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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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Mike Pence calls Kamala Harris to offer congratulations and help

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Vice President Mike Pence called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday to congratulate her and offer assistance in the transition, the New York Times first reported.

Why it matters: The belated conversation came six days before the inauguration after a contentious post-election stretch. President Trump has neither spoken with President-elect Joe Biden, nor explicitly conceded the 2020 election.

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New variants of the coronavirus circulating globally appear to increase transmission and are being closely monitored by scientists.

Driving the news: The highly contagious variant B.1.1.7 originally detected in the U.K. could become the dominant strain in the U.S. by March if no measures are taken to control the spread of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

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Abbas announces first Palestinian elections in 15 years

Abbas is 85 and in the 15th year of a 4-year term. Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas published a decree on Friday announcing the dates for parliamentary and presidential elections in the Palestinian Authority.

Why it matters: This is the first time in 15 years that such a decree has been published. The last presidential elections took place in 2005, with Abbas winning, and the last parliamentary elections took place in 2006, with Hamas winning.