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The redesigned Mac Pro. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Apple confirmed on Monday its plan to continue doing the final assembly of its high-end Mac Pro desktop computers in Texas.

Why it matters: The Mac Pro is the only Apple computer to be made in the U.S. This move is part of Apple's efforts to show it is producing what it can domestically, while still relying on China for most manufacturing (along with most other tech companies).

The big picture: Apple's Mac Pro plan briefly hit a snag when the White House indicated it was opposed to an exemption on tariffs for parts brought into the U.S. That could have pushed the company to move manufacturing overseas.

  • Apple ended up being granted 10 of the 15 tariff exemptions it requested, per Reuters, including some of the imported components for the Mac Pro.
  • Apple added that the new Mac Pro will contain 2.5 times the U.S.-made components (by value) as the prior generation, including parts made by a dozen companies across 8 states.
  • The redesigned desktop tower, which debuted in June, is slated to go on sale later this year.

“The Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful computer ever and we’re proud to be building it in Austin," CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "We thank the administration for their support enabling this opportunity."

Editor's note: This story has been updated with details of Apple's tariff exemptions.

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Sen. Tim Kaine speaks with Sen. Susan Collins. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.

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Scoop: Anthony Coley to lead Justice Department public affairs

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Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, has tapped Anthony Coley, an Obama-era Treasury Department official, to serve as a senior adviser and to lead public affairs at the Department of Justice, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: As the public face of the DOJ, Coley will help explain — and defend — the department's actions, from sensitive cases to prosecutorial decisions, including the investigation into Hunter Biden.

AP: Justice Dept. rescinds "zero tolerance" policy

A young girl waves to onlookers through the fence at the U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Ysidro, California, in Nov. 2018. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden's acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memo on Tuesday to revoke the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated thousands of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, AP first reported.

Driving the news: A recent report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz emphasized the internal chaos at the agency over the implementation of the policy, which resulted in 545 parents separated from their children as of October 2020.

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