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Tensions between the United States and North Korea continued to escalate on Wednesday: President Trump said on Twitter that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “stronger and more powerful than ever before,” and Defense Secretary James Mattis warned that Pyongyang’s actions could lead to “the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a different tone, telling reporters that Americans should “sleep well at night.” FBI agents raided a home owned by Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, in late July. Trump called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Twitter for not following through on the party’s promise to repeal Obamacare, two days after McConnell said the president had “excessive expectations” on health care.
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The Second Korean War?: President Trump’s threats to North Korea suggest that the administration might be considering military efforts. But Eliot A. Cohen argues that the United States isn’t ready for a war in North Korea.
‘Restaurants Are the New Factories’: Despite President Trump’s focus on coal mining and manufacturing, the country’s most promising sector is the food-service industry. And unlike other industries, the restaurant boom is happening all across the country. (Derek Thompson)
Looking to China: President Trump has tweeted that China “could easily solve” the nuclear threat from North Korea. Could it? (Uri Friedman)
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