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CIA Director and President Trump's pick to become Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been referred to by the The New York Times as the "most openly political spy chief in a generation," as well as one of President Trump's favorite cabinet members.

Why it matters: Ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump disagreed on virtually every question of foreign policy. But as Trump told reporters at the White House this morning, he and Pompeo "are almost always on the same wavelength," indicating that the State Department will likely take a more hard-line approach to foreign policy under his leadership.

North Korea

Per the New York Times, Pompeo has come as close as any Trump administration official to calling for regime change in North Korea. He has said that “the thing that is most dangerous about [North Korea] is the character who holds the control over” its nuclear arsenal.

Russia

During his confirmation hearing, Pompeo claimed Russia has "reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nothing to aid in the destruction and defeat of ISIS." On questions of election interference, Pompeo has said there's no doubt the Kremlin meddled, but downplayed the effect it had on the election's outcome.

Israel

A strong supporter of the Israeli government throughout his six years in Congress, Pompeo visited the country in 2015 and heaped praise on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israel's police for their courage in the face of terrorism.

Iran

Pompeo has pointed to Iran as the main instigator of conflict in the Middle East since 1979 and repeatedly slammed the Obama administration for championing the Iran nuclear deal, per The Times of Israel. Following his appointment to the CIA, Pompeo tweeted, “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

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Twitter announced Monday that it will label tweets with potentially misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines, and introduce a strike system that can lead to permanent account suspension.

The big picture: Tech companies are taking an increasingly aggressive stance against users who attempt to share misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines on their platforms.

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  1. Health: Trump, Melania received COVID vaccine at White House in January — CDC director warns "now is not the time" to lift COVID restrictions.
  2. Vaccine: J&J CEO "absolutely" confident in vaccine distribution goals Most states aren't prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines — Vaccine hesitancy is shrinking.
  3. Economy: Apple says all U.S. stores open for the first time since start of pandemic — What's really going on with the labor market.
  4. Sports: Poll weighs impact of athlete vaccination.
  5. World: Italy tightens restrictions as experts warn of growing prevalence of variants — PA announces new COVID restrictions as cases surge.
  6. Local: Colorado sets timeline for return to normalcy.
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Former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump were both vaccinated at the White House in January, a Trump adviser tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump declared at CPAC on Sunday that "everybody" should get the coronavirus vaccine — the first time he's encouraged his supporters, who have been more skeptical of getting vaccinated, to do so.

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