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Trump before the beginning of the "Reforming the United Nations" meeting Monday at UN headquarters. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump's speech Tuesday before the UN General Assembly will focus on North Korea's "destabilizing, hostile, and dangerous behavior," as well as the threat posed by Iran, a senior administration official told reporters on Monday.

Although the official would not go into details on what specific actions Trump will ask other nations to take with regard to the two countries, the official said Trump will stress that "nations cannot be bystanders to history." North Korea is a "shared menace" that will "only become more formidable" if nations don't do anything, the official said in a preview of the speech.

Why we're watching: Because the whole world will be, including North Korea and Iran.

  • Trump's rhetoric has prompted responses from North Korea before — remember Trump threatening "fire and fury" and, hours later, North Korea threatening Guam?
  • Iran will be watching to see if Trump will drop hints about whether the U.S. will re-certify the nuclear deal next month.
  • Trump will also discuss the crisis in Venezuela, and terrorism "will be a major focus of the speech."

A few key themes to expect from Trump's speech:

  • Trump will be calling on other nations to face common threats together, and "not because some global bureaucracy is structuring action, but because independent nations…need to confront these challenges."
  • Trump will stress burden-sharing, as he did when he addressed a NATO summit.
  • Sovereignty will also be front-and-center, since, per the official, "all countries that are sovereign can put the needs of their own citizens first," which gives them a "rational basis" to cooperate with other countries.

Our thought bubble: That sounds like America First on a global scale.

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The Mischief Makers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

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Obama speechwriter fears Biden unity drive is one-sided

Cody Keenan (right) is shown heading to Marine One in December 2009. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Obama's former speechwriter says he's "preemptively frustrated" with President Biden's effort to find unity with Republicans.

What they're saying: Cody Keenan told Axios that Biden's messaging team has "struck all the right chords," but at some point "they're gonna have to answer questions like, 'Why didn't you achieve unity?' when there's an entire political party that's already acting to stop it."

Scoop: Conservative group puts $700k behind Hawley

Sen. Josh Hawley explains his objection to certifying the 2020 election results hours after the U.S. Capitol siege. Photo: Congress.gov via Getty Images

A Republican group is raising and spending huge amounts of money defending Sen. Josh Hawley after he was ostracized for early January’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Why it matters: The Senate Conservatives Fund is plugging Hawley's ideological bona fides and backfilling lost corporate cash with needed political and financial support, helping inoculate him as he weighs reelection or a possible presidential campaign in 2024.

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