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President Trump speaking prior to his departure from the White House on Sept. 19. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

President Trump said during a Fayetteville, North Carolina, rally Saturday he'll announce a nominee for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant Supreme Court seat "next week" and "it will be a woman."

Details: Trump told reporters earlier, "The choice of a woman, I would say, would certainly be appropriate."

For the record: Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a federal judge on the U.S. Appeals Court for the Seventh Circuit, is a front-runner to become Trump's nominee.

What else he's saying: When asked whether he expects a vote before the election, Trump responded: "I don't know. We're working with all of the Republican senators and working with Mitch McConnell. And we'll be making a decision, I would think, before would be very good. ...I think the process can go very, very fast. I'll be making my choice, soon."

  • Trump added he'd alert Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Senate once his choice is made. "They will do what they have to do," he added. "I think we'll have a very popular choice, whoever it may be."

Of note: Trump said he disagreed with Sen. Susan Collin's (R-Maine), who in a statement Saturday said she believes whoever is elected in the 2020 presidential race should pick the nominee to fill Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat.

  • "I totally disagree with her," Trump said. "We won."

Go deeper: Trump says Republicans have an obligation to fill Ginsburg's seat

Editor's note: This article has been updated with Trump's declaration that he will nominate a woman and to include details on the leading candidate likely to be picked.

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Mike Allen, author of AM
Dec 28, 2020 - Politics & Policy

How Trump caved on the coronavirus relief bill

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin with Trump in April. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

Getting a cranky, stubborn President Trump to belatedly sign the COVID relief bill, after unemployment benefits had already lapsed, was like being a hostage negotiator, or defusing a bomb.

Driving the news: The deal was closed on a Sunday afternoon phone call with Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. "This is good," Trump finally said, an official familiar with the call told me. "I should sign this."

Axios-Ipsos poll: People of color face more environmental threats

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±2.5% margin of error; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Americans of color are much less likely than white Americans to experience good air quality or tap water or enough trees or green space in their communities, and they're more likely to face noise pollution and litter, a new Axios-Ipsos poll finds.

The big picture: Our national survey shows Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than their white counterparts to live near major highways or industrial or manufacturing plants — and to have dealt in the past year with water-boil notices or power outages lasting more than 24 hours.

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FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and older

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Key Biscayne Community Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.