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CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

In his first network interview as CIA director, Mike Pompeo discussed the escalating threat from North Korea, stating that leader Kim Jong-un is only "a handful of months" away from delivering an attack on the territorial U.S.

"We'll never know the exact nature of what's taking place. We'll never know the exact moment that they're going to continue [to detonate another nuclear bomb]... But the core risk ... [is that] North Korea's nuclear weapons program is continuing to expand, advance, become more powerful, more capable, more reliable."
— Pompeo to CBS' Norah O'Donnell

O'Donnell noted that more than six months ago, Pompeo used the same language he is using now — that North Korea is only "a handful of months" away from being able to hit the U.S.

"It's true," said Pompeo. "I hope to be able to say it a year from now as well. … The United States government is working diligently to extend that timeline."

Editor's Note: This headline has been corrected to add "from being able" to the headline. The editor regrets his error.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

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This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."