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OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and White House Legislative Director Marc Short told reporters Thursday morning that — although Congress' massive government spending bill contains what the administration views as major concessions to Democrats — President Trump will sign it into law as it "funds his priorities."

The blame game: Both Mulvaney and Short stressed that they would have been able to get more of what the administration wanted regarding immigration and cutting spending if Republicans "actually had control of the Senate."

Their views on the big immigration issues:

  • The wall: Mulvaney pointed to the fact that the wall funding gave more money and more barrier mileage than the administration had asked for — even though the language in the bill only allows for about 33 miles of new barrier.
  • DACA: Short said that it was "absolutely clear" that Democrats "do not want a solution to this," saying that Trump has been trying to fix the problem.
  • Sanctuary cities: "You will see the president continue to make this a priority." They said they will continue to bring attention to Oakland, where the mayor warned the community of an upcoming ICE raid.

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Biden picks Warren allies to lead SEC, CFPB

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President-elect Joe Biden has selected FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Obama-era Wall Street regulator Gary Gensler to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Why it matters: Both picks are progressive allies of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and viewed as likely to take aggressive steps to regulate big business.

The perils of organizing underground

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Researchers see one bright spot as far-right extremists turn to private and encrypted online platforms: Friction.

Between the lines: For fringe organizers, those platforms may provide more security than open social networks, but they make it harder to recruit new members.

Resurrecting Martin Luther King's office

King points to Selma, Alabama on a map at his Southern Christian Leadership Conference office in Atlanta in January 1965. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Contributor

Efforts to save the office where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., planned some of the most important moments of the civil rights movement are hitting roadblocks amid a political stalemate.

Why it matters: The U.S. Park Service needs to OK agreements so a developer restoring the historic Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Atlanta — which once housed King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference — can tap into private funding and begin work.