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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody Thursday that the Trump administration "never really intended to" separate families at the border:

"It hasn't been good and the American people don't like the idea that we are separating families... We never really intended to do that. What we intended was to make sure that adults who bring children into the country are charged with the crime that they have committed."

Flashback: This breaks with two previous defenses Sessions has given on the administration policy that drew widespread backlash. He told Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday that he hoped it would serve as a deterrent, and last week he defended the policy by citing the Bible.

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Fauci says if people won't wear masks, maybe it should be mandated

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Friday evening that if "people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it."

Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

Harris to Black voters: Casting a ballot is about honoring your ancestors

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks at a "Get Out The Vote" rally at Morehouse College. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris appealed to Black voters in Georgia on Friday, urging them to "honor the ancestors" by casting ballots, and again calling President Trump a "racist."

Why it matters: The U.S. saw a significant decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Higher turnout among Black Americans this year could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in key battleground states, including Georgia.

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