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01/02/2018 07:18 am ET Updated Jan 02, 2018

Tuesday's Morning Email: What Kim Jong Un Is Really Saying With His 'Nuclear Button' Threat

And his offer for talks with South Korea.
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KIM JONG UN WARNS HE HAS A NUCLEAR BUTTON ON HIS DESK The North Korean leader also offered to engage in talks with South Korea, saying he will consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this February. Here’s why such an offer could drive “a wedge into South Korea’s seven-decade alliance with the United States.” And according to a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the United States is “closer to a nuclear war with North Korea” than ever. [Reuters] [Tweet | Share on Facebook]

AMERICA ON OPIOIDS On the HuffPost Bus Tour last year, our reporters confronted the reality of the crisis ravaging the country. Here are their stories. [HuffPost]

THE TOP GOP RACES TO WATCH IN 2018 Yes, we will be talking about the midterms pretty much nonstop from here on out. [HuffPost]

GRETCHEN CARLSON TO SERVE AS BOARD CHAIR FOR THE MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION “The announcement comes 11 days after HuffPost revealed internal Miss America Organization emails between former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell and other board members that were filled with misogynistic and inappropriate language directed toward two former Miss Americas.” [HuffPost]

NOW THAT WAS A ROSE BOWL FOR THE AGES The Oklahoma-Georgia showdown was just fun football to watch, with Georgia blocking a field goal to head to the national championship. Alabama defeated Clemson with its legendary defense to head to the big game ― making it an SEC showdown. [ESPN]

YES, IT REALLY IS THAT COLD OUTSIDE Not fun when it’s minus 31 degrees outside in the cold wave that’s settled over much of the country. [HuffPost]

A YOUTUBE STAR HAS SPARKED OUTRAGE AFTER POSTING DISTURBING FOOTAGE OF A MAN WHO HAD KILLED HIMSELF Logan Paul has apologized for appearing to mock what looks like the body of a young man in the Aokigahara forest on the slopes of Mt. Fuji in Japan. The forest is the world’s second-most popular suicide location, per Atlas Obscura. [HuffPost]

WHAT’S BREWING

JAMES COMEY TWEETED HE HOPED FOR MORE ‘ETHICAL LEADERSHIP’ IN 2018 Which no, isn’t trolling at all. [HuffPost]

2018 IS OFF TO A VIOLENT START The count of New Year’s Day murders is expected to rise. [HuffPost]

MARIJUANA CAN NOW BE LEGALLY BOUGHT FOR RECREATION IN CALIFORNIA Making the state the world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace. [HuffPost]

HOLLYWOOD HEROINES ARE GOING AFTER SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT “Over 300 women who work in television, film and theater launched a far-reaching campaign Monday that includes the creation of a legal defense fund to help less-privileged women come forward about sexual misconduct they’ve experienced.” [HuffPost]

COULD SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND A WAY TO HELP OUT COLICKY BABIES? Parents everywhere are holding their breath. [HuffPost]

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