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Moon Jae-in addresses a plenary session titled "The Russian Far East: Creating a New Reality" in Russia this September. Photo: Valery Sharifulin / TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in called out North Korea's "deplorable" provocations before a meeting with Trump today at the UN, noting he is "very satisfied" with the U.S. response to North Korea. "The U.S. has responded firmly and in a very good way," he said.

Trump said he was "very happy" Moon used the world "deplorable" — the same word Hillary Clinton used to describe Trump supporters during the election.

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U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

A mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

Data: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax; Chart: Axios Visuals

There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.