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McClatchy reporter warns: Experts say North Korea is planning a missile test for Trump’s Asia trip

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McClatchy News reporter Anita Kumar stunned an MSNBC panel on Sunday with the news that North Korea may be planning to test a missile while President Donald Trump is in China or South Korea this week.

In a discussion of what Trump’s aides and advisers will be trying to keep the president focused on during his trip, Kumar said, “His number one top priority is North Korea.”

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The president, she said, “needs to watch what language he uses” on this trip to take care to not roil already tense relations between China, South Korea, North Korea and the United States.

“What experts are telling me, though, is that there might be a missile test by North Korea while Pres. Trump is traveling,” she warned. “That’s going to put him on the spot while he’s in China or South Korea.”

“So that would be huge,” Kumar said. “He’d have to decide then and there how to react.”

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What would Russia prefer to happen in the UK election?

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The UK election comes against the background of one of the worst periods in Russian-British relations since the end of the Cold War. Badly shaken by the 2006 poisoning of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, relations spiralled further down in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. The poisoning of another former spy, Sergei Skripal, in March 2018 in Salisbury then killed off any hopes of a recovery in bilateral relations.

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Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning

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Five people have been confirmed dead, 18 have been rescued and are injured, some seriously, and several remain unaccounted for after a sudden volcanic eruption on Whakaari/White Island off the east coast of New Zealand.

The island is a tourist destination and around 50 people were on it when it erupted on Monday afternoon. Volcanologists at GeoNet, which operates a geological hazard monitoring system, described the eruption as impulsive and short-lived, with an ash plume that rose to more than three kilometres above the vent.

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‘Pathetic weenie’ Ted Cruz buried by Morning Joe’s Donny Deutsch for latest suck-up to Trump

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Members of the "Morning Joe " panel were both appalled and disgusted after watching a video of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pushing Russian propaganda and defending Donald Trump over the weekend, recalling the ugly campaign the president ran against the Texas Republican in 2016.

Addressing Cruz's appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he accused Ukraine of meddling in the 2016 election, host Joe Scarborough marveled out at how the senator debased himself in the service of Trump after what happened to him in 2016.

After the host brought up the interview, MSNBC regular Donny Deutsch had a few things to say about Cruz.

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