The president’s comments laid bare increasingly urgent White House discussions that have shifted from public denials that anything is wrong to a review process aimed at soliciting ideas to stimulate the economy.
David Bowie and the Beatles may have helped topple the Berlin Wall. Now South Korean and Western pop may be undermining the Pyongyang regime, with rising numbers of defectors citing music as one factor in their disillusionment with their government.
The president told Wayne LaPierre that the White House remained interested in proposals that would address weapons getting into the hands of the mentally ill, according to people familiar with the call.
American hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who raised a fist while on the medal stand, received the same punishment. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee warned of harsher consequences for similar protests in the future.