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Alex Brandon / AP

L.A. Times lead print headline, "Trump plans a reprieve for young immigrants: He's expected to keep DACA intact for half a year to let Congress work on replacement."

BuzzFeed's Ben Smith, "Why Does Trump Always Shoot The Hostages? The president prepares to throw DREAMers' lives into chaos, his political goals unknown": "[I]f Trump kills DACA to please his base he'll be getting the worst of both political worlds. He'll inflict real pain on hundreds of thousands of people to reassure his 30-some percent that he's with them. And politically speaking, he'll have given up a bargaining chip for nothing, and spent away a bit more of his political capital."

Leon Panetta (former SecDef, CIA director and White House chief of staff) op-ed in WashPost, "What about the 'dreamers' who serve us?":

  • "In October 1921, my Italian father arrived in the United States aboard the Providence, one of 1,800 third-class passengers searching for a better life in this country. At Ellis Island, he listed his total assets as $25 and his profession simply as 'peasant.'"
  • "In 1942, after Pearl Harbor, some 10,000 Italians living in California coastal areas were targeted for removal because it was suspected that they would be a threat to the country during wartime."
  • "Fast-forward almost exactly 75 years, and again America is contemplating removing people who, though not citizens, have been living in the United States lawfully, serving as productive members of our society."
  • "The targeted population are the 'dreamers,' young men and women who were brought to the United States as children by their undocumented parents. They have attended school here, spoken English and grown up as Americans."
  • "Dreamers have shown high interest in military and national service. Many DACA recipients have participated in Junior ROTC."

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North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

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Nick Burns. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.