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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott with 2018 gubernatorial challenger Christine Hallquist. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP via Getty

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, told reporters on Election Day that he voted for Joe Biden, breaking from his party, per local newspaper Seven Days.

Why it matters: Scott's decision makes him the only incumbent Republican to publicly disclose his vote for the former VP in the election.

The state of play: The governor said he's never backed a Democrat presidential candidate prior to this election, adding he needed to do “some soul-searching” before he decided to throw his support behind Biden.

  • “President Trump has had four years to unite this country and has failed to do so,” Scott said. “We need someone who can pull us together … and I’m afraid that President Trump misses the mark.”
  • He noted that he disagrees with Biden on a number of policy proposals, but believes the former vice president can “heal the country.”

Flashback: In August, Scott said he was “quite adamant” about not supporting Trump, but did not confirm his plan to vote for Biden.

Of note: Scott is up for re-election against progressive Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, who has Sen. Bernie Sanders' support.

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Most Senate Republicans join Rand Paul effort to dismiss Trump's 2nd impeachment trial

Photo: Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images

Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported an effort to dismiss former President Trump's second impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

Young people want checks on Big Tech's power

Data: Generation Lab; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The next generation of college-educated Americans thinks social media companies have too much power and influence on politics and need more government regulation, according to a new survey by Generation Lab for Axios.

Why it matters: The findings follow an election dominated by rampant disinformation about voting fraud on social media; companies' fraught efforts to stifle purveyors of disinformation including former President Trump; and a deadly Jan. 6 insurrection over the election organized largely online.

Scoop: U.S. begins denying Afghan immigrants

Afghan refugees on a bus bound for temporary housing after arriving in Greece. Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images

The Biden administration has begun issuing denials to Afghans seeking to emigrate to the United States through the humanitarian parole process, after a system that typically processes 2,000 applications annually has been flooded with more than 30,000.

Why it matters: Afghans face steeper odds and longer processes for escaping to the U.S., despite the earlier sweeping efforts by the Biden administration to assist its allies. Immigration lawyers and advocacy groups say the government has set untenable barriers to a safe haven in the U.S.