Aug 23, 2018

Pompeo heading to North Korea next week

Mike Pompeo at a separate announcement in August. Photo: Rod Lamkey/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that he'll be traveling to North Korea next week along with Stephen Biegun, whom he named as special representative to the regime. Biegun served on George W. Bush's National Security Council, and is retiring as an executive at Ford Motor Company at the end of this month.

Why it matters: North Korea has thus far taken no significant steps toward denuclearization since the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in June. Pompeo's last visit was a rocky one, but this time might have to go better in order to convince the Trump administration Kim is serious about the process.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response


President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Multiple people have died in a shooting at the Molson Coors brewery complex, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters on Wednesday. He said he "believed" the shooter is among those dead, although police have not confirmed this.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. "There are various sources citing various numbers of casualties. At this time that information has not been confirmed,"the police said.

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