proposal would allow “violent criminals to be released” was false.

“This cap will force the Trump administration to prioritize arresting and deporting serious criminals, not law-abiding immigrants,” the statement said.

Shelby also indicated that there was no agreement yet on how much money Democrats will allow to be spent for barriers on the US-Mexico border.

House Democratic Majority leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said on CNN on Saturday that he would be prepared to live with a deal that offered up to $2 billion for a border barrier.

But the mix of border barriers, fencing and repairing barriers that Democrats seem prepared to support falls well short of the 200-mile wall or steel fence that Trump has recently been touting to his own supporters.

The question will be if he could somehow claim that even such a partial solution fulfills his promise to build a border wall.

Such uncertainty is why it is unclear whether Trump would sign on to a deal that emerges from the Capitol Hill talks, especially since he has balked about a solution that could get him into hot water on his right flank before.

It’s also why a shutdown, once seen as highly unlikely given the political damage it wrought upon the White House last time around, cannot be ruled out.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney appears to have little more insight into what might happen this week than anyone else.

“You asked me a question: is the shutdown entirely off the table? I would say no,” Mulvaney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

So it’s quite possible that Trump could find himself in exactly the same, vulnerable political position that he did during the previous shutdown.

Does he refuse to budge on funding for his wall — that represents an almost mythical symbol of his appeal to his most loyal supporters — and initiate a shutdown that would likely be opposed by a majority of Americans?

Or does he keep faith with his base and risk the ire of many other voters who are furious at government dysfunction and have told pollsters they oppose a shutdown brought on by the President to get his wall?

Trying to shift the blame

Trump seemed to be looking for a way out of his box on Sunday by trying to position Democrats to take the blame for any new shutdown.

“I don’t think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!” Trump tweeted.

“Now, with the terrible offers being made by them to the Border Committee, I actually believe they want a Shutdown. They want a new subject!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The weekend’s developments still leave Trump in a delicate spot.

There’s little appetite among many Capitol Hill Republicans for a repeat of the 35-day shutdown that started before Christmas and stretched into the new era of Democratic control of the House of Representatives.

There is also discomfort among some Senate Republicans over Trump’s alternative plan — a declaration of national emergency that could allow the President to reprogram financing from other projects in the Pentagon.

Such a move would open the possibility that a future Democratic President could use the precedent to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress to exert executive power on another issue — combating global warming for instance.

And even if Trump does declare a national emergency, he would likely face an immediate court challenge and the most consequential constitutional showdown in an administration that has frequently tested presidential norms.

The sudden stalling of the conference committee talks at the weekend led some Democrats to consider a backstop plan.

Two sources involved in the talks said that if the impasse drags on, House Democrats may move a package that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through September along with some other departments.

That path would provoke another dilemma since it would presumably force Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to consider whether to take up a bill that the President might be unlikely to sign if it lacked wall funding.

In the last shutdown, McConnell, seeking to avoid a damaging public split in the GOP caucus, declined to expose his senators to votes on any measure that was not agreed to in advance by Democrats and Republicans.

Nothing is clear. No key player in the drama can be sure what their opponent will do next. The stakes are rising and the clock is ticking down into yet another crucial deadline on Friday.

CNN’s Lauren Fox, Phil Mattingly, and Manu Raju contributed to this report.

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DENVER (AP) — Teachers in Colorado’s capital are planning to strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay.

The teachers union and Denver Public Schools met Saturday in an attempt to reach a new contract after more than a year of negotiations, but both sides left disappointed.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association released a statement after the meeting saying the district’s proposal lacks transparency and “pushes for failed incentives for some over meaningful base salary for all.”

“We will strike Monday for our students and for our profession, and perhaps then DPS will get the message and return to the bargaining table with a serious proposal aimed at solving the teacher turnover crisis in Denver,” said Henry Roman, president of the teachers union.

Meanwhile, schools Superintendent Susana Cordova said she was “extremely disappointed” that the union walked away from the table instead of continuing to work toward an agreement.

“We presented an updated proposal that responds to what we heard from our teachers, aligns to our values of equity and retention … and significantly increases the base pay for all of our educators,” Cordova said.

Teachers plan to picket around the city beginning Monday as the district tries to keep schools open by staffing them with administrators and substitutes. The district has canceled classes for about 5,000 preschoolers because it doesn’t have the staff to take care of them.

The two sides disagree about pay increases and bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools the district considers a priority. Teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries, while administrators say the bonuses are necessary to boost the academic performance of poor and minority students.

Denver teachers are planning to strike on Monday after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. 



Denver teachers are planning to strike on Monday after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. 

Bonuses paid to teachers with more than 14 years of experience do not become part of their base pay, which critics say encourages high turnover and hurts students. Both sides have agreed to get rid of that provision but disagree about how big the bonuses should be for teachers working in high-poverty schools and in schools deemed a high priority by the district.

Gov. Jared Polis decided Wednesday against intervening to stop the strike but said he may step in if it drags on. It’s expected to cost about $400,000 a day to keep schools operating with substitutes and administrators.

The teachers union says 93 percent of its members backed a strike in a vote last month.

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Let’s be blunt: No matter what happens at the Grammy Awards, people are gonna complain. Your favorite didn’t win the award they were nominated for, you didn’t dig a performance — the gripes are endless. That being said, the 2019 Grammys were one of the most enjoyable in recent memory — from a salute to Dolly Parton that had us grinning ear to ear to Cardi B’s game-changing win, there were a number of moments that will go down in music history. And a few moments that left us cringing, of course. These are our best and worst moments of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

BEST MOMENTS

Michelle Obama’s Surprise Appearance

First-time Grammys host (and let’s hope not last) Alicia Keys brought out an impressive coterie for her emcee debut: Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michelle Obama.There’s not too many people who are greeted with deafening applause the second they open their mouths, but Michelle O is one of them. Before she could even mention the impact of Motown Records on her life in the South Side of Chicago (the label’s 60th anniversary would be feted later that night), she was drowned out by waves of adoration from the audience. “All right, all right, we got a show to do,” Obama chided the crowd. Forever, and always, a pro to end all pros.

Dolly Parton Tribute

The heartwarming tribute to the unimpugnable country legend got off to a shaky start, but when Dolly’s goddaughter Miley Cyrus took the stage to trade vocals on “Jolene,” hooboy, people were scraping their jaws up from the floor. Miley is a vocal ace, and her voice brought out the deeply affecting vulnerability of the original. Throw in a cover of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” featuring Maren Morris and a star-studded “9 to 5,” and you got yourself a Grammy stew, baby.

Aretha Tribute

While we’re talking tributes, the salute to late soul legend Aretha Franklin from Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams was a blissfully earnest tribute. Oftentimes, posthumous homages to icons feel driven by star power over relevance, but this trio was an ideal group to honor Aretha in terms of technical skill and impact. Fantasia in particular stole the spotlight, hitting a few high notes most singers would be lucky to come close to once or twice in their entire careers as if it was second nature. (Which, for her, it is.)

Cardi B’s Speech

At the 2019 Grammys, Cardi B became the first solo woman to win for best rap album when Invasion of Privacy nabbed the honor. (Lauryn Hill earned it as part of the Fugees when The Score was lauded with the same honor in 1997.) Her loose, honest and heartfelt acceptance speech was a heartening reminder that even when you’re at the top of your game, a Grammy win still means the world.

Alicia Keys’ Hazel Scott Homage

As you might have guessed, Alicia Keys isn’t just a pro pianist and an imposing singer-songwriter — she knows her music history. So when the Grammys host embarked on a medley of songs she wish she’d written, it wasn’t just your usual cute-but-forgettable affair. Keys placed herself between two pianos and, playing them simultaneously, paid homage to Hazel Scott, a pioneering pianist of the first half of the 20th century who refused to capitulate to the racist standards of her era. Not many people can cover Coldplay and Lauryn Hill AND make it a history lesson. But Alicia Keys is certainly one of that select few.

Janelle Monae’s Metropolis

Monae’s career-spanning fascination with sci-fi continued into her 2019 Grammy debut as she copped a variety of robotic affectations during her performance of “Make Me Feel,” which demonstrated the erotic longing slumbering beneath the immaculate delivery of her music. Armed with perfect choreography, a Klaus Nomi-esque vinyl outfit and song selections from one of 2018’s best albums, Monae gave the Grammys a refreshing touch of purposeful weirdness.

WORST MOMENTS

Drake’s Mic Cut

While many speeches at the Grammys were cut for time, the producers say Drake was axed because of the natural pause in his speech. Even so, the oddity of Drake winning a Grammy, explaining why winning a Grammy doesn’t matter and then saying “but” before getting cut off cannot be forgotten. Might’ve been an honest mistake. Even so, it tracked as a weird retaliation.

Red Hot Posty Peppers

Bro favorites Post Malone and Red Hot Chili Peppers seem like a decent pairing on paper, but watching the two collab on the Grammys broadcast, it was hard to shake the feeling that this team-up was more fun for them to do than it was for us to watch.

Neil Portnow Steps Back

Defenders of his lengthy career argue the Grammy guru’s term shouldn’t be defined by his massively ill-advised “step up” comment at the 2018 post-show Grammys. But did he deserve time to walk back the contentious comment on the Grammys broadcast? Maybe — if he fully owned up to the bone-headed comment. Which wasn’t exactly the case. As it was, we watched a vague “mistakes were made” moment followed by stone-faced reactions from Kacey Musgraves and Lady Gaga. And who could blame them.

Motown Salute

A tribute to Motown’s 60th anniversary should’ve been a homerun. But with Jennifer Lopez presiding over it, it was an oddity for the ages. J.Lo — as demonstrated during her Motown medley — is an astonishingly adept dancer, a superb entertainer and a great vocalist. But in no world is she the best artist to fete Motown. And in no universe is she the SOLE artist to fete Motown in an awards show tribute. This was a head-scratcher for the ages.

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An extended look at the live-action iteration of Disney’s “Aladdin” aired during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, and it’s shining, shimmering, splendid!

We learned about the Guy Ritchie-directed film last year and that Will Smith had signed on as the hilariously silly Genie. While the original role was played by the late Robin Williams and can never be duplicated, Smith’s appearance in this most recent trailer proves he’s most certainly bringing the snark. 

Smith shared a few snapshots of his Genie on his Instagram after the trailer aired. 

“I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!!” he wrote in his caption. 

The reaction to Smith’s, uh, blueness went over as expected on Twitter:

Alongside Smith, “Power Rangers” star Naomi Scott stars as Princess Jasmine and Canadian actor Mena Massoud stars as Aladdin. 

The trailer also features elephants, gorgeous outfits and tigers, oh my! We can hardly wait for May 24, when it comes out.

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Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar (L) and Rashida Tlaib (R) made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel. PHOTO: AFP

Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar (L) and Rashida Tlaib (R) made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: The support for a boycott of Israel by the first two Muslim women in the US Congress has opened a breach in the Democratic Party and threatens to create a fissure in the ironclad US-Israeli alliance.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives in January openly declaring their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, or BDS.

The movement, launched more than a decade ago and modeled on the 1960s movement to pressure South Africa over apartheid, calls for people and groups to sever economic, cultural and academic ties to Israel, and to support sanctions against the Jewish state.

But for Israel partisans – including many Democrats and Republicans in Congress – BDS smacks of anti-Semitism and poses a threat to Israel.

Tlaib, 42, has Palestinian roots and represents a district of suburban Detroit, Michigan that is home to thousands of Muslims.

She argues that BDS can draw a focus on “issues like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right now.”

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Omar, 37, is the daughter of Somali refugees who was elected to represent a Minneapolis, Minnesota district with a large Somali population.

She accuses Israel of discrimination against Palestinians akin to apartheid, but denies that she is anti-Semitic.

Her remarks in January to Yahoo News however sparked anger among the large pro-Israel contingent in Congress, the powerful, largely Democratic US Jewish community, and Israel itself, where BDS is seen as a national threat.

“When I see Israeli institute laws that recognise it as a Jewish state and does not recognise the other religions that are living in it, and we still hold it as a democracy in the Middle East, I almost chuckle,” she told Yahoo News.

“Because I know that if we see that in another society we would criticise it – we do that to Iran, any other place that sort of upholds its religion.”

Omar and Tlaib sparked the BDS controversy during a period when Donald Trump’s administration has strengthened relations with Israel and slashed aid to the Palestinians.

But Republicans saw their support for BDS as both a threat to Jews and an exploitable rift among Democrats.

“Democrats have made it clear that hateful, bigoted rhetoric toward Israel is not confined to a few freshman members. This is the mainstream position of today’s Democratic Party and their leadership is enabling it,” Republicans said in a statement on January 29.

Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin urged his colleagues “to reject the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred that we are starting to see infiltrating American politics and even the halls of Congress.”

The worry about the still small but growing support for BDS in the United States predates Tlaib’s and Omar’s political rise.

A number of states have passed or proposed constitutionally questionable legislation and policies that would penalise supporters of the boycott movement.

But the arrival of Tlaib and Omar in Congress was greeted with the first proposed federal law to fight to that end, in the Senate.

Senator Marco Rubio argues that BDS aims to eliminate the state of Israel, and said his legislation would protect states’ rights to exclude from public contracts any supporters of BDS.

Republicans, the majority in the Senate, along with more than half of the Democrats approved the legislation.

But a significant number of Democrats opposed it, because, they said, it violates constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression.

That has left Democrats vulnerable to charges of anti-Semitism.

To fight that, in January prominent party members formed the Democratic Majority for Israel, touting themselves as “The Voice of Pro-Israel Democrats,” which for some came across as a rebuke of Omar and Tlaib.

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After Omar joined the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee, according to The New York Times, Jewish committee Chairperson Eliot Engel privately made it clear that he would not ignore any “particularly hurtful” remarks she might make.

“You hope that when people are elected to Congress, they continue to grow,” he reportedly told her.

“There is obviously a serious fight going on within the Democratic Party with respect to how to deal with BDS and some within their party who advocate for it,” said Alvin Rosenfeld, who directs the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University.

“Should the party swing to the far left and appear to be way out of line with America’s traditional ties to one of its strongest allies, Israel, the party will surely suffer at the polls,” he told AFP.

Amy Elman, a political science professor at Kalamazoo College, said anti-Semitism should not be used as a “political football by any party.”

“Democrats should care less where the charges of anti-Semitism come from. What matters is if the accusations are valid,” she said.

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SEOUL (Reuters) – Officials signed a short-term agreement on Sunday to boost South Korea’s contribution toward the upkeep of U.S. troops on the peninsula, after a previous deal lapsed amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for the South to pay more.

About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, where the United States has maintained a military presence since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The new deal must still be approved by South Korea’s parliament, but it would boost its contribution to 1.03 trillion won ($890 million) from 960 billion won in 2018.

Unlike past agreements, which lasted for five years, this one is scheduled to expire in a year, potentially forcing both sides back to the bargaining table within months.

“It has been a very long process, but ultimately a very successful process,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said at a meeting before another official from the foreign ministry initialled the agreement.

While acknowledging lingering domestic criticism of the new deal and the need for parliamentary approval, Kang said the response had “been positive so far”.

The U.S. State Department senior adviser for security negotiations and agreements, Timothy Betts, met Kang before signing the agreement on behalf of the United States, and told her the money represented a small but important part of South Korea’s support for the alliance.

“The United States government realizes that South Korea does a lot for our alliance and for peace and stability in this region,” he said.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. army soldiers take part in a military exercise at a training field near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The allies had struggled to reach a breakthrough despite 10 rounds of talks since March, amid Trump’s repeated calls for a sharp increase in South Korea’s contribution.

South Korean officials have said they had sought to limit its burden to $1 trillion won and make the accord valid for at least three years.

A senior South Korean ruling party legislator said last month that negotiations were deadlocked after the United States made a “sudden, unacceptable” demand that Seoul pay more than 1.4 trillion won per year.

But both sides worked to hammer out an agreement to minimize the impact on South Koreans working on U.S. military bases, and focus on nuclear talks ahead of a second U.S.-North Korea summit, Seoul officials said.

The disagreement had raised the prospect that Trump could decide to withdraw at least some troops from South Korea, as he has in other countries like Syria. But on Sunday, South Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the United States had affirmed it would not be changing the scale of its troop presence.

Trump said in his annual State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday that he would meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam, following their unprecedented meeting in June in Singapore.

Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman of South Korea’s presidential Blue House, said on Sunday that President Moon Jae-in would discuss the upcoming summit with Trump “soon” and that U.S. and North Korean officials would be meeting in an unspecified Asian country next week.

After the June meeting, Trump announced a halt to joint military exercises with South Korea, saying they were expensive and paid for mostly by the United States.

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Major joint exercises have been suspended, but some small-scale drills have continued, earning rebukes from North Korea’s state media in recent months.

About 70 percent of South Korea’s contribution covers the salaries of some 8,700 South Korean employees who provide administrative, technical and other services for the U.S. military.

Late last year, the U.S. military had warned Korean workers on its bases they might be put on leave from mid-April if no deal was agreed.

Additional reporting by Do-gyun Kim; editing by Neil Fullick and Jason Neely

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DENVER (AP) – The Latest on a possible Denver teachers strike (all times local):

10 p.m.

The superintendent of Denver Public Schools says she’s disappointed that the teachers union broke off negotiations Saturday night.

In a statement, Superintendent Susana Cordova said: “I am extremely disappointed that the DCTA walked away from the table today instead of continuing to talk and work toward reaching an agreement. We presented an updated proposal that responds to what we heard from our teachers, aligns to our values of equity and retention, honors the ProComp ballot language, and significantly increases the base pay for all of our educators. Despite the union’s refusal to continue negotiating, we remain committed to working with the leadership of the DCTA to end this strike.”

Teachers plan to picket schools around the city starting Monday. The district says schools will remain open during the strike and will be staffed by administrators and substitute teachers.

However, the district has canceled classes for 5,000 pre-schoolers because it doesn’t have the staff to take care of them.

The teachers’ union says 93 percent of participating members backed a strike in a vote last month.

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8:35 p.m.

Denver teachers say they will strike Monday after failing to win an agreement on pay.

Both sides met Saturday in an attempt to reach a new contract after over a year of negotiations.

A statement issued Saturday night by the Denver Classroom Teachers Association says: “Faced with a smoke-and-mirrors proposal that continues to lack transparency and pushes for failed incentives for some over meaningful base salary for all, the DCTA strike will commence for the schools Denver students deserve.”

Teachers plan to picket schools around the city starting Monday. The district says schools will remain open during the strike and will be staffed by administrators and substitute teachers.

However, the district has canceled classes for 5,000 pre-schoolers because it doesn’t have the staff to take care of them.

The teachers’ union says 93 percent of participating members backed a strike in a vote last month.

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7:10 p.m.

In several statements posted Saturday night on its Twitter account, the Denver teachers union said the Denver Public Schools’ latest contract offer is not good enough.

The bargaining team issued a tweet saying: “We can do better.”

The disagreements are about pay increases and about bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools that the district considers a priority.

The teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries. The district says the bonuses are key to boosting the academic performance of poor and minority students.

Some teachers say overall funding for support services in those schools is more important.

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6:45 p.m.

The head of the Denver teachers union says he has “significant concerns” about a new contract proposal from Denver Public Schools.

On Saturday night, Denver Classroom Teachers Association President Henry Roman (ro-MAHN’) said: “It seems to us that they have deliberately constructed a proposal to make it look like they are moving when they are not. “

The disagreements are about pay increases and about bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools that the district considers a priority.

The teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries. The district says the bonuses are key to boosting the academic performance of poor and minority students.

Some teachers say overall funding for support services in those schools is more important.

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1:45 p.m.

Denver teachers and school administrators have resumed negotiations in hopes of averting a strike on Monday.

The two sides met Saturday, a few hours after a Friday night session failed to resolve their differences.

Denver Public Schools officials said the Friday session was productive, but Denver Classroom Teachers Association President Henry Roman (ro-MAHN’) said they made little progress.

The disagreements are about pay increases and about bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools that the district considers a priority.

The teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries. The district says the bonuses are key to boosting the academic performance of poor and minority students.

Some teachers say overall funding for support services in those schools is more important.

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8:55 a.m.

Talks are continuing this weekend as Denver teachers and school administrators try to avert a strike on Monday.

Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association scheduled more negotiations on Saturday after meeting on Friday night.

School district officials said Friday’s talks were productive, but teachers union President Henry Roman (ro-MAHN’) said the two sides made little progress.

They disagree on pay increases and the size of bonuses for teachers working in high-poverty schools and other schools that the district considers a priority.

The teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries. The district says the bonuses are key to boosting the academic performance of poor and minority students.

Some teachers say overall funding for support services in those schools is more important.

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The singer also appeared in a music video for a Valentine’s Day and in a sketch about girls pledging a sorority.

Pop singer Halsey served as both the host and musical guest on the Feb. 9 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which spoofed Riverdale, Empire and Meet the Press.

Halsey played Lili Reinhart, playing Betty Cooper, in a sketch set on the Riverdale set in which Pete Davidson played a background actor taking his role as a corpse way too seriously. Beck Bennett played Cole Sprouse playing Jughead Jones.

The episode focused heavily on President Donald Trump’s recent State of the Union address as well as Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface controversy.

Political digital shorts included another installment of the Empire-inspired “Them Trumps” and a video dedicated to the women of Congress, in which Halsey appeared alongside all of the female SNL castmembers.

In addition to a lot of political material, the episode made use of Halsey’s musical talents. She appeared in a music video for Valentine’s Day and a sketch about girls pledging a sorority in which she sang “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes and performed ridiculous pledge activities like pouring hot coffee in a guy’s lap.

Halsey also appeared in a sketch in which a father, played by Kenan Thompson, told his family that he has been filming himself sitting on cakes for extra money.

As musical guest, Halsey sang her songs “Without Me” and “Eastside.”

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Actor Rob Lowe deleted a tweet mocking Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her past claims of Native American ancestry.

The 54-year-old “The West Wing” and “Parks and Recreation” actor tweeted Saturday evening, “Elizabeth Warren would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in ‘Chief,'” after Warren officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign.

In another tweet after midnight Sunday, Lowe caved to public opinion and backed down from the joke.

“I deleted my Elizabeth Warren tweet. It was a joke and some peeps got upset, and that’s never my intention,” Lowe said. “On the GOOD side: I just got to use the Oxford comma!”

Lowe’s initial tweet followed one from President Trump that made fun of Warren, once again calling the senator “Pocahontas.”

“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” Trump said. “Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!”

The president’s tweet was roundly criticized for the apparent reference to the “Trail of Tears,” the name of the perilous trek Native Americans took after being forced from their lands in the Southeast U.S. after President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, leaving more than 4,000 Cherokees dead.

Among those who reacted to Lowe’s original tweet was actress Alyssa Milano, a vocal Trump critic. “Tonight, the role of Scott Baio will be played by Rob Lowe,” she said, referring to a fellow actor who identifies as Republican and has defended Trump.

Someone also edited Lowe’s Wikipedia page to call him a “racist.” The change was undone within seconds, according to the page’s revision history.

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In recent days, Warren has apologized amid a wave of backlash from political allies and enemies alike for identifying as Native American in the past, including during her time as a professor at Harvard University and other colleges, and for taking a DNA test last year to show she had Native American roots.

“I told him I was sorry for furthering confusion about tribal citizenship,” Warren told the Washington Post last week, referring to her recent apology to the Cherokee Nation for flaunting the results of her DNA test which suggested she had a distant Native American relative. “I am also sorry for not being more mindful about this decades ago. We had a good conversation.”

“I can’t go back,” she said. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”

That same Post report published a 1986 Texas bar registration card, found via an open records request, on which Warren claimed “American Indian” was her race.

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