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USCIS has reached the 65,000 visa cap for H-1B high skilled work visa applications as well as the 20,000 visa cap for those with U.S. advanced degrees. They started accepting applications on Monday.

Why it matters: This is the sixth consecutive year that the H-1B cap has been reached within five days of USCIS accepting petitions for the next year, which many tech companies and organizations argue highlights the need for raising the cap.

  • The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Vice President for Global Trade Development Shivendra Singh released a statement, saying, "America’s economy is crying out for more skilled talent, especially in the IT sector. The large number of applications and the speed with which the annual cap is reached demonstrate the high demand for these workers."
  • Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Halataei, told Axios in a statement that “today is a perfect reminder of why the United States needs to fix its immigration system." He also called for support for Sen. Orrin Hatch's I-Squared Act, which would raise the cap for H-1B visas.
  • FWD.us president Todd Schulte told Axios in a statement that the cap impacts medical innovation, job creation, and wage growth in the U.S. “We should have a high-skilled immigration that makes it easier for America to remain a magnet for global talent and innovation - and unfortunately as we are reminded today, our immigration system is currently pushing us in the wrong direction.”
  • Go deeper: The cities with the most H-1B workers

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  3. Vaccine: Fauci: 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely" doable.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode again.
  5. Tech: Kids' screen time sees a big increase.
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Navalny and his wife shortly before he was detained. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detained upon his return to Moscow on Sunday, which came five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. He returned despite being warned that he would be arrested.

The latest: Navalny was stopped at a customs checkpoint and led away alone by officers. He appeared to hug his wife goodbye, and his spokesman reports that his lawyer was not allowed to accompany him.

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Biden's "overwhelming force" doctrine

President-elect Biden arrives to introduce his science team in Wilmington yesterday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.