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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security has postponed proposing an end to the H-4 work visa, which lets the spouses of H-1B workers with pending green cards find employment in the United States, according to a court filing. They now plan to issue the proposal in June — instead of their original goal of February — after USCIS "reevaluated the rule and determined that significant revisions to the draft proposal were necessary."

Why it matters: The Trump administration and DHS faced several setbacks in their attempts to crack down on immigration policies in February — from DACA, to the travel ban, to defunding sanctuary cities. Now, the spouses of these H-1B holders will face at least a few additional months in legal limbo before USCIS offers clarity regarding their work authorization.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to more accurately reflect that this potential policy change would only affect the spouses of H-1B holders with pending green cards.

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Cuomo asks New York AG and chief judge to choose "independent" investigator into sexual harassment claims

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Feb. 24. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

A special counselor to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Sunday asking the state's attorney general and chief judge to jointly pick an "independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation" to investigate claims of sexual harassment against the governor.

The state of play: The statement is an about-face from Cuomo, who had previously selected a former judge close to a top aide to lead the investigation, the New York Times reported, a move that was widely criticized.

Republican Sen. Sasse slams Nebraska GOP for "weird worship" of Trump after state party rebuke

Sen. Ben Sasse, (R-Neb.) Photo: Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images

The Nebraska Republican Party on Saturday formally "rebuked" Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) for his vote to impeach former President Trump earlier this year, though it stopped short of a formal censure, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Sasse is the latest among a slate of Republicans who have faced some sort of punishment from their state party apparatus after voting to impeach the former president. The senator responded statement Saturday, per the Omaha World-Herald, saying "most Nebraskans don't think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude."

Cuomo barraged by fellow Dems after second harassment accusation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced a barrage of criticism from fellow Democrats after The New York Times reported that the second former aide in four days had accused him of sexual harassment.

Why it matters: Cuomo had faced a revolt from legislators for his handling of nursing-home deaths from COVID. Now, the scandal is acutely personal, with obviously grave political risk.