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Ben Sasse is backing up Democratic senator Richard Blumenthal against Donald Trump. Sasse said this morning that he heard a similar story from SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch on Trump's tweets criticizing U.S. judges.

The quote, per Sasse: Gorsuch said that "any attack on any brothers or sisters of the robe is an attack on all judges."

Background: Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters that Gorsuch called Trump's tweets against judges "disheartening" and "demoralizing."

"Behind closed doors, Judge Gorsuch expressed disappointment with President Trump's attacks on the judiciary, but a Supreme Court Justice must prove that he has the courage and independence to stand up to a President in public."

A spokesman later confirmed Blumenthal's claim with CNN.

The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

Trump wasn't happy about it.

Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave "service" in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

But Blumenthal got some backup on Morning Joe this morning, courtesy of Ben Sasse.

Sen. Ben Sasse just contradicted Trump, confirms Gorsuch's comments on @Morning_Joe: "He got pretty passionate about it." pic.twitter.com/tsPeQ156vs — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 9, 2017

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.