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Nikki Haley. Photo: Richard Drew / AP

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley threatened to stop U.S. financial contributions to the body if the UN votes for President Trump to rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Axios contributor Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 News reports. The General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of the resolution calling on Trump to rescind.

"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly. We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world's largest contribution," Haley said.

The backdrop: The U.S. vetoed a Security Council vote — supported by 14 member states — calling on Trump to rescind his declaration. Haley said the U.S. will go ahead with its plans to build the embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the outcome of the General Assembly vote.

Per Ravid...

  • "Canada considered voting against the UNGA resolution on Trump's Jerusalem announcement but changed vote to abstention after hearing Trump's threats in order not to be perceived as US puppet, Western diplomats tell me."
  • "Israeli diplomats: US, South Sudan, Guatemala, Togo, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Marshal Islands will vote against the UNGA resolution on Trump's Jerusalem announcement"

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Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."

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Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective at protecting children between the ages of 5 and 11 from symptomatic infections from the virus, according to a study posted online by the FDA Friday.

Why it matters: Pfizer is seeking an emergency use authorization to vaccinate children — one of the last groups of Americans still largely ineligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.