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Border Patrol agents. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council — a national union for the U.S. Border Patrol — criticized President Trump's deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border calling the move "a colossal waste of resources," the L.A. Times reports.

Why it matters: The group endorsed Trump during the election, and had hopes that this deployment would help "alleviate the Border Patrol's workload," per the Times. But Judd says "that has not happened at all."

A Homeland Security spokeswoman, Katie Waldman, defended the deployment telling the Times: "While the National Guard deployment has not yet reached full capacity, it has clearly and unquestionably been a success with thousands of additional apprehensions and millions of dollars of drugs kept out of our country. ... More help is on the way."

  • Judd told the Times: "We generally support the administration, but we're not going to be cheerleading when things are not going well."

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Here come Earmarks 2.0

DeLauro at a hearing in May 2020. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Appropriations Committee is preparing to restore a limited version of earmarks, which give lawmakers power to direct spending to their districts to pay for special projects.

Why it matters: A series of scandals involving members in both parties prompted a moratorium on earmarks in 2011. But Democrats argue it's worth the risk to bring them back because earmarks would increase their leverage to pass critical legislation with a narrow majority, especially infrastructure and spending bills.

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UN says Paris carbon-cutting plans fall far short

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Nations' formal emissions-cutting pledges are collectively way too weak to put the world on track to meet the Paris climate deal's temperature-limiting target, a United Nations tally shows.

Driving the news: This morning the UN released an analysis of the most recent nationally determined contributions (NDCs) — that is, countries' medium-term emissions targets submitted under the 2015 pact.

Biden condemns Russian aggression on 7th anniversary of Crimea annexation

Putin giving a speech in Sevastapol, Crimea, in 2020. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

President Biden reaffirmed U.S. support for the people of Ukraine and vowed to hold Russia accountable for its aggression in a statement on Friday, the 7th anniversary of Russia's 2014 invasion of Crimea.

Why it matters: The statement reflects the aggressive approach Biden is taking to Russia, which he classified on the campaign trail as an "opponent" and "the biggest threat" to U.S. security and alliances.