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Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held an impassioned event on Friday with "Angel Families" — people whose children have been killed by undocumented immigrants — amid the controversy surrounding the administration over its "zero-tolerance" policy.

The big picture: Trump's administration has been embroiled in a major fight this week on immigration, primarily over the implementation of child separation. Meanwhile, The families who spoke today criticized the media for not covering their stories, and thanked Trump and Pence for their commitment to them.

"These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. The word you have to think about is 'permanently.'"
— President Trump

What the families said:

  • “You don’t hear these stories and some of our media won’t talk to you about it.”
  • “All politicians, I don’t care what side you’re on … get it together for God’s sake, for this country, for our citizens.”
  • “I am so honored and proud of you Mr. President, the integrity and honor you have shown us … pulling the daggers out of your back every day hasn’t been fair.”
  • “I can’t make an opinion about the young people who are here illegally because their parents brought them ... But I can guarantee you that the government had nothing to do with that ... The parents of those children are to blame."

Go deeper: Why Central Americans flee to the U.S.; What we know and don’t know on child separation

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J&J and Merck to partner for COVID vaccine production to boost supply

Empty vials that contained a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19. Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden will announce Tuesday that pharmaceutical giant Merck will help Johnson & Johnson manufacture its newly authorized coronavirus vaccine to boost supply, a senior administration official tells Axios.

The big picture: The development has the potential to vastly increase supply, possibly doubling what the J&J could make on its own, the official said. The company has run into challenges while trying to expand its vaccine production to a global scale.

Casinos throw cash at sports betting media

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Casinos are investing millions on sports betting content to lure bettors to their online and in-person sportsbooks.

Why it matters: It’s a mini gold rush for some sports media companies that were struggling in the pandemic.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
30 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Global carbon emissions rebound to pre-COVID levels

Newly released data show that global CO2 emissions had returned to pre-pandemic levels by the end of last year and surpassed them in some major economies.

Why it matters: The International Energy Agency warned that clean energy efforts are falling short.