Foreign policy

Identification of U.S. war dead handed over by North Korea could take years

Caskets covered in blue sheets at a UN repatriation ceremony
US General Vincent Brooks speaks during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of US soldiers who were killed in the Korean War. Photo: Jung Yeon-je-Pool via Getty Images

North Korea provided U.S. forensics experts with just a single dog tag to help with identification after handing over the remains of 55 American military members who died during the Korean War, reports the AP.

Why it matters: The effort to provide the U.S. with the remains of Americans killed in the war was a delayed promise kept by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after his June summit with President Trump. Per an anonymous official who spoke to the AP, it could take "months if not years to fully determine individual identities from the remains, which have not yet been confirmed by U.S. specialists to be those of American servicemen."

Judge allows emoluments clause case against Trump to proceed

Entrance of Trump International Hotel in DC
The entrance to the Trump International Hotel is viewed on June 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo: George Rose via Getty Images

A federal judge has rejected President Trump's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit alleging he has violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The emoluments clause was drafted to prevent foreign governments from gaining influence in the U.S. in exchange for gifts, payments or other benefits. The Trump Organization has hosted foreign leaders at its Washington hotel, but argues they are paying for a service and thus not providing Trump with a gift.