North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden was called a "snob bereft of elementary quality as a human being" by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency Tuesday night, after he criticized leader Kim Jong-un.

"Former U.S. Vice-President Biden has gone reckless and senseless, seized by ambition for power."

The big picture: KCNA's attack on the former vice president appears to be a retaliatory attack. Biden said at a campaign launch in Philadelphia Saturday, "Are we a nation that embraces dictators and tyrants like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Kim Jong-un?"

  • KCNA listed previous controversies surrounding Biden, including accusations that he'd behaved inappropriately toward women. In a nod to President Trump's labeling Biden a "low-IQ individual" KCNA called him "a fool of low IQ."

What they're saying: Biden's campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said that given the former vice president's record of standing up for American values and interests, it’s no surprise that North Korea would prefer that Trump remain in the White House.   

"Trump has also been repeatedly tricked into making major concessions to the murderous regime in Pyongyang while getting nothing in return."

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Two officers shot in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor protests

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, just hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Driving the news: Metrosafe, the city's emergency services, said it received reports of a shooting at South Brook St. and Broadway Ave., near the area where protests were taking place. A police spokesperson told a press briefing the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

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Biden: Breonna Taylor indictment "does not answer" call for justice

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned the grand jury indictment of a Louisville police officer who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March in a botched drug raid that led to her death, saying in a statement the decision "does not answer" for equal justice.

The big picture: Biden called for reforms to address police use of force and no-knock warrants, while demanding a ban on chokeholds. He added that people "have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable."

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