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U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee denied President Trump's request that she change her 2015 ruling on the Flores Settlement, which prevents immigrant children from being kept in detention longer than 20 days, Politico reports.

Bottom line: This was not a surprising decision, but it's a big loss for the Trump administration, which is back where it started in dealing with undocumented migrant families. The only way for Trump to avoid the restrictions on child detention would be a Supreme Court decision — which is unlikely — or for Congress to act, according to former DOJ immigration judge Leon Fresco.

What's next: The Trump administration now has two options in dealing with migrant families:

  1. Release them into the U.S. until their immigration hearings, which the Trump administration has shown no interest in doing.
  2. Keep families in detention together for the legal 20 days, and allow the parents to choose to whether to keep their children with them in detention long term or have them placed in the hands of Health and Human Services while they await their hearing.

Key quote from Judge Gee: "It is apparent that Defendants’ Application is a cynical attempt...to shift responsibility to the Judiciary for over 20 years of Congressional inaction and ill-considered Executive action that have led to the current stalemate."

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Airlines call for Biden admin's "immediate intervention" in 5G deployment

Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The CEOs of leading U.S. air cargo and passenger carriers on Monday warned the Biden administration there could be "catastrophic disruption" after AT&T and Verizon deploy a new 5G service this week.

Driving the news: They said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other top federal officials ahead of the C-Band 5G service's deployment Wednesday that "the nation's commerce will grind to a halt" and "could potentially strand tens of thousands of Americans overseas."

Updated 3 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.

5 hours ago - Health

CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic and changing guidance should have been clearer.

State of play: Walensky is being coached by media experts and is planning to have more press briefings by herself in order to ensure that CDC is seen as an independent, scientific entity, rather than as a political one, the Journal reports.