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Vice President Mike Pence will lead a delegation to Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday to discuss an "immediate cease-fire and the conditions for a negotiated settlement" in northern Syria, where Turkey is engaged in a military assault on Kurdish forces who allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS, the White House announced.

Details: The delegation will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and special envoy James Jeffrey. Pence will attend a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday, where the White House says he will reiterate Trump's "commitment to maintain punishing economic sanctions on Turkey until a resolution is reached."

Go deeper: Trump's step back from the border turns into a sprint from Syria

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Pelosi calls raising the debt ceiling a bipartisan responsibility

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Why it matters: Congress is fast approaching an October deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown. But the issue has become a thorny partisan stand-off.

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Beto O'Rourke speaks at a rally at the Texas State Capitol in June. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

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Why it matters: Abbott has won conservative accolades for his abortion, mask and vaccine bans. Axios reported Sunday that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke is preparing to announce a gubernatorial challenge — but a recent poll shows he’s not even the most popular Democrat in the state.

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Why it matters: Candidates are unsure if the district they're targeting will remain intact or be reshaped by the process. The uncertainty is especially vexing to Democrats, who are vying to maintain their narrow margin in the House.