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Betsy DeVos speaking at podium while former Vice President Mike Pence looks on. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered veiled criticism Saturday of former President Donald Trump's continued hold over the Republican Party, saying that "principles have been overtaken by personalities," the Detroit Free Press reported.

Why it matters: DeVos was one of the longest-serving members of Trump's Cabinet and resigned following the Capitol riot.

What they're saying: "Politics now are so often about people, not the policies that impact lives directly," she said while addressing the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

  • "[O]urs is not a movement dependent on any one person," she added.
  • DeVos also likened her time in Washington, D.C. to a trip to the dentist, and expressed relief that it was over.

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Trump says he'd "beat" DeSantis in 2024 presidential race if he ran

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Trump in Belleair, Florida, in July 2020. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump said he'd "beat" Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a Republican presidential primary in 2024 were he to enter the race, per an interview with Yahoo Business, published Sunday.

Why it matters: Both Trump and DeSantis have been floated as likely 2024 contenders.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.