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Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

More than 20 House Republicans joined Democrats on Friday in a vote to restrict President Trump from waging war against Iran without congressional approval, the Washington Post reports.

The state of play: The restriction, added to the House's version of a $733 billion defense bill, bars the Trump administration from using federal funds for military action against Tehran. The GOP-led Senate blocked a similar amendment last month in its version of the bill.

The big picture: "The 251-170 vote reflects lawmakers’ growing desire to take back long-ceded authority over matters of war and peace from the executive branch," writes the New York Times.

  • The House bill includes other restrictions on Trump's foreign policy, including a yearlong ban on the sale of certain munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates linked to their military operations in Yemen, per USA Today.

Catch up quick: In June, Trump said that he didn't need congressional approval to attack Iran.

  • When Iran shot down a U.S. drone last month, Trump ordered a retaliatory strike, but abruptly scrapped the mission at the last minute.
  • Earlier this week, three Iranian boats attempted to block a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, according to Britain's Ministry of Defense.

What's next: The vote tees up a confrontation on the Iranian restriction between the House and Senate as they try to work up a compromise version of the defense bill.

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President Biden's new U.S. emissions-cutting target is a sign of White House ambition and a number that distills the tough political and policy maneuvers needed to realize those aims.

Driving the news: This morning the White House unveiled a nonbinding goal under the Paris Agreement that calls for cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% by 2030 relative to 2005 levels.

Biden pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% by 2030

U.S. President Joe Biden seen in the Oval Office on April 15. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

The Biden administration is moving to address global warming by setting a new, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 50% to 52% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Why it matters: The new, non-binding target is about twice as ambitious as the previous U.S. target of a 26% to 28% cut by 2025, which was set during the Obama administration. White House officials described the goal as ambitious but achievable during a call with reporters Tuesday night.

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Health care workers feel stress, burnout more than a year into the pandemic

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More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, some 3 in 10 health care professionals say they've considered leaving the profession, citing burnout and stress, a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll out Thursday indicates.

Why it matters: Studies throughout the pandemic have indicated rising rates of depression and trauma among health care workers, group that is no longer seeing the same public displays of gratitude as during the onset of the pandemic.

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