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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Koch network, including Freedom Partners, Americans for Prosperity and the LIBRE Initiative, has come out in support of an immigration deal pitched by Democratic leadership that would create a pathway to permanent citizenship for 1.8 million "Dreamers" while giving $25 billion to a border wall. The White House's proposal was a temporary extension of DACA for a smaller population.

Why it matters: The Koch network is hugely influential with Republicans and certain factions within the White House. Its support could tip the scale toward finally clenching an immigration deal.

“If a deal was on the table that offered both security at the border and permanent status for Dreamers, that’s a deal that Republicans, Democrats and President Trump should support. We cannot continue to allow politics to stand in the way of finding a solution to this problem. Dreamers grew up in America, add to our culture, contribute to the economy, serve in the military, and seek the opportunity to continue applying their skills and talents here. Congress owes them - and the country - a solution on this.”
Nathan Nascimento, EVP of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce

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Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."