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John McCain, Donald Trump, North Korea: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Mr. Trump continued to defend his eldest son, though revelations continued to grow about his meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer last year. We looked at a Russian developer the Kremlin may have used as a conduit to the Trumps.

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3. Even the farthest reaches of the United States aren’t immune to the national infrastructure crisis.

Eight thousand miles from the mainland is the McMurdo Station, home to the most ambitious research program in Antarctica for 50 years. The station’s buildings are aging and inefficient, and the price tags for replacements are high.

Efforts to cut federal spending leave the McMurdo’s fate unclear.

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4. South Korea reached out to North Korea, offering to hold military and humanitarian talks at their heavily armed border, above, this Friday and even to arrange reunions for families divided decades ago by the Korean War.

The new South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, has proved more interested in engaging with the North than President Trump’s advisers.

The South’s overture comes as the U.N. Security Council is discussing a new set of sanctions against the North over its recent ICBM test, and as a South Korean-born American peace activist, Christine Ahn, was denied entry by the South on the grounds that she might “hurt the national interests and public safety.”

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5. Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college may get their debts wiped away.

The National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts has repeatedly failed to prove the current ownership of loans that, in an echo of the subprime mortgage crisis, it initially…

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