March 2, 2016

The White House is reportedly in the process of vetting federal appellate Judge Jane Kelly as a potential nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a source told The New York Times. The Times reports the FBI has been conducting background interviews on Kelly, 51, who was a career public defender before becoming an appeals court judge three years ago.

Kelly won "quick and unanimous" confirmation from the Senate and, notably, was praised heartily in a 2013 Senate floor speech by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who is now leading the Republican campaign against President Obama picking a nominee. Grassley urged his Senate colleagues to confirm Kelly as a federal appellate judge, quoting from a letter that described her as a “forthright woman of high integrity and honest character” and an individual of “exceptionally keen intellect," The New York Times reports.

Both the White House and Kelly have declined to comment on the rumors. Becca Stanek

9:03 a.m. ET

Hey, Remainers: Feeling abandoned post-Brexit vote? Sure, 52 percent of your fellow Britons may have voted to leave the European Union — and for you Englanders, more desertion may be in your future — but fret not. If you're in need of a good cuddle to ease your EU-loving heart, two Remain-supporting voters want to help you out via their new dating app, Remainder.

Remainder is touted as "the dating and social app for the 48 percent" — as in, the 48 percent of voters who supported staying in the EU — and its creators came up with the idea to cheer up their EU-allied friends. "All the Remain voters we know seemed so depressed," the Remainder team told Metro. "We thought the best way of recovering must be to go out for a few drinks with someone who's in the same boat."

Per the app's official website, Remainder is "a labor of love by two heartbroken Remain voters." The creators are seeking roughly $6,700 in donations via their Crowdfunder page — but hey, isn't that a small price to pay for true, EU-faithful love? Kimberly Alters

8:50 a.m. ET
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The world's top golfer, Jason Day, announced Tuesday that he will not be playing in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games because of concerns about the Zika virus. The Australian golfer said in a statement released Tuesday that while the Olympics has long been a dream of his, family comes first:

Day is the fifth golfer to back out of the Games because of concerns about the mosquito-borne illness, which has been linked to birth defects. In the past week, Day's fellow Australian and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy announced he also won't be competing in Rio because of the Zika virus. Becca Stanek

8:18 a.m. ET
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Someone other than Donald Trump will now be overseeing his campaign messaging and press interactions. Bloomberg Politics reports the presumptive GOP nominee known for speaking on the fly has hired Jason Miller — once the senior communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign — to be his senior communications director.

Until now, media requests fell almost entirely on Trump's press secretary, Hope Hicks, and paid surrogates were appearing on Trump's behalf on cable news. Trump himself was often behind his tweets and sometimes his speeches, in which he's been known to veer "off message," Talking Points Memo reports.

However, with the convention fast approaching, Republicans are pressing Trump to move towards more traditional, more responsive campaign messaging. "I think he'll be helped greatly by having a communications team who can get these messages out in a timely fashion," Tony Perkins, president of the Christian advocacy organization Family Research Council, told Bloomberg.

Will Miller keep Trump's signature exclamation points in his tweets? Only time will tell. Becca Stanek

7:43 a.m. ET
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Rio de Janeiro's acting governor, Francisco Dornelles, is beginning to worry about the upcoming Olympic Games. With just six weeks to go until the opening ceremony, Dornelles told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that the state is still waiting on $860 million in funding from the federal government for additional security and transportation for the Games.

While the funding was allocated last week, Dornelles said that if it doesn't arrive soon, "police patrols may grind to a halt by the end of the week, for lack of gas money," The Associated Press reports. "I've said that without security and without the metro there will be difficulties," Dornelles said.

Those difficulties would be atop the plethora of others Rio has already encountered. Organizers are facing widespread concerns about the Zika virus and crime. Just last week, the lab responsible for handling drug testing for the Games was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Brazil is also in the midst of political turmoil, with its president suspended and an impeachment battle ongoing.

"I am optimistic about the games, but I have to show the reality," Dornelles said. "We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure." Becca Stanek

7:01 a.m. ET
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On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament that the U.K. is in no hurry to invoke Article 50, triggering the process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union, while EU lawmakers and the leaders of Germany, Italy, and France said Britain should invoke Article 50 as soon as possible. Cameron and his EU counterparts will be able to discuss the timing and other Brexit details at a two-day summit starting Tuesday; Cameron will meet with EU leaders up through a working dinner on Tuesday, but not attend the second day with the 27 other leaders of the 28-member European Union.

Germany's Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Britain may want "close relations" with Europe, but "whoever wants to leave this family cannot expect to have no more obligations but to keep privileges." Some Britons are hoping to remain in the EU tariff-free union but not have to abide by other EU rules like open borders, but Merkel ruled that out: "We will ensure that the negotiations are not carried out with the principle of cherry picking." At an emergency session of the European Parliament, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made clear that nobody in the EU will start negotiations on Britain's exit until the U.K. starts the clock. "No notification, no negotiation," he said. "I want the U.K. to clarify its position. Not today, not tomorrow at 9 a.m., but soon. We cannot allow ourselves to remain in a prolonged period of uncertainty." Peter Weber

6:39 a.m. ET
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Former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, who led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and amassed the winningest record in Division I college basketball, died Tuesday. She was 64. Summitt retired in 2012, after 38 years at Tennessee, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She ended her coaching career with an unprecedented 1,098-208 record, and in her 38 seasons, she never had a losing record; her Lady Vols made every NCAA Tournament and played in 18 Final Four matches.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, said Tuesday morning that his mother had died peacefully at a retirement home in Knoxville. "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, 'Alzheimer's Type,'" he wrote, "and we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease." Peter Weber

5:19 a.m. ET

Over the last two weeks, Donald Trump has made a rhetorical shift in his proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., a policy he unveiled in December after the San Bernardino shooting. After the Orlando nightclub shooting, Trump gave a scripted speech in which he said he "will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies." In Scotland over the weekend, Trump said he "would limit specific terrorist countries, and we know who those terrorist countries are," then added later that when "you have a country that's loaded up with terrorism, we don't want the people coming in until they're very strongly vetted."

So is Trump's policy now that people of any religion from unspecified "terror states" will be banned, or only those who can't be "strongly vetted," or is it still all Muslims, with some exceptions? Trump is preparing a policy memo to clarify the state of his Muslim ban, but spokeswoman Hope Hicks told The Associated Press on Monday that Trump "has been very clear," and it's the media that has "tried to cause confusion."

Another spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, tried to clarify Trump's policy on Monday to CNN's Brianna Keilar. "There has been no change," she said. Trump "still does not want to allow individuals to come into this country who cannot be vetted." "Individuals or Muslims?" Keilar asked. "Well, it doesn't really matter where you're coming from," Pierson said, reiterating that Trump had added "terrorist nations" to his policy. Keilar pointed out that Paris and Belgium have suffered attacks by Belgian and French citizens. "That's the point," Pierson said.

You can also watch below to see Keilar explain the long vetting process for refugees being settled in the U.S., and Pierson having none of it. Peter Weber

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