Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony — with Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong at back left. Photo: Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence said that there was "no daylight" between the United States, South Korea, and Japan on the issue of North Korean nuclearization, per the AP. His comments came aboard Air Force Two on his way back to the United States after a stop at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Why it matters: With the U.S. set to unveil the toughest sanctions ever against North Korea, Kim Jong-un extended an offer for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang, heightening concerns that Kim might be attempting to drive a diplomatic wedge between South Korea and the U.S.

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Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

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In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

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Oil's turbulent long-term future

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The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

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