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President Donald Trump after his State of the Union address. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President Trump told Republicans at the GOP retreat in West Virginia Thursday that the Senate should vote on the White House's immigration framework — a plan that includes a permanent solution on DACA, secures the border, ends chain migration, and cancels the visa lottery. "Those are the four pillars," said Trump.

Why it matters: During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Trump called for a "fair compromise" on immigration, but as Axios' Dave Lawler reported, it "sparked the first jeers of the night from some Democrats."

In true Trump fashion, the president also touted his accomplishments while looking back on 2017:

"That was one of the greatest years in the history of politics," said Trump. "I've kept one promise after another and we're just getting started ... Now we've fulfilled far more promises than we promised ... I call it promises plus."

Other highlights:

  • On DACA: Trump said not to "fall into the trap" of calling young immigrants Dreamers, reiterating his SOTU line that "Americans are dreamers too."
  • When he mentioned African American unemployment at SOTU... "[T]here was zero movement from the Democrats. They sat there stone cold ... you would've thought that on that one they would've at least clapped a little bit."
  • Bipartisanship: "We have to be willing to give a little in order for our country to gain a whole lot. If we're united...we have really fulfilled a solemn promise."

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UN poll: Most see climate change as global emergency amid pandemic

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) fronts a Fridays For Future protest at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm in September. Photo: Jonathan Nacksrtrand/AFP via Getty Images

64% of people from around the world say climate change is a global emergency, a United Nations poll published Wednesday finds.

Why it matters: It's biggest global survey on climate change ever conducted, with some 1.2 million participants from 50 countries — including the U.S. where 65% of those surveyed view climate change as an emergency.

Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.

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