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North Korean soldiers pose for a photo in the North side while U.S. Defense secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense minister Song Young-moo visit Panmunjom. Photo: Jung Yeon-je / Pool Photo via AP

A North Korean soldier successfully defected to South Korea Monday with a gunshot wound, per Reuters. He defected by leaving his guard post and heading towards the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the North and South, The Guardian reports.

Why it matters: This type of event can exacerbate current tension between the two nations. South Korea's military has upped its level of alertness following the event, but as of yet, there has been no official comment from North Korea.

What happened: According to South Korea's defense ministry, South Korean soldiers heard gunshots and then found the defector 50 meters south of the border village of Panmunjom. It wasn't immediately clear his reasoning for defecting or how serious his injuries were.

Rare event: These sorts of defections do not happen often because the soldiers selected to serve at the DMZ have usually demonstrated loyalty to the North Korean regime. One soldier from the North crossed the border through this same town in 1998. Two other soldiers have taken a similar course this year.

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Pence breaks silence to condemn Democrats' sweeping voting reform bill

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In some of his most extensive remarks since Jan. 6, former Vice President Mike Pence wrote an op-ed Wednesday condemning House Democrats' sweeping election and anti-corruption proposal as an "unconstitutional power grab" by "leftists."

Why it matters: Pence has largely stayed quiet since the Capitol insurrection, during which rioters were heard chanting "hang Mike Pence" after former President Trump promoted the claim that the vice president could block the certification of the Electoral College.

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Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard at a "Fed Listens" event. Photo: Eric Baradat / AFP via Getty Images.

Even as global growth expectations increase and governments pile on fiscal spending measures central bankers are quietly restarting recession-era bond-buying programs.

Driving the news: Comments Tuesday from Fed governor Lael Brainard suggest the Fed may be jumping onboard the global monetary policy rethink and restarting a program used following the 2008 global financial crisis.

Democrats' hypocrisy moment

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be facing explicit calls to resign from President Biden on down, if you apply the standard that Democrats set for similar allegations against Republicans. And it's not a close call.

Why it matters: The #MeToo moment saw men in power run out of town for exploiting young women. Democrats led the charge. So the silence of so many of them seems more strange — and unacceptable by their own standards — by the hour.