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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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Louisiana braces for 3rd hurricane in 2 months as Zeta closes in

The probable path of Zeta, per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: NHC/NOAA

Zeta strengthened into a hurricane again early Wednesday and was on track to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana by the afternoon, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.

Unrest in Philadelphia after fatal police shooting of Black man

Demonstrators rally on Tuesday near the location where Walter Wallace was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized Tuesday during a tense second night of protests in Philadelphia over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a joint statement a "full investigation" would be launched to answer questions that arose from video that captured part of Monday's incident.

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