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Sarah Sanders. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn't budge on Wednesday to reveal which way the White House is leaning in its response in Syria, repeating that "all options are on the table."

Why it matters: President Trump alluded to a different idea on Wednesday morning, when he tweeted that Russia needs to "get ready" for "missiles fired at Syria." This further clouds expectations for what the U.S. will do next. On Monday, Trump said that there would be a decision made within 48 hours, and that doesn't seem to have happened. Sanders said the president "has not laid out a timetable."

  • Also on Russia: Sanders reiterated that Russia and Syria hold responsibility for the chemical attack over the weekend.
  • On Paul Ryan's resignation: "We certainly hope that Republicans will continue to remain in the House, especially those that support the President's agenda."
  • Sanders explained Trump's earlier tweet that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has resulted in "bad blood" between the U.S. and Russia, saying the constant focus on collusion has "hurt those relationships."
  • She didn't shut down reports that Trump is considering firing FBI Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying only that there are no personnel announcements.

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Why it matters: It's just a number, but kind of a wild one. Consider, via CNN: "Tesla is now worth more than the combined market value of most of the world's major automakers: Toyota, Volkswagen, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and its merger partner PSA Group."

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China's Xi Jinping congratulates Biden on election win

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Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to President-elect Biden on Wednesday to congratulate him on his election victory, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

Why it matters: China's foreign ministry offered Biden a belated, and tentative, congratulations on Nov. 13, but Xi had not personally acknowledged Biden's win. The leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Russia are among the very few leaders still declining to congratulate Biden.

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A new season of college basketball begins Wednesday, and the goal is clear: March Madness must be played.

Why it matters: On March 12, 2020, the lights went out on college basketball, depriving teams like Baylor (who won our tournament simulation), Dayton, San Diego State and Florida State of perhaps their best chance to win a national championship.