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President Vladimir Putin at the Valdai International Discussion Club. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia would "respond immediately and symmetrically" if the U.S. broke the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, according to Reuters.

Per Reuters, Putin said that "Moscow is ready to develop new weapons systems, both nuclear and non-nuclear, in response to other countries doing the same."

More highlights from Putin's speech:

  • Putin said President Trump is acting unpredictably because "his domestic opponents are stopping him from delivering on many of his election promises," according to a separate Reuters report.
  • Per ABC, Putin said that Russia "will be striving to achieve" global nuclear disarmament.
  • The Washington Post reports that Putin said Russia condemns the DPRK's nuclear tests, but North Korea "should not be backed into a corner, should not be threatened with the use of power, and we should not resolve to being rude."
  • "Whether you like the DPRK regime or not...you should not forget that the DPRK is a serene state, and any contradictions should be resolved peacefully."

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Pfizer says COVID vaccine over 90% effective in kids

A health care worker preparing a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine dose in New York City on Oct. 21. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

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 Food and Drug Administration 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.

Changing the inflation conversation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Inflation looks like it’ll run hot for longer than plenty of smart people thought it would. The conversation over just how much more Americans will have to pay for their stuff has taken on a new intensity, as supply problems show few signs of fading.

Why it matters: The rate of price growth has remained consistently strong in recent months — a time that some thought would bring cooling prices after an initial reopening spike. What goes on with prices will influence the decisions made by Congress, the Biden Administration, and the Federal Reserve.

The biggest headline from Biden's town hall

President Biden greets attendees during a commercial break in Baltimore last night. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

What matters from President Biden's town hall with CNN's Anderson Cooper at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday:

The biggest headline: Biden is jettisoning the corporate tax increases that White House officials have insisted, for the past 10 months, are wildly popular across the country. He admitted he doesn't have the votes.

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