1. basketball diplomacy

    White House Slams Dennis Rodman

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series. (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica)

    Jason Mojica/VICE Media, via AP

    It doesn't sound like President Obama will not be giving Kim Jong-un a call any time soon. On Monday, press secretary Jay Carney denounced former NBA player Dennis Rodman's bizarre trip to North Korea last week to dine and watch basketball with the Hermit Kingdom's leader—a man Rodman later professed to loving. “Instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country, the North Korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people, who have been starved, imprisoned, and denied their human rights,” Carney said. The State Department has declined to debrief Rodman, and struck a similar tone in comments a few days ago. So much for basketball diplomacy.

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