Notes
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President’s final budget request: The more than $4 trillion proposal was sent to the Republican-controlled Congress. New initiatives include a “moonshot” to cure cancer, efforts to fight climate change, and ways to combat ISIS.  Republicans have already dismissed the proposal.

The threat from North Korea: The communist country has expanded its Yongbyon enrichment facility and has restarted the plutonium-production reactor, and it could recover plutonium from spent fuel “within a matter of weeks to months,” James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told a Senate panel. Clapper's testimony also addressed the threat posed by ISIS-inspired militants to the U.S. and other countries.

Arrests in Taiwan: Three former executives of the now-defunct developer of a 17-story building that collapsed in Tainan during Friday’s deadly earthquake have been arrested on charges of professional negligence. Aluminum cans were found to be embedded in the building’s pillars where they were used as apparent fillers.

News from the morning here.

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