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Burhan Ozbilici / AP

Law enforcement officials will announce charges against 12 members of the Turkish president's security detail Thursday for the violence perpetrated against protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence last month, the NYT reports. The House passed a resolution last week condemning the attack, but these 12 charges will be "the most significant retaliatory step taken to date by American authorities."

What to watch: Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Axios he thinks "the [State] Department should reject the proposed sale of $1.2 million of semi-automatic handguns and ammunition to these security forces" since these "types of unprovoked attacks on innocent Americans and their Constitutional rights can never happen again." A House Republican aide said, we've "got to send a strong message these assaults won't be tolerated."

What to expect: The U.S. response will likely be measured to limit further damage to political-military relations. The administration wants to limit any blowback that would put diplomats and other Americans at risk if Turkey retaliates by walking back police protection.

The members of the security detail are not likely to be extradited to the U.S., but they would be arrested should they re-enter the country. Video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watching the altercation can be found here.

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President Trump's 25% tariffs imposed on China under the phase one trade deal will remain in place at the start of the new administration, President-elect Biden said in an interview with the New York Times published early Wednesday.

Details: "I'm not going to make any immediate moves, and the same applies to the tariffs," Biden said. He plans to conduct a full review of the current U.S. policy on China and speak with key allies in Asia and Europe to "develop a coherent strategy," he said.

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.