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Trump has granted drone-striking power to the CIA, breaking from an Obama-era policy that separated the CIA's capabilities from the Pentagon's, according to the WSJ. Previously, the CIA would run the operation to locate terrorists, and the DOD would launch strikes.

The CIA has authority to operate in Syria now, lining up with Trump's desire to stomp out ISIS, but the striking region will expand, U.S. officials said. The CIA has been using this strike capability already, killing a senior al-Quaida leader in Syria, Abu al-Khayr al-Masri.

Why it matters: The CIA doesn't have to report the number of terrorists or civilians it kills during a drone strike. The Pentagon had to report that publicly. Now the numbers of strikes might increase without public disclosures.

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China embraces hostage diplomacy

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The Chinese government is threatening to detain foreign citizens unless their home governments do what Beijing demands. In some cases, China has already made good on those threats.

The big picture: This marks a potential evolution of China's "wolf warrior diplomacy" to outright rogue state behavior, putting it in the company of countries like North Korea and Iran, which have also engaged in hostage diplomacy.

Justice Department sues Google over alleged search monopoly

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The Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets.

Why it matters: The long-awaited suit is Washington's first major blow against the tech giants that many on both the right and left argue have grown too large and powerful. Still, this is just step one in what could be a lengthy and messy court battle.