• Nuclear weapons expert: North Korea’s progress poses serious threat

    On the Radar

    Following North Korea's nuclear test on Tuesday, nuclear security expert Joe Cirincione tells On the Radar that North Korea's main motivation is to gain stature in the international community and says the U.S. should engage diplomatically with Pyongyang to stave off further weapons testing.

    "In large part, this is to get our attention," says Cirincione, president of the nuclear security foundation Ploughshares Fund. "It's aimed at us. They want to increase their bargaining value, they want to increase their prestige. I think there's a deal here to be made, if we're willing to talk to them directly."

    In calling for diplomatic discussions with North Korea, Cirincione points out that over the past 12 years, Pyongyang has only conducted missile and nuclear tests during times when the United States has not been in discussions with the isolated country. And the time to talk is now, as Cirincione says Pyongyang is only a matter of "several years away" from developing a weapon

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  • The Bottom Line

    In his State of the Union address on Tuesday President Obama rolled out a series of new policy proposals covering a range of both economic and social issues. Many of you had questions about the details of these policies- how they would work, what they would cost and what is the political outlook for these proposals in the Congress?

    Patricia Shaw tweeted: How long would it take to increase federal minimum wage? Would this cause wages to increase across the board?

    Kerry Wargo wrote in on Facebook: I am interested in his idea to make preschool available to all children. I would like to know more specifics on this. It's a great idea. Thanks!

    And Tootsie Lamere sent me a question fitting for Valentine’s Day. She asked: What's it like living with a comedian since you are so serious? Does she take some of the edge off the political monotony?

    Thanks for the great questions everyone, and please keep them coming on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to tune in to “Good Morning

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  • Top Line

    Why does Champagne need a sheriff? And how can we get that job? Director of the Champagne Bureau -- a U.S. group that represents grape growers and winemakers in Champagne, France -- did not divulge the secrets to securing his job, but says Champagne does need a policeman of sorts.

    "We want to make sure the world, and consumers around the world, understand that Champagne only comes from Champagne," says Sam Heitner, director of the group.

    Champagne is a region about 90 miles northeast of Paris, France. About 15,000 growers and 300 houses, says Heitner, come together in a community to make the wine that is known as Champagne. Only three grapes are allowed in the exclusive, bubbly wine: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier.

    When a menu includes, say, California Champagne -- as was the case on the Inaugural menu -- Heitner's group takes notice.

    "We are really supportive of truth in labeling," says Heitner, "ensuring consumers know where their wine comes from." In other words, if

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