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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

We're a long way from candidate Trump calling NATO "obsolete," but when President Trump's Defense secretary visits Europe next month he'll still have some tough words for U.S. allies. That's because none of them spend what they're required to on defense — candidate and President Trump have criticized other countries for not paying their fare share. As far as Nato, according to the FT:

Nato's current long-term objective is to bring defence annual spending in all 28 member states to 2 per cent of economic output. At present, only by the US, UK, Estonia, Poland and Greece meet this target.

By one accounting cited by the FT, Germany should spend $30 billion more each year by 2024, Italy and Canada would have to spend $18 billion, Spain would need to spend $16 billion and France is on the hook for $6 billion. However boosting their defense spending would probably put them in violation of EU budget rules.

Why this matters: This was something the Obama administration pressed Europe on as well, but as one diplomat told the FT: "There is an understanding that this matters to this American administration even more than it did to the previous one."

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Fight over Putin's pipeline consumes Congress

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Biden administration, House and Senate Democrats and even the German government are engaged in a multi-pronged effort to stop Congress from imposing mandatory sanctions on a Kremlin-backed natural gas pipeline.

Why it matters: President Biden's decision to let Nord Stream 2 proceed has put his allies in an uncomfortable bind. Republicans have already blocked dozens of Biden's foreign-policy nominees, and the dispute threatened to derail an annual defense bill passed by Congress every year for six decades.

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Shooting at Michigan high school leaves 3 dead, 8 wounded

Police cars restrict access to Oxford High School following the shooting in Oxford, Michigan, on Tuesday. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

A 15-year-old sophomore was arrested after a shooting at a Michigan high school that left three people dead and eight others wounded Wednesday, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

The latest: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a briefing Tuesday night that the suspect's father had on Friday bought the 9mm Sig Sauer pistol investigators believe was used in the shooting at Oxford High School. Authorities released the names of the victims late Tuesday.

City Council member Andre Dickens wins Atlanta mayoral race

Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens in Atlanta, Georgia, late Tuesday. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election Tuesday to become Atlanta's next mayor, soundly beating the council's president Felicia Moore.

The big picture: Dickens was just a few months ago considered to have an outside chance of replacing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced in May that she wouldn't seek a second term.