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Sen. Ted Cruz. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Republican hawks are planning to introduce legislation later this month that would force President Trump to take a harder approach to Iran, out of fear that the president is "going soft" on them, Politico's Eliana Johnson reports.

The big picture: New sanctions are expected to be announced later today, and these Republicans "expect that Trump will disappoint them," Johnson writes. The legislation, which will reportedly be introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and cosponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), would pressure Trump into cutting off Iranian banks' access to the global banking network, Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).

  • President Obama made a similar move years ago, but lifted the penalties as part of the Iran nuclear deal.
  • According to Johnson, the lawmakers want to push Trump to side with his national security adviser John Bolton, who says Friday's sanctions would be more effective if Iran's access to SWIFT is cut off, instead Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who argues that access is crucial to ensuring humanitarian aid gets to the country.

Yes, but: The legislation could be in jeopardy if Democrats win the House majority next week. Supporters of the measure are hopeful that pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC will "pressure pro-Israel Democrats" into backing it, if that were to happen.

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Activision Blizzard employees say HR department failed them

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Following a lawsuit filed by California against Activision Blizzard, allegations of harassment, misconduct, and assault continue to emerge from people who point to the company's HR department as being part of the larger problem.

Why it matters: Sources say the company's culture favors a clan mentality and functioned under a broken HR department that undermined and discounted victims' experiences, and did not protect their identities.

Andrew Cuomo refuses to resign: "I never touched anyone inappropriately"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he will not resign from his post, despite an independent investigation finding that he sexually harassed multiple women in violation of federal and state law.

Why it matters: Cuomo had previously urged those calling for his resignation — including nearly every prominent New York Democrat — to wait for the results of the investigation overseen by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The findings were damning, but Cuomo said he is not going anywhere.

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Boeing is getting its do-over

Boeing's Starliner awaits its launch atop an Atlas V rocket. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Boeing is set to launch a redo of an uncrewed test of its Starliner spacecraft — designed to one day carry astronauts — to the International Space Station this week.

Why it matters: This is a high-stakes test for Boeing, which failed to get its Starliner to the station during its first uncrewed test flight in December 2019.