Trump: ICE will begin removing millions of undocumented migrants soon

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President Trump tweeted Monday night that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin deporting "millions" of undocumented migrants next week.

Why it matters: There have been more border arrests so far this fiscal year than in any other full fiscal year in the past decade, with close to 600,000 migrant arrests. Immigration agencies have been struggling to care of the large numbers of families and children, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Many families are quickly released into the U.S. due to lack of space, Axios' Stef Knight notes.

By the numbers: The latest ICE figures show for the third month in a row, there were more than 100,000 border crossings — 144,278 in total.

What they're saying: Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference last week Mexico and the U.S. had agreed to monitor migration in upcoming months, with a contingency for discussions on further asylum reforms if it was determined that individuals crossing the U.S. southern border had not been reduced.

Go deeper: Chart: How immigration levels in the U.S. have changed since 1900

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McConnell says Republicans do not yet have the votes to block witnesses

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his caucus Tuesday that Republicans currently lack the votes needed to block witnesses from being called in the impeachment trial against President Trump, but are hopeful they could get there by Friday, three sources familiar with the closed-door meeting tell Axios.

The big picture: Most Republicans have tried to avoid calling witnesses, and just a few days ago it looked like their efforts would be successful. But bombshell revelations from former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book have swayed more GOP senators in recent days, with some signaling they're more likely to vote for witnesses than before.

Trump impeachment trial recap, day 7: Trump's team closes its case

Members of Trump's legal team leave the Capitol on Monday. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

President Trump's legal team closed out its opening arguments during the seventh day of his Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday.

The big picture: Republicans spent their three days of arguments lamenting the facts that form the basis of the trial — claiming they don't rise to the level of an impeachable offense — and accusing Democrats of pushing forward a plot to subvert the will of American voters and remove the president from office.

NPR reporter defends 1st Amendment rights after Mike Pompeo encounter

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly authored a New York Times op-ed Tuesday about her encounter with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and why she's refused to back down on her reporting.

What they're saying: "There is a reason that freedom of the press is enshrined in the Constitution," Kelly said. There is a reason it matters that people in positions of power — people charged with steering the foreign policy of entire nations — be held to account. The stakes are too high for their impulses and decisions not to be examined in as thoughtful and rigorous an interview as is possible."

Australian lab first to grow Wuhan virus outside China

A screenshot of the coronavirus grown in a lab in Australia. Photo: Doherty Institute

Scientists in Melbourne, Australia have become the first to recreate the Wuhan coronavirus outside of China.

Why it matters: It's a "significant breakthrough," which will enable accurate investigation and diagnosis of the virus globally, per a statement by the Doherty Institute released Tuesday morning (ET), from where the virus was grown. It's hoped it will help efforts to treat the virus.

What's happening with the coronavirus

132 people have died and 6,003 others are confirmed to have contracted a coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China, health officials confirmed, as several nations began evacuating citizens from the country.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday the country's risk citizens evacuated from Wuhan would be held in quarantine on Christmas Island, an Australian territory near Indonesia notorious for its now-closed refugee detention center.

This story and map will be frequently updated with breaking news. See below for our latest coverage.

Pompeo confirms U.S. green light for Israeli annexations in West Bank

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told me in an interview today that the U.S. will support Israeli annexations in the West Bank, as long as they're consistent with the maps presented in the U.S. peace plan.

Why it matters: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he'd bring plans to annex the Jordan Valley and all settlements in the West Bank before the Cabinet on Sunday. He would not have taken such a dramatic step without U.S. backing.

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Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg steps down

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Mandy Ginsberg on Tuesday announced that she is stepping down as longtime CEO of Match Group, the owner of online dating sites including Match and Tinder.

Driving the news: Ginsberg told Match employees in an internal email, obtained by Axios, that her decision was more personal than professional, as a tornado had recently made her home "unlivable" and that she has had health issues, including a surgery just last Friday.

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