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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told NBC's "Today" that GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's January visit to Mar-a-Lago to see former President Trump after the Capitol riots was "really stunning."

Why it matters: Now that she has officially been ousted as House GOP conference chair, Cheney plans to lean even harder into her criticism of Trump and those she thinks are continuing to enable him — including McCarthy.

  • McCarthy said on Jan. 13, during a debate over impeaching Trump, that the former president "bears responsibility" for what happened at the Capitol. Weeks later, on Jan. 28, he visited Trump's golf club in Florida to make amends.
  • McCarthy initially backed Cheney in the first attempt to oust her from GOP leadership, but he eventually supported her removal this past week after she declined to keep silent on her criticism of Trump's lies about the election.

What they're saying: "I think that he is not leading with principle right now. And I think that it is sad and I think it's dangerous," Cheney told NBC's Savannah Guthrie when asked whether McCarthy was putting his ambitions to become House speaker over his principles.

  • "Leader McCarthy's visit to the former president at Mar-a-Lago was really stunning, given what the former president did," she added.
  • "He's not just a former president. He provoked an attack on the Capitol, an attack on our democracy. And so I can't understand why you would want to go rehabilitate him."

The big picture: Cheney explained Trump's hold over the Republican Party as a "cult of personality." She said she would not leave the party, and that she would continue fighting to bring it back to substance and principle.

  • Cheney added that she knows her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, is proud of what she's doing.

Go deeper: Liz Cheney's plan to take on Trump

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Focus groups: Some swing voters souring on Biden

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Some Trump-to-Biden swing voters are showing early signs of souring on President Biden despite his big win with a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package clearing the Senate.

Why it matters: Democrats are counting on Biden's brand of governance and handling of COVID-19 and the economy to save them in next year's midterm elections.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

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This arthritis drug cost $198 in 2008. Now it's more than $10,000

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

In 2008, a box of 30 anti-inflammatory rectal suppositories that treats arthritis, called Indocin, had a price tag of $198. As of Oct. 1, the price of that same box was 52 times higher, totaling $10,350.

Why it matters: As federal lawmakers continue to waver on drug price reforms, Indocin is another example of how nothing prevents drug companies from hiking prices at will and selling them within a broken supply chain.