Arab 24 network, via AP

A couple hundred of Marines deployed to Syria with heavy artillery guns in preparation to force ISIS out of Raqqa, according to an AP report. The Marines will establish an outpost from which they can fire artillery guns, the Washington Post reports.

The deployment is temporary but notable since the Pentagon has hesitated to use such conventional forces in Syria in the past. This might also indicate the White House plans to give the Pentagon more leeway in making decisions about combat without consulting the White House first. (Under Obama, military commanders report they often felt micromanaged having to ask permission to make daily decisions on fighting ISIS.)

However, it is worth noting that two U.S. officials told the Washington Post this plan has been in the works for some time.

What's Next: The Pentagon would not publicly confirm the move due to security reasons, per Fox, but the U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Joe Votel will likely testify before Congress Thursday about it.

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The sudden uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act could be an enormous political liability for Republicans in key states come November.

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The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week.

The big picture: There isn't one big event or sudden occurrence that explains this increase. We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus, despite losing 200,000 lives in just the past six months, and this is what that persistent failure looks like.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m ET: 6,934,205 — Total deaths: 201,909 — Total recoveries: 2,670,256 — Total tests: 97,459,742Map.
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  4. Politics: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tests positive for coronavirus — Poll says 51% of Republicans trust Trump on coronavirus more than the CDC.
  5. Technology: The tech solutions of 2020 may be sapping our resolve to beat the coronavirus
  6. Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson begins large phase 3 trial — The FDA plans to toughen standards.
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