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Bebeto Matthews / AP

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley took part in an emergency Security Council meeting on North Korea, lobbying for "the strongest possible" response to the recent nuclear test.

Two things: At the top of the meeting, a U.N. official said the blast was 5 times as powerful as those resulting from the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As it concluded, Haley said the U.S. would circulate a resolution against North Korea for a vote next Monday.

Some quotes from Haley:

  • "We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best intentions, it hasn't worked."
  • "War is never something the United States wants, we don't want it now, but our people's patience is not unlimited."
  • "We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no road left."
  • "The United States will view every country that does business with North Korea" as aiding their nuclear ambitions.

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Driving the news: The joint report says extremists have discussed plans to take control of the Capitol and "remove Democratic lawmakers" on or about March 4. The House canceled its plans for Thursday votes as word of the possible threats spread.

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Pope Francis set to make first papal visit to Iraq amid possible turmoil

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Pope Francis is forging ahead with the first papal trip to Iraq despite new coronavirus outbreaks and fears of instability.

The big picture: The March 5–8 visit is intended to reassure Christians in Iraq who were violently persecuted under the Islamic State. Francis also hopes to further ties with Shiite Muslims, AP notes.

"Neanderthal thinking": Biden slams states lifting mask mandates

States that are relaxing coronavirus restrictions are making "a big mistake," President Biden told reporters on Wednesday, adding: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."

Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday he will end all coronavirus restrictions via executive order, although some businesses are continuing to ask patrons to wear face masks. Mississippi is lifting its mask mandate for all counties Wednesday, per Gov. Tate Reeves (R).

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