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James Mattis at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, Sept. 3. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis addressed during an interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press" to air Sunday President Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria, warning "ISIS will resurge."

Secretary of State Pompeo, the intelligence services, the foreign countries that are working with us have it about right that ISIS is not defeated. We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don't recover."
— James Mattis to NBC
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The big picture: The president's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region has been criticized by several leading Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Following Trump's decision, Turkey launched a military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

Background: Mattis is a 4-star general who served in the Trump administration as defense secretary.

  • He said in his resignation letter in December that he would be retiring because "you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects."

Go deeper: Syria decision exposes Trump to political peril

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Restoration of the Colonial Pipeline, the huge East Coast gasoline artery, is the beginning of the end of a crisis that prompted a White House logistical and political scramble.

Catch up fast: Late Wednesday afternoon, Colonial began a restart of the 5,500-mile line that shut down nearly a week ago after a ransomware attack.

New Jan. 6 body camera footage shows Trump supporters attacking officer

New body camera footage obtained by CNN shows the moment a DC police officer was brutally attacked by Trump supporters during the Capitol Hill insurrection.

Driving the news: The release of video comes a day after Republican members of Congress sought to downplay the Jan. 6 events, with some lawmakers calling the rioters "peaceful patriots" and comparing them to tourists.

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Cheney speaking to reporters after being removed as GOP conference chair yesterday. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) plans to make her purge the beginning of a new movement, with campaign travel, fundraising and speeches to challenge Donald Trump for ideological dominance of the GOP.

Driving the news: Sources in Cheney's camp tell me her message will be the importance of the truth, the need to move past Trump, and a push to articulate conservative policy and substance to combat Democrats.

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