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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The budget agreement Congress reached tonight would give the National Institutes of Health a $2 billion increase for the second year in a row, a Senate GOP aide confirms. That means congressional negotiators basically told the Trump administration to take a hike. The administration wanted to slash the agency's funding by $1.2 billion in the bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the year.

Between the lines: This part of the agreement had been worked out weeks ago between the top appropriators, including Sen. Roy Blunt and Rep. Tom Cole. They had wanted to build on the earlier $2 billion increase NIH had received last year, the first substantial funding boost in 12 years. The only question was whether Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney would convince them to change their minds. He didn't.

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Biden picks up his pen to change the tone on racial equity

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President Biden is making a down payment on racial equity in a series of executive orders dealing with everything from private prisons to housing discrimination, treatment of Asian Americans and relations with indigenous tribes.

The big picture: Police reform and voting rights legislation will take time to pass in Congress. But with the stroke of his pen, one week into the job Biden is taking steps within his power as he seeks to change the tone on racial justice from former President Trump.

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Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported an effort to dismiss former President Trump's second impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

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A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants.

Why it matters: Biden has set an ambitious immigration agenda, but he could face pushback from the courts.