President Biden said Wednesday that “diplomacy does not hinge on having boots in harm’s way” as he defended his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Biden said the United States needs to “fight the battles for the next 20 years, not the last 20” as he delivered a speech from the White House. He later visited Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place for service members who died in recent conflicts, including in Afghanistan, pausing at some of the tombstones.

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  • A House committee is expected to vote to advance legislation that would create a commission to study whether to pay reparations to descendants of enslaved people.
  • Rep. Kevin Brady (Tex.), an influential player in the House Republican conference, announced that he will not seek reelection.
  • The Senate moved ahead on a rare bipartisan effort aimed at investigating and halting hate crimes against Asian Americans amid the pandemic.
  • A Florida politician at the center of an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has provided federal law enforcement with information about Gaetz’s activities as he seeks a plea deal to resolve his own legal woes.