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The G20 leaders' photo. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Many of the world's most prominent leaders gathered at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday, including President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) — whose interactions have remained firmly in the headlines over recent weeks.

Why it matters: The G20 comes amid multiple international controversies, including Trump's continued pledge to work with Saudi Arabia despite questions surrounding MBS' involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as well as Trump's decision to cancel a one-on-one meeting with Putin citing ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

This friendly handshake between Putin and MBS rocked the Twittersphere:

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman smiles at President Trump. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with MBS. Photo: Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images
Trump flanked by Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images
MBS and Putin lining up for a group picture. Photo: Jaun Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images
Trump chats with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images

Go deeper: After meeting cancellations, more headaches await Trump at G20

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Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

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The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole "no" votes.

Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead the Pentagon and President Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed.

House will transmit article of impeachment to Senate on Monday, Schumer says

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" on Monday.

Why it matters: The Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1 p.m. the day after the article is transmitted.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Private equity bets on delayed tax reform in Biden administration

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

In normal times, private equity would be nervous about Democratic Party control of both the White House and Congress. But in pandemic-consumed 2021, the industry seems sanguine.

Driving the news: Industry executives and lobbyists paid very close attention to Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen's confirmation hearings this week, and came away convinced that tax reform isn't on the near-term agenda.