Jul 24, 2018

Report: North Korea begins dismantling missile test facilities

Trump and Kim at the summit. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

After little immediate progress seemed to result from President Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un, 38 North reports that North Korea has "begun dismantling key facilities" that have "played an important role in the development of technologies for the North’s intercontinental ballistic missile program."

Why it matters: 38 North notes that this appears to be "an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment made by Kim" at the summit. What remains unclear, though, is whether North Korea intends to do anything that would more directly impact its nuclear weapons program. One more thing to watch: Whether the remains of U.S. soldiers in North Korea are returned as expected in the coming days β€” another potential signal of goodwill from Pyongyang.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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