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Yahoo and Tumblr (which is owned by Yahoo) today joined a host of other tech companies on an amicus brief contesting Trump's executive order barring citizens citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

Yahoo executives are from a diverse group of countries, including Taiwan, Chile and Lebanon, "so we know firsthand that great things can happen when America welcomes the world's best and the brightest," Yahoo General Counsel Ron Bell wrote in a blog post.

The brief, filed yesterday, urges a New York federal court to grant injunctive relief against the executive order. Other signers include HP, Uber, Airbnb, Tech:NYC, Dropbox and Codecademy.

Why it matters: The companies' brief supports the efforts of New York Attorney General's Office and others including ACLU in the fight against enforcement of the order, piling on the outcry from around 100 tech companies who filed an opposing brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month. Yahoo was among the notable absences on the earlier brief, along with companies like IBM and Amazon.

What's next: Trump is expected to sign another travel ban order next week.

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The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

Senate parliamentarian rules $15 minimum wage cannot be included in relief package

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The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the provision to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour cannot be included in the broader $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: It's now very likely that any increase in the minimum wage will need bipartisan support, as the provision cannot be passed with the simple Senate majority that Democrats are aiming to use for President Biden's rescue bill.

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President Biden spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Salman this evening ahead of the release of a CIA report expected to implicate the king's son, and the kingdom's de facto ruler, in the murder of a U.S.-based journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Why it matters: In one month, Biden has ended support for the Saudi war effort in Yemen, frozen a large arms deal and snubbed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) by declining to speak with him directly.

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