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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), speaking about the Supreme Court during an appearance in Hampton, Iowa on Monday, said that he hopes Republicans will "have a 7-2 court" after tomorrow's midterm elections, adding that if the party is lucky Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor "will elope to Cuba," reports the Weekly Standard's Adam Rubenstein.

Why it matters: King has a history of making incendiary comments, and has recently come under fire for endorsing white nationalist Faith Goldy for mayor of Toronto. In the last few weeks, dairy company Land O'Lakes ended their donations to him; Rep. Steve Strivers (R-Ohio), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, condemned King for his "completely inappropriate" actions and remarks; and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, urged House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to strip King of his subcommittee chairmanship and initiate censure proceedings.

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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