Aug 8, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
Trump threatens North Korea

The story to watch today: U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads that can fit in missiles, reports WashPost.

  • Why it matters, from Axios' Shannon Vavra: "That's a complex technological feat that sets Pyongyang on the path to being able to launch nuclear attacks. The U.S. assesses that North Korea is likely to have the capability to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles by next year, and the country is hitting nuclear milestones much more quickly than experts had believed possible."
  • Trump's response to North Korea, in full: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with the fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. Thank you."
  • Watch the Trump video.
  • Flashback: Axios Expert Voices — What should the U.S. do about North Korea?
What you missed
  1. Wall Street outpaces Silicon Valley: On gender equality. Dan Primack breaks it down.
  2. Fascinating manufacturing stat: The rate at which workers are quitting manufacturing jobs, rather than getting fired, has remained steady even as the number of jobs has fallen. Chart.
  3. IBM claims "deep learning" breakthrough: The company says it's beaten a speed record held by Microsoft. Details.
  4. Amazon's trees can make rain: A new report in Science explains how it works.
  5. Trump's afternoon Twitter interest: The Clinton-Lynch meeting. Quotes.
1 science thing

Human ancestors are older and more widespread than previously thought. The new thinking.

Mike Allen