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Larry Nassar during his trial. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

Kathie Klages, a former gymnastics coach at Michigan State University, has been charged with lying to authorities during the investigation into sexual abuse of athletes by gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Klages denied that former gymnast Larissa Boyce told her about the abuse she suffered from Nassar in 1997, per the AP, but Boyce alleges Klages "dissuaded her from taking the issue further." Nassar abused hundreds of gymnasts at MSU.

She could face up to four years in prison if "convicted of the felony and misdemeanor charges."

  • Per the AP, it's unclear "if Klages has a criminal defense lawyer." The charges against her were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth.

The University has already reached a $500 million settlement with more than 300 of Nassar's victims.

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U.S. and NATO answer Putin in writing while bracing for Ukraine invasion

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals on Wednesday to advance a "diplomatic path forward," even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days.

Why it matters: This is a delicate diplomatic balancing act. The U.S. and NATO want to show they're serious about diplomacy but unwilling to compromise on "core principles" — all without providing Vladimir Putin with an additional pretext for escalation.

The political leanings of the Supreme Court justices

Data: Martin-Quinn scores; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Supreme Court will continue to have a solid conservative majority even with Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement.

How to read the chart: An analysis by political scientists Andrew Martin and Kevin Quinn, known as the Martin-Quinn Score, places judges on an ideological spectrum. A lower score indicates a more liberal justice, whereas a higher score indicates a more conservative justice.

The front-runners for Biden's Supreme Court pick

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson (left) and Justice Leondra Kruger (right) Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images and Lonnie Tague, US Department of Justice

Two highly accomplished Black female judges — Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on the California Supreme Court — are seen as the early front-runners to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The big picture: Jackson is a powerful federal judge with a record that progressives feel they can trust. Kruger was a highly regarded litigator and has carved out a reputation for working well with conservative judges.