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Sarah Sanders speaking at .a White House press briefing. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Officials in the Trump administration had a rough weekend going out in public, starting with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who was refused service at a Virginia restaurant.

The big picture: "Anger and division in American politics are creating a rising phenomenon: the public shaming and shunning of political figures while they are going about their private lives," the Washington Post's Mary Jordan writes.

Details:

  • Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled at MXDC, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Washington. The next day Trump signed an executive order stopping family separation at the border.
  • Pam Bondi, the Florida Attorney general who has supported Trump throughout his tenure, was confronted by hecklers at a movie screening and had to be escorted out by law enforcement.
  • Senior adviser Stephen Miller was also heckled at Espita Mezcaleria, a Mexican restaurant in Washington. Per the New York Post, a patron said: "Hey look guys, whoever thought we’d be in a restaurant with a real-life fascist begging [for] money for new cages?"

What they're saying:

  • Rep. Maxine Waters actively encouraged citizens to confront Trump's cabinet members and staff in public on MSNBC: "If you see anybody in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."
  • Carlos Gutierez, a former Bush administration Secretary of Commerce, downplayed Sanders' denial and said he's more concerned about children seeing "a different America" where children are being separated from their families.
  • David Axelrod, a former Obama administration official, said he was "kind of amazed and appalled" by Democrats applauding Sanders being denied service and the heckling Trump officials in public only gives in to what the administration wants — a more divided America.
  • David Cole, the national legal director of the ACLU, told the Post he thinks its wrong to deny service to a person because of their politics, but said it hasn't been made illegal yet. "Probably because it rarely happens."

The bottom line: Jon Meacham told the Post that he cannot recall a "similarly tribal moment” in recent history... "We’re kind of back to the Colonial era in terms of public shaming, with virtual and symbolic stocks in the public square rather than literal ones."

Go deeper: The story behind Sarah Sanders' boot from a VA restaurant

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At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

Photo: Jacob Cordeiro/Twitter

An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be traveling on the westbound Empire Builder train from Chicago to Seattle and Portland when eight cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

Students are dismissed from the first day of school at PS 133 in Brooklyn on Sept. 13. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images

A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.

New York prepares for staff shortages from health vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during a news conference Tuesday in New York City.. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.