Jennifer Knox

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Biden Holds Tight to the Trump Defense Budget

On his first day in office, President Biden vowed to “take action — not just to reverse the gravest
damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward.” But it appears that at least one part of the previous administration’s legacy will survive intact: the ever-climbing line of defense spending. In his first budget request, Biden asked for $753 billion in defense spending, $13 billion more than what the Trump administration received last year.

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A Historic Nuclear Ban Treaty Is Set to Become International Law: Here’s What That Means

On October 24, Honduras became the 50th state to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, also called the nuclear ban treaty. Ninety days from now, the treaty will enter into force as an instrument of international law. This historic treaty is the first comprehensive prohibition of nuclear weapons, placing them alongside biological weapons and chemical weapons as illegitimate tools of war under international law. Read More

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