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A California federal judge ruled late Tuesday night that the government can't separate immigrant families at the border and must reunite all those who have already been separated within 30 days — and kids under 5 must be reunited within 2 weeks.

Why it matters: This is meant to light a fire under Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security to quickly reunite the more than 2,000 children in HHS custody who have already been separated from their parents. But this doesn't change anything long term, as the Flores Settlement prevents the Trump administration from keeping families together in detention longer than 20 days.

The big picture:

  • Trump's executive order had allegedly already halted the practice of separating child migrants from their parents when caught crossing the border illegally. This ruling doubly ensures that.
  • The ruling also ensures that the more than 2,000 children in the custody of Health and Human Services get reunited with the parents they were separated from, unless there is fear for the child's safety or the parents decline to be reunited.
  • The Trump administration still needs California federal Judge Dolly Gee to change her ruling from 2015 or for Congress to pass a law that would circumvent the Flores Settlement in order for them to have a permanent solution that does not involve the "catch and release" of whole migrant families.
  • In Congress: The House will vote on the compromise, Republican immigration bill today, which is expected to fail. If it does, the House will turn to a narrow family separation bill that would undo the Flores Settlement.

Go deeper: More than 2,000 separated migrant children still with HHS

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Scoop: Blinken protests Israel settlements approval in "tense" phone call

Benny Gantz (L) and Tony Blinken. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP via Getty

Secretary of State Tony Blinken protested the decision to approve 3,000 new housing units in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank during a tense phone call on Tuesday with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time new construction in the settlements has been approved since President Biden assumed office, and the Biden administration had been privately pressing the Israeli government not to proceed.

Senate Democrats unveil new income tax for billionaires

Sen. Ron Wyden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a billionaires' tax proposal, designed to help support President Biden's social spending and climate change legislation.

Why it matters: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the Billionaires Income Tax would raise "hundreds of billions of dollars" and would affect approximately 700 taxpayers who have more than $1 billion in assets or incomes of over $100 million a year.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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