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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Right-wing commentators are taking aim at President Trump for his in-the-works DACA deal that would include increased border security but no funding for the border wall.

Why it matters: Trump's newfound desire for bipartisanship is putting his conservative base in jeopardy. Many of his most feverish supporters voted for him because of his hard line on immigration, and to them this deal makes it seem like Trump's caving on his core promises.

  • Breitbart splashed "Amnesty Don" across its homepage.
  • Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted: "If AP is correct, Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible."
  • Ann Coulter tweeted: "At this point, who DOESN'T want Trump impeached?"
  • Laura Ingraham tweeted: "Dems' 'Border security' pledge is MEANINGLESS... When does American working class w/out real wage increase in 15yrs & who send their kids to overcrowded public schools get amnesty?"
  • Sean Hannity tweeted: "Weak R's have betrayed voters. @POTUS needs to stay the course and keep his promises or it's over! Pelosi and Schumer can never be trusted.... If reports true 100%. I blame R's. They caused this..."
  • Lou Dobbs, an anchor Fox Business Network tweeted: "...Huge Loss for #MAGA... @POTUS Betrayed."

Meanwhile, here are a few sample texts flying around, from Axios' Jonathan Swan, who's on a text message chain with some of the more influential anti-establishment GOP operatives and media figures in the U.S.

  • "#ProtectOurIllegals"
  • "It's Javanka's West Wing. We only voted for it."
  • "Impeach."
  • "This is like the week before the Super Bowl, Bob Craft meeting with the owners and players of the Atlanta Falcons."
  • "Slap in the face not to Ryan and McConnell but the very people - the RANK AND FILE - Republicans across the country, who believe in the Constitution."

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Donald Trump was eclipsed in media attention last week by President Biden for the first time since Trump took office, according to viewership data on the internet, on social media and on cable news.

Why it matters: After Trump crowded out nearly every other news figure and topic for five years, momentum of the new administration took hold last week and the former president retreated, partly by choice and partly by being forced off the big platforms.

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The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the Pay-TV industry, and with the near-term future of live sports in question, there are no signs of it getting better in 2021.

Why it matters: The fraught Pay-TV landscape is forcing some smaller, niche cable channels out of business altogether.

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The new administration's first few moves and statements on China suggest that President Biden may continue some of the Trump era's most assertive policies.

Why it matters: China's severe domestic repression, its dramatic rise as a technological superpower, and its increasingly aggressive actions around the globe mean that the world expects the American president to take action.