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The Morning Briefing: Guam, We Hardly Knew You and Much, Much More

People watch a TV screen showing a local news program with an image of U.S. President Donald Trump, at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. North Korea and the United States traded escalating threats, with President Donald Trump threatening Pyongyang "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" and the North's military claiming Wednesday it was examining its plans for attacking Guam. The letters read "North Korea, Examine, the enveloping fire at Guam." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Good Wednesday Morning.

Here is what’s on the President’s agenda today:

The President has no public events on the schedule today.

“Vehicle” strikes soldiers in Paris suburbs

Here’s PJ Media’s Pat Poole on the attack.

ABC News reports this event as if the vehicle did not have a driver.

Six French soldiers were injured on Wednesday morning after a vehicle struck them in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, according to local authorities.

The soldiers were reportedly leaving an army barracks area near De Vedon, a public square, when the vehicle slammed into them and fled the scene, according to local authorities.

Two of the soldiers were seriously injured.

“It all happened very quickly. The vehicle did not stop. It hurtled at them … it accelerated rapidly,” said Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany.

Police are still searching for the driver and the vehicle.

The fire and the fury

In case you missed the latest chapter in the North Korea crazy chronicles, let me update you. Over the weekend, the UN Security Council voted to impose more sanctions on wacky North Korea. On Monday, NorK Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters that Pyongyang will “under no circumstances” negotiate about the country’s nuclear treasure chest and that their nuclear weapons were necessary “in the face of a clear and real nuclear threat posed by the U.S.”

President Trump responded on Tuesday and said of the NorK regime: “He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

That brings us to the latest chapter: Guam.

North Korea said on Wednesday it is “carefully examining” a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury”.

A spokesman for the Korean People’s Army, in a statement carried by the North’s state-run KCNA news agency, said the strike plan will be “put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment” once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.

In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.

Guam’s a little nervous.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, according to a confidential U.S. intelligence assessment.

But U.S. intelligence officials told Reuters that while North Korea has accelerated its efforts to design an ICBM, a miniaturized nuclear warhead, and a nosecone robust enough to survive reentry through the Earths atmosphere from space, there is no reliable evidence that it has mastered all three, much less tested and combined them into a weapon capable of hitting targets in the United States.

Stay tuned.

FUN FLASHBACK: North Korea edition

I hate you; don’t leave me

Twitter users suing President Trump for blocking them are asking a judge to force the president to re-follow them. (This is not an Onion story.)

“President Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important public forum for speech by, to, and about the President,” the suit said.

“In an effort to suppress dissent in this forum, Defendants have excluded — ‘blocked’ — Twitter users who have criticized the President or his policies. This practice is unconstitutional, and this suit seeks to end it,” the suit also said.

“Without preliminary relief, Plaintiffs will continue to suffer irreparable injury to their First Amendment rights during the pendency of this litigation,” their lawyers wrote.

Just mute them, Mr. President.

Picture of the day:

A participant jumps over a cow taking part in a ”Corrida Goyesca” in Estella, northern Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Participants perform in the Corrida Goyesca remembering an ancient bullfighting method in the bull ring where the participant, dressed in typical Spanish clothes of the 18th century, jumps over a cow and the animal is not killed. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Other morsels:

Official Who Met With Michelle Obama at WH Indicted for Stealing School Lunch Funds

Trump administration backs Ohio voter purge

Dan Rather: Recent leaks ‘a public service’

Major insurance carrier announces more state exchange exits as Obamacare continues to collapse

Dem candidate tweets out porn

Burglary suspect forgets to flush toilet, leaves DNA for cops

Hulu Comedy ‘Difficult People’ Shows Pence’s Vice Presidential Seal as a Swastika

Dinosaurs beheaded: Vandals attack dino models at museum

Disney will dump its exclusive Netflix deal in 2019, and launch its own streaming service

David Letterman to return to TV with new Netflix series

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!