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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross speaks at the SelectUSA 2018 Investment Summit on June 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has opened an investigation into whether U.S. dependence on uranium imports poses a threat to national security.

Why it matters: Domestic production of uranium, which is a key resource for both nuclear weapons and the nuclear reactors that power 20% of the American electric grid, have dropped from 49% of total uranium requirements in 1987 to 5% today. The investigation could ultimately result in new tariffs at a moment when more than half of America's nuclear reactors are losing money, according to Bloomberg.

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The big picture: A major report put out this week by the National Intelligence Council reflects a present rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. How the next two decades will unfold depends largely on whether new technologies will ultimately unite us — or continue to divide us.

Rep. Gaetz declares he's "not going anywhere" amid sex trafficking probe

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) doubled down Friday night, saying he's not "going anywhere," and vowing, "I have not yet begun to fight," amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

What he's saying: “I’m built for the battle, and I’m not going anywhere,” Gaetz, who denies the allegations, said during a Women for America First event at the Trump National Doral Miami resort.