Trump signs an executive order on June 20, 2018 to end to the separation of migrant families at the border. Photo: Mandel Ngan/ AFP/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence stood by the president's assertions on Friday that the administration does not plan to reinstate its policy of separating migrant families at the border, following an NBC report that 3 U.S. officials said Trump has urged a return of the policy.

The bottom line: Multiple sources told CNN the same thing, and said that Trump also advocated for separating families that entered through legal ports of entry. Whether the administration plans to bring back the policy or not, Trump is embracing increasingly extreme immigration ideas.

What they're saying: "The president made it very clear this week that we're not bringing back family separations," Pence told CNN on Friday, per the Hill.

The numbers that matter: It could take 2 years for federal officials to identify the 47,000 migrant children who were likely separated from their parents before the government began collecting data through its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy in April 2018.

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The big picture: The last treaty constraining the U.S. and Russia, New START, is due to expire on Feb. 5, 2021, two weeks after the next U.S. presidential inauguration. For the first time since the height of the Cold War, the nuclear guardrails could come off.

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It hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1992, but Georgia's changing demographics may prove pivotal this year — not only to Trump v. Biden, but also to whether Democrats take control of the Senate.

Why it matters: If the fate of the Senate did hinge on Georgia, it might be January before we know the outcome. Meanwhile, voters' understanding of this power in the final days of the election could juice turnout enough to impact presidential results.

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Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

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