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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, warned employees of the dark times to come under Trump's White House, per Buzzfeed.

[The Trump's administration is] going to do these evil things as they've done in the immigration area and perhaps some others —Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet

The statement came the day before Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from traveling to the U.S. Schmidt also emphasized that "the tone of this government" is very much focused on economic growth.

Why this matters: Buzzfeed points out how Schmidt's strong stance against Trump's immigration policy is "noteworthy" since the Google exec met with Trump and his advisers at least twice before the president's inauguration. Schmidt had clout with Obama's administration — and was expected to have similar influence if Hillary Clinton was elected — but he never made it into Trump's inner circlce.

Note: Google's top execs have also shown intense opposition to the ban. Co-founder Sergey Brin joined a protest in San Francisco, saying "I'm here because I'm a refugee," and the company created a $4 million fund that will donate money to organizations like the ACLU. And remember Google's motto: "Don't be evil."

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

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Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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