Former Gov. John Kasich. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has hinted he could mount a primary challenge to President Trump in 2020, is eyeing a jump to a cable news network like CNN or MSNBC in the coming days, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Kasich stepped down as governor on Monday, and he's wasting no time kicking off his next act. Also on Monday, signed with United Talent Agency, which said in a release that it plans to help him "navigate the next phase of his career in civic engagement, by continuing to inspire audiences to lead purpose-driven lives of service," the AP reports.

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The U.K. was the most-prepared country for a pandemic — until it wasn't

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One country was easily the best-prepared in the world to respond quickly to and mitigate the spread of an epidemic, according to the 2019 Global Health Security Index: Great Britain.

Reality check: When the coronavirus struck, the U.K. had arguably one of the least effective responses among rich countries, despite decades of preparation for just such an event. Its death toll ranks behind only the U.S. and Brazil.

Competitors ready to pounce on TikTok bans

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Growing security and privacy concerns over Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok have given a lift to alternatives like Byte and Dubsmash, which have seen spikes in downloads from smartphone users recently, according to data from SensorTower.

Why it matters: If TikTok's meteoric rise in popularity among U.S. youth gets slowed by rising tensions with China, or ended by a threatened ban by the Trump administration, American teens will still have to get their hits of meme-laden video somewhere.

1 hour ago - Technology

U.S. pushes homegrown drone industry amid China battle

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Alarmed at the prospect of relying on Chinese-made drones for public safety and monitoring critical industries, U.S. investors and the federal government are newly backing a domestic drone industry of hardware and software companies.

The big picture: The moves come as the industry continues to be led by DJI, a Chinese hardware maker — and as concerns grow both in China and the U.S. about reliance on the other country's technology.