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Michigan Rep. Justin Amash told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he left the Republican Party due to longstanding concerns of a “pretty rigid” system in Congress.

"I think this term in Congress has really shown how bad it can get. ... But over the years, I've seen that people are just falling in line behind the leaders, including people in my own [Freedom] caucus. which I left."

Earlier this week, President Trump attacked Amash on Twitter.

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Amash waved away the criticism and said he plans on running as an independent.

  • "I think he's really identified what I talked about in my op-ed which is he thinks that people owe loyalty to him. But people are elected to Congress with an oath to support and defend the constitution. Not an oath to support and defend one person, the president who happens to be from your own party."

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.