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The U.S. military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests to display its military prowess to Kim Jong-un, The Guardian reports. The move comes after North Korea's failed missile test over the weekend, which the Trump administration considers a "provocation."

Defense Secretary James Mattis has briefed Congress on the option, saying it's a way to pressure Pyongyang into denuclearization without declaring war, but the Pentagon has yet to determine whether to move forward with the proposal.

Why this matters: As Axios' Steve LeVine points out, there was a great deal of speculation over whether the U.S. cyber-terminated North Korea's missile test Sunday. The decision to shoot down future missile tests would align with Trump's warning that such tests "will not be tolerated", and solidify the message that North Korea has a much longer road to an ICBM that can strike the continental U.S.

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Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

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President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.