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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Trump administration's newly proposed rule, which would prevent any unauthorized immigrants' from accessing subsidized housing, could result in more than 55,000 children who are legal residents or citizens being evicted, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's own analysis reported by the Washington Post.

Why it matters: If the rule goes into effect, thousands of families could be forced to leave their homes. Even if children in the household are legally qualified for government aid, unauthorized adults would not be allowed to sign leases for subsidized houses.

  • Currently, undocumented immigrants are unable to receive federal housing subsidies, however families with mixed-immigration status can so long as one person — a child born in the U.S. or spouse with citizenship — is eligible. The new rule demands every person in a household possess "eligible immigration status."
  • Other impacts: The analysis found that the rule change would likely cost the government more money, which could lead to "fewer households served under the housing choice vouchers program," per WashPost.

The big picture: The proposed rule is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to limit immigrants' use of government assistance programs. Another proposed rule could disqualify some immigrants — even legal immigrants — from certain visas or green cards if they use or are likely to use federal safety net programs.

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Last week’s stunning indictment of three North Korean hackers laid bare both the advantages and drawbacks of the U.S. government’s evolving strategy of using high-profile prosecutions to publicize hostile nation-state cyber activities.

Why it matters: Criminal charges can help the U.S. establish clear norms in a murky and rapidly changing environment, but they may not deter future bad behavior and could even invite retaliation against U.S. intelligence officials.

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Scoop: Netanyahu asked Biden to keep Trump's sanctions on International Criminal Court

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photo: Bas Czerwinski/ANP/AFP via Getty

Netanyahu asked Biden in their first phone call last week to keep sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in place, Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli officials are concerned that removing the sanctions would hamper Israel's efforts to stop a potential war crimes investigation into Israel, and that the court's prosecutor could see it as a signal that the U.S. isn't firmly opposed to that investigation.

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FDA analysis finds Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine is safe and effective

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The Food and Drug Administration's staff released a briefing document on Wednesday endorsing Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine as safe and effective.

The latest: Assuming the FDA issues an emergency use authorization "without delay," meaning as soon as this weekend, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said J&J will have 3 million to 4 million ready for distribution next week.

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