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“I think that the policy was shameful. I can’t imagine anything worse than tearing parents from their children.”
— Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland isn’t shying away from criticizing the Trump administration on family separation policy at the Mexican border in his confirmation hearing.
“Progressives are a big part of our party and making sure their voices are heard here at the White House is a big part of my job.”
— White House chief of staff Ron Klain, in an interview with the Daily Beast.
“Look, when a crisis hits my state, I’m there. I’m not going to go on some vacation.”
— Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) delivered a pointed rebuke of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) following his much-criticized trip to Cancun, Mexico, as a winter disaster rocked Texas last week, CNN reports.
A Suffolk University-USA Today poll found that 46% of Republicans said they would abandon the GOP and join the Trump party if the former president decided to create one. Only 27% said they would stay with the GOP, with the remainder indicating they would be undecided.
New York Times: “Roughly one year since the first known death by the coronavirus in the United States, an unfathomable toll is nearing — the loss of half a million people. … No other country has counted so many deaths in the pandemic. More Americans have perished from Covid-19 than on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said her fundraiser for relief efforts in Texas doubled to $4 million on Saturday.