Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital as Palestinians protest by burning representations of the American and Israeli flags. Photos: AP

President Trump announced Wednesday that he will officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy to the city.

"My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians," he said.

Trump signed a directive for the State Department to prepare for an embassy move to Jerusalem. This will include hiring architects to begin designing the structure as "a magnificent tribute to peace," he said. Senior administration officials said the process of relocating the embassy and its close to 1,000 employees will take at least three years.

The White House's take:

  • A senior administration official said the White House understands there will be some "noise" in the region in response to what the administration sees as a "historic, bold, courageous," but that the president has made his commitment to the peace-process clear. "We'll just roll up our sleeves and say, 'Let's get past this,'" the official said.
  • A second senior administration official: "We understand there may be a disruption in the short run, but it'll be helpful in the long run. It shows the president's credibility and that he means what he says, and will ultimately be helpful. We have done a lot of … listening and learning and building trust. Now, we're putting together our plan" for release some time next year.

Go deeper: White House lays out its plan to move U.S. embassy despite warnings from around the globe, and why the White House thinks this move won't kill Middle East peace talks.

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Pence no longer expected at Amy Coney Barrett's final confirmation vote

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Vice President Mike Pence no longer plans to attend the Senate's final confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, following Senate Democrats' claims that his presence after possible exposure to the coronavirus would be a "violation of common decency," a Pence aide confirmed to CNN and Politico on Monday.

Driving the news: Five of Pence's aides were recently diagnosed with COVID-19, including his chief of staff, who is currently quarantining. Pence has continued his campaign travel despite his possible exposure, which goes against CDC guidelines.

Updated 20 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: The swing states where the pandemic is raging — Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after exposure puts others at risk — Pence no longer expected to attend Barrett confirmation vote after COVID exposure.
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day case records last week — U.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. Business: Where stimulus is needed most.
  4. Education: The dangerous instability of school re-openings.
  5. World: Restrictions grow across Europe.
  6. Media: Fox News president and several hosts advised to quarantine.
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Bond investors see brighter days

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U.S. government bonds could breakout further after yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note ticked up to their highest since early June last week.

But, but, but: Strategists say this move is about an improving outlook for economic growth rather than just inflation.

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