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Danny Tarkanian. Photo: JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Danny Tarkanian announced today he's running for Congress in Nevada's 3rd district instead of for the U.S. Senate, per the Nevada Independent.

Why it matters: Dean Heller is defending one of the most vulnerable Republican-held seats, as he's the only GOP senator up for re-election in 2018 who represents a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Just minutes before the announcement, President Trump publicly nudged Tarkanian — who is backed by Steve Bannon and was running against incumbent Dean Heller in the Nevada Senate race — to instead run for the House of Representatives.

"It would be great for the Republican Party of Nevada, and it’s unity if good guy Danny Tarkanian would run for Congress and Dean Heller, who is doing a really good job, could run for Senate unopposed!"
— Trump on Twitter

Today is the filing deadline for candidates running in Nevada. Tarkanian joins a crowded primary in NV-03: there are six Democratic candidates running and eight Republicans. Although the district has a Democratic representative, Rep. Jacky Rosen, the Cook Political Report lists it as a toss-up race with R+2 partisan voter index.

How it happened: President Trump's office contacted Tarkanian about switching races earlier in the week, per the Nevada Independent, but he wasn't convinced then. He said he wouldn't switch to a congressional race unless Trump made it known publicly that that's what he wanted, which he eventually did via a tweet.

One more thing: Rep. Rosen is vacating her NV-03 House seat to run against Sen. Heller in the U.S. Senate race.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

Alabama's new congressional map rejected by federal judges

The Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Federal judges on Monday night blocked Alabama's newly drawn congressional map and ordered the Republican-led State Legislature to create a new one that includes two districts, rather than the planned one.

Why it matters: "Black voters have less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress," the panel of three judges wrote in their ruling.

Australian Open organizers reverse "Where is Peng Shuai?" t-shirt ban

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai during the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne. Photo: Bai Xue/Xinhua via Getty Images

Australian Open organizers on Tuesday reversed a ban on t-shirts supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai following widespread criticism.

Why it matters: Tennis Australia's announcement came less than 24 hours after the governing body defended the decision to ask fans last Friday to remove "Where is Peng Shuai?" t-shirts, citing ticket policy prohibiting political clothing, per the BBC.