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Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Four 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls signed a letter on Tuesday calling on McDonald’s to do more to address sexual harassment allegations.

Details: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are among 8 senators, led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who signed the letter to McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook expressing concern about "unsafe and intolerable work conditions" at the company.

The big picture: 25 McDonald's employees filed sexual harassment charges against their employer last month. McDonald's claims it is developing anti-harassment measures, but employees at last month's announcement said they had seen no evidence of any changes, and the senators say they "remain troubled" that procedures may fall short.

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Congress grants waiver for retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon

Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Both chambers of Congress on Thursday voted to grant retired Gen. Lloyd Austin a waiver to lead the Pentagon, clearing the path to confirmation for President Biden's nominee for defense secretary.

Why it matters: Austin's nomination received pushback from some lawmakers, including Democrats, who cited a law that requires officers be out of the military for at least seven years before taking the job — a statute intended to reinforce the tradition of civilian control of the Pentagon.

McConnell proposes February impeachment trial

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is proposing that the impeachment trial of former President Trump begin in mid-February to allow for "due process."

Why it matters: The impeachment trial is likely to grind other Senate business to a halt, including the confirmation process for President Biden's Cabinet nominees.