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A group of 10 senators is sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday asking him to shorten their August recess, or cancel it altogether, if the GOP fails to make progress on their legislative agenda in July, reports Politico.

Why it matters: It's the latest example of the Republicans' increasing frustration with the GOP's delayed legislative agenda and how long it is taking them to pass policies that their constituents depend on, like health care and tax reform.

Who signed it: Sens. Mike Lee (UT) — who is one of five GOP senators against the Senate's health bill — David Perdue (GA), Steve Daines (MT), Joni Ernst (IA), John Kennedy of (LA), James Lankford (OK), Mike Rounds (SD), Luther Strange (AL), Thom Tillis (NC), and Dan Sullivan (AK).

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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 tied to Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria 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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