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People protesting the GOP health care plan. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democrats want the last stretch of the election to be all about health care, so they're launching a new seven-figure campaign targeting 20 vulnerable House Republicans.

Why it matters: This is a last-minute push to try to pull voters in Democrats' direction with an issue that Democrats think Republicans can't talk about on the campaign trail.

The backdrop: Health Care Voter, the progressive campaign leading this voter mobilization campaign, is targeting House Republicans in places like California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa and Maine.

  • Some of the Republicans include Reps. Steve Knight, Mike Coffman, Vern Buchanan, Karen Handel, Rod Blum and Bruce Poliquin.
  • Many of the districts are rated as "toss-ups" by Cook Political Report.
  • The campaign will span digital ads, college campuses, and all 50 states — targeting Republican incumbents for their vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Former Rep. Donna Edwards, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, is joining Health Care Voter as a co-chair.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

Alabama's new congressional map rejected by federal judges

The Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Federal judges on Monday night blocked Alabama's newly drawn congressional map and ordered the Republican-led State Legislature to create a new one that includes two districts, rather than the planned one.

Why it matters: "Black voters have less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress," the panel of three judges wrote in their ruling.

Australian Open organizers reverse "Where is Peng Shuai?" t-shirt ban

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai during the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne. Photo: Bai Xue/Xinhua via Getty Images

Australian Open organizers on Tuesday reversed a ban on t-shirts supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai following widespread criticism.

Why it matters: Tennis Australia's announcement came less than 24 hours after the governing body defended the decision to ask fans last Friday to remove "Where is Peng Shuai?" t-shirts, citing ticket policy prohibiting political clothing, per the BBC.