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President Trump delivering a speech to at the annual NRA convention. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

During a visit to the NRA's annual meeting in Dallas, President Trump touted the latest unemployment numbers, said countries who send immigrants to the United States "send up their worst," and praised the judge who said Mueller aims "to hurt Trump."

On gun control: The president noted that there "has never been a case where more red flags have been shown" in the case of the Parkland school shooting, but nothing was done and claimed that 98% of public shootings happen in places where guns are banned. He slammed "gun-free" zones and saying the signs read shooters can "come in and take us."

Trump began his speech by giving his "full endorsement" to Texas Senator Ted Cruz to retain his seat, and Greg Abbott in his re-election campaign for Governor of Texas. He said the administration has gotten plenty done during his time in office, but that his supporters can't "be complacent" as they enter the 2018 mid-term elections.

  • Trump touted his upcoming meeting with North Korea saying "weakness gets you nuclear war."
  • On gun control laws: Trump said Chicago has the "toughest" gun laws in the country, but they haven't been effective. He also noted that if guns are outlawed, "all vans and all trucks" must be outlawed as well as the "new form of death for the maniac terrorists."
  • "Thank you Kanye": Trump said West "must have some power" after a new poll he saw showed his support among African Americans jumped from 11% to 22%.

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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.

Fed: Rate hikes are near

The Federal Reserve's headquarters building. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve is on track to raise its main target interest rate in mid-March, as Chair Jerome Powell pledged to be "humble and nimble" in adapting policy to a fast-changing economy.

Why it matters: Fed leaders are looking to choke off inflation by raising interest rates in the near future, but keeping its options open for how fast and far the effort will go.

How long it’s taken to confirm Supreme Court justices

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Data: Axios research, U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court Historical Society; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

It takes a U.S. president an average of 70 days from the date a Supreme Court seat is vacated to nominate a replacement, according to data from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Why it matters: With news outlets reporting liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's plans to retire, Democrats will be looking to confirm President Biden's nominee with enough time to refocus the national political debate ahead of the midterms.

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