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Migrants cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico at the Rio Grande River. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

If Congress does not fund the Department of Homeland Security's $1.1 billion funding request, the agency will ask for $232 million from the Transportation Security Administration to be used for the border, NBC News' Julia Ainsley reports.

Why it matters: This would be yet another drastic step taken by DHS to provide more support to border officials struggling to handle the surge of migrants. Already, DHS has started sending hundreds of TSA employees to the border. It has asked the Pentagon to provide migrant housing and begun flying migrants to less crowded processing centers. FEMA has also been asked to contribute part of its budget to border efforts, per NBC.

Go Deeper: On the scene: The Pentagon commits to the border crisis

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

Photo: Fars News Agency via AP

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

Updated 12 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.