Nov 20, 2017

Tillerson: "We still hope for diplomacy" with North Korea

Tillerson led Monday's White House briefing. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the decision to put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism is part of the "peaceful pressure campaign" against the regime. The U.S. is not out of diplomatic options, Tillerson said.

Sanctions have had an impact in North Korea, the secretary said. "We know there are significant shortages of fuel. We know that their revenue flows are down."

  • "It's very difficult for us to know if China is taking action to curtail" oil shipments to North Korea.
  • The assassination of Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un's brother, in Malaysia pushed Trump to take a closer look at putting North Korea on the list, Tillerson said. He was killed with a lethal chemical weapon.
  • After Tillerson, Sanders took reporters' questions about the White House's position on Roy Moore.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.