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Senators to Introduce Measure Opposing $1B Arms Sale to Saudis

A bipartisan push against a $1.15 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is gaining steam in protest of Riyadh’s bombing campaign in Yemen — but remains split on whether to oppose the sale or block it outright.

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Last Remaining U.S. Maker of Cluster Bombs Stops Production

The last remaining U.S. manufacturer of cluster bombs is ending production of the controversial weapon, citing regulatory scrutiny and reduced orders for the internationally banned munition.

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60 U.S. Lawmakers Seek Delay of Billion-Dollar Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

In a sign that frustration is growing in the U.S. Congress over Saudi Arabia, a bipartisan group of 60 lawmakers have signed a letter seeking to delay the Obama administration’s planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and military equipment to Riyadh.

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SitRep: Americans on the Front Lines With ISIS; Iran’s $400 Million

The U.N. Isn’t Done With Saudi; Assad’s Chemical Stockpiles; And Lots More

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With Yemeni Casualties Rising, GOP Senator Looks to Block Big Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

Citing concerns over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, Republican Senator Rand Paul says he’s looking for ways of stopping a $1.15 billion weapons deal with Riyadh that would include the sale of 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored vehicles, and other military equipment.

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U.N. Chief Says Saudi Air War Taking Heavy Toll on Yemeni Children

Ban Ki­-moon says the U.N. believes Saudi warplanes have killed or maimed hundreds of children across Yemen.

Argument

One Cheer for Obama’s Executive Order on Drone Strikes

Yes, the White House lowballed its drone casualty numbers. But don’t let that obscure the value of its important policy changes, which will save civilian lives.

Report

White House Drone Release Is Big on Numbers, Short on Detail

The Obama administration finally releases an estimate of how many civilians were killed in its secret drone strikes. But rights groups say the true numbers are vastly higher.

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SitRep: Moscow vs. Washington, Syria Edition

U.S. Commandos in Yemen; More Yemen Strikes; Chinese Fishing Boat Scuffle; and Lots More

Argument

Saudi Arabia’s First Step Is Admitting It Has an Oil Problem

The heir to the Saudi throne just pushed through a bold package of reforms designed to free the kingdom from oil addiction by 2030. Here’s why it could backfire, badly.

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