Sen. Kamala Harris said at the 5th Democratic debate Wednesday that "[President] Trump got punked" into holding summits with Kim Jong Un and cozying up to North Korea's leader.

HARRIS: "With all due deference to the fact this is a presidential debate, Donald Trump got punked. He was -— he has conducted foreign policy since Day One born out of a very fragile ego. That fails to understand that one of the most important responsibilities of the commander in chief is to concern herself with the security of our nation and homeland. And to do it in a way that understands that part of the strength of who we are as a nation, and therefore an extension of our ability to be secure is not only that we have a vibrant military, but that when we walk in any room around the globe, we are respected. Because we keep to our word, we are consistent, we speak truth, and we are loyal."

Context: Trump has repeatedly met with Kim to try and negotiate nuclear policy agreements. North Korea is now threatening to cancel future summits if Trump does not agree to concessions on nuclear weapons.

  • Denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea have stalled since a February meeting between Trump and Kim in Hanoi left both leaders empty-handed.
  • Since the breakdown of negotations, North Korea has carried out multiple rounds of missile tests.

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California will "independently review" all coronavirus vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration before allowing their distribution, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced at a news conference Monday.

Why it matters: The move that comes days after NAID director Anthony Fauci said he had "strong confidence" in FDA-approved vaccines could cast further public doubt that the federal government could release a vaccine based on political motives, rather than safety and efficacy.

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Microphones will be muted during parts of Thursday's presidential debate

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The Commission on Presidential Debates adopted new measures on Monday to mute the microphones of President Trump and Joe Biden to allow each candidate two minutes of uninterrupted time per segment during Thursday night's debate.

Why it matters: During September's chaotic debate, Trump interrupted Biden 71 times, while Biden interrupted Trump 22 times.