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White House senior adviser Stephen Miller defended President Trump's racist tweets and past criticisms of the United States on Fox News Sunday, claiming that unlike members of "the squad" of progressive lawmakers that he has attacked, Trump's comments come from a place of love for the country.

MILLER: The president ran a campaign that can be summarized in two words: America first. There's a huge difference between America First and an ideology that runs down America.
CHRIS WALLACE: "You don't think the president ran down America? Lock her up? ... Nobody has any problem with what the president's policies have been, it's when he goes into stoking racial fears. I've never called any of his tweets racist, but there's no question that he is stoking racial divisions."
MILLER: "Chris, the core element of the president's philosophy is 'America First.' Saying that America needs to improve to get closer to an America First ideal, as the president did as a candidate — criticizing Obama, criticizing our trade deals, our foreign policy deals, our immigration policies — is out of love for America. Saying, as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did, that illegal immigrants are in effect more American than Americans is fundamentally an anti-American statement."

Why it matters: Trump's ongoing battle with "the squad" continued on Sunday, with the president tweeting that he doesn't "believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country" and that they should apologize. His argument that the lawmakers should "go back" to where they came from after allegedly denigrating the U.S. has prompted accusations of hypocrisy.

Fox News' Chris Wallace claimed that Trump has been "as critical of this country as anything 'the squad' has ever said," and challenged Miller by listing off a series of quotes in which Trump himself has attacked the U.S.:

  • Jan. 18, 2016: "Nobody respects us. They're laughing at us. We don't know what we're doing."
  • July 27, 2016: "I think President Obama has been the most ignorant president in our history."
  • Jan. 20, 2017: "Rusted-out factories, scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation."
  • Feb. 5, 2017: "We've got a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?"

Go deeper: Ocasio-Cortez says Trump's immigration policies are really about racism


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Russia to blame for Livenenko killing, European Court says

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Russia "was responsible for assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko" in London, England.

  • Litvinenko died in 2006 after being poisoned in the city with Polonium 210, a rare radioactive isotope.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

The great holiday shortage

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Brace yourself: It's going to be hard to find everything — not just your favorite holiday foods and hot toys and gifts but also basic staples like coffee and footwear — because of supply chain problems that will likely persist at least through next spring.

Why it matters: Scarce resources will likely lead to more scuffles among shoppers in brick-and-mortar stores, fewer deals for Black Friday and online price wars that could threaten the livelihood of already-suffering retailers.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

Trudeau's Liberals set to form minority government after Canada election win

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government was reelected for a third term in Monday's parliamentary elections, but preliminary results show it failed to win a majority.

Why it matters: Trudeau has governed Canada with a minority of legislative support in parliament for the past two years. Last month, he called for an election two years earlier than scheduled in the hope of forming a majority government.