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U.S. official: No "reward" to North Korea for agreeing to talk

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A senior administration official reiterated on Thursday night that pressures on North Korea will not lessen, following the announcement that President Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong-un:

  • "He is not prepared to reward North Korea in exchange for talks, but he is willing to accept an invitation at this time to meet," the official said.
  • Among those briefed in the Oval Office on North Korea's message, were Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, chief of staff John Kelly, General McMaster, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, Deputy Director of the CIA Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
  • The time and place of the meeting have not yet been established, but the administration "will settle for nothing less" than denuclearization as the final outcome, the official said.

Trump tweeted:

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Wall Street analysts express concerns about Facebook's management

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Wall Street analysts are citing concerns over Facebook's management style in evaluating the company's stock in light of the days-long Cambridge Analytica controversy.

Why it matters: Investors have shifted their concerns about Facebook from things they can't handle, like calls to regulate data-driven tech platforms, to things they can, like their management style or structure.

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Cindy Hyde-Smith named to fill Cochran's Senate seat

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Wednesday that he would appoint Cindy Hyde-Smith as the replacement to retiring senator Thad Cochran, reports WashPost. Hyde-Smith currently serves as Mississippi's Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce and will be the state's first female senator.