Alex Brandon / AP

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on CBS' Face the Nation, "our priority in Syria really hasn't changed... first and foremost we must defeat ISIS." Here's what else he said:

  • "The issue of how Bashar al-Assad's leadership is sustained or how he departs is something that we will be working with allies or others in the coalition."
  • And on ABC's Face the Nation: "We're asking and calling on Bashar al-Assad to cease the use of these weapons. Other than that, there is no change to our military posture."
  • "We've seen what that looks like when you undertake a violent regime change in Libya and the situation in Libya continues to be very chaotic."

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has gone further, though, saying the US believes regime change is coming. She and H.R. McMaster both said the US is willing to "do more" against the regime.

Go deeper

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Politics: Chris Christie: Wear a mask "or you may regret it — as I did" — Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted relief bill.
  2. Business: New state unemployment filings fall.
  3. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  4. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as a coronavirus treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
  5. Education: Boston and Chicago send students back home for online learning.
  6. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.

Early voting eclipses 2016 total with 12 days until election

People stand in line to vote early in Fairfax, Virginia in September. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.