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Republicans may have won the government shutdown battle, but there is still no winning strategy for the party on immigration.

The bottom line: No one knows what the White House wants on immigration. So while Democrats may be taking the short-term sting from an angry base, the bigger fight comes in three weeks, when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has committed to take some action on protection for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, called Dreamers.

What they're saying:

  • Brian McGuire, former chief of staff to McConnell: “I think if there’s one lesson here it’s that the whole idea of filibustering a government funding bill and hoping to get away with it by saying the President’s name a lot was a fairly flawed political strategy.”
  • Jim Manley, a former aide to Harry Reid: "Republicans won vote but the immigration issue isn’t going away anytime soon. Unless they act these DACA recipients are going to start getting deported in a month or so."
  • A Democratic strategist: ""If anyone thinks voters will care about a two day shutdown during midterms in 200 days, they're missing the dynamic here. What voters saw is a Washington controlled by Republicans be utterly dysfunctional." 
  • A former House and Senate leadership aide: "Obviously Republicans won the short term," but going forward, "Republicans in the Senate may be faced with an immigration bill open for amendment, which risks splitting them."

Go deeper: I explained last night why this is such a tough issue for the GOP, and they could easily splinter over what to do.

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Congress passes $2.1B Capitol security funding bill

U.S. Capitol police officers testify during a House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on July 27. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Xinhua

A $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill is heading to President Biden for his signature after the House and Senate passed the legislation on Thursday.

Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 riot.

Biden details new vaccination initiatives as COVID cases surge

Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden detailed several new initiatives on Thursday to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta variant.

Why it matters: The plan outlines aggressive next steps from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge across the country due to the contagious Delta variant and as demand for vaccines has tapered off.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen in 1970s

Theodore McCarrick in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s, AP reports.

Why it matters: McCarrick is the first cardinal in the U.S. to "ever be criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor," AP notes, citing Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer for the man allegedly abused by McCarrick.