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Image: Games for Change

A board game called "Toma El Paso (Make a Move)" is helping college students understand some of the ground-level complexities of U.S. immigration policy.

Why it matters: The game is made to be played, first and foremost, by unaccompanied immigrant minors to help them learn how to navigate the U.S detention system.

Between the lines: Designer Lien Tran, who made the game in 2014, said it is meant to explain the ways one can exit the system (reunification, foster care or return).

  • Among its lessons: the importance of following-up with caseworkers and "exerting patience."

What they're saying: At a talk at the Games for Change conference on Monday, Saint Louis University professor Kate Moran said "Toma El Paso" was eye-opening for her students. (Watch the full talk on YouTube.)

  • "They expressed frustration that even if they did what they were supposed to do, there was no guarantee of a good outcome — at least not quickly."
  • They appreciated its specificity: "The game allows us to talk about something that often gets buried in conversations about high-level law and policy: the way the detention system looks and acts on the ground."

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Bat time: Rs vs. Ds

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Data: U.S House of Representatives; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Republicans narrowly broke the Democrats' three-game winning streak in the annual Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday night.

Why it matters: Although congressional baseball games have been played since the early 1900s — at times against the media — it's been an annual, partisan affair since 1962.

Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.

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Democrats brace for staredown over paid family medical leave

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senior House Democrats are braced for battle with the Senate over whether paid family medical leave — a key priority for progressives — will be included in President Biden’s final budget reconciliation bill, lawmakers and aides tell Axios.

Why it matters: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has indicated he wants to cut the program to reduce the bill's price tag. “Paid family and medical leave must be in the final package,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Axios on Monday.