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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney took to the Sunday cable talk shows to defend President Trump against allegations that his rhetoric or policies somehow played a role in the mass shooting by a white supremacist in New Zealand on Friday, saying on CBS' "Face the Nation," "I don't think anybody could say that the president is anti-Muslim."

Details: Pressed by host Margaret Brennan about Trump's call during the campaign to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Mulvaney said, "Take the words and put them in one category, and take the actions and put them in another." He pointed to Trump's work in defense of religious minorities all around the world, "including in the Middle East."

  • Reality check: Muslims are not in a minority in any Middle Eastern country besides Israel.

The big picture: During a press conference on Friday, President Trump denied that white nationalism is becoming a threat around the world. He also failed to specifically mention or condemn the targeting of Muslims in the New Zealand shooting in his statement extending condolences. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump defended Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, who was suspended by the network after making anti-Muslim comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar.

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Senate pulls all-nighter on amendments to COVID relief package

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate continued to work through votes on a marathon of amendments overnight into Saturday morning.

The elusive political power of Mexican Americans

Data: Pew Research Center, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Mexican Americans make up the nation's largest Latino group, yet they remain politically outshined by more recently arrived Cuban Americans.

Why it matters: The disparities in political power between Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans reflect the racial, historical, geographical and economic differences within Latino cultures in the U.S.