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North Korea has been making improvements to 16 hidden ballistic missile bases even as it has made halting moves to dismantle a major site to appease the United States, according to satellite images reported by the New York Times.

The big picture: The Trump administration has touted great progress in its diplomatic effort to eliminate North Korea's missile program, but evidence available to American intelligence agencies suggests otherwise. Talks between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official were canceled last week due to "a scheduling issue," according to the State Department — but the BBC reported that the meeting was canceled because "the North Koreans didn't get on the plane as planned."

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25 mins ago - Economy & Business

A white-collar crime crackdown

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America has waited a decade for an aggressive government crackdown on white-collar crime. Now, just before the election, and in the middle of a bull market, it has arrived.

Why it matters: When times are good, investors become more trusting and more greedy. That makes them more likely to put their money into fraudulent or criminal enterprises.

  • After a decade-long bull market, there is no shortage of those frauds to prosecute.
53 mins ago - Technology

Lawyers crystal-ball the Google antitrust case

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The Justice Department's antitrust suit against Google is a strong, straightforward monopoly case, competition lawyers and experts tell Axios. But that doesn't mean it'll be an easy journey for the government.

The big picture: Winning any antitrust case is a heavy lift. It's even more of a challenge to pull off victory in a future-looking case that seeks to make room for potential new competition to flourish.

The pandemic is getting worse again

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Due to a database error, Missouri had a 3 day gap in reporting from Oct. 11-13; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Every available piece of data proves it: The coronavirus pandemic is getting worse again, all across America.

The big picture: As the death toll ticks past 212,000, at a moment when containing the virus ought to be easier and more urgent than ever, we are instead giving it a bigger foothold to grow from.