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Even before news broke Monday night that the Justice Department wants the courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, a press conference to introduce a package of bills that would incrementally expand on the Affordable Care Act was already on House Democrats' Tuesday agenda.

My thought bubble: One press conference on one day is no big deal, but we've already watched Democrats build a narrative and a campaign message around health care — including this exact lawsuit. There's no reason to believe they can't do it again, especially with even more on the line in court.

Details: Democrats' bills would expand the ACA's subsidies for both premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

  • The package also would effectively nullify Trump's expansion of bare-bones "short-term" insurance plans, per the New York Times; provide money to promote enrollment; and encourage states to set up reinsurance programs, which help reduce premiums.

Between the lines: These are pretty safe, standard Democratic ideas that would be a lot less newsworthy without the stark contrast Trump's Justice Department is providing.

  • The internal Democratic debate between "Medicare for All" and "Defend the ACA" won't go away, because the presidential primary is still going on. But to the extent it's an active fissure among House Democrats, Trump's latest move at least can't hurt Pelosi's effort to keep her caucus on the same page.

Go deeper ... Exclusive poll: Public fears lawsuit over pre-existing conditions

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Scoop: Border officials project 13,000 child migrants in May

The "El Chaparral" border crossing at Tijuana. Photo: Stringer/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

A Customs and Border Protection staffer told top administration officials Thursday the agency is projecting a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border in May, sources directly familiar with the discussion told Axios.

Why it matters: That projection would exceed the height of the 2019 crisis, which led to the infamous "kids-in-cages" disaster. It also underscores a rapidly escalating crisis for the Biden administration.

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U.S. strikes Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria

President Biden at the Pentagon on Feb. 10. Photo: Alex Brandon - Pool/Getty Images

The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

Senate parliamentarian rules $15 minimum wage cannot be included in relief package

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The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the provision to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour cannot be included in the broader $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: It's now very likely that any increase in the minimum wage will need bipartisan support, as the provision cannot be passed with the simple Senate majority that Democrats are aiming to use for President Biden's rescue bill.