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Trump is waiting for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to die before he appoints a woman to the court: report

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President Donald Trump didn’t want to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court last year because he was waiting for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to die first.

In bizarre logic, Axios reported that Trump refused to appoint Judge Amy Coney Barrett because he was “saving her” until the justice colloquially known as RBG died. Barrett has long been a favorite among conservatives for her opposition to Roe v. Wade.

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“I’m saving her for Ginsburg,” Trump said, according to three sources who spoke to Axios.

Advisors are concerned that Barrett’s radical opposition to a woman’s right to choose would turn Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), but their positions on the issue seem to be faltering. Some advisors claimed that both senators would likely “do the right thing,” and do what the president tells them. He’s also taken to referring to the senators as “the women.”

While he’s begun questioning the loyalty of “the women,” the wins the GOP made in November helped Trump feel secure about a right-wing choice for the court.

While Ginsburg has had some health scares, there’s no evidence she isn’t in good health and or that she can’t continue her work. It’s only been within the last several months that Ginsburg took her first few sick-days as a justice.

That said, Axios noted that Trump changes his mind frequently and Barrett would likely need another round of vetting before a public announcement.

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“The Supreme Court judicial selection process with the president is a very fluid one,” Axios cited a source familiar with Trump’s thinking. “He floats in and out of these discussions over a period of time.”

Trump has already pulled the court to the far right. If he gets to appoint another justice, the court could be lost to moderation for decades to come.

Read the full report at Axios.

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Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report

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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.

"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."

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FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon

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A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.

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Lady Antebellum changed their name for racial sensitivity — now they’re suing the Black singer who already used the name

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In June, as the national conversation about racial justice in the wake of the George Floyd killing pushed many groups and organizations to examine the racial connotations of their brands, the country music group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A" to remove reference to the slavery period of Southern history.

There was just one problem: an African-American blues singer in Seattle, Anita White, already went by that name. Now, according to Pitchfork, the band is going to court for the right to use the trademark.

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