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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise visit, announcing actions the DOJ is taking against sanctuary cities. He said states and localities seeking DOJ grants must certify compliance with immigration policy, or lose federal funding. He added: "I strongly urge our nation's states... to seriously consider the harm they are doing to our citizens" by refusing to implement federal law.

  • Is Trump serious about working with Dems on health care? "Absolutely," said Spicer. "I don't think we've seen the end of health care." He added that AHCA showed Trump's deal-making skills because he "knew when to walk away."
  • Will Trump work with Freedom Caucus moving forward? "I think it'll depend..." said Spicer, adding that the president "learned a lot through this process about loyalty."
  • On Intel chairman's controversial WH visit: "I'm not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them," he said, refusing to speculate as to why Nunes had to visit the WH, or whether any WH staffers helped him gain access.
  • Tax reform: Secretary Mnuchin has discussed August as a potential date. Will that be Trump's plan? "Obviously we'll work with Congress... but we're driving the train on this."
  • Kushner's cooperation with Russia probe: "He volunteered" to tell Senate Intel about contacts he had with Russia as campaign/transition point person for foreign governments.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."