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George W. Bush. Photo: Bess Adler/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush told People magazine that he wrote in Condoleezza Rice when he voted for president in the 2020 election.

The big picture: Bush also clarified comments made earlier this week in which he called today's GOP "isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist." The former president told People that he "painted with too broad a brush" and excluded "a lot of Republicans who believe we can fix the problem."

  • "Really what I should have said — there's loud voices who are isolationists, protectionists and nativists, something, by the way, I talked about when I was president," he said in a wide-ranging interview for next week's issue about his new book of oil paintings, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants."

What he's saying: Bush said Rice, who served as his secretary of state from 2005 to 2009, knew he wrote her name on his ballot.

  • "But she told me she would refuse to accept the office," he added.

Worth noting: While Bush has largely avoided talking about his successors, he said the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol siege by supporters of former President Trump "disgusted" and "really disturbed" him.

  • "I was sick to my stomach ... to see our nation's Capitol being stormed by hostile forces," he told the Texas Tribune in February.

Go deeper: George W. Bush wants "more respectful" tone on immigration

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Updated Jul 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Finger pointing starts after House fails to extend federal eviction ban

From right to left, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu, Cori Bush, Mary Gay Scanlon and Lucy McBath on July 21 in Washingotn. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Three U.S. agencies have extended federal foreclosure-related eviction moratoria in an effort to protect renters after the House failed to pass legislation that would extend the ban.

Driving the news: House Democratic leaders did not secure enough votes to pass the legislation on Friday, adjourning the chamber for a six-week recess the day before the ban is set to expire. As many as 15 million people could face evictions, per estimates from the Aspen Institute.

Top general: Calls to China were "perfectly within the duties" of job

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley told the Associated Press on Friday that calls with his Chinese counterpart during the final months of Donald Trump's presidency were "perfectly within the duties and responsibilities" of his job.

Why it matters: In his first public comments on the calls that have prompted critics to question whether the general went too far, Milley maintained that such conversations are "routine," per AP.

The consumer's massive "war chest"

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Economists expect the pace of economic growth to cool off now that government transfer payments like stimulus checks and emergency unemployment benefits are in the rearview mirror. But evidence suggests that the U.S. consumer is sitting on a lot of financial firepower that could be a key driver of growth in the quarters to come.

Why it matters: U.S. consumer spending is massive, representing about 70% of GDP.