Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Sen. Rand Paul. Photos: Drew Angerer; Alex Wong via Getty Images

A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to President Trump on Wednesday expressing support for his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Details: In the letter obtained by Politico, the lawmakers write that they "welcome the completion" of U.S. withdrawal from Syria "within the next six months" and recommended the use of U.S. weapon sales to Turkey as leverage to deter a "Turkish military assault on Syria's Kurds." Trump's initial decision to hastily withdraw from Syria drew criticism for the possibility that it could leave the U.S.' Kurdish allies vulnerable to a Turkish military campaign.

The following lawmakers signed the letter:

  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
  • Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
  • Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)
  • Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)
  • Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.)
  • Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)
  • Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)

Go deeper: Bipartisan senators call Trump's Syria withdrawal a "costly mistake"

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How "naked ballots" could upend mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

Trump signs in Olyphant, Penn. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered state officials last week to throw out mail-in ballots submitted without a required inner "secrecy" envelope in November's election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

Moderator Chris Wallace. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed Chair Jay Powell bump elbows before House hearing on Tuesday. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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