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As pressure builds for Congress to pass legislation that would keep migrant families together at the border, President Trump continues to tweet, blaming Democrats for lawmakers' failure to act and forcing fellow Republicans to contend with his statements.

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Reality check: Trump is right that any immigration bill would need significant Democratic support to make it through the Senate, but the GOP's immigration bills aren't even making it through the House, where not a single Democrat vote would be needed to pass legislation.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who has been a vocal opponent of President Trump within the Republican Party, criticized Trump for insulting Democrats and calling on them to "fix" immigration laws. "He ought to knock that off," Flake said on ABC's "This Week."

His full quote:

"I mean, Congress has to fix this, and what is bothersome is the president's rhetoric about the Democrats and their unwillingness to have any sort of border security or control. I was part of the effort in 2013, the bipartisan bill, the so-called Gang of Eight bill. That provided $41 billion towards border security, infrastructure, manpower, technology. Every Democrat voted for that bill. Every one of them. 
So they are on record supporting significant border control. And so when the president says that or calls them clowns and losers, how does he expect the Democrats to sit down and work with Republicans on these issues? So words matter, what the president says matters and he ought to knock that off."
  • The Gang of Eight bill included border security measures such as increased fencing, drone surveillance and more border patrol officers. It passed in the Senate with every Democrat and 14 Republicans voting in favor, but expired when the House chose not to act on it.
  • On the state of the GOP: "You can't as a Republican these days stand in opposition to some of the President's policies or not condone his behavior and expect to win a Republican primary. That is the reality," Flake, who is retiring when his term expires, said.

House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) echoed Trump's rhetoric when pressed by Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace on how Democrats are to blame for immigration bills failing in the House when Republicans hold a significant majority.

His full quote:

"Well, I think our family needs to come together, but the fact is every Democrat voted against a very rational DACA fix. They've been talking about DACA for a year now, and we had a bill on the floor that would resolve this issue, legalize the DACA kids, and yet every one of them voted against that. I don't think that's operating in good faith either.
And I also think it's important on the border security piece — I've been doing this since I was a federal prosecutor in Texas to chairman of this committee — to deliver on the President's campaign promise, to build the wall, the technology and get the border secure."

Worth noting: The DACA fix McCaul is referring to was part of the immigration bill championed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte which failed on Thursday. It did not include a path to citizenship for Dreamers — a primary aim for Democrats — but it did allow the 690,000 existing DACA recipients to renew their legal status every three years.

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Poll: U.S. leadership approval rebounds from Trump low

A Gallup report published Tuesday found approval of United States leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49% — up from 30% at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, and matching former President Obama's first year (2009).

Why it matters: Biden's efforts to reengage with the international community following the Trump administration appear to be improving the global approval ratings for U.S. leadership, though this poll does not take into account the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

These technologies could bring America to net zero emissions by 2050

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The newest section of a project from Third Way, the Bipartisan Policy Project and Clean Air Task Force examines how energy breakthroughs could accelerate America's transition to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Why it matters: The report chapter, provided first to Axios, is part of a broader effort known as the Decarb America Research Initiative, which explores the best ways to move the U.S. toward a net zero carbon emissions future by 2050.

"No-code" miracle for startups

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The U.S. has reached a tipping point in its shift from the industrial economy — one that relied on the buildout of hardware — to an information economy that relies on the transfer, storage and implementation of data, according to a new report.

Why it matters: This shift towards a data and information-based economy has allowed more businesses to establish themselves and scale quickly and at a very low cost. As such, the number of jobs created by the commercial internet has more than tripled since 2012.