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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters Wednesday it is his "solid assessment" that the U.S. embassy would move to Jerusalem at some point this year, which is much sooner than the Trump administration indicated the move would happen, the AP reports. Netanyahu spoke with reporters while traveling through India.

State Department press secretary Heather Nauert to Axios: "The U.S. government is currently assessing the suitability of various Jerusalem sites for a future embassy. For now, we have no updates” on the timeline.

Catch up quick: Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last year and said the U.S. would be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Leaders from around the world raised concerns about the move, and Palestinian leaders said it meant the U.S. could never mediate a peace deal.

Go deeper: Why the White House doesn’t think Jerusalem will kill peace plan with Barak Ravid.

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Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Amy Coney Barrett took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice at a White House ceremony Monday night, not long after the Senate voted to confirm her nomination to the high court in a 52-48 vote.

The state of play: Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath. The Supreme Court wrote in a statement that Barrett will take the judicial oath on Tuesday, at which point she will be able to begin her work on the court.

Gulf Coast braces for Zeta after storm strengthens into hurricane

Hurricane Zeta's forecast path. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane and threatened Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as it moved towards the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The state of play: Zeta was expected to make landfall on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night, bringing with it a "dangerous storm surge" and "heavy rainfall" as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Service said.

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