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During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, President Trump continued blame "extremist, open border" Democrats for the child separation crisis plaguing the country, claiming that they've politicized the situation at the border and have intentionally failed to approve any solutions because they think it's "bad for the election."

"[Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi] don't care about the children. They don't care about the injury. They don't care about the problems. They don't care about anything. All they do is say, 'Obstruct & let's see how we do,' because they have no policies that are any good."
— President Trump

Be smart: Despite Trump consistently trying to punt responsibility onto Congress and the Democrats, several Democratic lawmakers have proposed legislation attempting to deal with the immigration crisis. The party also came close to passing a bipartisan immigration bill earlier this year, but Trump knocked it down.

Top quotes:

  • "You look back at 2014 during the Obama Administration, they had pictures that are so bad, they had a judge that said it was inhumane the way they were treating children."
  • "Mexico is doing nothing for us except taking our money and sending us drugs ... [The immigrants we're getting] are drug traffickers, they're human traffickers, they're coyotes."
  • "Melania is down now at the border because it really bothered her to be looking at this and to seeing it, as it bothered me, as it bothered everybody at this table. We're all bothered by it."
  • "Other countries are laughing at us because our immigration laws are so bad."

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  2. Education: More schools are reopening in the U.S.
  3. Vaccine: J&J CEO "absolutely" confident in vaccine distribution goals Most states aren't prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines — Vaccine hesitancy is shrinking.
  4. Economy: Apple says all U.S. stores open for the first time since start of pandemic — What's really going on with the labor market.
  5. Sports: Poll weighs impact of athlete vaccination.
  6. World: Latin America turns to China and Russia for COVID-19 vaccines.
Dave Lawler, author of World
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Latin America turns to China and Russia for COVID-19 vaccines

Several countries in the Americas have received their first vaccine shipments over the past few weeks — not from the regional superpower or from Western pharmaceutical giants, but from China, Russia, and in some cases India.

Why it matters: North and South America have been battered by the pandemic and recorded several of the world’s highest death tolls. Few countries other than the U.S. have the capacity to manufacture vaccines at scale, and most lack the resources to buy their way to the front of the line for imports. That’s led to a scramble for whatever supply is available.

More schools are reopening in the U.S.

Students settle into a classroom in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

More than 72% of K-12 students are now attending schools that offer in-person or hybrid models of learning.

The big picture: The U.S. is seeing an almost-universal return of schools that were in-person as of November, as well as a gradual return in parts of the country that had been virtual for almost a year.