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President Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump declared himself "strongly pro-life" in a series of tweets Saturday night — but he made clear he's opposed to key elements of strict new abortion laws as he called for Republican unity on the issue.

I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions — Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother — the same position taken by Ronald Reagan."

Driving the news: Many 2020 hopefuls have publicly opposed Missouri's and Alabama's strict new abortion laws, including Trump's only major GOP primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

The big picture: This is the first time Trump has addressed the conservative drive to overhaul abortion laws, which seeks to eventually challenge protections that have existed at a federal level since Roe v. Wade in 1973. In his tweets, Trump said "we have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new Federal judges."

"If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for Life can, and will, rapidly disappear!"
— Trump, Twitter, May 18

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Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities tied to Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria 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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FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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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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