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A significant majority of Americans say that their friends' vote for either Donald Trump (74%) or Hillary Clinton (86%) does not have any effect on their personal friendships, according to a new Pew Research poll.

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Data: Pew Research Poll, June 27-July 9, 2017; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios
  • The split: Unsurprisingly, the biggest outlier were Democrats or leaning Democrats assessing friends who voted for Trump. 35% of those on the left said a Trump vote would strain a friendship — that number jumps to 47% for those who identify as liberal.
  • Trump as stress: And a majority of Americans (59%) find it stressful and frustrating to discuss politics with someone who has a differing opinion of Trump.
  • Why can't we be friends? Majorities of Republicans and Democrats both said that members of the other party probably share many of their values and goals. Those numbers aren't significantly different from the last time the poll was conducted in 2013 — but they're significantly better than 2007 and 2005.

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Data: Chamberlain, 2020, "United States of America Cabinet Appointments Dataset" Chart: Will Chase/Axios

It's harder now for presidents to win Senate confirmation for their Cabinet picks, an Axios data analysis of votes for and against nominees found.

Why it matters: It's not just Neera Tanden. The trend is a product of growing polarization, rougher political discourse and slimming Senate majorities, experts say. It means some of the nation's most vital federal agencies go without a leader and the legislative authority that comes with one.

Exclusive: Hundreds of kids held in Border Patrol stations

Migrants cross the Rio Bravo to get to El Paso, Texas. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images

More than 700 children who crossed from Mexico into the United States without their parents were in Border Patrol custody as of Sunday, according to an internal Customs and Border Protection document obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The current backup is yet another sign of a brewing crisis for President Biden — and a worsening dilemma for these vulnerable children. Biden is finding it's easier to talk about preventing warehousing kids at the southern border than solving the problem.

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Mike Pompeo in Washington on Feb. 12. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo has quickly reentered the political fray, raising money for Republicans, addressing key political gatherings and joining an advocacy group run by Donald Trump's former lawyer.

Why it matters: The former secretary of state is widely considered a potential 2024 presidential contender. His professional moves this week indicate he's working to keep his name in the headlines and bolster a political brand built largely on foreign policies easily contrasted with the Biden White House.