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Customs Border and Protection from Tecate, Mexico. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images.

A White House official said the Trump administration is not responsible for the "horrific tragic" death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died last week from dehydration and shock while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Washington Post reports.

What to watch: An internal investigation at the Department of Homeland Security aims to see if border patrol agents followed correct protocol while the girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, was in their custody. Officials said Friday this group of migrants that were held at a remote Border Patrol base were checked for health problems, given water and had access to bathroom facilities.

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Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci highlighted the need to address racial disparities in the COVID-19 vaccination process, per an interview with The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

What he’s saying: "I think that's the one thing we really got to be careful of. We don't want in the beginning ... most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people."

The Mischief Makers

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Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

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Obama speechwriter fears Biden unity drive is one-sided

Cody Keenan (right) is shown heading to Marine One in December 2009. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Obama's former speechwriter says he's "preemptively frustrated" with President Biden's effort to find unity with Republicans.

What they're saying: Cody Keenan told Axios that Biden's messaging team has "struck all the right chords," but at some point "they're gonna have to answer questions like, 'Why didn't you achieve unity?' when there's an entire political party that's already acting to stop it."