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Gali Tibbon / AP

In a Tuesday briefing, a senior White House official insinuated that a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict is only an option — signaling a shift in long-standing U.S. policy. Palestinian officials were taken aback by the statement, and stressed Wednesday that there is no alternative to Palestinian statehood, according to the AP. Such an action:

Would be destroying the chances for peace and undermining American interests, standing and credibility abroad. — Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian spokeswoman

The statement comes ahead of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's White House visit on Wednesday, who is eager to work with the U.S. after eight years of clashing with Obama, and sees a chance for a peace deal under Trump.

Why it matters: The insinuation that Trump's position on peace isn't dependent on a two-state solution may give Netanyahu political clout in negotiations, as the Israeli PM has been under intensifying pressure from his party.

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UN poll: Most see climate change as global emergency amid pandemic

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) fronts a Fridays For Future protest at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm in September. Photo: Jonathan Nacksrtrand/AFP via Getty Images

64% of people from around the world say climate change is a global emergency, a United Nations poll published Wednesday finds.

Why it matters: It's biggest global survey on climate change ever conducted, with some 1.2 million participants from 50 countries — including the U.S. where 65% of those surveyed view climate change as an emergency.

Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

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Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.