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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that to solve the separation of immigrant children from their parents — an issue that has polarized the immigration debate in Washington — the legislative "fix" would have to be a narrow proposal rather than a broader immigration package.

"We're going to fix the problem. ... In order to fix this problem, you can’t fix all of the problems. ... Therefore it would need to be a narrow fix."
— McConnell at a press conference

Why it matters: While both Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to propose solutions, McConnell's suggestions conflicts with what the White House is seeking. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday said it wouldn't consider a bill that doesn't include broader immigration reforms.

Yes, but: He added, "The first thing is to see if we can agree."

McConnell also said every member of his caucus supports legislation to keep undocumented immigrant families together as they are processed by federal authorities, and called for bipartisanship.

  • Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump could overturn the existing policy he implemented in recent months by the "flick of his pen" — referring to an executive order.
"There's no need for legislation. You started it. You can stop it."
— Schumer at a press conference.

Go deeper: What happens when families cross the border; It's Congress vs. Trump on family separation

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Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.

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Kevin McCarthy's rude awakening

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Kevin McCarthy is learning you can get torched when you try to make everyone happy, especially after an insurrection.

Why it matters: The House Republican leader had been hoping to use this year to build toward taking the majority in 2022, but his efforts to bridge intra-party divisiveness over the Capitol siege have him taking heat from every direction, eroding his stature both with the public and within his party.

The next big political war: redistricting

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Democrats are preparing a mix of tech and legal strategies to combat expected gerrymandering by Republicans, who are planning to go on legal offense themselves.

Why it matters: Democrats failed to regain a single state legislature on Election Day, while Republicans upped their control to 30 states' Houses and Senates. In the majority of states, legislatures draw new congressional district lines, which can boost a party's candidates for the next decade.