Happy Tuesday! People to watch: Matt Mowers, former New Hampshire GOP executive director and Trump administration State Department official, is challenging freshman Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), John DiStaso reports for WMUR.
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President Trump has successfully built an immigration wall that has proven impenetrable for tens of thousands of migrants — it's just not the physical one he and others obsess about, Axios' Stef Kight reports.
Over the past few months, the Trump administration has begun implementing its asylum agreements with Central American nations, which could help keep asylum seekers out of the U.S.
Between the lines: Even the thousands who wait out their time in Mexico for a chance at asylum face steep odds of gaining legal passage into the U.S.
The bottom line: The number of people crossing the border fell for the seventh straight month in December.
⚡ What's next: Trump continues his slow campaign for a physical wall.
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Just three weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses, social media platforms have finalized their rules governing political speech — and fired a starting pistol for political strategists to find ways to exploit them, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
Axios spoke with a half dozen campaign strategists, both Republicans and Democrats, plus social intelligence experts, about what these rules will mean:
Speaker Pelosi suddenly has a new lever as she pushes Senate Republicans to include witnesses and documents in President Trump's impeachment trial — a "trove" of text messages turned over by Lev Parnas, the indicted former Rudy Giuliani associate, Axios' Alayna Treene and Margaret Talev report.
Parnas' lawyer, Joseph A. Bondy, said in a series of tweets over the weekend and yesterday that he turned over to the House Intelligence Committee the contents of Parnas' iPhone 11, detailing interactions "with a number of individuals relevant to the impeachment inquiry."
In a phone interview with Axios last night, Bondy said he anticipates that when the articles are turned over to the Senate, "there will be a public record that is transmitted with that, including information from witnesses."
What's next: Pelosi is meeting with her caucus later this morning, and will discuss the next steps on impeachment.
Social media loved this photo of a couple continuing their wedding in the Philippines as the Taal volcano sent out a column of ash in the background.
Tonight's Iowa debate (9 p.m. ET on CNN) is the last debate before the Feb. 3 caucuses, so it's being called the most important night of the 2020 primary season so far.
What to watch: Elizabeth Warren said yesterday that Bernie Sanders told her during a private meeting in Dec. 2018 that he didn’t think a woman could win.
In a situation that resembles the aftermath of the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, the Justice Department wants access to encrypted iPhones tied to a shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station that's being called terrorism, Axios' Ina Fried writes.
Why it matters: Whether law enforcement has the right to access encrypted data on smartphones remains unsettled and is one of the most hotly debated issues in tech, with no clear middle ground.
Iran's judiciary said today that an unspecified number of people had been arrested for the shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane, AP reports.
"The Queen issued an unprecedented personal statement ... giving her reluctant support to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from royal duties," The Times of London reports.
"The Red Sox may soon face significant pressure to fire manager Alex Cora after Major League Baseball issued a detailed report ... that named him the ringleader of a cheating scandal," the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham writes.
"Cigar clippings were scattered on the locker-room floor, a haze of smoke flooded the air and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow emerged with a stogie between his fingers and a smirk across his face," The Advocate of New Orleans reports.
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