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President Trump plans to release a shortlist of his potential picks for Supreme Court justices "in the coming days," White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Trump's decision to release a similar list in May of 2016 likely helped shore up his support among conservatives, for whom confirming judges to the Supreme Court and federal judiciary has been a longtime priority.

What they're saying: "We've been working on the SCOTUS picks, I don't know that there's been a delay as much as there has been a whole lot of other priorities that we've been working on," Meadows said.

  • "I'm optimistic that you'll see those SCOTUS picks in coming days. We've been working very closely, the president has, with the White House general counsel, getting input from a number of others," he added.
  • "I'm excited about the list, and the president will be signing off on that in the coming days."

The backdrop: Discussions about the list ramped up after Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, delivered the majority decision prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity, Axios' Alayna Treene reported in June.

Go deeper: Behind Trump's tweet about his forthcoming SCOTUS list

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Dec 9, 2020 - Politics & Policy

McCarthy says GOP leaders agree to $600 cash stimulus

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Trump at the White House on March 27. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells Axios that both he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the White House they would support including $600 stimulus checks in a coronavirus relief deal being negotiated in Congress.

Driving the news: The top House Republican said he and McConnell committed to back the amount being sought by the White House during a Tuesday afternoon call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, in which Mnuchin walked them through his $916 billion plan.

Behind GameStop's latest stock surge

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Back in focus: The meme stock trade.

By the numbers: GameStop finished up 19%, after a wild day that saw shares spike as much as 80%.

AT&T spins off U.S. video business via deal with TPG

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AT&T is spinning off three of its video services, including its satellite TV brand DirecTV, to create a new standalone video company called New DIRECTV.

Details: The company will be jointly owned by AT&T and private-equity giant TPG. AT&T will retain a 70% stake and TPG will own 30% of the firm.