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Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that lifted the requirements on U.S. intelligence officials to disclose the number of people — both combatants and civilians — killed in drone strikes and other attacks against terrorist targets outside of war zones.

The big picture: This executive order undoes the order enacted by the Obama administration in 2016 that required an annual unclassified summary of government strikes against terrorist targets "outside of active hostilities."

Go deeper: Under Trump, U.S. drone strike policy is looser and less transparent

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify how it relaxes an Obama-era order.

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Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

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The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole "no" votes.

Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead the Pentagon and President Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed.

House will transmit article of impeachment to Senate on Monday, Schumer says

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the House will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" on Monday.

Why it matters: The Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1pm the day after the article is transmitted.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Private equity bets on delayed tax reform in Biden administration

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

In normal times, private equity would be nervous about Democratic Party control of both the White House and Congress. But in pandemic-consumed 2021, the industry seems sanguine.

Driving the news: Industry executives and lobbyists paid very close attention to Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen's confirmation hearings this week, and came away convinced that tax reform isn't on the near-term agenda.

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