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A federal judge in New York ruled today that while the Trump administration has the right to rescind DACA, it has not provided sufficient legal reasons to do so and thus the program must remain in place while a legal battle plays out. A judge in California made a similar ruling last month.

Why it matters: The rulings have bought Congress some time past the March 5th deadline established by President Trump, but make it "much likelier that the Supreme Court will take up the California case,” Leon Fresco, immigration attorney and former Deputy Assistant A.G. at DOJ’s Office of Immigration Litigation, tells Axios.

  • Fresco anticipates that the fate of DACA will be decided by June, meaning meaning "Congress has to act quickly regardless" or else risk the elimination of the program.
  • Congress is currently debating immigration solutions, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushing for a deal by the end of he week, but there has yet to be a breakthrough more than 5 months after Trump proposed ending the program

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Why it matters: If there's a currency in this town, it's power, so we've asked several former Washington power brokers to share their best advice as a new administration and new Congress settle in.

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Pro-Trump holdouts in the House are forging ahead with an uphill campaign to oust Rep. Liz Cheney as head of the chamber's Republican caucus even though Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told them to back down.

Why it matters: What happens next will be a test of McCarthy's party control and the sincerity of his opposition to the movement. Cheney (R-Wyo.) is seen as a potential leadership rival to the California Republican.

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House Democrats plan to take advantage of corporate efforts to cut funding for Republicans who opposed certifying the 2020 election results, with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.

Why it matters: It's unclear whether the Democrats' strategy will manifest itself in ads or earned media in the targeted races or just be a stunt to raise money for themselves. But the Capitol violence will be central to the party's messaging as it seeks to maintain its narrow majorities in Congress.