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New Mexico is set to announce Wednesday that state residents would have access to free college for both 2- and 4-year public schools, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The state proposal is the furthest reaching plan yet for free college, offering tuition to all 29 public universities for families to any resident, regardless of the ability to pay.

The big picture: With student debt reaching $1.5 trillion nationally, at least half the states have begun to offer some type of free college to help its residents grapple with rising costs. Some schools or programs, like the recent announcement from Cornell's medical school, have taken it upon themselves to pay for all costs for students.

Yes, but: The New Mexico proposal is only for tuition and won't include room and board, books or other living expenses. The proposal still needs legislative approval.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.

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E. Jean Carroll in Warwick, New York. Photo: Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department's attempted intervention on behalf of President Trump in writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against him, after she accused him of raping her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Catch up quick: The agency argued that Trump was "acting within the scope of his office" as president when he said in 2019 that Carroll was "lying" about her claim.

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