Bord at Work: “The White House is expanding a pandemic-era program allowing the administration to quickly expel people from Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti who illegally cross into the country from Mexico.” President Biden is heading to the border to address one of the most pressing, and most fraught, policy areas. Biden announces new border control measures and legal pathways to some migrants.

+ “Did We Win?” “We are in the situation where we wanted to allow him to gradually wake up as the rest of his body was healing and last night, he was able to emerge and follow commands and even ask who had won the game.” Damar Hamlin is still on a ventilator but he appears to have all his brain function and he’s communicating with doctors via writing. Here’s the latest.

+ Prime Cuts: It what promises to be a theme in 2023, Amazon follows Salesforce’ layoff announcement with (a bigger) one of their own. Amazon CEO says company will lay off more than 18,000 workers.

+ Family Business: WaPo: “The Mexican army Thursday captured Ovidio Guzmán, an alleged major fentanyl trafficker and son of notorious kingpin Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, just days before President Biden is scheduled to make his first visit to Mexico.” (We’ll see if this arrest is for show or if it holds. Last time he was arrested, violence forced officials to release him, and that violence is picking up again.)

+ Chat Roulette: “New York City students and teachers can no longer access ChatGPT — the new artificial intelligence-powered chatbot that generates stunningly cogent and lifelike writing — on education department devices or internet networks.” This is like trying to stop a tsunami with a sandbag. This kind of AI is just warming up and we’ll see much more powerful versions in months, not years. If you want to learn more, AI will be happy to narrate an AI-authored book on the topic.

+ Circular Firing Squad: “Parts made by more than a dozen US and Western companies were found inside a single Iranian drone downed in Ukraine last fall.”

+ Advice for Middling Authors: GQ: Here’s How Author James Patterson Writes Thirty-One Books at the Same Time. “If you can write beginnings and ends, you can make a nice living as a writer. If you write middles, you win Pulitzers and Nobel Prizes and stuff. But with beginnings and ends, you’re going to do okay.” (Shoot, I always thought the key was writing puns…)

+ Wed Man Walking: “According to a criminal complaint, the couple got married in March. Following the wedding, Amanda Chapin forged the signature of one of her husband’s children on a power-of-attorney document, then demanded her husband amend his house deed so she would get the home if he died.” Woman charged with repeatedly poisoning husband.