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A member of the Arizona National Guard talks on the phone. Photo: Caitlin O'Hara/AFP/Getty Images

Trump is threatening to retract funding that was approved for California's National Guard to support Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) missions on the border citing disagreements with Governor Jerry Brown over the troops' role.

Yes, but: The Trump administration is expected within the next few days to add additional missions that aren't border-specific to the National Guard's tasks in support of CBP, which could win over Governor Brown and indicate a more expansive, supportive relationship between the National Guard and CBP.

The additional tasks are likely to include helping with drug enforcement, cargo control and air and marine operations, according to a DHS official.

How we got here:
  • On Friday, Governor Brown released a memo accepting federal funding for the deployment of National Guard troops to help Customs and Border Patrol fight "transnational terrorism."
  • California National Guard troops were not deployed. The Governor's office told Axios they were waiting for a signed agreement from Defense Secretary James Mattis and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
  • The quarrels: Administration officialsincluding President Trump — claimed that California was refusing to aide in the requested border missions, but when Axios reached out to the California National Guard and the Governor's office, we were pointed back to the Governor's memo and told they are waiting for signatures.
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  • DHS and DOD did not sign memos for the other states that deployed National Guard troops to the border.
  • On Wednesday evening, the governor announced he would send up to 400 troops within the state, on the coasts and at the southern border to fight transnational crime. He added that a signed memo from the administration was no longer necessary.
  • But on Thursday morning:
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UPDATE: The California National Guard tweeted that the Pentagon has told them that they will continue to fund the mission and, "in short, nothing has changed today."

Go deeper: The ongoing saga between the Trump administration and California

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Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

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Scoop: Blinken protests Israel settlements approval in "tense" phone call

Benny Gantz (L) and Tony Blinken. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP via Getty

Secretary of State Tony Blinken protested the decision to approve 3,000 new housing units in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank during a tense phone call on Tuesday with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time new construction in the settlements has been approved since President Biden assumed office, and the Biden administration had been privately pressing the Israeli government not to proceed.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.