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Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the U.S. will continue to be tough on Russia until they decide to change their behavior, pointing to today's sanctions as evidence that President Trump has been hard on the Kremlin.

“Russia is going to have to make that determination [whether they are a friend or a foe to the U.S.] .... They are going to have to decide if they are a good actor or a bad actor."
— Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

More highlights:

  • On FIU bridge collapse: "Our brave first responders are working feverishly to save lives. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and offer whatever support is needed to the local officials and community."
  • On Mueller's subpoena of the Trump Organization: "There was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. For specific questions about the Trump Organization I would refer you to them."
  • On poison attack in the U.K.: Sanders reiterated that the U.S. "stands in solidarity" with the U.K. "We share the U.K.'s assessment that Russia was responsible for the attack."
  • On reports of more staff turnover: “The president wants to make sure he has the right people in the right place at the right time.”
  • On Trump's claim of a trade deficit with Canada: ""Well for one [the USTR] is not taking into account some of the additional things like energy and timber...I don't have that number right in front of me ... We would be happy to provide it."
    • Sanders later tweeted, "In 2017 we had a $17.58 B trade deficit. In January 2018 we had a$3.63 B trade deficit. Both reflect trade in goods. Which is exactly what @POTUS referenced."

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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.