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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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CDC panel endorses Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

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An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12-to 15-year-olds, following the FDA's emergency use authorization.

Why it matters: Approval from the CDC panel was the final step needed before inoculations could be offered at any vaccination site for this age group.

  • Pfizer has said its vaccine is 100% effective at protecting against COVID-19 in a trial of more than 2,200 children between the ages of 12 and 15.

GOP lawmakers downplay Capitol riot at House hearing

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Republican members of Congress sought to minimize the Capitol insurrection at a House hearing on Wednesday, with statements calling pro-Trump rioters "patriots" and other lawmakers falsely denying demonstrators were supporters of the former president at all.

Driving the news: The hearing comes shortly after House Republicans voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership over her criticism of former President Trump's actions leading up to and on Jan. 6.

McConnell, McCarthy say 2017 tax law is "red line" in infrastructure talks

The top Republicans in the House and Senate told reporters after meeting with President Biden at the White House that "there is a bipartisan desire to get an outcome" on an infrastructure package, but stressed that revisiting the 2017 tax cuts is a "red line."

Why it matters: Wednesday marked the first time that Biden has hosted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) at the White House.