Jan 3, 2019

Republicans add two women to Senate Judiciary Committee

Joni Ernst (left) and Marsha Blackburn (right). Photos: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Senate Republicans announced on Thursday that Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will be added to the Judiciary Committee for the 116th Congress.

Why it matters: There were previously no Republican women serving on the committee. This became a source of controversy during the confirmation hearings for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, when Republicans were forced to hire a female prosecutor to question Christine Blasey Ford, who had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teenager.

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A closer look at how colleges can reopen

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Masks in class, sports on hold, dorm life without roommates and summer 2021 classes for some: Brown University President Christina Paxson tells "Axios on HBO" it's all in play as colleges consider whether and how to safely reopen campuses in the fall.

Why it matters: An extended shutdown of U.S. colleges and universities would leave nearly 20 million students and 3 million employees with an uncertain future, but premature reopenings without proper coronavirus safeguards could jeopardize lives and force more closings.

How Disney World could host the NBA

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After weeks of speculation, the NBA announced Saturday that it is in early discussions to resume its season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp before heading to Florida.