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A Syrian man carries an injured child following air strikes on the besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region. Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh / AFP / Getty Images

More than 130 Syrians have been killed by Assad regime airstrikes since Monday, the BBC reports, with strikes in Eastern Ghouta killing 80 people, including 21 children, on Tuesday alone.

The backdrop: U.N. senior advisor Jan Egelan has called Eastern Ghouta "the epicenter of suffering" in Syria. Al Jazeera notes that the area "is one of the last remaining opposition strongholds," making it a major target for Syrian and Russian forces.

  • The last time U.N. humanitarian aid was allowed into the region was November, per Al Jazeera, and at least 470,000 people have died as a result of the fighting.
  • Siraj Mahmoud, the head of the Civil Defence rescue service in Damascus, told Reuters: "Today there is no safe area at all. This is a key point people should know: there is no safe space."

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's advisers successfully pushed state health officials to exclude certain data on the number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths from a July report, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.

Why it matters: The changes resulted in a "significant undercount of the death toll attributed to the state’s most vulnerable population," the WSJ wrote.

Ro Khanna wary of Biden approach on Middle East

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An outspoken progressive Democrat is wary of President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, arguing it’s like “conceding defeat of the aspiration” to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Why it matters: A number of members of Biden’s own party dislike his Middle East strategy, as his administration signals the region is no longer the priority it was for President Obama and his predecessors.

Democrats eye reconciliation for immigration

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Comprehensive immigration reform is a pipe dream, but some Senate Democrats are hoping to tie key immigration provisions to the next big reconciliation push.

Why it matters: Immigration is one of the most controversial and partisan issues in U.S. politics, which is why the budget reconciliation process — which allows for bills to pass the Senate with a simple majority rather than the usual 60 votes — is so attractive.