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Syria announced its plans to sign the Paris Climate accord during United Nations climate talks on Tuesday, per the New York Times. The move, which follows Nicaragua's announcement to participate in the agreement last month, means the U.S. is now the only country opposed to participating in the pact.

Why it matters: Syria joining the climate pact underscores — but won't change — the Trump administration's lone position withdrawing from it. It provides a talking point to those urging the president to rejoin, but the calculations inside the White House have nothing to do with what other countries are doing, and everything to do with how the deal could (or couldn't) help America.

White House spokeswoman, Kelly Love, said the administration's position regarding the accord remains the same, and pointed reporters to the statement that was released following Nicaragua's announcement to join the pact: "[T]he United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms the are more favorable for our country," the statement said.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 30,881,522 — Total deaths: 958,493— Total recoveries: 21,119,006Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 6,794,479 — Total deaths: 199,469 — Total recoveries: 2,590,671 — Total tests: 95,108,559Map.
  3. Politics: Testing czar on Trump's CDC contradictions: "Everybody is right" Ex-FDA chief: Career scientists won't be "easily cowed" by political vaccine pressure.
  4. Education: What we overlooked in the switch to remote learning.
  5. Health: The dwindling chances of eliminating COVID-19 — 7 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week.
  6. World: England sets £10,000 fine for breaking self-isolation rules — The countries painting their pandemic recoveries green.

Trump campaign goes all in on Pennsylvania

Trump poster in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The president's campaign is placing more importance on Pennsylvania amid growing concern that his chances of clinching Wisconsin are slipping, Trump campaign sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, twice Wisconsin's number, actually has been trending higher in recent public and internal polling, a welcome development for the campaign.

Inside Biden's Supreme Court strategy

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Joe Biden’s closing argument will shift to a dominant emphasis on health care, turning the looming Supreme Court fight into a referendum on coverage and pre-existing conditions, officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: Biden aides believed they were winning when the race was about the coronavirus pandemic. Now they plan to use the Supreme Court opening as a raucous new field for a health care fight, returning to a theme that gave Democrats big midterm wins in 2018.