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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday she was "appalled" to see her colleague Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) booed and nearly censured at the Utah Republican Party state convention a day earlier.

Why it matters: The effort to censure Romney for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol failed by a 711-798 vote. A number of Republicans have faced backlash in their home states for voting to convict Trump, as the former president continues to have significant sway over the party.

What they're saying: "Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who serves his state and our country well,"Collins said Sunday. "We Republicans need to remember that we are united by fundamental principles."

  • "We are not a party that is lead by just one person. There are many prominent upcoming younger men and women in our party who hold great promise for leading us."
  • "[T]he person who agrees with 70 or 80% of the time is your friend, not your enemy."
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Of note: Collins also defended Liz Cheney, who was censured by the Wyoming GOP for her vote against Trump.

  • "Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience, and she did what she felt was right, and I salute her for that. We need to be accepting of differences in our party."

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Attempt to censure Mitt Romney for Trump impeachment vote fails

Sen. Mitt Romney during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Tueday. Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick-Pool/Getty Images

A Utah Republican Party resolution to censure Sen. Mitt Romney (R) for voting to convict former President Trump for abuse of power in his second impeachment trial failed to pass on Saturday, the Salt Lake Tribune first reported.

The big picture: The 711-798 vote by delegates at the Utah Republican Party state convention comes after a slew of state GOPs moved to censure or rebuke House and Senate Republicans who voted to impeach or convict Trump in January over the Capitol Hill riot that month.

Scoop: GOP leaders threaten Cheney ouster

Rep. Liz Cheney speaks to President Biden before his Wednesday speech to a joint session of Congress. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Top Republicans are turning on Rep. Liz Cheney, the party’s highest-ranking woman in Congress, with one conservative leader suggesting she could be ousted from her GOP post within a month.

Why it matters: The comments by Reps. Steve Scalise, the minority whip, and Jim Banks, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, carry weight because of their close relationship with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — who is openly feuding with Cheney.

Scoop: 50,000 migrants released; few report to ICE

A law enforcement officer walks to meet migrants crossed the Rio Grande River illegally last month. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

About 50,000 migrants who crossed the southern border illegally have now been released in the United States without a court date. Although they are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead, just 13% have showed up so far, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The sizable numbers are a sign of just how overwhelmed some sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border continue to be: A single stretch covering the Rio Grande Valley had 20,000 apprehensions in a week. The figures also show the shortcomings of recent emergency decisions to release migrants.