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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) in Baghdad, May 7. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. State Department ordered "non-emergency government employees" to leave Iraq as soon as possible, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said in a statement Wednesday.

Details: The move comes after Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it would not be difficult for Tehran to "enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels," AP reports, citing state media. He did say "no one is seeking war," AP said. Iran officially began rolling back key commitments of its 2015 nuclear deal Wednesday, per the Iranian Students News Agency.

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Context: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unscheduled trip to Baghdad last week to discuss with Iraqi leaders "specific threats" about Iranian activity. The heightened tensions prompted the embassy to issue a security alert Sunday advising Americans to avoid travel to Iraq.

The big picture: The U.S. sent warships to the Gulf to send a message to Iran that attacks on U.S. interests or allies would be met with force. Israel had warned the U.S. of an alleged Iranian plot to attack American interests in the Gulf. President Trump announced fresh sanctions against Tehran last week that target its metal industries.

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A new policy roadmap provides Congress and the White House with ways to support the growth of methods to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using everything from existing forests to direct air capture machines.

Driving the news: Recent climate studies, such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 1.5-degree report, have pointed to the clear need for society to pursue strategies for driving carbon emissions into negative territory by the latter half of the century.

New CDC mask guidance tests risk tolerance

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The CDC announced Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors.

Why it matters: The U.S. is entering a new stage in the pandemic where the public — vaccinated or not — will need to assess its own risk tolerance in shared spaces.

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The rehabilitation of Wells Fargo

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Wells Fargo is no longer viewed as the least ethical big company in America. That's the big lesson from the most recent Axios Harris reputation poll.

Why it matters: After hitting extreme Axios Harris lows in 2017, Wells Fargo embarked upon a massive public rehabilitation campaign in 2018. It seems to have worked.