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Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

With President Trump's trade war now hitting our closest allies — including the European Union, Canada and Mexico — some prominent Republicans are speaking out against the movie.

The big picture: The GOP was traditionally a bastion of free traders, championing the economic benefits of engagement with the rest of the globe. However, Trump has pulled the party and members of his own administration toward his "America First" brand of governing — slashing, or repeatedly threatening to slash, U.S. participation in huge free trade deals — with his administration's focus on economic nationalism.

What they're saying:

  • Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse: "This is dumb. ... We've been down this road before — blanket protectionism is a big part of why America had a Great Depression. 'Make America Great Again' shouldn't mean 'Make America 1929 Again.'"
  • Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake chimed in simply: "Trade wars do not end well."
  • Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch reiterated a long held position: "Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are a tax hike on Americans and will have damaging consequences for consumers, manufacturers and workers."
  • Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey said it was "bad news" that Trump wanted to "impose taxes on American consumers" who choose to do business with America's "closest allies."

Go deeper: The effects of Trump's tariffs

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Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

President Biden speaks with reporters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.

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Bill Clinton hospitalized for non-COVID-related infection

Former President Bill Clinton. Photo: Win McNamee/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday for a non-COVID-related infection, his spokesperson Angel Ureña said Thursday.

The latest: In an update on Friday, Ureña said Clinton's health indicators are "trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly."