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Dreamers head to Supreme Court, Nikki Haley grilled over claims, & Trebek chokes up: The Morning Rundown

An arctic blast has hit millions across the country with bone-chilling temps.
Image: A resident plays with his dog as snow falls in Humboldt Park on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
A resident plays with his dog as snow falls in Chicago on Monday. Scott Olson / Getty Images

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Dreamers will get their day in court today, tensions flare in the Middle East after Israel is hit by 50 rockets from Gaza, and "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek chokes up over a contestant's sweet gesture.

Here's what we're watching today.

Supreme Court to hear DACA arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will take up one of the most important cases of the term — the fate of DACA, the federal program that has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as Dreamers, to avoid deportation and remain in the country.

The court must decide whether the Trump administration improperly tried to shut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program down by simply declaring it to be illegal while offering no detailed explanation or analyzing the effect on the immigrant population. No such analysis was necessary, the Department of Justice insists.

The DACA initiative was launched in 2012 and allows children of illegal immigrants to remain here if they were under 16 when their parents brought them to the United States and if they arrived by 2007.

Hundreds of young adults who are DACA recipients are expected to rally in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to express support for the program they say has transformed their lives.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Tuesday, but a ruling in the contentious case isn't likely until the spring of 2020. That all but assures that DACA will figure in the presidential campaign, NBC News' Justice Correspondent Pete Williams points out.

Image: Arisaid Gonzalez Porras, a DACA recipient and a student at Georgetown University, is one of the young activists who rallied in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
"With DACA, there was an immediate sense of relief, knowing that I'd be able to go to college and apply to scholarships," Arisiad Gonzalez Porras, a junior at Georgetown University, told NBC News.Courtesy of Arisaid Gonzalez Porras

President Carter hospitalized for brain procedure

Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to a Georgia hospital Monday and is scheduled to undergo a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from recent falls, The Carter Center said.

The 95-year-old, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 and has spent his post-presidential years as a highly visible advocate for the poor worldwide, has fallen at home at least twice in recent months.

Carter, the 39th president, taught Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church on Nov. 3, in Plains, Ga. John Amis / AP

Nikki Haley grilled on claim Kelly, Tillerson tried to get her to undermine Trump

The “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie held former UN ambassador Nikki Haley’s feet to the fire over her claims in her new book about former White House insiders pressuring her to undermine Trump. Watch the interview below.

Israel hit by 50 rockets from Gaza after airstrike kills Islamic Jihad leader

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched around 50 rockets at Israel Tuesday in response to the killing of Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu el-Atta in an Israeli airstrike.

The Israeli military described el-Atta as the mastermind of recent attacks against it, while Islamic Jihad said his killing was a declaration of war.

Hamas, the militant group controlling Gaza, called the strike "a dangerous escalation."

Image: An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod
An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells on Tuesday. Jack Guez / AFP - Getty Images

Bone-chilling temperatures arrive for tens of millions across U.S.

An arctic blast that is expected to bring snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures to tens of millions of people across the United States this week has already proven fatal.

The weather was blamed in at least four deaths Monday in the Midwest.

The National Weather Service expects temperatures to plunge Wednesday.

"This will make it feel like in the middle of winter rather than in November for much of the eastern two-thirds of the country for the next few days."

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One sweet thing

Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek was almost moved to tears after a contestant made a sweet gesture during the final moments of the show Monday night.

Contestant Dhruv Gaur, a student at Brown University, was stumped during the "Final Jeopardy!" question. So instead, he wrote "We [love] you, Alex."

The word love was actually represented by a heart shape.

"That’s very kind, thank you,” Trebek said, before continuing on. The move cost Gaur $1,995 and left him with just $5.

The 79-year-old host announced earlier this year he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but despite chemotherapy treatments he has continued working.

"I’m not afraid of dying," Trebek said in October. "I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid of that?"

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