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Marco Rubio, the most skeptical GOP questioner, scored when asking Tillerson's opinion on the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers in The Philippines:

Tillerson: I'm not disputing anything you're saying because I know you have access information that I do not have.Rubio: That's from the Los Angeles Times.Tillerson: Well, I'm not going to rely on solely what I read in the newspapers.

When pressed by Ed Markey on Trump's prior statements seemingly supportive of nuclear proliferation in East Asia:

Tillerson: I do not agree . . . I don't think anyone advocates for more nuclear weapons on the planet.

Though Tillerson said he believes Islam is a "great faith" that doesn't necessitate a "blanket rejection" on entering the U.S., he was noncommittal when pressed by Jeanne Shaheen about Trump's proposed Muslim ban…

Tillerson: I would need to have a lot more information around how such an approach would even be constructed.

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.