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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has announced an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run, voiced support for the idea of withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan during an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Wednesday night.

The big picture: The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw troops from Syria has drawn heavy criticism from the national security sector. Warren said that the answer from the foreign policy establishment to the situation in the Middle East seems to be, "Stay forever. That is not a policy. We can't do that." She does, however, believe the plan should be coordinated with allies and disagrees with President Trump conducting "foreign policy by tweet."

Warren also told MSNBC that candidates should "not be self-funding," and that "they should not be funded from PACs from other billionaires."

"I think this is a moment for all of the Democratic nominees, as they come into the race, to say in a Democratic primary we are going to link arms and we're going to say grassroots funding. No to the billionaires."

Go deeper: Elizabeth Warren backs "idea" of a Green New Deal

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Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategy

Biden signs executive orders on Jan. 21. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday signed a slew of executive orders to address the coronavirus pandemic, including an interstate face mask mandate and an order to renew supplies of PPE, testing materials and vaccines through the Defense Production Act.

Why it matters: The stakes are highest for Biden’s vaccination effort. Several states cannot keep up with demand.

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Stalemate over filibuster freezes Congress

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell's inability to quickly strike a deal on a power-sharing agreement in the new 50-50 Congress is slowing down everything from the confirmation of President Biden's nominees to Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Why it matters: Whatever final stance Schumer takes on the stalemate, which largely comes down to Democrats wanting to use the legislative filibuster as leverage over Republicans, will be a signal of the level of hardball we should expect Democrats to play with Republicans in the new Senate.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Biden opts for five-year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia

Putin at a military parade. Photo: Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty

President Biden will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control pact with Russia before it expires on Feb. 5, senior officials told the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The 2010 treaty is the last remaining constraint on the arsenals of the world's two nuclear superpowers, limiting the number of deployed nuclear warheads and the bombers, missiles and submarines which can deliver them.

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