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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined the United States' priorities for the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un one final time for reporters in Singapore before the leaders come face-to-face: "The complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is the only outcome the United States will accept."

The details: He added that the U.S. is ready to secure North Korea during the process of denuclearization. Pompeo set the stage for the meeting, saying, "It's the case in each of those countries there are only two people who can make decisions of this magnitude and those people are going to be sitting in the room tomorrow."

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Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former FDA chief David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed, a day after unveiling a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes $400 billion for directly combatting the virus.

Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

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A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.