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Turning up the Heat on North Korea

Turning up the Heat on North KoreaThe inability of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to reach a denuclearization deal in Hanoi leaves the international community searching for a solution to the North Korean nuclear conundrum. The recent erosion of international efforts to enforce economic sanctions make efforts to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons through bargaining is more challenging. A North Korean charm offensive and, perhaps, a desire among some to see this longstanding, seemingly intractable, problems disappear have led to diminished pressure on the North Korean regime. This changed context weakens the U.S. hand in negotiations and provides encouragement for Kim’s regime. Going forward, the U.S. administration and its allies need a focused, concerted effort to strengthen the U.S. bargaining position vis-à-vis the North Koreans, including by complementing inducements with more forceful efforts to up the pressure on Pyongyang. There is a need to tighten sanctions enforcement globally, weakening Kim’s walk-away options in future talks. Any effort to do this will have a political dimension. U.S. policymakers and leaders must reinforce the political will that has dissipated in recent months and take concrete steps to collaborate on counter-proliferation activities on a wide international basis. It will require coordinated action across dozens of states and, within those states, hundreds of domestic agencies and departments.



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Extreme weather: Polar vortex in Midwest, record heat in Australia, weird warmth in Alaska. What's going on?

Extreme weather: Polar vortex in Midwest, record heat in Australia, weird warmth in Alaska. What's going on?Extreme weather has wreaked havoc worldwide this month: As the upper Midwest shivered with record-breaking cold temperatures, wild extremes in weather were reported elsewhere.



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CNN's Jim Acosta takes heat after showing border fence just might be working

CNN's Jim Acosta takes heat after showing border fence just might be workingCNN's Jim Acosta was mocked across social media for posting a video that was meant to downplay President Trump's claims of a border crisis, but ended up supporting his argument that border barriers improve security. Acosta is in Texas awaiting Trump's border visit. While Acosta often clashes with the president and his aides, pundits suggested he did the president a favor this time.



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Thousands line up in Arizona heat to pay respects to McCain

Thousands line up in Arizona heat to pay respects to McCainPHOENIX (AP) — Thousands endured triple-digit heat Wednesday and waited in long lines outside the Arizona Capitol to attend a public viewing honoring the late Sen. John McCain.



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Western US firefighters to face gusty winds, then building heat as Carr Fire explodes to over 145,000 acres

Western US firefighters to face gusty winds, then building heat as Carr Fire explodes to over 145,000 acresAs the Carr Fire has exploded to more than 145,000 acres, residents and firefighters across the western United States are bracing for an uptick in heat and continuing dry weather.



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Melting ICE? A handful of Democrats turn up the heat.

Melting ICE? A handful of Democrats turn up the heat.As the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency continues to draw criticism for its arrest of immigrants, the idea of abolishing the agency entirely is starting to gather momentum among Democrats.



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Militants' rockets, Israeli air strikes heat up Gaza border

Militants' rockets, Israeli air strikes heat up Gaza borderBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Several dozen rockets and mortar bombs launched at Israel by Palestinians in Gaza, and Israeli air strikes on the enclave’s dominant Hamas militant group, raised the heat along the border on Wednesday. “I don’t intend to detail the actions we plan on Gaza,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to graduating military officers that was aired on national radio.



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Elizabeth Warren Pledges Big Money To ‘Turn Up The Heat On Gerrymandering’

Elizabeth Warren Pledges Big Money To ‘Turn Up The Heat On Gerrymandering’WASHINGTON ― Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced Tuesday that she would



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Democrats turn up heat on EPA chief over contracts, moonlighting

Democrats turn up heat on EPA chief over contracts, moonlightingBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pressed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to explain how an agency contract was awarded last year to the business associate of a member of his personal security detail. In a letter to Pruitt, Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee raised concerns that the security detail member, Pasquale Perrotta, may have exercised improper influence in the awarding of the contract. Perrotta is also a principal at Sequoia Security Group.



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Native Americans Who Can't Afford Heat Take Desperate Measures To Stay Warm

Native Americans Who Can't Afford Heat Take Desperate Measures To Stay WarmAs temperatures dropped below zero on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation earlier this month, one young girl felt she had had enough.



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