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White House, Facebook, Georgia: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

White House, Facebook, Georgia: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

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1. “There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out.”

President Trump cast doubt on his planned meeting next month with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore. His comments came as he met with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea at the White House, above.

Mr. Moon has acted as a go-between in the proposed talks, and South Korea had insisted on Monday that there was a “99.9 percent” chance that the meeting would be held.

If the North maintains its nuclear arsenal, can Mr. Trump still claim diplomatic victory? It will depend on how he redefines success — and if he meets with Mr. Kim, our correspondent noted.

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2. The House voted to roll back a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, the law passed after the Great Recession of 2008 to prevent another financial meltdown.

The new bill removes restrictions on small and medium-sized banks like BB&T, above, that they complain are burdensome and unnecessary. But it doesn’t change much for big banks.

The Senate approved the legislation in March, and the next step is President Trump’s signature.

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3. Michael Cohen’s longtime business partner in the taxi industry is cooperating with the government to avoid jail time in a tax fraud case.

That means he could be used as leverage against Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, in the special counsel investigation.

The potential witness is Evgeny Freidman, above, a Russian immigrant who was once known as the Taxi King. Mr. Freidman was facing a possible sentence of more than 100 years, but he got five years’ probation instead.

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4. We visited Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., where two students were killed in a shooting in January.

A new wave of student activism for gun control there is clashing with bedrock support for gun rights. A small group of students participated in a March for Our Lives rally, and immediately faced a backlash.

“When people started talking about me, it knocked me down a few pegs,” said Lily Dunn, above right.

State lawmakers did not pass any gun restrictions after the shooting. But the school has added armed guards, locked doors and backpack searches.

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5. Mark Zuckerberg faced a barrage of questions at the European Parliament in Brussels, the latest stop on his Facebook apology tour.

One member asked if Mr. Zuckerberg wanted to be remembered in the same high regard as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, or for destroying democracy. Another asked whether it was time to consider breaking up Facebook because the company had “too much power.”

Mr. Zuckerberg kept to the conciliatory script he used in Washington last month. His appearance comes ahead of the region’s introduction this Friday of a strict new data privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation.

And it came amid growing calls, in Europe and elsewhere, to treat Facebook as a publisher, not just a platform.

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6. Voters went to the polls for primaries in Georgia, Arkansas and Kentucky. Above, voting in Clarkston, Ga.

Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans are facing off in the Democratic primary for governor in Georgia. Ms. Abrams leads in polls and fund-raising, and if elected in November, she would be the first black woman to be governor of any state.

She’s an outspoken progressive, and she’s making a bet that Georgia’s electorate is shifting. We’ll have live results for that race, and others worth watching, as they come in.

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7. A Tibetan businessman in China who campaigned to preserve his native language is headed to prison — because of interviews he gave to The New York Times.

Tashi Wangchuk, above, says the Tibetan language is threatened by official policies declaring Mandarin the language of schooling and government.

Mr. Tashi, 33, was arrested in early 2016, two months after he was featured in a Times video and article. He was charged with “inciting separatism” and sentenced to five years.

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8. It looks as if Hollywood is starting to make good on its promise to broaden the #MeToo movement and focus on women outside the limelight.

The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, started by female stars and producers, is helping Gina Pitre, above, sue her former employer, Walmart, over sexual harassment. She says a manager touched her inappropriately and made suggestive comments.

The suit is one of the first to arise from the Time’s Up fund, which has raised $ 22 million — and gotten reports of harassment from almost 3,000 employees.

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9. “We’re all our own worst critics.”

Our Smarter Living columnist says that the old saying isn’t just self-help fluff.

Evolutionary psychologists have studied our natural “negativity bias,” which makes negative experiences seem more significant than they really are.

The solution? It’s called self-compassion: the practice of being kind and understanding to ourselves when confronted with a personal flaw or failure.

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10. Finally, the host of “The Late Late Show,” James Corden, was among the guests at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over the weekend. He said the “picture-perfect day” showed Britain as its finest.

“Imagine having such a beautiful ceremony that the entire planet actually wants to watch your wedding video,” he marveled.

And if you missed it, you can find all our royal wedding coverage here.

Have a great night.

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