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Dario Lopez-Mills / AP

President Trump tweeted this morning:

"I am reading that the great border WALL will cost more than the government originally thought, but I have not gotten involved in the........design or negotiations yet. When I do, just like with the F-35 FighterJet or the Air Force One Program, price will come WAY DOWN!"

The background: the estimated price tag of Trump's wall keeps getting higher and higher, as Axios noted last month. It's gone from $4 billion in 2015 (Trump) all the way up to Homeland Security saying nearly $22 billion in a report released by Reuters on Friday. That's not even the ceiling, as MIT estimates it will cost between $27-40 billion.

Why it matters: Trump is hoping that the public will trust him enough not to revolt against a potentially shocking price tag, enabling Congress to build the wall without a political mess. And he thinks the examples of the F-35 fighter and Air Force One will get him across that finish line.

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Muslim families hope to reunite following Biden's travel ban repeal

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Muslim Americans across the U.S. are celebrating President Biden's day-1 reversal of former President Trump's travel ban that targeted several Muslim-majority countries.

The big picture: The repeal of what many critics called the "Muslim ban" renews hope for thousands of families separated by Trump's order.

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  1. Health: Most vulnerable Americans aren't getting enough vaccine information — Fauci says Trump administration's lack of facts on COVID "very likely" cost lives.
  2. Education: Schools face an uphill battle to reopen during the pandemic.
  3. Politics: Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategyBiden's COVID-19 bubble.
  4. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
  5. World: Hong Kong puts tens of thousands on lockdown as cases surge — Pfizer to supply 40 million vaccine doses to lower-income countries.
  6. Sports: 2021 Tokyo Olympics hang in the balance.
  7. 🎧 Podcast: Carbon Health's CEO on unsticking the vaccine bottleneck.
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Schools face an uphill battle to reopen during the pandemic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Biden's plan to accelerate the reopening of K-8 schools faces major challenges from a still out-of-control pandemic and more contagious coronavirus variants.

Why it matters: The longer American kids miss in-person schooling, the further they fall behind. But the uncertain state of the science on the role young children play in the pandemic continues to complicate efforts to reopen schools.

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