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The White House in Washington. Photo: AP

The Trump administration Monday night asked the Supreme Court to grant a two-week stay on one of the rulings that had ordered the government to allow two undocumented immigrant teens in federal custody to have an abortion, multiple reports say. A judge had ordered the government to permit the abortions as soon as Tuesday evening, but this was delayed by the D.C. Circuit last night for 24 hours until roughly 6pm Dec. 20.

The Supreme Court has not yet responded.

Why it matters: This move by the administration has reignited a legal battle over the constitutional rights of pregnant, undocumented teenagers in federal custody who seek an abortion.

The details: The two 17-year-old girls, who are located in different detention centers, are known as Jane Roe and Jane Poe. Jane Roe is roughly 10 weeks pregnant and the administration officials requested the two-week stay to locate a possible sponsor for her. Jane Poe is believed to be about 22 weeks pregnant, and Politico reports the administration simply cited "differing circumstances" on why this teen was allowed to continue.

Flashback: While the circumstances are different, this brings to mind the recent battle in October when a 17-year old undocumented teenager in custody successfully terminated her pregnancy after a court victory. According to the Post, court filings show there were 420 pregnant girls in custody during fiscal 2017 and around 18 who requested abortions.

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Zelensky questions U.S. warnings of "imminent" invasion in Biden call

Biden and Zelensky at the White House last October. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a back-and-forth in their call this evening about just how "imminent" the threat of a Russian invasion might be, according to three sources briefed on the call.

Why it matters: Biden has said previously that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin will probably "move in" to Ukraine, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday afternoon that "an invasion could come at any time."

Democrats stiff Biden as poll numbers hit low point

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Democrats in swing states and vulnerable districts in this year's pivotal midterms are distancing themselves from President Biden on social media as his poll numbers hit their lowest point.

Why it matters: The digital distance is one sign of the concern candidates feel about a person they'd normally embrace. Incumbent presidents — including one who believes he needs to come to their hometowns to sell his message — would normally be political gold for candidates from the same party.

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Tesla delays Cybertruck until 2023

Tesla debuts the Cybertruck in Hawthorne, Calif., on Nov. 21, 2019. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Tesla is at risk of falling behind on one of the most critical products in the American auto industry: pickups.

Why it matters: Pickups are the most profitable segment in the business and account for the first, second and third best-selling vehicles in the country. Without a serious pickup strategy, Tesla could miss out on a huge source of future income.