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Sen. Chuck Grassley. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley was given the White House's prison reform goals which focus on funding programs that help inmates prepare for a successful re-entry. The issue, Grassley "is focused on passing sound policy, not the path of least resistance," according to spokesman George Hartmann.

Big picture: The Judiciary Chairman will continue talking with the White House about comprehensive criminal justice reform including sentencing reform and mens rea reform, according to Hartmann.

Sen. Mike Lee, another criminal justice reform advocate and cosponsor of the Grassley-Durbin bill, told Axios that he supports Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's bill as well, which addresses the prison reform portion of the Grassley-Durbin bill, but not sentencing reform.

Go deeper: Grassley twists Trump's arm for criminal justice reform.

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More surprises await scientists at Antarctica's "Doomsday Glacier"

Cliffs along the edge of the Thwaites Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. Photo: James Yungel/NASA

Researchers like David Holland, an atmospheric scientist at New York University, are in a race to understand the fate of a massive glacier in West Antarctica that has earned a disquieting nickname: "The Doomsday Glacier."

Why it matters: Studies show the Thwaites Glacier (its official name) could already be on an irreversible course to melt during the next several decades to centuries, freeing up enough inland ice to raise global sea levels by at least several feet.

Updated 2 hours ago - Health

The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Omicron's blitz around the world has underscored the need for a new arsenal of COVID vaccines and therapeutics, experts say — and that may require an effort akin to Operation Warp Speed 2.0.

Why it matters: The virus will continue to evolve, potentially in a way that further escapes vaccine protection, and the best way to prevent more global disruptions to everyday life is to have tools ready to combat whatever comes next.

Ina Fried, author of Login
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Microsoft's metaverse maneuvering

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Microsoft is pitching investors and regulators that its $68 billion Activision Blizzard deal is all about the metaverse, that nebulous buzzword taking the tech world by storm.

What they're saying: By my colleague Stephen Totilo's count, Nadella used the word "metaverse" at least five times in his conference call discussing the deal. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick mentioned the metaverse four times, while Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer used the term twice.