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Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

In her next big move as a presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to release a proposal for universal child care on Tuesday, HuffPost first reported and Axios has confirmed with a source familiar with this plan.

Why it matters: This could make child care a more prominent issue in the 2020 presidential election, especially as health care in general will be a dominant topic. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders proposed significant changes to the current child care system during the 2016 election.

Details: A source familiar with Warren's proposal told Axios that access to child care would be free for any family living under 200% of the poverty line.

  • But no family, regardless of income, would ever pay more than 7% of their income for access to child care among the providers included in this proposal.
  • The plan would cost nearly $700 billion, per HuffPost. A source familiar with the proposal told Axios that Warren would plan to pay for this using part of the revenue generated from her wealth tax proposal.

Go deeper: Read an analysis of the proposal below...

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Alabama trying to use COVID relief funds to expand prisons

Inside the Julia Tutwiler Correctional Facility in Wetumpka, Alabama in 2018. Photo: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images

Alabama state lawmakers are trying to funnel up to $400 million of the state's American Rescue Plan funds to pay for a $1.3 billion plan to build and renovate prisons across the state, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Diverting dollars from the COVID-relief package, passed in March, is prompting criticism over misuse.

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Jake Sullivan discussed human rights and Yemen with Saudi crown prince

MBS in 2018. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed efforts to end the war in Yemen, the de-escalation of regional tensions with Iran and Saudi Arabia's human rights record in their meeting on Monday, a senior U.S. official told Axios.

Why it matters: This was Sullivan's first trip to the Middle East since taking up his post in January and he was the most senior visitor to the kingdom so far from the Biden administration, which has kept the crown prince at arms length over his roles in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Top Pentagon officials contradict Biden on Afghanistan advice

Photo: Carolone Brehman/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Top military leaders confirmed in a Senate hearing Tuesday they recommended earlier this year that the U.S. keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, and that they believed withdrawing those forces would lead to the collapse of the Afghan military.

Why it matters: Biden denied last month that his top military advisers wanted troops to remain in Afghanistan, telling ABC's George Stephanopoulos: "No one said that to me that I can recall."