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"No person should have to fear being attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship," Jeff Sessions said at a Justice Department summit this morning.

Flashback: One point of controversy during Sessions' confirmation process was his vote against President Obama's 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act — a law prompted by the fatal beating of Matthew Shepard, which was motivated by anti-gay sentiment. The law criminalizes violence and attempted violence directed at individuals because of their race, gender, national origin and sexual orientation.

The department's civil rights division will take a close look at hate crimes against transgender individuals, which is becoming an increasingly severe issue across the country, Sessions said.

Why it matters: 14 transgender individuals have already been killed in hate crimes this year, and 12 were transgender women of color. Kris Hayashi, director of the Transgender Law Center, linked the spike in murders to "hateful rhetoric and public policy."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 30,557,899 — Total deaths: 952,981— Total recoveries: 20,822,644Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 6,730,304 — Total deaths: 198,679 — Total recoveries: 2,556,465 — Total tests: 93,150,052Map.
  3. Politics: In reversal, CDC again recommends coronavirus testing for asymptomatic people.
  4. Health: The dwindling chances of eliminating COVID-19 — Massive USPS face mask operation called off — How the American diet worsens COVID-19.
  5. Business: Unemployment drop-off reverses course 1 million mortgage-holders fall through safety net.
  6. Education: At least 42% of school employees are vulnerable.
  7. World: Guatemalan president tests positive for COVID-19.

Trump says Republicans have an "obligation" to fill Ginsburg's seat

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President Trump wrote in a tweet Saturday morning that Republicans have an "obligation" to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court following her death Friday.

What he's saying: "We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices," the president said, tagging the Republican Party. "We have this obligation, without delay!"

Hundreds gather to pay tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg along Supreme Court steps

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At the Supreme Court steps Friday night hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — singing in a candlelight vigil, with some in tears.

Details: If there is a singular mood at the Supreme Court tonight, it’s some kind of a daze manifested by silence.