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Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Tuesday that the White House was examining taking action on ending birthright citizenship in an interview with Politico, adding that the Supreme Court "has never ruled on whether or not the language of the 14th Amendment — 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof' — applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally."

The big picture: Pence is correct that the Supreme Court hasn't ruled on a Citizenship Clause case specifically involving unauthorized immigrants, but the landmark 1898 case United States v. Wong Kim Ark affirmed that people born in the U.S. are considered American citizens regardless of their parents' immigration status, per the ACLU. Pence's argument about that specific phrase in the amendment is backed by some conservatives, though few legal scholars believe Trump would be able to end birthright citizenship via an executive order.

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Biden picks up his pen to change the tone on racial equity

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President Biden is making a down payment on racial equity in a series of executive orders dealing with everything from private prisons to housing discrimination, treatment of Asian Americans and relations with indigenous tribes.

The big picture: Police reform and voting rights legislation will take time to pass in Congress. But with the stroke of his pen, one week into the job Biden is taking steps within his power as he seeks to change the tone on racial justice from former President Trump.

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Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported an effort to dismiss former President Trump's second impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

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A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants.

Why it matters: Biden has set an ambitious immigration agenda, but he could face pushback from the courts.