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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at. aMay 28 press conference. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Tuesday signed a bill into law that would bar female transgender students from women's sports.

Why it matters: Florida is the eighth state so far this year to block trans student athletes from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity, per ACLU data. A record number of bills targeting trans youth have been introduced by Republican lawmakers.

Between the lines: "Supporters of the effort to restrict transgender athlete participation have cited no examples of competitive issues in Florida," the Miami Herald reports.

  • Several states, including Arkansas and West Virginia, have failed to find evidence of trans athletes posing an issue in competitions, but have still passed laws barring their participation.

The big picture: The Florida law identifies transgender girls as boys, which LGBTQ advocates have said effectively uses legislation to deny the existence of transgender youth — and trans people in general.

  • “In Florida, girls are going to play girls’ sports, and boys are going to play boys’ sports,” DeSantis said at Tuesday's signing event at the Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, which took place on the first day of Pride Month.
  • "This will help ensure that opportunities for things like college scholarships will be protected for female athletes for years to come," he wrote on Twitter.

What to watch: The legislation goes into effect July 1, although advocacy groups including the Human Rights Campaign are expected to sue.

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Trump says he'd "beat" DeSantis in 2024 presidential race if he ran

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Trump in Belleair, Florida, in July 2020. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump said he'd "beat" Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a Republican presidential primary in 2024 were he to enter the race, per an interview with Yahoo Business, published Sunday.

Why it matters: Both Trump and DeSantis have been floated as likely 2024 contenders.

How long it’s taken to confirm Supreme Court justices

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Data: Axios research, U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court Historical Society; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

It takes a U.S. president an average of 70 days from the date a Supreme Court seat is vacated to nominate a replacement, according to data from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Why it matters: With news outlets reporting liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's plans to retire, Democrats will be looking to confirm President Biden's nominee with enough time to refocus the national political debate ahead of the midterms.

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Blizzard likely to hit New England this weekend as "bomb cyclone" forms

Computer model projection of the precipitation and wind field from the weekend storm in the Northeast. (Earth.nullschool.net)

A powerful blizzard is likely to strike parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic beginning Friday and lasting into the weekend, with snow totals that are likely to be measured in feet.

The big picture: The joining of weather systems embedded in both the polar, or northern branch, of the jet stream and the southern branch is projected to create a bomb cyclone. Such storms undergo a process known as bombogenesis, with their minimum central air pressure readings plunging at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.