Sep 26, 2017

Dunford: North Korea has not mobilized military for U.S. attack

Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday that despite its heated rhetoric, North Korea has taken no apparent action to mobilize its military for a U.S. attack. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The U.S. military's highest ranking General, Joseph Dunford, said Tuesday that despite North Korea's recent threats that they will attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons, there has been no evidence of Pyongyang taking any military action to do so, per the Washington Post. Dunford said that North Korea poses the most immediate threat, while Russia is the most sophisticated and long-term problem.

Why this matters: Dunford's statement follows a week of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, culminating in North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho claiming Trump had declared war on his country.

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

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Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.