House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi ruled out Tuesday holding a full House vote to formally authorize an impeachment inquiry at this stage. But she said "all roads" of Democrats' investigations so far seem to lead to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

What she's saying: Pelosi was scathing in her criticism of President Trump during her news conference, saying "asking a foreign government to help a president and his re-election by granting or withholding in the timing of military assistance that had been voted on by the Congress ... has so many violations in it."

"It undermines our national security. We were sending that military assistance because of Ukraine needing that vis-à-vis Russia; all roads seem to lead to Putin with the president, though."

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Trump announces new Iran sanctions in effort to maintain international arms embargo

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President Trump signed an executive order on Monday that would impose sanctions on any person or entity that contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran or is engaged in providing training and financial support related to those weapons.

Why it matters: The executive order is the first step by the Trump administration to put teeth into its claim that international sanctions on Iran were restored over the weekend, one month after the U.S. initiated the "snapback" process under a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Exclusive: Conservative group launches $2M Supreme Court ad

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The Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $2.2 million ad campaign to put pressure on vulnerable Senate Republicans in battleground states to support a quick confirmation when President Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee.

The big picture: "Follow Precedent," previewed by Axios, is one of the first national and cable television ads to run following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death Friday.

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CDC says it mistakenly published guidance about COVID-19 spreading through air

CDC Director Robert Redfield. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Pool/Getty Images

The CDC has removed new guidance that acknowledged airborne transmission of the coronavirus, posting in a note on its website that the guidance was only a draft and had been published in error.

Why it matters: The initial update — which was little noticed until a CNN story was published Sunday — had come months after scientists pushed for the agency to acknowledge the disease was transmissible through the air. The CDC previously said that close person-to-person contact was the bigger concern, and the language has been changed back to erase the warning about airborne transmission.