Jenny Jiyeon Kim

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Trump Can't Just Walk Away From the Iran Deal. It's Not an Atlantic City Casino.

Last November, the election results indicated that the nation was disappointed with the performance of its politicians, and so it decided to bring in …

Trump Keeps Passing the Buck to Congress

On Obamacare subsidies, the Iran deal, and DACA, the president has taken unprecedented steps to hand executive authority back to lawmakers.<p>Bill Clinton fought Congress tooth and nail, from shutdowns to impeachment. George W. Bush boasted that he was “the decider.” Barack Obama groused that if …

Health Care

'A severe blow': reactions to UNESCO withdrawal

From the German Culture Minister to an Israeli-German comedian, here's how people reacted to the announcement that the United States plan to leave …

North Korean Defector Overcomes Past to Become Fulbright Scholar

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Seong Ryeol says he was aged 10 when he witnessed his first public execution.<p>He recalls it being a monthly event in his North Korean hometown, with police gathering crowds near a local market where they would shoot or hang people accused of criticizing the regime.<p>More than …

America might be losing its place on the world stage — and diplomats worry that 'things will start to fall apart'

Diplomats and State Department officials painted a bleak picture of the department's future in a recent story in The New Yorker, voicing fears that the decades of work the department has done to keep the post-war world order afloat are being undone.<p>On both the campaign trail and in the White House, …

End to Health Care Subsidies Puts Congress in a Tight Spot

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to cut off critical payments to health insurance companies ratcheted up the pressure on Congress on Friday to take action to protect consumers from soaring premiums, while also adding a combustible new issue to negotiations to avert a government shutdown this …

Amid Trump ambiguity on NKorea, is US practicing for war?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Do the ominous rhetoric from President Donald Trump and repeated flights by U.S. strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula mean …

There are a lot of people hoping he’ll be turfed out of office soon – but first the Democrats have to start winning elections<p>The bar is set so low for Donald Trump that every day he doesn’t trigger a nuclear confrontation with a distant adversary is seen as a bonus. Today was one such day, as Trump …

Donald Trump

Without U.S., 11 nations in TPP inch closer to a deal | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - The 11 nations remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the United States withdrew have inched closer to a comprehensive deal, offering hope that major countries can maintain free trade in the face of U.S. protectionism, a negotiator said on Friday.<p>File Photo: The first …

Eight Takeaways From This Week’s Fed Meeting

Yellen said large-scale asset purchases would no longer be viewed as a front-line instrument.<p><b>Balance-sheet reduction will be as unexciting as possible, and for good reason.</b> In announcing that the process will begin next month, central bankers hope that a highly gradual and highly predictable …

North Korea's Parking Debt Among Hefty Fines Owed To New York By Foreign Delegations

Yet another wrinkle in the U.S.-North Korea relationship: the North Korean diplomatic mission to the United Nations has more than 1,300 unpaid parking tickets in New York, according to a report by <i>NBC.</i><p>Transcript<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:<p>Here is another difficulty in the relationship between the U.S. and …

In South Korea, daily stresses outweigh North Korea missile worries

SEOUL: Soon after North Korea tested its sixth and largest nuclear bomb earlier this month, You Jae-youn, a 32-year-old South Korean office worker, …

China's Banking System Won't Collapse, Former Bank Director Says

Foreigners predicting doom for China’s banks have got it all wrong, according to James Stent, who spent more than a decade serving on the boards of …

Hunter Calls for Preemptive Strike on North Korea

‘You could call it declaring war, call it whatever you want,’ California congressman says<p>California Rep. Duncan Hunter said the U.S should consider a …

Fake evacuation orders sent to US military personnel in South Korea

Some U.S. military personnel or their families stationed in South Korea received fake messages claiming they had to evacuate immediately, military officials confirmed.<p>The hoax was sent out Thursday to mobile phones and Facebook accounts of multiple U.S. servicemembers or their families. The message …

How to Destroy the Global Economy (and the World)

Here are your morning reads.<p>My beginning-of-fall morning train reads:<p>A Hacker’s Guide to Destroying the Global Economy (Institutional Investor)<br>• Shiller: The Coming Bear Market? (Project Syndicate)<br>• This anniversary is a reminder that some market gurus are full of it (USA Today)<br>• Going off gold did the …

Beijing warns Pyongyang: You’re on your own if you go after the United States

BEIJING — China won’t come to North Korea’s aid if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday — but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.<p>The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in …

North Korea

North Korea’s Alarmed Neighbors Consider Deploying Deadlier Weapons

TOKYO — North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear program has prompted politicians in Japan and South Korea to push for the deployment of more powerful weapons, in what could lead to a regional arms race.<p>Some of the new capabilities under consideration in Tokyo and Seoul, Washington’s closest Asian …

N.Korea dismiss Moon call for united Pyeongchang team | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - A leading North Korean sports official believes it is too late to consider South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s proposal to form a unified team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, saying that political tension must be resolved first.<p>South Korean President Moon Jae-in …

U.S. joins battle as Philippines takes losses in besieged city | Reuters

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - U.S. special forces have joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town, officials said on Saturday, as government forces struggled to make headway and 13 marines were killed in intense urban fighting.<p>The Philippines …

Mark Zuckerberg read this book to understand China — here's what it's about

<i>This post is part of Blinkist's books-in-blinks series.</i><i>The series provides key messages from books that you might not have time to read in their entirety.</i><p><i>Here are the key messages from Dealing With China by Former US Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr, which</i> <i>Mark Zuckerberg chose in 2015 as</i> …

5 things Trump did while you weren't looking

Behind the scandal-of-the-day news, the White House really is changing American policy. A new series from The Agenda explains how.<p>All eyes were on Washington this week as the Trump administration hosted a series of events to promote its infrastructure policy — highlighting the president’s proposals …

Why South Korea is the next major startup hotspot

With Silicon Valley and the European market becoming more and more competitive, it’s becoming harder to get your startup to stand out from the crowd. But South Korea just might be the ticket for any fledging startup looking for a competitive edge. Why, you ask? Read on.<p><b>Governmental policies help</b> …

U.S. missile defense system built in South Korea has some mad as hell

SEONGJU, South Korea — This rural county was best known for growing small yellow melons that are a popular summertime treat called <i>chamoe,</i> but now it's home to a controversial U.S. missile-defense system.<p>Last month, the United States began deploying the giant system known as Terminal High Altitude …

South Korea names 'chaebol sniper' as antitrust chief

South Korea's new president named a long-time shareholder rights advocate to lead the country's antitrust regulator, as the new administration took a step Wednesday toward reining in big businesses.<p>Kim Sang-jo, an economist who has advocated for shareholder rights and reforming chaebol, the …

South Korea

U.S.: Military solution to North Korea would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale' | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” and Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution.<p>U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a …

China's Xi says he's ready to bury the hatchet with South Korea over US missile defenses

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he's willing to help ties with South Korea return to a "normal track" amid a rift over Seoul's deployment of a high-tech U.S. missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.<p>BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday …

North Korea’s ICBMs Have ‘Important Shortfalls,’ Pentagon Says

North Korea must still overcome “important shortfalls” in developing a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile before it can field a weapon …