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Donald Trump on Thursday said he’s not sweating the upcoming summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, telling reporters the meeting is “about attitude” and not, presumably, a well-informed strategy.

Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports Trump has, in fact, spent roughly ten hours per week with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo learning Kim Jong-un’s family history.

Trump also commented on reports Dennis Rodman will also be in Singapore before the summit, insisting Rodman “was not invited” by the president.

Trump and Kim Jong-un are set to meet on June 12 at the Capella hotel on Sensota Island.

Trump promised reported the summit is “more than a photo-op,” and suggested it could last more than just one day.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he “will meet President Trump to coordinate in order to advance progress on the nuclear issue, missiles and, most importantly, the abductees issue.”

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.

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When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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