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Roger Stone, former adviser and confidant to President Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump's longtime political ally Roger Stone has refused to provide documents requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee and has invoked his Fifth Amendment right in declining to testify, the panel's top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said Tuesday.

The backdrop: This comes after Trump praised Stone, a target in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, for having “guts" by refusing to testify against him. Stone has come under scrutiny for possibly acting as an intermediary between the Trump 2016 campaign and WikiLeaks, allegations that he denies. Feinstein said the committtee was seeking "communications related to hacked emails, communications with Russian hackers or Wikileaks, and communications with the Trump campaign." But Stone's attorney argues that the request is "far too overbroad, far too overreaching, far too wide ranging."

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Sen. Ron Wyden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a billionaires' tax proposal, designed to help support President Biden's social spending and climate change legislation.

Why it matters: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the Billionaires Income Tax would raise "hundreds of billions of dollars" and would affect approximately 700 taxpayers who have more than $1 billion in assets or incomes of over $100 million a year.

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Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.