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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

On a day where most media attention is focused on CPAC, Secretary Kelly and Secretary Tillerson's trip to Mexico, and Kellyanne Conway's return to the spotlight; Spicer gave an under-the-radar especially newsy press briefing. The 5 hot issues are below the jump:

  1. Deportations: Pres. Trump was using "military operation" as an adjective to describe deportation efforts: "It's happening with precision."
  2. Nukes: Trump meant that the U.S. has "supreme" power, and he wanted to ensure that other nations understand our dominance, said Spicer.
  3. Marijuana: Spicer split the difference between medical and recreational marijuana, saying the president understands that some people need it for health purposes, and the states are given power to regulate its usage. "There's a big difference between the medical use, and recreational use." Spicer said, "which I think the DOJ will be looking further into."
  4. Travel ban: Trump's new travel ban is now finalized, and the administration is in the "execution phase" of implementing it. When asked about the order's delay, Spicer said there isn't a question about delaying the law, the priority is getting it right. He added that the administration "continues to believe that we will prevail in the 9th Circuit."
  5. Transgender bathrooms: "When the president was informed that Caitlyn Jenner [was in Trump Tower, he said, 'That's great.'" The president is "very sympathetic" with children who deal with that, but the bottom line is that "this is a states' rights issue, not a federal issue."

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Why it matters: The executive action is yet another attempt by Biden to accomplish goals administratively without waiting for the backing of Congress. The new order echoes Biden's $400 billion campaign pledge to increase government purchases of American goods.

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The big picture: Companies like Facebook and Twitter stepped up enforcement and their conversations with law enforcement ahead of Inauguration Day. But they'll be tested as the threat rises that impatient lone-wolf attackers will lash out.

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The 10-month long school closures and the coronavirus pandemic are expected to have a big impact on childhood obesity rates.

Why it matters: About one in five children are obese in the U.S. — an all-time high — with worsening obesity rates across income and racial and ethnic groups, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show.