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LeBron James. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

President Trump called out NBA superstar LeBron James in a surprise tweet late Friday night, saying his interview with CNN's Don Lemon made him "look smart, which isn't easy to do."

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Why it matters: This isn't the first time the president has feuded with black athletes. James said in his interview with Lemon that he can't "sit back and say nothing" in regards to Trump's attacks on athletes and dividing the country, CNN reports.

Flashback: In November of last year, the president targeted the Ball family after UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball was brought back from China, after being arrested for shoplifting with other teammates.

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He's also gone after NFL players for kneeling during the anthem, and the NFL for its handling of the matter.

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One more thing: Trump doesn't just stick to Twitter. He said at a rally in Alabama last year, about the kneeling controversy: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!'"

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U.S. and NATO answer Putin in writing while bracing for Ukraine invasion

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals on Wednesday to advance a "diplomatic path forward," even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days.

Why it matters: This is a delicate diplomatic balancing act. The U.S. and NATO want to show they're serious about diplomacy but unwilling to compromise on "core principles" — all without providing Vladimir Putin with an additional pretext for escalation.

The political leanings of the Supreme Court justices

Data: Martin-Quinn scores; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Supreme Court will continue to have a solid conservative majority even with Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement.

How to read the chart: An analysis by political scientists Andrew Martin and Kevin Quinn, known as the Martin-Quinn Score, places judges on an ideological spectrum. A lower score indicates a more liberal justice, whereas a higher score indicates a more conservative justice.

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.