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Reps. Walter Jones and John Garamendi have introduced a resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Jones pointed out that the "last debate we had on Afghanistan was in 2001" and "16 years later we've had no debate" on George W. Bush's AUMF.

But…CENTCOM commander Army General Joseph Votel and Army General John Nicholson told Congress the mission would need additional forces to be effective. There are currently about 8400 troops in Afghanistan.

Russian military expansion: When asked about Russia's recent moves into Afghanistan to give supplies to the Taliban, Jones brushed it off: "Let the Russians have it."

Support from the Trump Admin: On the campaign trail, Trump signaled he would be supportive of a new declaration of war. Plus, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote in 2015 that a declaration of war with support from "a majority in both parties in both houses of Congress, will send an essential message of American steadfastness to our people and to the global audience."

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Coronavirus hospitalizations top 100,000 for the first time

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Data: The COVID Tracking ProjectHarvard Global Health Institute; Cartogram: Danielle Alberti and Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

More than 100,000 Americans are now in the hospital with coronavirus infections — a new record, an indication that the pandemic is continuing to get worse and a reminder that the virus is still very dangerous.

Why it matters: Hospitalizations are a way to measure severe illnesses — and severe illnesses are on the rise across the U.S. In some areas, health systems and health care workers are already overwhelmed, and outbreaks are only getting worse.

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Our make-believe economy

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Federal Reserve and global central banks are remaking the world's economy in an effort to save it, but have created something of a monster.

Why it matters: The Fed-driven economy relies on the creation of trillions of dollars — literally out of thin air — that are used to purchase bonds and push money into a pandemic-ravaged economy that has long been dependent on free cash and is only growing more addicted.

New hope for "smart cities"

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's time to polish our gleaming vision of urban environments where internet technology makes everything from finding a parking space to measuring air quality a snap.

Why it matters: The Biden administration's Cabinet appointees are likely to be champions of bold futurism in urban planning — which could mean that smart infrastructure projects, like broadband deployment and digital city services, get fresh funding and momentum.