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Tucker Carlson responded on his Fox News show Monday to audio footage of controversial past comments he'd made by declaring, "we will never bow to the mob."

Why it matters: His remarks on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" were the first time he had responded on TV and at any great length to the audio releases by liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America of comments he'd made on "Bubba the Love Sponge" radio show. He did not directly respond to the remarks that were attacked for being racist, sexist and homophobic, saying it was "pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context.

What he's saying: "The great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing," he said. Carlson claimed the "liberal mob" was working hard to kill his show. "Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day," he said. "[W]e've always apologized when we're wrong, and will continue to do that. That's what decent people do. They apologize. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what."

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Defense Sec. Austin stresses U.S. commitment to Israel's security amid growing Iran tensions

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived for his first visit in Jerusalem amid nuclear talks in Vienna and growing tensions between Israel and Iran.

Why it matters: Austin met his counterpart Benny Gantz and will meet later with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss Iran and regional security issues.

"I was horrified": Leaders respond to footage of Black and Latino Army officer threatened at traffic stop

An Army officer is suing two Virginia police officers after he said they drew their guns and pepper-sprayed him during a traffic stop in December.

Why it matters: Footage of the incident has drawn widespread criticism from leaders and groups in the state. Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, is heard saying “I’m honestly afraid to get out," to which a police officer responds “Yeah, you should be," in a video from a body-worn camera.

Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

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The impact of the Derek Chauvin trial is reverberating far beyond the walls of the downtown Minneapolis courtroom.

The state of play: With the trial set to enter its third week, activists across America are watching the proceedings unfold with heavy skepticism that what they perceive as justice will be served.