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Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa took over a year ago. Photo: Issam Ahmed / AFP via Getty Images

Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, who has led Pakistan's army since November 2016, has "greatly increased its clout," columnist Zahid Hussain told the New York Times.

Why it matters: "A little more than a year after he took command, there is already talk in the country of the 'Bajwa Doctrine,' with Pakistan’s approach to foreign and domestic policies reflecting the army chief’s vision," per the Times.

The backdrop: One of President Trump's first acts of 2018 was suspending nearly all security assistance to Pakistan, an amount that could be as high as $1.3 billion. And in a New Year's Day tweet, Trump accused the nation "lies and deceit" — an act which prompted an emergency security meeting in Pakistan.

"In a call this month with Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the head of the United States Central Command, for example, Bajwa talked of a 'sense of betrayal' within the country over Mr. Trump’s tweet," the Times reports.

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The "war on nature"

A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.