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Jonathan Ernst / AP

Qatar finalized a $12 billion deal with the United States Wednesday to purchase F-15 fighter jets, NBC reports. Defense News reports the deal originated and was cleared by the State Department last November, initially starting at $21.1 billion.

  • Trump last week called on Qatar to "end its funding of terrorism and extremist ideology."
  • Trump last month told Qatar's ruling emir: "We are friends, we've been friends for a long time, haven't we?"

Seven countries cut ties with Qatar last week, pinning the U.S. in the crosshairs of the diplomatic crisis, since Qatar houses around 10,000 U.S. troops at the biggest U.S. air base in the Middle East.

Go deeper: Why those countries cut off Qatar

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U.S. grants temporary protected status to thousands of Venezuelans

Venezuelan citizens participate in the vote for the popular consultation in December 2020, as part of a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Doral, Florida. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP

Venezuelans living in the United States will be eligible to receive temporary protected status for 18 months, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday.

Why it matters: Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled to the U.S. amid economic, political and social turmoil back home. Former President Trump, on his last full day in office, granted some protections to Venezuelans through the U.S. Deferred Enforced Departure program, but advocates and lawmakers said the move didn't go far enough.

"She-cession" threatens economic recovery

Illustration: Sarah Grillo

Decades of the slow economic progress women made catching up to men evaporated in just one year.

Why it matters: As quickly as those gains were erased, it could take much, much longer for them to return — a warning Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued today.