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LM Otero / AP

"I'm not going to say to the president of the United States 'Let's just walk away from the Paris accord,'" Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday at a Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York. "But, what I'm going to say is that I think we probably should renegotiate it."

  • Why his position matters: Perry joins Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in thinking the US should stay in the 2015 climate deal. Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus are on the other side.
  • Next steps: President Trump campaigned on withdrawing from or even canceling the deal (the latter which isn't technically possible), and will make a decision by the G-7 meeting at the end of May. A meeting of climate negotiators earlier in May in Germany could shed some light on which way the administration is leaning.
  • Speaking of Germany: At the conference, Perry called out Germany in particular for displaying ambitious rhetoric on addressing climate change but instituting policies, such as closing down nuclear plants, that ultimately increase its greenhouse gas emissions.

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Scoop: Border officials project 13,000 child migrants in May

The "El Chaparral" border crossing at Tijuana. Photo: Stringer/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

A Customs and Border Protection staffer told top administration officials Thursday the agency is projecting a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border in May, sources directly familiar with the discussion told Axios.

Why it matters: That projection would exceed the height of the 2019 crisis, which led to the infamous "kids-in-cages" disaster. It also underscores a rapidly escalating crisis for the Biden administration.

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U.S. strikes Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria

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The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

Senate parliamentarian rules $15 minimum wage cannot be included in relief package

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The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the provision to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour cannot be included in the broader $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: It's now very likely that any increase in the minimum wage will need bipartisan support, as the provision cannot be passed with the simple Senate majority that Democrats are aiming to use for President Biden's rescue bill.