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Aug. 11, 2017: What to Know

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BINGO BARNES
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  • After publicly chastising Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Twitter over failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump laid out a game plan Thursday for the Republican senator from Kentucky to regain the support of the White House, Bloomberg Politics reports. That plan includes three key items in Trump's agenda that figured heavily in his platform as a candidate: the replacement of the ACA, tax code reform and room in the budget for major improvements to infrastructure.

  • In another tweet early Friday morning, the President continued his war of words with North Korea, saying the U.S. military of "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely." In recent months, the rogue Asian nation has shown quick progress in developing a nuclear program. Following a warning from Trump Tuesday that the U.S. would unleash "fire and fury" on it if it endangered the United States, North Korea announced it would launch four missiles into the waters near the Western Pacific U.S. territory of Guam.
  • Boise City leaders announced Friday morning it will sign an agreement of friendship with the city of Taichung, Taiwan. The signing, which initiates cultural, economic, technological, agricultural and educational exchanges between the two cities, is set to take place at the Boise City Council chamber at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14. In attendance will be Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg and Taichung Mayor Chia-Lung Lin. Taichung, with a population of approximately 2.5 million, is the fourth largest city in Taiwan, and has a robust semiconductor industry, and Boise-based Micron Technology has a factory there.

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