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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called Kurdish forces "ingrates" on Wednesday for heaving potatoes and rotten vegetables at U.S. troops withdrawing from northern Syria, ABC News reports.

The big picture: Some of the most powerful Republicans in Congress have denounced President Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria in preparation for Turkey's military offensive into the region, saying it could undo years of fighting ISIS and expose U.S.-allied Kurds to violence.

What they're saying: Paul said on Wednesday that the Kurds "should be thanking us and throwing rose petals," and that the U.S. "saved the Kurds from being beheaded and massacred by ISIS."

  • Last week, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said, "What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a blood stain in the annals of American history."

Where it stands: Trump announced on Wednesday that the U.S. would lift all sanctions against Turkey in response to Turkey's planned permanent ceasefire.

Go deeper: Trump on Syria's Kurds: "They're not angels"

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U.S. reaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Chart: Axios Visuals

The coronavirus has now killed 200,000 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: Whatever context you try to put this in, it is a catastrophe of historic proportions — and is yet another reminder of America's horrific failure to contain the virus.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Mitt Romney says he'll support moving forward with Supreme Court pick

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Tuesday that he would support moving forward with a Senate vote on President Trump's selection to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Why it matters: Barring any big surprises, Democrats have virtually no shot at stopping the confirmation process for the president’s nominee before November’s election.

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In UN address, Trump says China "unleashed this plague onto the world"

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President Trump used a virtual address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to defend his response to the coronavirus and call on other countries to “hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.”

Setting the scene: Trump ticked through four years of major decisions and accomplishments in what could be his last address to the UN. But first, he launched into a fierce attack on China as Beijing’s representative looked on in the assembly hall.

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