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Border Patrol facility in Clint, Tex. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

California Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee tasked an independent mediator with immediately improving conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, reports the New York Times.

Why now: The order comes after reports detailed the conditions migrant children are being held in at a facility in Clint, Tex. The children were not provided adequate food and spent days in filthy clothes and diapers.

  • The federal judge set a July 12 deadline for the government to provide a progress report on the conditions.

Context:

  • Many of the migrant minors detained at the facility in Clint have since been been transferred.
  • The House passed a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill for humanitarian assistance for migrants and supplemental security measures on June 25. The bill specifies that children cannot be held for longer than 90 days, and shelter contractors will be barred if they fail to provide adequate accommodations.

Go deeper: Texas Republican says conditions in immigrant centers are worst he's ever seen

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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.