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In an interview with Jim VandeHei for "Axios on HBO," acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan said members of a Border Patrol Facebook group that joked about migrant deaths will "absolutely" face consequences.

The big picture: A ProPublica report showed that the group was created in August 2016 and titled "I'm 10-15," referencing the Border Patrol code for "aliens in custody." While the group described itself as a space for "funny" and "serious" conversations about the field, it often housed racist and sexually explicit comments on immigrants and Hispanic lawmakers.

  • CBP launched an investigation into the page in July. The group had approximately 9,500 members, made up of current and former Border Patrol agents.

What they're saying:

"What we did immediately is we put a kind of a task force together, specifically designed to take a look at the Facebook and not just Facebook, but other social media issues as well. We put that together and we actually expedited the process. So right now it's going through the process, and it's in its final stages of actually handing out that ultimate disciplinary for those individuals that it's justified."
— Mark Morgan to "Axios on HBO"

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Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Erin Schaff-Pool, Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images

In a world where most Americans are isolated and forced to laugh, cry and mourn without friends or family by their side, viral moments can offer critical opportunities to unite the country or divide it.

Driving the news: President Biden's inauguration was produced to create several made-for-social viral moments, a tactic similar to what the Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign pulled off during the Democratic National Convention.

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Over 3,000 detained in protests across Russia demanding Navalny's release

Russian police officers beat protestesters at a rally against of jailing of oppositon leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow on Saturday. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Police in Russia on Saturday arrested more than 3,300 people as protesters nationwide demanded that opposition leader Alexey Navalny be released from jail.

Details: Demonstrations began in the eastern regions of Russia and spread west to more than 60 cities.

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Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain and GOP governor

Combination images of Cindy McCain and Gov. Doug Ducey. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for U.S.VETS/Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Arizona Republican Party members voted on Saturday to censure prominent GOP figures Cindy McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who've all faced clashes with former President Trump.

Why it matters: Although the resolution is symbolic, this move plus the re-election of the Trump-endorsed Kelli Ward as state GOP chair shows the strong hold the former president has on the party in Arizona, despite President Biden winning the state in the 2020 election.

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