1/ Biden and House Republicans reached a deal to fund the government, but Congress might not have time to pass the legislation before a partial shutdown this weekend. House rules require 72 hours between when legislation is made public and when members can vote, which means that the chamber can’t take it up until late Friday. The Senate, meanwhile, requires 30 hours of debate, unless all 100 senators give consent to move faster – any one senator can slow down consideration. Funding for several key agencies expires at midnight Friday. The six spending bills in package collectively fund about 70% of the federal government. (Washington Post / NPR / Politico / Associated Press / New York Times / NBC News / Bloomberg / Wall Street Journal)

2/ The Supreme Court will allow Texas to immediately begin enforcing a controversial immigration law that gives state police the power to arrest people suspected of crossing the border illegally. The ruling doesn’t uphold the law, but allows it to go into effect while litigation continues in lower courts. A federal judge in Texas struck down the law in late February, but the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision without explanation, leading to an emergency request by the Biden administration, which argued that the Texas law is a clear violation of federal authority to set immigration policy. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, warned in a dissenting argument that the law “invites further chaos and crisis in immigration enforcement” and “upends the federal-state balance of power that has existed for over a century, in which the National government has had exclusive authority over entry and removal of noncitizens.” The law makes it a state crime to illegally cross the Texas-Mexico border, allows police to arrest migrants suspected of illegally crossing the border from Mexico, and imposes criminal penalties of up to six months in jail and up to 20 years in prison for subsequent offenses. S.B. 4 also empowers state judges to order deportations to Mexico without Mexico’s consent. (NBC News / CNN / Axios / Associated Press / Bloomberg / Washington Post / New York Times)

3/ Trump urged the Supreme Court to declare that he’s absolutely immune from criminal charges for his attempts to subvert the 2020 election, which resulted in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. In a 52-page filing, Trump argued that a ruling against him would “incapacitate every future president […] The president cannot function, and the presidency itself cannot retain its vital independence if the president faces criminal prosecution for official acts once he leaves office.” The court will hear oral arguments on the matter on April 25. (New York Times / NBC News / ABC News / Bloomberg / CBS News)

4/ Trump filed a defamation lawsuit against ABC News, arguing that George Stephanopoulos had harmed his reputation by saying multiple times on-air that Trump had raped E. Jean Carroll. The jury in the civil case last year found Trump was liable for sexually abusing and defaming Carroll, but didn’t find him liable for rape. Under New York law, rape is defined as forcible penetration with the penis. The judge later clarified that because of New York’s narrow legal definition of “rape,” the jury’s finding didn’t mean that Carroll had “failed to prove that Trump ‘raped’ her as many people commonly understand the word ‘rape.’” (CNN / New York Times / Associated Press / Politico)

5/ Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro reported to prison. Navarro – who claimed credit for the plan to overturn the 2020 election – was convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to provide testimony and documents to the Jan. 6 select committee. He was sentenced to four months in jail and ordered to pay a $9,500 fine. Before reporting to jail, Navarro called the case against him an “unprecedented assault on the constitutional separation of powers,” adding: “I am pissed – that’s what I am feeling right now.” Navarro is the first high-ranking Trump official to serve prison time related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. (CNN / Axios / NBC News / Politico / Washington Post / New York Times / CBS News / ABC News)

6/ A pro-Trump lawyer – who tried to overturn the 2020 election – was arrested and charged with conspiring to seize Michigan voting machines after the election. Stefanie Lambert was arrested after a hearing in a separate case about her leaking internal emails from Dominion Voting Systems. Lambert shared over 2,000 confidential Dominion documents with a southwestern Michigan sheriff, who has embraced conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and used his office to investigate false claims of widespread election fraud against Trump. Lambert faces four felony charges for accessing voting machines in Michigan. (Associated Press / USA Today / CNN / Washington Post / The Detroit News / The Hill)

7/ Jared Kushner praised the “very valuable” potential of Gaza’s “waterfront property” and suggested that Israel should “move the people out and then clean it up.” The former Trump White House intern, who is a real-estate developer with no diplomacy or foreign policy experience, called for Israel “do its best” to “move” those in Gaza to the desert in southern Israel. He added that “with diplomacy” Palestinian civilians could then be moved into Egypt. A United Nations report, meanwhile, predicts that all 2.2 million people in Gaza do not have enough food to eat, with half of the population on the brink of starvation and famine projected to arrive in northern Gaza “anytime between mid-March and May 2024.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken added that “100% of the population in Gaza is at severe levels of acute food insecurity. That is the first time an entire population has been so classified.” The U.N. human rights chief blamed Israel’s sustained restrictions on aid into Gaza for the preventable starvation and famine that’s unfolding in the enclave. Neverthless, Kushner suggested that Israel “has gone way more out of their way than a lot of other countries would to protect civilians from casualties.” (The Guardian / Politico / CNN / Rolling Stone)