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(CNN)Just hours after North Korea's failed missile test, a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee voiced concern over the ways in which President Donald Trump responds to such challenges from foreign adversaries.

Speaking live with Erin Burnett, the Democrat from New York referred to North Korea's regular missile tests -- the nation has attempted multiple launches since Trump's inauguration -- as "a very serious situation."
Additionally, Engel emphasized the value in partnering with allied nations in hopes of avoiding a disastrous, perhaps even nuclear, incident.
    "We need to work with China. China's the only country that has some kind of influence on North Korea," he told the "OutFront" host. "We need to do that without saber-rattling, without changing what we're going to do, without trying to talking tough one day and trying to reach out the next day."
    As Trump boasts about an "armada" and the threat of "a major conflict," Engel said such words are "not helpful."
    "You see some erratic behavior on the part of North Korea -- you don't want to play into that," he said.
    As an administration, Engel suggest the President and his staff lack consistency.
    "I just think it's all over the place," he told Burnett. "What we need to do is think about what we say before we say it."

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    (CNN)Just hours after North Korea's failed missile test, a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee voiced concern over the ways in which President Donald Trump responds to such challenges from foreign adversaries.

    Speaking live with Erin Burnett, the Democrat from New York referred to North Korea's regular missile tests -- the nation has attempted multiple launches since Trump's inauguration -- as "a very serious situation."
    Additionally, Engel emphasized the value in partnering with allied nations in hopes of avoiding a disastrous, perhaps even nuclear, incident.
      "We need to work with China. China's the only country that has some kind of influence on North Korea," he told the "OutFront" host. "We need to do that without saber-rattling, without changing what we're going to do, without trying to talking tough one day and trying to reach out the next day."
      As Trump boasts about an "armada" and the threat of "a major conflict," Engel said such words are "not helpful."
      "You see some erratic behavior on the part of North Korea -- you don't want to play into that," he said.
      As an administration, Engel suggest the President and his staff lack consistency.
      "I just think it's all over the place," he told Burnett. "What we need to do is think about what we say before we say it."

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      GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistancehttp://tubepilot.pw/gops-health-care-push-tests-democratic-resistance/ Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:31:53 +0000 http://tubepilot.pw/?p=1407

      Washington (CNN)The most conservative congressmen in the country were a major roadblock in President Donald Trump's first push to replace Obamacare. Now, a second attempt's fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction -- putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance.

      If they've convinced those lawmakers in swing districts their passion is real -- and could cost them their seats in the 2018 midterms -- it could translate into a long-term Democratic victory over conservatives in setting the nation's health care policy.
      As President Donald Trump makes another push to repeal Obamacare around the 100-day mark of his tenure in office, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans appear to have solved their problems with hardline conservatives but haven't yet rounded up enough support from moderates to give Trump the 216 votes he needs.
        Already, the White House's hopes of a vote this week were dashed, with mostly moderate Republicans either opposing the measure or refusing to take a public position and Ryan saying he won't move forward with a bill that's at risk of being defeated on the House floor.
        "What we're seeing is that the famed negotiator can't deliver," House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley of New York said at an event hosted by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. "And the consequences are no longer limited to shareholders or investors. It's the American people who suffer."
        While Trump and Ryan have the most on the line, the strategies and tactics that have driven the Democratic resistance to Trump -- particularly on health care -- in recent months also face a stress test.
        A deal that got hardline conservatives on board with Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation they'd previously opposed has left the bill's fate solely in the hands of more moderate Republicans.
        Those Republicans are the lawmakers who typically face the toughest re-election fights -- and are the ones progressives have targeted most heavily through town hall protests and more.
        "I spent the whole work period hearing from people pissed about pre-existing conditions," one moderate lawmaker told CNN on Wednesday.
        The progressive groups leading these protests -- Indivisible chapters, MoveOn.org and others -- say they've seen signs of turning enough moderates to block Trump and Ryan from ever moving an Obamacare repeal.
        "You have anonymous Republicans walking around the Capitol and telling reporters they're scared to vote for Trumpcare because they'll lose their job," said Indivisible chief communications officer Sarah Dohl.
        Pointing to moderate Republicans from Colorado and Pennsylvania who have recently announced they oppose the new legislation, Dohl said: "Just look at Mike Coffman, Pat Meehan, who were previously 'yes' or undecided on Trumpcare last time around and have now announced they're opposed -- these are two men who have been endlessly pressured by local groups of constituents at home. The pressure is working."
        Two moderate lawmakers who had supported an earlier version of the bill say a new one with tweaks to appease the Freedom Caucus could cost the GOP their support.
        Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, said he is trying to understand how changes -- in the form of a Rep. Tom MacArthur amendment -- makes things better, but has some concerns.
        "There are a lot of red flags," he said.
        Another moderate House Republican, Brian Mast of Florida, told CNN he's undecided on the latest health care tweak, saying he still needed to read it. He was a "yes" on the last version of the bill.
        The MacArthur amendment gives states broader ability to opt out of Obamacare regulations and roll back protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
        Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania, called it "an exercise in blame shifting."
        To be sure, the left isn't casting a potential vote on health care as a do-or-die moment -- saying they'll have an opportunity to force moderate Republicans to pay a price in the 2018 midterms if they do repeal Obamacare and replace it with a law that removes cost protections for those with pre-existing conditions, among other changes.
        "You will see the impact of the resistance in one of two ways: either this bill will fail, or voters will send many of the Republicans who voted for this bill packing in 2018," said Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn.org.
        "We hope it's the first," Galland said, "but the second is possible too."

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        Washington (CNN)The most conservative congressmen in the country were a major roadblock in President Donald Trump's first push to replace Obamacare. Now, a second attempt's fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction -- putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance.

        If they've convinced those lawmakers in swing districts their passion is real -- and could cost them their seats in the 2018 midterms -- it could translate into a long-term Democratic victory over conservatives in setting the nation's health care policy.
        As President Donald Trump makes another push to repeal Obamacare around the 100-day mark of his tenure in office, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans appear to have solved their problems with hardline conservatives but haven't yet rounded up enough support from moderates to give Trump the 216 votes he needs.
          Already, the White House's hopes of a vote this week were dashed, with mostly moderate Republicans either opposing the measure or refusing to take a public position and Ryan saying he won't move forward with a bill that's at risk of being defeated on the House floor.
          "What we're seeing is that the famed negotiator can't deliver," House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley of New York said at an event hosted by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. "And the consequences are no longer limited to shareholders or investors. It's the American people who suffer."
          While Trump and Ryan have the most on the line, the strategies and tactics that have driven the Democratic resistance to Trump -- particularly on health care -- in recent months also face a stress test.
          A deal that got hardline conservatives on board with Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation they'd previously opposed has left the bill's fate solely in the hands of more moderate Republicans.
          Those Republicans are the lawmakers who typically face the toughest re-election fights -- and are the ones progressives have targeted most heavily through town hall protests and more.
          "I spent the whole work period hearing from people pissed about pre-existing conditions," one moderate lawmaker told CNN on Wednesday.
          The progressive groups leading these protests -- Indivisible chapters, MoveOn.org and others -- say they've seen signs of turning enough moderates to block Trump and Ryan from ever moving an Obamacare repeal.
          "You have anonymous Republicans walking around the Capitol and telling reporters they're scared to vote for Trumpcare because they'll lose their job," said Indivisible chief communications officer Sarah Dohl.
          Pointing to moderate Republicans from Colorado and Pennsylvania who have recently announced they oppose the new legislation, Dohl said: "Just look at Mike Coffman, Pat Meehan, who were previously 'yes' or undecided on Trumpcare last time around and have now announced they're opposed -- these are two men who have been endlessly pressured by local groups of constituents at home. The pressure is working."
          Two moderate lawmakers who had supported an earlier version of the bill say a new one with tweaks to appease the Freedom Caucus could cost the GOP their support.
          Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, said he is trying to understand how changes -- in the form of a Rep. Tom MacArthur amendment -- makes things better, but has some concerns.
          "There are a lot of red flags," he said.
          Another moderate House Republican, Brian Mast of Florida, told CNN he's undecided on the latest health care tweak, saying he still needed to read it. He was a "yes" on the last version of the bill.
          The MacArthur amendment gives states broader ability to opt out of Obamacare regulations and roll back protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
          Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania, called it "an exercise in blame shifting."
          To be sure, the left isn't casting a potential vote on health care as a do-or-die moment -- saying they'll have an opportunity to force moderate Republicans to pay a price in the 2018 midterms if they do repeal Obamacare and replace it with a law that removes cost protections for those with pre-existing conditions, among other changes.
          "You will see the impact of the resistance in one of two ways: either this bill will fail, or voters will send many of the Republicans who voted for this bill packing in 2018," said Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn.org.
          "We hope it's the first," Galland said, "but the second is possible too."

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          Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’http://tubepilot.pw/palestinians-highlight-prisoners-strike-with-salt-water-challenge/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:13:50 +0000 http://tubepilot.pw/?p=1404

          (CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

          The challenge involves saltwater because that's what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food.
          More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a "Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity" on April 17 to demand better living conditions and medical treatment. The strike was coordinated by Marwan Barghouti, a high-profile prisoner who enjoys broad support among Palestinians.
            An Israeli court convicted Barghouti in 2004 of five counts of murder, including orchestrating attacks against Israelis. He has denied the charges and claimed to be targeted by Israeli authorities for his politics and activism against Israel's military occupation of Palestinian territories.
            The Salt Water Challenge appears to have been started by Barghouti's son, Aarab Marwan Barghouti, who on Wednesday posted a video of himself on social media drinking salt water.
            "My father, along with 1,700 other political prisoners started the Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity in demand for human rights and humane living conditions in the prisons," the younger Barghouti said in the video.
            Among those he challenged was "Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf, who responded in kind helping the online campaign to go viral.
            "I challenge everyone, all honorable people wherever they may be, to take on this challenge in solidarity with our heroic detainees until they gain their freedom," Assaf said in his video.
            Palestinians from across the Middle East, Europe and North American quickly followed suit with videos of their own. While most spoke in Arabic, others took up the challenge in English, French and other languages.
            Israeli authorities have stated that they will not meet the prisoners' demands.
            Assaf Librati, spokesman for the Israel Prison Service, said the prison service does not negotiate with prisoners.
            "Hunger strikers in prison endanger the health and life of the prisoners in custody of the state who is in charge of their well-being -- organized hunger strikers even more so," Librati said.
            There are approximately 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, according to Israeli human rights group B'Tselem. They are imprisoned for a number of offenses -- including protesting, inciting violence and affiliating with groups Israel considers to be terrorist organizations. Many are also imprisoned under a controversial administrative detention law, which allows Palestinians to be held without charge.
            Israeli authorities consider these detainees to be criminals and terrorists; Palestinians say they are political prisoners.

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            (CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

            The challenge involves saltwater because that's what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food.
            More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a "Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity" on April 17 to demand better living conditions and medical treatment. The strike was coordinated by Marwan Barghouti, a high-profile prisoner who enjoys broad support among Palestinians.
              An Israeli court convicted Barghouti in 2004 of five counts of murder, including orchestrating attacks against Israelis. He has denied the charges and claimed to be targeted by Israeli authorities for his politics and activism against Israel's military occupation of Palestinian territories.
              The Salt Water Challenge appears to have been started by Barghouti's son, Aarab Marwan Barghouti, who on Wednesday posted a video of himself on social media drinking salt water.
              "My father, along with 1,700 other political prisoners started the Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity in demand for human rights and humane living conditions in the prisons," the younger Barghouti said in the video.
              Among those he challenged was "Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf, who responded in kind helping the online campaign to go viral.
              "I challenge everyone, all honorable people wherever they may be, to take on this challenge in solidarity with our heroic detainees until they gain their freedom," Assaf said in his video.
              Palestinians from across the Middle East, Europe and North American quickly followed suit with videos of their own. While most spoke in Arabic, others took up the challenge in English, French and other languages.
              Israeli authorities have stated that they will not meet the prisoners' demands.
              Assaf Librati, spokesman for the Israel Prison Service, said the prison service does not negotiate with prisoners.
              "Hunger strikers in prison endanger the health and life of the prisoners in custody of the state who is in charge of their well-being -- organized hunger strikers even more so," Librati said.
              There are approximately 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, according to Israeli human rights group B'Tselem. They are imprisoned for a number of offenses -- including protesting, inciting violence and affiliating with groups Israel considers to be terrorist organizations. Many are also imprisoned under a controversial administrative detention law, which allows Palestinians to be held without charge.
              Israeli authorities consider these detainees to be criminals and terrorists; Palestinians say they are political prisoners.

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              Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear testhttp://tubepilot.pw/tillerson-china-threatened-to-sanction-north-korea-over-another-nuclear-test/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:04:34 +0000 http://tubepilot.pw/?p=1401

              Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test.

              Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
              "They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test," Tillerson said of the Chinese. "In fact, we were told by the Chinese that they informed the (North Korean) regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions action on their own."
                China remains one of North Korea's only allies and is responsible for much of the heavily-sanctioned nation's economy.
                President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday that Chinese President Xi Jinping is "a very good man" and is trying to pressure North Korea.
                "I believe he is trying very hard," Trump said. "He loves China and he loves the people of China. I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it's possible that he can't."

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                Tillerson said he was hopeful about cooperation with the Chinese. He also said he believed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a rational actor.
                "He may be ruthless," he said. "He may be a murderer. He may be someone who, in many respects, we would say by our standards is irrational. But he is not insane."
                Trump was less certain, telling Reuters that he had "no opinion" on whether the North Korean dictator was rational or not.
                "I hope he's rational," Trump said.
                North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test last fall, and observers have said a sixth test could be near. Additionally, North Korea has undergone a series of missile tests in recent months, and while many have failed, experts have said the nation's nuclear arsenal could pose an immediate threat to the mainland US if it progresses.
                Tillerson said the US approach to North Korea under Trump is different from the Obama administration's in terms of both "intensity" and "expectations," particularly what it requires of China.
                "We're asking a lot of the Chinese," Tillerson said. "I think in the past, the assumption has been the Chinese would only take limited action. We're going to test that assumption."

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                Tillerson said the added pressure is compounded by the growing threat the North Korean nuclear program could pose to China. He said the Trump administration is seeking the same thing as China: A North Korea without nuclear weapons.
                "We do not seek regime change in North Korea," Tillerson said. "We're not seeking a collapse of the regime."
                China said it would ban coal imports from North Korea for the rest of 2017 in February, although North Korean ships docked at a Chinese port earlier this month, drawing some scrutiny.
                The UN Security Council, of which both the US and China have veto power, voted last fall to impose a new round of sanctions on the North Korean economy.
                North Korean official Sok Chol Won told CNN on Wednesday that the country's government would never stop nuclear and missile tests "as long as America continues its hostile acts of aggression."

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                Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test.

                Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
                "They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test," Tillerson said of the Chinese. "In fact, we were told by the Chinese that they informed the (North Korean) regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions action on their own."
                  China remains one of North Korea's only allies and is responsible for much of the heavily-sanctioned nation's economy.
                  President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday that Chinese President Xi Jinping is "a very good man" and is trying to pressure North Korea.
                  "I believe he is trying very hard," Trump said. "He loves China and he loves the people of China. I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it's possible that he can't."

                    Trump: Chance of major conflict with N. Korea

                  MUST WATCH

                  Tillerson said he was hopeful about cooperation with the Chinese. He also said he believed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a rational actor.
                  "He may be ruthless," he said. "He may be a murderer. He may be someone who, in many respects, we would say by our standards is irrational. But he is not insane."
                  Trump was less certain, telling Reuters that he had "no opinion" on whether the North Korean dictator was rational or not.
                  "I hope he's rational," Trump said.
                  North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test last fall, and observers have said a sixth test could be near. Additionally, North Korea has undergone a series of missile tests in recent months, and while many have failed, experts have said the nation's nuclear arsenal could pose an immediate threat to the mainland US if it progresses.
                  Tillerson said the US approach to North Korea under Trump is different from the Obama administration's in terms of both "intensity" and "expectations," particularly what it requires of China.
                  "We're asking a lot of the Chinese," Tillerson said. "I think in the past, the assumption has been the Chinese would only take limited action. We're going to test that assumption."

                    China's delicate balance with North Korea

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                  Tillerson said the added pressure is compounded by the growing threat the North Korean nuclear program could pose to China. He said the Trump administration is seeking the same thing as China: A North Korea without nuclear weapons.
                  "We do not seek regime change in North Korea," Tillerson said. "We're not seeking a collapse of the regime."
                  China said it would ban coal imports from North Korea for the rest of 2017 in February, although North Korean ships docked at a Chinese port earlier this month, drawing some scrutiny.
                  The UN Security Council, of which both the US and China have veto power, voted last fall to impose a new round of sanctions on the North Korean economy.
                  North Korean official Sok Chol Won told CNN on Wednesday that the country's government would never stop nuclear and missile tests "as long as America continues its hostile acts of aggression."

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                  Poll: 37% of Americans see North Korea as an ‘immediate threat’http://tubepilot.pw/poll-37-of-americans-see-north-korea-as-an-immediate-threat/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:50:06 +0000 http://tubepilot.pw/?p=1398

                  Washington (CNN)About four in 10 Americans say North Korea is an immediate threat to the US in the wake of the nation's recently stepped-up attempts to posture itself as a military threat to the US and others, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

                  In the poll released Thursday, about 37% of respondents consider North Korea an immediate threat to the security of the US. The new CNN/ORC poll was released in the same week that President Donald Trump summoned the full Senate to the White House for a briefing on the North Korean threat.
                  Trump told Reuters on Thursday that although he would prefer a diplomatic solution to the threat of nuclear proliferation in North Korea, he believes "there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely."
                    North Korea, Syria and Russia have all been front and center during Trump's first 100 days in office.
                    Other key findings of the poll show that 51% say they are "very concerned" about the situation in Syria, weeks after Trump took military action in the nation, launching missile strikes in response to the government's use of chemical weapons. And 57% see Russia as unfriendly or an enemy, as investigations into interactions between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government have continued to swirl.
                    More on where Americans stand on foreign policy issues as the Trump administration's 100-day mark approaches:

                    North Korea

                    The 37% who consider North Korea an immediate threat now is slightly below the 41% who said so in 2013, around the time the isolated nation announced plans to re-start a nuclear reactor capable of producing plutonium. But this view is marked by a rare partisan agreement: 39% of Republicans, 37% of independents and 36% of Democrats feel that way, despite a roughly 20-point gap between Democrats and Republicans in 2013. Most Americans (67%) say they support using military troops to help defend South Korea should the North attack -- that's up 6 points from 2013 and is also a view shared by majorities across party lines.
                    Partisan divides on North Korea emerge, however, when Americans are asked about the recent incident in which both the US Navy and Trump said that an aircraft carrier was on its way to waters off the Korean peninsula, despite that ship heading in the opposite direction, not scheduled to arrive for weeks after its destination was announced. Overall, 42% say that incident harmed US credibility, while 56% say it did not. Democrats are far more apt to see it as damaging, 66% said so, compared with 42% of independents and just 15% of Republicans.

                    Syria

                    American concerns about the situation in Syria have spiked dramatically in the last few years, with 51% now saying they are "very concerned" about the situation there, up from 36% who said so in May 2013. A 45% plurality say the main US goal there ought to be to support efforts to defeat ISIS, while 33% say the country's top priority should be to support humanitarian aid efforts. Just 7% say supporting the rebels attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad should be the primary US mission.
                    Nearly all of the increase in concern about the situation in Syria comes among Democrats (up 19 points to 55%) and independents (up 22 points, also to 55%), while the share of Republicans who say they are "very concerned" has held steady at 42%. There's a partisan divide on what the US should be attempting to accomplish there as well. Among Republicans, a clear majority say defeating ISIS ought to be the top goal, while Democrats and independents are more closely divided between defeating ISIS and supporting efforts to distribute humanitarian aid.

                    Russia

                    Most Americans say they see Russia as unfriendly or an enemy (57%), similar to the share of voters who said so last summer as the country's possible involvement in the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee came to light. But that's down dramatically from 2014, when 77% of Americans said they considered Russia to be unfriendly or worse, with the sharpest change coming among Republicans. In May 2014, 74% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans considered Russia unfriendly. Now, those figures stand at a similar 73% among Democrats and just 41% among Republicans.
                    At the same time, opinions about Russian involvement in the US election appear to be holding steady, with 62% saying it would be a crisis or major problem for the US should it prove true that Russia attempted to influence the outcome of the US presidential election. That's about the same as in January, when 65% said so. And if it proved true that Trump campaign associates had improper contact with Russian operatives, 58% say that would be a major problem or crisis.
                    Just under half, 46%, say it's extremely or very likely true that Russia did attempt to influence the US election, a figure that's also held relatively steady since January. The top end of that scale, however, has declined some since March: 32% called it extremely likely to be true then, that now stands at 27%. A similar share, 45%, say it's extremely or very likely that Trump campaign associates had improper contact with Russian operatives.
                    Sharp partisan divides underlie views on the likelihood and severity of each of these scenarios, with Democrats far more likely to consider each a crisis or major problem and to see each scenario as very likely.

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                    Washington (CNN)About four in 10 Americans say North Korea is an immediate threat to the US in the wake of the nation's recently stepped-up attempts to posture itself as a military threat to the US and others, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

                    In the poll released Thursday, about 37% of respondents consider North Korea an immediate threat to the security of the US. The new CNN/ORC poll was released in the same week that President Donald Trump summoned the full Senate to the White House for a briefing on the North Korean threat.
                    Trump told Reuters on Thursday that although he would prefer a diplomatic solution to the threat of nuclear proliferation in North Korea, he believes "there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely."
                      North Korea, Syria and Russia have all been front and center during Trump's first 100 days in office.
                      Other key findings of the poll show that 51% say they are "very concerned" about the situation in Syria, weeks after Trump took military action in the nation, launching missile strikes in response to the government's use of chemical weapons. And 57% see Russia as unfriendly or an enemy, as investigations into interactions between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government have continued to swirl.
                      More on where Americans stand on foreign policy issues as the Trump administration's 100-day mark approaches:

                      North Korea

                      The 37% who consider North Korea an immediate threat now is slightly below the 41% who said so in 2013, around the time the isolated nation announced plans to re-start a nuclear reactor capable of producing plutonium. But this view is marked by a rare partisan agreement: 39% of Republicans, 37% of independents and 36% of Democrats feel that way, despite a roughly 20-point gap between Democrats and Republicans in 2013. Most Americans (67%) say they support using military troops to help defend South Korea should the North attack -- that's up 6 points from 2013 and is also a view shared by majorities across party lines.
                      Partisan divides on North Korea emerge, however, when Americans are asked about the recent incident in which both the US Navy and Trump said that an aircraft carrier was on its way to waters off the Korean peninsula, despite that ship heading in the opposite direction, not scheduled to arrive for weeks after its destination was announced. Overall, 42% say that incident harmed US credibility, while 56% say it did not. Democrats are far more apt to see it as damaging, 66% said so, compared with 42% of independents and just 15% of Republicans.

                      Syria

                      American concerns about the situation in Syria have spiked dramatically in the last few years, with 51% now saying they are "very concerned" about the situation there, up from 36% who said so in May 2013. A 45% plurality say the main US goal there ought to be to support efforts to defeat ISIS, while 33% say the country's top priority should be to support humanitarian aid efforts. Just 7% say supporting the rebels attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad should be the primary US mission.
                      Nearly all of the increase in concern about the situation in Syria comes among Democrats (up 19 points to 55%) and independents (up 22 points, also to 55%), while the share of Republicans who say they are "very concerned" has held steady at 42%. There's a partisan divide on what the US should be attempting to accomplish there as well. Among Republicans, a clear majority say defeating ISIS ought to be the top goal, while Democrats and independents are more closely divided between defeating ISIS and supporting efforts to distribute humanitarian aid.

                      Russia

                      Most Americans say they see Russia as unfriendly or an enemy (57%), similar to the share of voters who said so last summer as the country's possible involvement in the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee came to light. But that's down dramatically from 2014, when 77% of Americans said they considered Russia to be unfriendly or worse, with the sharpest change coming among Republicans. In May 2014, 74% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans considered Russia unfriendly. Now, those figures stand at a similar 73% among Democrats and just 41% among Republicans.
                      At the same time, opinions about Russian involvement in the US election appear to be holding steady, with 62% saying it would be a crisis or major problem for the US should it prove true that Russia attempted to influence the outcome of the US presidential election. That's about the same as in January, when 65% said so. And if it proved true that Trump campaign associates had improper contact with Russian operatives, 58% say that would be a major problem or crisis.
                      Just under half, 46%, say it's extremely or very likely true that Russia did attempt to influence the US election, a figure that's also held relatively steady since January. The top end of that scale, however, has declined some since March: 32% called it extremely likely to be true then, that now stands at 27%. A similar share, 45%, say it's extremely or very likely that Trump campaign associates had improper contact with Russian operatives.
                      Sharp partisan divides underlie views on the likelihood and severity of each of these scenarios, with Democrats far more likely to consider each a crisis or major problem and to see each scenario as very likely.

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