One quote to sum it all up: "The president is taking steps to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to our nation's safety and security."

  1. Minimizing the executive order's impact: "It's a shame that people were inconvenienced, but it's a couple of hours. I'm sorry that people had to wait a little while." Repeating a line from the Sunday morning shows, Spicer said that only 109 people were detained out of 325,000 entering the country in the first 24 hours of the order.
  2. Clarifying the NSC: Spicer said that reports that the Director of National Intelligence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs are being bumped from National Security Council meetings are "utter nonsense." The administration is also amending the memo to include the CIA Director as a part of the NSC. The inclusion of Steve Bannon in the memo was an attempt to be transparent and "he'll be in and out as needed."
  3. SCOTUS pick: Trump's pick tomorrow is on the previously-released list. Spicer accidentally referred to the pick as "he."
  4. What about Garland?: On Dems blocking SCOTUS pick: "That just shows you that it's all about politics, it's not about qualifications. The president has a right to have his nominees taken up." (Senate Republicans blocked Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland from March of 2016 until his nomination expired on the first day of the 115th Congress.)
  5. Trump's empty Cabinet: Spicer again decried Democratic Senate obstruction of Trump nominees, which the White House Press Office supplemented with a press release while he was still discussing the topic.

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Republicans and Dems react to Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation

President Trump stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after she took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice during a White House ceremony Monday night .Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump said Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court and her subsequent taking of the constitutional oath Monday was a "momentous day," as she she vowed to serve "without any fear or favour."

  • But as Republicans applauded the third conservative justice in four years, many Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) warned of consequences to the rush to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the Nov. 3 election, with progressives leading calls to expand the court.
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CRISPR pioneer: "Science is on the ballot" in 2020

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In her three decades in science, Jennifer Doudna said she has seen a gradual erosion of trust in the profession, but the recent Nobel Prize winner told "Axios on HBO" that the institution itself has been under assault from the current administration.

  • "I think science is on the ballot," Doudna said in the interview.

Why it matters: That has manifested itself in everything from how the federal government approaches climate change to the pandemic.