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Sen. Lindsey Graham said Special Counsel Robert Mueller is "the perfect guy to get to the bottom of" the Russia probe on ABC's This Week. "Everybody in the White House knows it’d be the end of President Trump’s presidency if he fires Mr. Mueller," he said, responding to reports that Trump wanted Mueller fired last summer.

Sen. Joe Manchin shrugged off the reports to NBC's Chuck Todd, calling it an example of Trump's "New York talk."

  • "I look at it strictly as the New York language that they have which is different than most other people,"
  • “Let's see if he [Trump] moves on [Deputy AG Rod] Rosenstein ... I think at that time there'll be Democrats and Republicans saying, 'Time to protect the judicial system and the three branches of government having equal power. Absolutely.'"

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Progressives pressure Schumer to end filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

A progressive coalition is pressuring Chuck Schumer on his home turf by running a digital billboard in Times Square urging the new majority leader to end the Senate filibuster.

Why it matters: Schumer is up for re-election in 2o22 and could face a challenger, and he's also spearheading his party's broader effort to hold onto its narrow congressional majorities.

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U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

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The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.