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Speaker Paul Ryan, a skeptic of Donald Trump throughout the campaign, tells us their relationship is getting better and more productive each day.

"We're very, very different people. He used to call me a Boy Scout, which I actually personally took that as a compliment. I'm not sure he meant it that way, but it's something we joke about with each other every now and then."

Why this matters: Trump insiders tell us the president-elect has a better vibe with Ryan than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "I keep explaining to all who listen, the Senate works a little more slowly than the House," Ryan said. "They use sun dials as watches over there."

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Mitt Romney says he'll support moving forward with Supreme Court pick

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Mitt Romney announced Tuesday that he would support moving forward with a Senate vote on President Trump's selection to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick on Saturday

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he plans to announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday.

Why it matters: Republicans are moving fast to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which would tilt the balance of the high court in conservatives' favor and have lasting impact on climate policy, immigration and the Affordable Care Act. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who met with the president this week, is a frontrunner for the job.

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Wall Street fears stimulus is doomed

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The fight over a new Supreme Court justice will take Washington's partisan bickering to a new level and undermine any chance for needed coronavirus relief measures before November's election, Wall Street analysts say.

What we're hearing: "With the passing of Justice Ginsburg, the level of rhetorical heat has increased, if that seemed even possible," Greg Staples, head of fixed income for the Americas at DWS Group, tells Axios in an email.

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