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What’s Happening? 

– Trump, Biden give competing speeches at the southern border this afternoon

– House passes week-long funding bill; Senate to vote later

– Trump appeals Illinois judge’s ruling to boot him from ballot

Catch me at the border

Donald Trump, Joe Biden

Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)

President Biden’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday reflects his wishful thinking on the issue, arriving at one of the least-trafficked towns on the border.

Biden will visit Brownsville, Texas, which ranks as the 29th-most trafficked town by illegal border-crossers, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Former President Trump, meanwhile, is set to hold a competing visit to the border, though he will arrive at Eagle Pass, Texas, one of the most heavily-trafficked towns in the country.

Biden’s trip to Texas is an attempt to address his deep unpopularity on the issue, with a recent poll showing just 26% of Americans support his handling of the border.

The White House says Biden will use the visit to renew his calls for Congress to pass a bipartisan border agreement, which would have increased staffing at the border as well as tightening asylum rules, moved to tackle fentanyl smuggling, and increased funding to communities and NGOs receiving migrants. Republicans argued it fell well short of what is necessary.

White House

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Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) as they leave the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on January 23, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House and Senate will both reconvene this week. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will host Democratic Congressional leaders for a meeting at the White House. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Capitol Hill

KICKING THE CAN: House punts government shutdown deadline to next week …Read more

CRACKS IN THE FOUNDATION: ‘Squad’ member Tlaib reacts to question on voting for Biden at cease-fire presser …Read more

MCCONNELL’S SUCCESSOR: Senate Republicans want next leader to have ‘positive relationship’ with Trump …Read more

‘AMEN TO THIS’: Fetterman shocks critics for defending Boebert’s son with compassionate post after his arrest …Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Sen. John Cornyn declares candidacy for minority leader after McConnell steps down …Read more

‘HASN’T DONE SQUAT’: Vulnerable House Dem who touts her experience blasted after record comes back to haunt her …Read more

GOING NUCLEAR: Progressive Dems vote against bipartisan green energy bill …Read more

‘FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP’: House committee grills Austin for secret hospitalization …Read more

Tales from the Campaign Trail

FIGHTING BACK: Trump campaign appeals Illinois judge’s ruling booting him from primary ballot …Read more

MENTAL FITNESS: Biden ‘must take a cognitive test,’ Trump says after president’s physical …Read more

NEW ENDORSEMENT: Trump-backed Moreno scores another high-profile endorsement in Ohio Senate race …Read more

Across America

‘THIS IS HUGE’: Cache of texts shows back-and-forth over affair with prosecutor Willis hired to go after Trump …Read more

LAW & BORDER: Federal judge blocks Texas law allowing police to arrest illegal border crossers …Read more

ON NOTICE: Union has stern warning for Biden ahead of border visit …Read more

HOT AIR: NY AG hits major beef producer with climate lawsuit …Read more

SOUR MILK?: Conservatives rally behind Pennsylvania Amish farmer who suffered police raid over milk sales …Read more

BREAKING NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Gov. DeSantis signs law with big potential impact on Epstein case …Read more

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