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Vice President Mike Pence with Axios' Mike Allen. Photo: Chuck Kennedy

Vice President Mike Pence told Axios' Mike Allen on Wednesday President Trump "always believes in talking [with North Korea], but talking is not negotiating."

Why it matters: He said nothing will change with North Korea until they give up their pursuit of nuclear weapons. He said they must "completely, verifiably, and completely abandon" its missile programs, and "only then can we consider any change in posture by the United States or the international community."

  • He called North Korea "the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet," which is "nothing short of a prison state."
  • On U.S. military options against North Korea: "The United States has viable military options to deal with the threat of nuclear and ballistic missiles from North Korea…we want to exhaust every opportunity to make sure North Korea understands our intentions and the seriousness of the USA and our allies."
  • On seeing Kim Yo-jung at the 2018 Olympics: "I didn’t avoid the dictator’s sister, but I did ignore her…I didn’t believe it was proper for the USA to give her any attention in that forum."

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The Biden administration on Sunday declared a state of emergency in response to a ransomware attack that forced operator Colonial Pipeline to shut down a key U.S. pipeline.

Why it matters: Friday night's cyberattack is "the most significant, successful attack on energy infrastructure" known to have occurred in the U.S., notes energy researcher Amy Myers Jaffe, per Politico.

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  3. Vaccines: Pfizer begins application for full FDA vaccine approval — Moderna says its COVID booster shot shows promise against variants.
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Exclusive: GLAAD finds top social media sites "categorically unsafe"

The leading social media sites — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube — are all "categorically unsafe" for LGBTQ people, according to a new study from GLAAD, the results of which were revealed Sunday on "Axios on HBO."

The big picture: GLAAD had planned to give each of the sites a grade as part of its inaugural social media index, but opted not to give individual grades this year after determining all the leading sites would receive a failing grade.