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Rep. Liz Cheney talks with Lesley Stahl on CBS' "60 Minutes." Photo: CBS News

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that Americans "deserve better than having to choose between" President Biden's "disastrous" policies and former President Trump, "who violated his oath of office."

Why it matters: Cheney made the remarks after CBS' Lesley Stahl put it to her in the interview that Republicans feel that her joining the House select committee in charge of investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot helps "keep the focus on Trump instead of on the shortcomings of the Biden administration."

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What she's saying: "Those who think that by ignoring Trump, he will go away, have been proved wrong," Cheney replied.

  • "And in my view, the American people, they deserve better than having to choose between what I think are the really disastrous policies of Joe Biden — in a whole range of areas, really bad for our economy. 
  • "From a national security perspective, what's happened, what he's done in Afghanistan: very dangerous policies for the country. But the alternative cannot be a man who doesn't believe in the rule of law, and who violated his oath of office," she added.

The big picture: The Wyoming Republican Party formally censured Cheney in February for voting to convict Trump for a charge of inciting the U.S. Capitol insurrection, of which he was acquitted after the Senate failed to reach the required two-thirds majority.

  • Her criticism of Trump saw her ousted as GOP conference chair and she faces a tough reelection campaign after the former president endorsed Cheney's challenger in the Wyoming House primary contest, Harriet Hageman.

Yes, but: Cheney told Stahl "a lot" of Republicans in the House and the Senate have privately praised her for speaking out against Trump.

  • Pressed by Stahl on why the lawmakers wouldn't publicly support her, Cheney said there's a perception that they would put themselves in "political peril" if they're seen to go against Trump.
  • "That's a self-fulfilling prophecy because if Republican leaders don't stand up and condemn what happened then, the voices in the party that are so dangerous will only get louder and stronger," Cheney added.

Go deeper: Cheney says she was "wrong" to oppose same-sex marriage

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Judge to hear Nov. 4 oral arguments for Trump's executive privilege claim

Former President Trump arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Oct. 17 in New York City. Photo: James Devaney via Getty Images

A Nov. 4 hearing has been set for former President Trump's claim of executive privilege in regard to the House Jan. 6 select committee's investigation, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team has moved to block some of the committee's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
Oct 23, 2021 - Economy & Business

Trump's volatile return to the stock market

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Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

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