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U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison warned Monday that if Russia continues its suspected development of a missile banned by a Cold War treaty, the U.S. may act to "take out" the system before it becomes operational, reports Reuters. She later clarified that she was "not talking about preemptively striking Russia."

The big picture: NATO has accused Russia of violating the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, which outlawed all intermediate-range missiles that could be used to strike Europe on short notice. Hutchinson tweeted: "[Russia] needs to return to INF Treaty compliance or we will need to match its capabilities to protect US & NATO interests. The current situation, with [Russia] in blatant violation, is untenable."

This story has been updated to reflect Hutchinson's clarification.

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Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus discuss the COVID-19 relief bill in December. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Top White House officials will meet Wednesday with a bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers as the administration tries to enlist moderates to support the president's infrastructure proposal.

Why it matters: The meeting is something of an olive branch after President Biden's team courted groups of progressives to back the $2.2 trillion package.

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The FDA’s decision to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine has set off a chain reaction of fear — about the safety of the vaccine, and about whether the FDA is overreacting — that's causing unnecessary drama just as the vaccine effort is finally picking up speed.

The big picture: Throughout the pandemic, the public and the media, and sometimes even regulators, have struggled to keep risks in perspective — to acknowledge them without exaggerating them, and to avoid downplaying them because other people will exaggerate them.

Cryptocurrency giant Coinbase heads to Wall Street

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Coinbase, the country's largest cryptocurrency exchange, is expected to go public today at what could be a valuation north of $100 billion.

Why it matters: This gives crypto a Wall Street seal of legitimacy, after an early existence marred by ties to illicit goods.

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