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President Donald Trump at a White House meeting on immigration in January. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

During a White House roundtable on MS-13 with Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, lawmakers and law enforcement officials Tuesday, President Trump said he would "love to see" a government shutdown if Democrats don't support his immigration plan:

If we don't change it let's have a shutdown ... and it's worth it for our country. I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of.
— President Trump.

Trump sought to usher in his immigration reforms through the lens of MS-13 by blaming Democrats for refusing to close immigration loopholes, which he said is causing gang members to enter the country and recruiting unaccompanied minors.

Yes but, Trump's shutdown comments seem to contradict what most lawmakers have been saying: that a shutdown isn't likely, largely because they don't expect a DACA deal to even be tied the spending bill. Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell, who met earlier this morning to negotiate the budget, both said they were optimistic that they were nearing an agreement.

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Republican-led Pennsylvania court deems mail-in voting law unconstitutional

Workers count ballots for the 2020 Presidential election at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo: Hannah Yoon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Republican-led Pennsylvania court on Friday ruled that the state's mail-in voting law is unconstitutional.

Driving the news: Three Republican judges sided with Republican challengers and ruled that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the state's constitution. Two Democrats on the panel dissented.

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China's ambassador warns Taiwan could spark "military conflict" with U.S.

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China's ambassador to the U.S. warned in a rare interview with NPR that if Taiwanese authorities "keep going down the road for independence," it would "most likely" lead to a "military conflict" between the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Chinese officials rarely speak in such blunt terms, but veteran diplomat Qin Gang was unequivocal: "The Taiwan issue is the biggest tinderbox between China and the United States."

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Why Neil Young's Spotify standoff matters to the music industry

Neil Young in 2019. Photo: Gus Stewart/Getty Images

Spotify will remove Neil Young's music from its streaming platform, because the 76-year-old rock icon objected to the company's response to vaccine misinformation.

The big picture: This matters more than you'd think, given the popularity of old music.