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Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

President Trump has narrowed his Supreme Court shortlist to five people, including two women, he told reporters traveling with him to New Jersey today. He said he'll be interviewing candidates this weekend and that he'll announce the pick Monday, July 9.

Go deeper: Here's the list of five judges (but only one woman) that Axios' Jonathan Swan reported yesterday were on Trump's short list.

Trump also told the pool:

  • On the incoming justice's position on Roe v. Wade: "I'm not going to ask them that question."
  • On his meeting with Putin, he plans to talk about: "Ukraine, Syria, elections...we don’t want anyone tampering with elections.”
  • On reports that Trump has been talking about wanting out of the WTO: "I’m not talking about pulling out....We’ve been treated very badly....it’s an unfair situation.”
  • On reports that he's looking to replace Chief of Staff John Kelly: Kelly "is a wonderful man.We have a very very good relationship. We've achieved a lot together....I like John a lot. I like him and I respect him.”
  • On the Capital Gazette shooting on Thursday: "I have a lot of respect for the press. Some of the greatest people I know are reporters."

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Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.

U.S. Chamber decides against political ban for Capitol insurrection

A pedestrian passes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters as it undergoes renovation. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed Friday it won't withhold political donations from lawmakers who simply voted against certifying the presidential election results and instead decide on a case-by-case basis.

Why it matters: The Chamber is the marquee entity representing businesses and their interests in Washington. Its memo, obtained exclusively by Axios, could set the tone for businesses debating how to handle their candidate and PAC spending following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

CDC lets child migrant shelters fill to 100% despite COVID concern

Intensive care tents at overflow shelter in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control is allowing shelters handling child migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to expand to full capacity, abandoning a requirement that they stay near 50% to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The fact that the country's premier health advisory agency is permitting a change in COVID-19 protocols indicates the scale of the immigration crisis. A draft memo obtained by Axios conceded "facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases."