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Kim Kardashian and President Trump in the Oval Office. Photo: The White House

Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump and White House officials including Jared Kushner today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, and the president himself, confirmed, to discuss prison reform and sentencing following calls with Kushner, who has championed criminal justice reform efforts through the White House.

Why it matters: The key word is “sentencing.” Jared Kushner’s efforts toward criminal justice reform have focused on prison reform — not sentencing — mostly because of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ strong opposition to lowering any federal sentencing guidelines. This comes the same day Trump went after Sessions on Twitter saying he wishes he had chosen a different attorney general.

The background: Kardashian and Kusher have discussed the possibility of a presidential pardon for 62-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who was given a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. A prison reform bill recently passed the House, but there is an ongoing battle in the Senate over whether the bill should include sentencing reforms.

The big picture: The bill that passed the house did not include any sentencing reforms. But in the Senate, there are ongoing negotiations about whether to add sentencing to the prison reform bill in order to get 60 votes — and how much — as Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley, Sen. Dick Durbin and others insist that no bill will pass the Senate that doesn’t include changes to harsh sentencing guidelines.

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Natural disasters in Central America, economic devastation, gang wars, political oppression, and a new administration are all driving the sharp rise in U.S.-Mexico border crossings — a budding crisis for President Biden.

Why it matters: Migration flows are complex and quickly politicized. Biden's policies are likely sending signals that are encouraging the surge — but that's only a small reason it's happening.

Cities' pandemic struggle to balance homelessness and public safety

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Addressing homelessness has taken on new urgency in cities across the country over the past year, as officials grapple with a growing unhoused population and the need to preserve public safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: It’s led to tension when cities move in to clear encampments — often for health and safety reasons — causing some to rethink the role of law enforcement when interacting with people experiencing homelessness.

Biden to sign voting rights order to mark "Bloody Sunday" anniversary

President Biden will sign an executive order today, on the 56th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," meant to promote voting rights, according to an administration official.

Why it matters: The executive order comes as Democrats face an uphill battle to pass a sweeping election bill meant, in part, to combat a growing number of proposals introduced by Republicans at the state level that would restrict voter access.