Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced legislation Thursday that would suspend the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and block refueling of Saudi coalition warplanes bombing Yemen.

Why it matters: This legislative attempt seeks to punish the kingdom for its role in Yemen’s devastating civil war, which has killed over 10,000 people, and crown prince Mohammad bin Salman's alleged involvement in the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Earlier Thursday, the Trump administration slapped sanctions on 17 people, including Saudi Consul General Mohammad Alotaib, for the murder of Khashoggi.

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A white-collar crime crackdown

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America has waited a decade for an aggressive government crackdown on white-collar crime. Now, just before the election, and in the middle of a bull market, it has arrived.

Why it matters: When times are good, investors become more trusting and more greedy. That makes them more likely to put their money into fraudulent or criminal enterprises.

  • After a decade-long bull market, there is no shortage of those frauds to prosecute.
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Lawyers crystal-ball the Google antitrust case

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The Justice Department's antitrust suit against Google is a strong, straightforward monopoly case, competition lawyers and experts tell Axios. But that doesn't mean it'll be an easy journey for the government.

The big picture: Winning any antitrust case is a heavy lift. It's even more of a challenge to pull off victory in a future-looking case that seeks to make room for potential new competition to flourish.

The pandemic is getting worse again

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Due to a database error, Missouri had a 3 day gap in reporting from Oct. 11-13; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Every available piece of data proves it: The coronavirus pandemic is getting worse again, all across America.

The big picture: As the death toll ticks past 212,000, at a moment when containing the virus ought to be easier and more urgent than ever, we are instead giving it a bigger foothold to grow from.

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