Feb 10, 2018

Kim Jong-un invites South Korea's president to Pyongyang

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes the hand of Kim Yong-jo, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Photo: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un extended an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, which South Korean officials said Moon "practically accepted," per Reuters. The invitation — which proposed meeting "at an early date" — came via Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, who met with Moon in Seoul as a part of North Korea's Winter Olympics delegation.

Why it matters: The meeting, which would be the first between Korean leaders since 2007, could accelerate the thaw in tensions between North and South Korea. It's also likely to be poorly received by the United States, which is set to unveil the toughest sanctions ever against the North Korean regime.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.