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Andrew Harnik / AP

Flanked by Secretaries of Transportation past and present, President Trump kicked off a week of infrastructure announcements today with an "air travel revolution" — a plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system via an independent non-profit entity spun off from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Why he's starting here: A White House aide said the administration viewed the ATC privatization plan as "low hanging fruit" because House Transportation Chair Bill Shuster, who was in attendance for the White House event today, already had a plan ready to go.

Honestly, they didn't know what the hell they were doing. A total waste of money. President Trump on Obama administration attempts to fund the nation's air traffic control system

What you need to know:

  • The implementation: Trump will need congressional approval to make these changes to the air traffic control system. His announcement today included what looked like a bill signing, but it was just a list of principles to be submitted to Congress.
  • The reasoning: The administration says the new entity will be able to adopt technology more quickly and better allocate capital resources, allowing it to reduce flight delays, save fuel, pass on lower prices to consumers, and enhance safety.
  • The structure: A 13-person corporate board — initially stocked with representatives from airlines, unions, general aviation, and airports — that can reconstitute itself as it sees fit.
  • The timeline: If approved by Congress, the White House hopes to implement the plan within three years but noted that the president can opt to extend the transition.

What else is coming this week on infrastructure:

  • Wednesday: an event in Cincinnati on inland waterways
  • Thursday: the White House is hosting governors and mayors to talk infrastructure
  • Friday: an event at the Department of Transportation on permitting reform

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Data: Chamberlain, 2020, "United States of America Cabinet Appointments Dataset" Chart: Will Chase/Axios

It's harder now for presidents to win Senate confirmation for their Cabinet picks, an Axios data analysis of votes for and against nominees found.

Why it matters: It's not just Neera Tanden. The trend is a product of growing polarization, rougher political discourse and slimming Senate majorities, experts say. It means some of the nation's most vital federal agencies go without a leader and the legislative authority that comes with one.

Exclusive: Hundreds of kids held in Border Patrol stations

Migrants cross the Rio Bravo to get to El Paso, Texas. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images

More than 700 children who crossed from Mexico into the United States without their parents were in Border Patrol custody as of Sunday, according to an internal Customs and Border Protection document obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The current backup is yet another sign of a brewing crisis for President Biden — and a worsening dilemma for these vulnerable children. Biden is finding it's easier to talk about preventing warehousing kids at the southern border than solving the problem.

Pompeo plots 2024 power play

Mike Pompeo in Washington on Feb. 12. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo has quickly reentered the political fray, raising money for Republicans, addressing key political gatherings and joining an advocacy group run by Donald Trump's former lawyer.

Why it matters: The former secretary of state is widely considered a potential 2024 presidential contender. His professional moves this week indicate he's working to keep his name in the headlines and bolster a political brand built largely on foreign policies easily contrasted with the Biden White House.