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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump took a hard line against Russia during his speech in Warsaw, Poland, today ahead of the G20 Summit. His highly-anticipated sit-down meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is tomorrow.

"We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes, including Syria and Iran," he said. Trump later added the U.S.' need to fight against "new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes, and cyber warfare."

Why it matters: A few reasons, namely involving the Russia-Syria issue. After annexing Crimea in 2014 following a strong military presence in Ukraine, Russia has helped Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime maintain its power throughout the civil war. Sec. State Tillerson said the U.S. will consider instating no-fly zones in Syria to help Russia's counterterrorism efforts, which will be a larger topic of discussion during Friday's Trump-Putin meeting.

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Why it matters: If there's a currency in this town, it's power, so we've asked several former Washington power brokers to share their best advice as a new administration and new Congress settle in.

GOP holdouts press on with plans to crush Cheney

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Pro-Trump holdouts in the House are forging ahead with an uphill campaign to oust Rep. Liz Cheney as head of the chamber's Republican caucus even though Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told them to back down.

Why it matters: What happens next will be a test of McCarthy's party control and the sincerity of his opposition to the movement. Cheney (R-Wyo.) is seen as a potential leadership rival to the California Republican.

Democrats aim to punish House GOP for Capitol riot

Speaker Nancy Pelosi passes through a newly installed metal detector at the House floor entrance Thursday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Democrats plan to take advantage of corporate efforts to cut funding for Republicans who opposed certifying the 2020 election results, with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.

Why it matters: It's unclear whether the Democrats' strategy will manifest itself in ads or earned media in the targeted races or just be a stunt to raise money for themselves. But the Capitol violence will be central to the party's messaging as it seeks to maintain its narrow majorities in Congress.