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South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said several "projectiles" have been fired into the sea between the Koreas and Japan, per the AP. U.S. Pacific Command spokesman, Commander David Benham, said there were three short-range ballistic missile launches, the NYT reports. Two of them may have failed in flight, one appears to have blown up almost immediately, and they did not pose a threat to North America or Guam, per Benham. Pacific Command is still assessing whether the first two failed in flight.

Why it matters: This comes during the U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises, which North Korea tends to perceive as rehearsals for invasion — the North has already responded by likening the drills to "pouring gasoline on fire." This launch could be bluster and propaganda, a demonstration of force, or a real test of capability. Last year North Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile during the biannual exercises.

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes. A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

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Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."

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