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Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday on an 86-14 vote.

Why it matters: An amendment to the act calls for 10 military bases honoring the Confederacy to be renamed, which President Trump greatly opposes, per the Wall Street Journal. Trump previously threatened to veto the measure if it passed with the provision.

  • Despite Trump's veto threats, the House and Senate both moved forward with measures that included the provision.

Details: The act also guarantees a 3% pay raise for troops, $740 billion for national-security programs in the fiscal year 2021, and $44 million for coronavirus vaccines and biotechnology research.

What's next: Members of the House and Senate will meet to reconcile their versions of the bill, which will then have to pass both chambers before heading to Trump's desk.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday "will go down as one of the darkest days" in Senate history, moments before the chamber voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The bottom line: Schumer said his Republican colleagues "decided to thwart the will of the people" by holding the vote eight days ahead of the presidential election, despite opposing President Obama's nominee because it was an election year.

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A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

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.