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Hours after President Trump met with a group of bipartisan House and Senate members to discuss immigration ahead of next week's government spending bill deadline, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said any deal would be separate from efforts to fund the government.

Our thought bubble via Jonathan Swan: GOP leaders have been paralyzed by the fear of dividing their conferences on the Dreamer issue. Everything is up in the air at the moment. Nothing resolved today, little progress made.

Why it matters: Congress has until March 5 to find a DACA fix or risk putting Dreamers' protections in jeopardy. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said legislation must be tied to the spending bill, signaling that Democrats could force a government shutdown if it isn't.

Here's what Senate Majority Leader Mitchell McConnell said:

“It is still my view that I will call up a DACA-related immigration bill that I know the president will sign and that it will not be a part of any spending agreement."

And after the meeting at the White House, the Trump administration confirmed it's working on a separate immigration package:

President Donald J. Trump just concluded a successful bipartisan and bicameral meeting on immigration reform.  During the closed-door portion of the meeting, they reached an agreement to negotiate legislation that accomplishes critically needed reforms in four high-priority areas: border security, chain migration, the visa lottery, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

This story has been updated with additional information and statements, and corrected to reflect Chuck Schumer's proper title.

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NRA files for bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for voluntary bankruptcy as part of a restructuring plan.

Driving the news: The gun rights group said it would reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment." Last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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Biden: "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution

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President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

A new Washington

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The state of play: Inaugurations are usually a point of celebration in D.C., but over 20,000 troops are now patrolling Washington streets in an unprecedented preparation for Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.

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