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The White House on Wednesday announced President Trump's slate of judicial nominees to serve on California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why it matters: The influential and mostly liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court, which oversees the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii, has consistently thwarted many of the president’s signature policies. The court's most notable acts include blocking Trump's travel ban order, declining to delay an injunction to enforce the transgender military ban and ruling that the government cannot withhold funds from sanctuary cities.

Driving the news: Axios' Alayna Treene reported earlier Wednesday that there has been growing scrutiny among conservatives who argue that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone's negotiations with Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris were slowing the fast-paced confirmation process, which has yielded a record number of conservative federal judge appointments.

Details: The appeals court nominees include Daniel Collins, Kenneth Kiyul Lee and Patrick Bumatay. The nominees for district judgeships in California include Mark Scarsi, Jeremy Rosen, Stanley Blumenfeld and Patrick Bumatay.

Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement:

"We are deeply disappointed that the White House has chosen to re-nominate Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee to the Ninth Circuit. ... In fact, we even identified candidates selected by the White House we could support to demonstrate our willingness to work cooperatively. Unfortunately, the White House is moving forward with three nominees to a circuit court who have no judicial experience."

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LeBron James on Trump NBA protest remarks: "We could care less"

The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James kneels during the national anthem before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Wednesday. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

LeBron James responded on Wednesday night to President Trump's comments calling NBA players "disgraceful" for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and that he won't watch games because of the action.

The big picture: Trump has repeatedly criticized sports players for taking the knee since 2016. But James said during a news conference, "I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game." November's elections marked "a big moment for us as Americans," he said. "If we continue to talk about, 'We want better, we want change,' we have an opportunity to do that," he added. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said the league will "respect peaceful protest."

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L.A. mayor authorizes utilities shut-off at homes hosting large gatherings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a January event in Los Angeles. Photo: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday he's authorized the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) to shut down utilities at locations that host large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving the news: Garcetti's announcement follows a fatal shooting at a house party attended by roughly 200 people last Monday, the Los Angeles Times notes.