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After being deactivated for seven years, the U.S. Navy has formally reactivated the 2nd Fleet based in Norfolk, Virginia, in an effort to explore Russia's military expansion, Politico reports.

The details: Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said the move is not because the Navy is "looking for a fight." The Navy had depended on the Cold War-era naval command "for decades to confront adversaries in the waters off North America," per Politico. The fleet will be responsible for assigning ships, aircraft and Marine landing forces "for potential operations along the East Coast and in the North Atlantic, where melting Arctic ice has also heightened the competition for natural resources."

What they're saying: During a ceremony aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, Fleet Forces Command chief Adm. Chris Grady explained, "We as a Navy, as a nation, have not had to confront such peer competitors since the Cold War ended nearly three decades ago... Our sea control and our power projection, two vital elements of our national security, are being challenged by resurgent foreign powers, namely Russia and China."

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President Trump wrote in a tweet Saturday morning that Republicans have an "obligation" to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court following her death Friday.

What he's saying: "We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices," the president said, tagging the Republican Party. "We have this obligation, without delay!"

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Details: If there is a singular mood at the Supreme Court tonight, it’s some kind of a daze manifested by silence.