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Afghan investigators at the scene of the deadly wedding hall bomb blast in Kabul. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding party killed at least 63 people and wounded 182 others Saturday night, the Interior Ministry said.

What's new: The Islamic State's local affiliate claimed responsibility for the bombing, according to AP. It's the deadliest attack in Kabul this year and comes as the U.S. and the Taliban are in the midst of negotiating a U.S. troop withdrawal deal, AP reports.

The big picture: The bombing took place at the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul, where many in the minority Shiite Hazara population live.

  • The Afghan government has been sidelined from U.S. withdrawal negotiations, with government officials saying earlier Saturday they were waiting to hear the results of President Trump’s meeting Friday with his national security team about the talks, per AP.
  • The Taliban denied it was involved in the bombing, which it "strongly condemned," the BBC reports.

Go deeper: U.S. pushes toward “face-saving way out" of Afghanistan

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.

The new grifters: outrage profiteers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As Republicans lost the Senate and narrowly missed retaking the House, millions of dollars in grassroots donations were diverted to a handful of 2020 congressional campaigns challenging high-profile Democrats that, realistically, were never going to succeed.

Why it matters: Call it the outrage-industrial complex. Slick fundraising consultants market candidates contesting some of their party’s most reviled opponents. Well-meaning donors pour money into dead-end campaigns instead of competitive contests. The only winner is the consultants.

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