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German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel bought herself two weeks to reach a deal with other European countries on immigration, after demands from Interior Minister Horst Seehofer that migrants who have been registered as asylum-seekers in other countries be turned away had her coalition on the brink of collapse.

Across the pond: President Trump tweeted, "The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition... Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"

Trump faces his own migrant crisis. The blowback to policies that have resulted in the separation of migrant families has been enormous. Trump seems to be suggesting with these tweets that the alternative to strict border enforcement is chaos.

  • Merkel's open door policy toward refugees, which she has since backed off somewhat, won plaudits abroad but also contributed to the rise of the far right and piled pressure on the center-right ruling parties.
  • The Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, has taken an increasingly hard line on immigration to fend off a challenge from the far-right Alternative for Germany party ahead of Bavaria's elections this October, according to the AP.
  • By the numbers: Germany's Office of Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) registered 186,644 asylum seekers in 2017, down from 890,000 asylum seekers in 2015 — when the migrant crisis was at its peak.

Be smart: Trump's approval ratings in Germany are around 11%, so don't expect his criticism to be damaging to Merkel.

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NRA files for bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for voluntary bankruptcy as part of a restructuring plan.

Driving the news: The gun rights group said it would reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment." Last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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Biden: "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution

Joe Biden. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

A new Washington

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The state of play: Inaugurations are usually a point of celebration in D.C., but over 20,000 troops are now patrolling Washington streets in an unprecedented preparation for Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.