Aug 25, 2018

South Koreans are growing wary over U.S. progress with North Korea

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After months of back-and-forth between the U.S. and North Korea, South Koreans are growing wary and a little suspicious that any real progress can be made with the regime, according to Politico's Cory Bennett.

The big picture: In recent days, the administration has shown mixed messaging of confidence when it comes to dealing with the regime. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he'd be traveling there next week, which Trump cancelled a day later, as he argued North Korea wasn't "making sufficient progress with respect to denuclearization." South Koreans are having "creeping doubts" that any real progress could actually be made with its reclusive neighbor, and that Trump is truly committed.

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Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief

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President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of the president, as the acting director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: The role, which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, is one of grave responsibility. As acting DNI, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

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What to watch in the Nevada debate

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Michael Bloomberg's wealth will fuel rather than shield him from tests and attacks when he makes his Democratic primary debate debut on the stage tonight in Las Vegas.

The state of play: Bernie Sanders is still the front-runner. So the other candidates must weigh which of the two presents a bigger threat to their viability: Sanders, with his combined delegate, polling and grassroots momentum? Or Bloomberg, with his bottomless budget?

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