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Kanye West's decision to tweet his support for President Trump in April was equal parts freeing and anxiety-inducing for the rap star, according to a worthy-of-your-time profile by The New York Times' Jon Caramanica.

The big picture: Kanye's discussion of the fallout from his support is indicative of the phenomenon illustrated by Axios' Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen: As today's political climate grows more tribal, casual viewers of politics feel drawn to Trump's straight-talking style, remaining disconnected from or dismissive of handwringing over his policies and destruction of norms.

On his decision to tweet his support for Trump:

  • "I felt that I knew people who voted for Trump that were celebrities that were scared to say that they liked him. But they told me, and I liked him, and I’m not scared to say what I like. 'Let me come over here and get in this fight with you.'"
  • "No, I don’t agree with all of his policies."
  • "[My father] expressed that he felt that some of the policies were hurtful and that I’m a person that does not intend to hurt people, never hurts people with intention. I expressed the example that I have a cousin that’s locked up for doing something bad, and I still love him, so I don’t base my love for a person on if they doing something good or bad."

On his decision to speak out as a black celebrity:

  • "I believe that I’m actually a better father because I got my [expletive] voice back, I’m a better artist because I got my voice back. I was living inside of some universe that was created by the mob-thought, and I had lost who I was, so that’s when I was in the sunken place. You look in my eyes right now — you see no sunken place."
  • "Having a political opinion that’s overly informed, it’s like knowing how to dress, as opposed to being a child — 'I like this.' I hear Trump talk and I’m like, I like the way it sounds, knowing that there’s people who like me that don’t like the way it sounds."

What they're saying: Sen. Marco Rubio, discussing the recent trend of public shaming Trump officials by protestors, also touched on a sentiment similar to Kanye's — in a tweet retweeted by Trump himself.

The bottom line: Kanye's focus on Trump's style rather than the nitty-gritty of his politics matches what a White House administration official told Mike back in April, just after Kanye's initial tweetstorm: "He genuinely moves the culture. And we all know DJT believes — correctly — that culture matters way more than politics."

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

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