Sen. Jeff Flake said "nobody ought to support" a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked whether he'd support congressional funding for President Trump's wall in exchange for keeping protections for "DREAMers" in place.

  • On criticism from the president: "The people in Arizona tend to elect independent-minded, principled senators: Barry Goldwater, John McCain. I think the voters here expect me to have my own franchise, to represent them, not be a rubber stamp for the president, so I'm quite comfortable being where I am."
  • On Trump's foreign policy leadership: "I've had my concerns, I think everyone has, at some of the statements that have been made by the president with regards to NATO and other areas in foreign policy ... We want somebody who is measured and sober and consistent and conservative in this regard."

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20 Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump "a threat to the rule of law"

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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  2. Health: The coronavirus is starting to crush some hospitals — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter coronavirus threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.