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If you can believe it, a sculpture of a rabbit sold for a record $91 million last night. And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined the ever-growing list of Democrats running for president
Here's what else we're watching today.
Alabama governor signs country's most restrictive abortion bill into law
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a near-total abortion ban into law Wednesday.
The bill, designed to challenge more than 40 years of federal abortion protection under Roe v. Wade, makes it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy.
The state's Republican governor said in a statement that the legislation was a testament to "Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God."
But she also acknowledged that the bill may be unenforceable because of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
"As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions," Ivey said.
Trump to unveil plan for merit-based immigration system
President Donald Trump will roll out a two-pronged immigration proposal on Thursday that would make sweeping changes to the legal immigration system — including requiring a civics test — and enhance border security.
The plan, crafted by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, White House adviser Stephen Miller and economic adviser Kevin Hassett, is expected to face opposition from lawmakers in both political parties.
It doesn't touch DACA or the status of so-called Dreamers, making it a nonstarter with Democrats. It also doesn't address the 11 million people in the country illegally.
Meantime, the U.S. military is planning to build six tent cities near the border to house up to 7,500 migrants.
And another child has died in U.S. custody after being detained at that border. The 2-year-old from Guatemala is the fourth known minor to have died in after being detained by the Border Patrol since December.
'We need to understand what we're doing'
Senators from both sides of the aisle on Wednesday demanded that the Trump administration explain why it had evacuated U.S. diplomatic missions in Iraq and brief lawmakers on the alleged threats from Iran that prompted the move.
Foreign officials have also disputed the Trump administration's Iran threat claims.
"There's been no increased threat from Iranian backed forces in Iraq and Syria," Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a British deputy commander in the global coalition against the Islamic State, told reporters from Baghdad Wednesday.
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- Trump pardoned ex-media mogul Conrad Black. The convicted fraudster is the author of "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other," which came out last year.
- Eyeing China, Trump just escalated the cybersecurity battle with an executive order.
- Pacific Gas & Electric Co. lines caused the Camp Fire that killed 85 people last year in Northern California, state investigators said Wednesday.
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched his bid for the presidency on Thursday, becoming the 23rd candidate for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination.
- "Did you bring your handcuffs?" Attorney General William kidded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about an impending vote to find him contempt of Congress.
- Jeff Koons "Rabbit" sculpture sold for $91 million at Christie's auction house Wednesday night, setting a record price for a living artist.
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Quote of the day
"It's an extreme law, and they wanna challenge Roe versus Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose."
— Televangelist Pat Robertson on Alabama's abortion law.
One fun thing
This Sunday, Anna Ocegueda will become the first person in her family to graduate from a four-year university.
But it won't be just her family and friends celebrating — people all over the country are rooting for her after a photo she posted with her parents went viral.
Ocegueda and her four siblings are the children of migrant farm workers from Mexico. Her parents have been picking seasonal fruits in Orange Grove for more than 25 years.
“Knowing they’re out there working in the hot sun kept me going and doing it for them,” she said in a phone interview with NBC News.
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Yesterday, the link to the TWA terminal turned hotel was broken. Apologies for that, we're investigating because it's the second time we've had a problem with a video link lately.
Here is the correct link. It's a fun one, so worth a peek: Inside the iconic TWA terminal-turned hotel at JFK airport