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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell Monday that President Trump "absolutely" needs to specifically condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists for their role in Saturday's deadly attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia. "His spokesman said it yesterday and I'm sure he'll reiterate that in the days to come," Sessions added.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Sessions also appeared on the TODAY show Monday, where he discussed the backlash Trump faced for his response to the attacks. Sessions said he thought "it was a good statement" and that it "directly contradicted the ideology of hatred and violence." He later added, "I'm sure he'll talk about it again soon … He will be speaking to the people today. I'm not sure what he'll say."

Other highlights from the interview:

  • On neo-Nazi site, The Daily Stormer, which responded to Trump: "They are simply attempting to legitimate themselves in any way possible. They are going to find out that we're coming after them for any violations of the law, that the president has condemned them by name and will continue to do so, and I'm confident that the American people will reject this kind of evil ideology, and we need to take it seriously."
  • On Trump openly criticizing members of his White House (including Sessions): "I believe in the president's agenda. I believe in his leadership. He has a right to scold his cabinet members if he's not happy with them, and he has a right to have people in his cabinet that he believes will serve his agenda."
  • Has Trump apologized for repeatedly criticizing you? "He has not apologized. He's quite frank about his concerns, and he expressed them openly."

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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised normalization with Israel during his recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, three U.S. and Arab sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Saudi Arabia would be the biggest regional player to sign onto the "Abraham Accords" peace agreement with Israel, and such a major breakthrough would likely convince other Arab and Muslim countries to follow suit.

Tech's leaky world

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Tech companies are learning what everyone in Washington already knows: Leaks of confidential info are inevitable, and "plumbing" operations to close them rarely work.

Why it matters: Most tech firms talk up the power of transparency but prefer to keep details of their operations secret from competitors and the public. Researchers, regulators and the media are increasingly relying on information provided by dissident employees and whistleblowers to see inside companies' workings.

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First look: Harris wants more union membership in fed workforce

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will today announce new guidelines to encourage federal workers to join unions, according to a White House official.

Why it matters: The Biden administration wants to bolster the collective bargaining power of workers across the country – and they are starting at home, with changes in the federal workforce.

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