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President Donald Trump speaks alongside New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and team members during a White House ceremony for the 2017 Super Bowl champions. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump picked the New England Patriots to win Sunday's Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," saying the team has a "very special owner [Robert Kraft] and coach [Bill Belichick] and certainly ... the greatest quarterback [Tom Brady] of all time."

Details: The president has long been a supporter of the Patriots and is friends with Kraft, Belichick and Brady. The Patriots were the first championship team to visit Trump at the White House when the team won the Super Bowl in 2017. Last year, Trump abruptly disinvited Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles for their ceremonial White House visit after many team members said they would not attend.

Go deeper: Trump says he'd have a "hard time" if his son Barron played football

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It's harder to fill the Cabinet

Data: Chamberlain, 2020, "United States of America Cabinet Appointments Dataset" Chart: Will Chase/Axios

It's harder now for presidents to win Senate confirmation for their Cabinet picks, an Axios data analysis of votes for and against nominees found.

Why it matters: It's not just Neera Tanden. The trend is a product of growing polarization, rougher political discourse and slimming Senate majorities, experts say. It means some of the nation's most vital federal agencies go without a leader and the legislative authority that comes with one.

Exclusive: Hundreds of kids held in Border Patrol stations

Migrants cross the Rio Bravo to get to El Paso, Texas. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images

More than 700 children who crossed from Mexico into the United States without their parents were in Border Patrol custody as of Sunday, according to an internal Customs and Border Protection document obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The current backup is yet another sign of a brewing crisis for President Biden — and a worsening dilemma for these vulnerable children. Biden is finding it's easier to talk about preventing warehousing kids at the southern border than solving the problem.

Pompeo plots 2024 power play

Mike Pompeo in Washington on Feb. 12. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo has quickly reentered the political fray, raising money for Republicans, addressing key political gatherings and joining an advocacy group run by Donald Trump's former lawyer.

Why it matters: The former secretary of state is widely considered a potential 2024 presidential contender. His professional moves this week indicate he's working to keep his name in the headlines and bolster a political brand built largely on foreign policies easily contrasted with the Biden White House.