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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told Vermont Public Radio on Tuesday that he plans to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential contest. He told the station, "I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country," branding President Trump a "pathological liar."

The big picture: While some of Sanders' key ideas from his 2016 bid — like Medicare for All — have reached the Democratic mainstream, there's been a push from some sectors of the party for him to sit out 2020, compounded by allegations of sexual harassment and sexism on his earlier presidential campaign.

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Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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