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Wong Maye-E / AP

South Korea and the U.S. report that North Korea has test-fired yet another missile that has failed. It was fired this time from the western part of the country in Pukchang, which is near Pyongyang, according to the AP. The missile broke apart within minutes of launch over land and did not make it to the Sea of Japan, U.S. Navy Commander Dave Benham told CNN.

The missile was likely a medium-range missile according to a U.S. official. South Korea couldn't confirm whether the missile had exploded minutes after launch.

The context: Earlier today Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for more sanctions on the North and a tightening of existing sanctions, while China said its commitment to the North's denuclearization "rock firm" even though tensions are at a "critical point" in the region.

Trump's reaction: "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!"

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Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

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A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.