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Andrew Harnik / AP

Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, kicked off a trip to Iraq on Sunday along with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, as first reported by the NYT. An official said Kushner wanted to see the situation in Iraq for himself and show support for the government there, which adds to his current tasks (brokering Middle East peace and dealing with Mexico and Canada) as "Shadow Secretary of State." Kushner has never had experience in foreign policy.

And the U.S. is in hot water: There's an ongoing investigation into an airstrike that killed civilians in Mosul, which could have been caused by the U.S. Also on Sunday, Russia condemned the U.S. statements about the deaths as "absurd," and questioned whether the U.S. was targeting civilians, which would violate the laws of armed conflict. The U.S., on the other hand, has indicated ISIS is using civilians as human shields to avoid strikes, which would put the organization in violation.

Context: Last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi left a meeting with Trump and Kushner noting the U.S. was going to take an accelerated approach to ISIS, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis submitted his plan to defeat ISIS to Trump last month.

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

The bomb cyclone and atmospheric river seen via satellite on Sunday. The center of the storm is at the middle of the comma shape, due west of Washington State. (CIRA/RAMMB)

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

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Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's "Axios on HBO"

Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) and Sen. Joe Manchin at the U.S. Capitol in 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.