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Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon won't be running for president of South Korea anymore, after a disappointed start to his campaign, according to WSJ. This, along with the current, likely impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye, is bad news for South Korea's conservative party.

Why it matters: Without Ban, all the other likely candidates, including frontrunner Moon Jae-in, want to have closer ties with North Korea and China rather than maintaining close relations with the U.S.

Meanwhile: Trump talked with the acting President on Monday, where he "reiterated our ironclad commitment to defend the R.O.K." And Defense Secretary Mattis has an upcoming trip to the country.

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Obama: The rest of us have to live with the consequences of what Trump's done

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Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

Driving the news: With less than two weeks before the election, the Biden campaign is drawing on the former president's popularity with Democrats to drive turnout and motivate voters.

Murkowski says she'll vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Saturday that she'll vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, despite her opposition to the process that's recently transpired.

The big picture: Murkowski's decision leaves Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett.