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Sanders briefed reporters after juicy excerpts from Michael Wolff's new book shocked Trumpworld. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders addressed shocking quotes about President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in Michael Wolff's new book, saying Trump was "furious, disgusted" when he heard about Bannon's quotes.

"I think the president's statement is extremely clear what his position on Mr. Bannon is ... [T]here's not really much to clarify or to add," she added. Trump's base is "very solid" after his break with Bannon, Sanders said.

  • Trump and Bannon last spoke in early December.
  • On Trump's "mental fitness" for office in light of his "nuclear button" tweet: Americans should worry about Kim Jong-un's mental fitness, Sanders said.
  • Sanders said Trump has spoken with Wolff once since taking office, but that "95%" of his visits to the White House had been at Bannon's request.

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Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

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Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.

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Scoop: Kaine, Collins pitch Senate colleagues on censuring Trump

Sen. Tim Kaine speaks with Sen. Susan Collins. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.