Democrats Push Biden to Take Harder Line on Saudi Arabia

Lawmakers have continued to press for harsher action and a wholesale rethinking of the American stance toward the kingdom.

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Blinken Will Meet Chinese Officials After Asia Tour Next Week

In his first foreign trip, the secretary of state will visit Japan and South Korea before the first in-person diplomatic encounter between the United States and China in several months.

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House Panel Moves to Hold Pompeo in Contempt of Congress

The House Foreign Affairs Committee cited Mike Pompeo’s defiance of subpoenas related to the State Department’s compliance with Senate Republicans’ investigation targeting the Bidens.

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Watchdog Says State Dept. Failed to Limit Civilian Deaths From Saudi Arms Sales

The inspector general also found the State Department avoided congressional review by dividing sales of controversial arms into smaller packages.

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Lawmakers ‘Alarmed’ by Reports U.S. Envoy Told Brazil It Could Help Re-elect Trump

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has begun an inquiry into multiple reports in the Brazilian media that the U.S. ambassador was framing negotiations over ethanol tariffs in partisan terms.

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Don’t Let Russian Meddling Derail Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans

Allegations of bounties paid for the deaths of U.S. soldiers are serious. But the White House ought to stay the course toward a peace deal.

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Congress Calls State Dept. Officials for Interviews in Expanded Pompeo Inquiry

Lawmakers are investigating whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged President Trump to fire Steve A. Linick, the department’s inspector general, to shield himself from Mr. Linick’s inquiries.

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State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

A Democratic House committee chairman said the investigation might have been “another reason” for the firing of the inspector general, Steve A. Linick.

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Top Democrats Open Investigation into Ouster of State Dept. Inspector General

The lawmakers said that they believed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recommended Steve Linick’s removal because he had opened an investigation into Mr. Pompeo’s conduct.

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