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President Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. If confirmed, it would tilt the balance of the court back in conservatives' favor. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals makes a point while delivering prepared remarks before a group of attorneys last Friday at a luncheon in a legal firm in lower downtown Denver. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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President Trump announces Judge Neil Gorsuch (right, with his wife, Louise) as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court

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Nick Ayers (from left), adviser to the vice president; Brad Parscale, President Trump's digital and data director; David Bossie, deputy campaign manager; and Katrina Pierson, who served on the campaign's communications team. Drew Angerer/Getty Images (2); Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images; Darren McCollester/Getty Images hide caption

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Meg Ivatti (right), a manager at HealthSource RI, the state's insurance exchange, works with Dianiri Paulino to help a caller sign up for coverage in 2014. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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For Rhode Island, Interstate Health Insurance Sales Didn't Pan Out

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At Sessions Hearing, Dems Focus On Fired Acting Justice AG

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Dem Senators Face Loud Demands From Base To Block Trump's Cabinet

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White House Adviser Defends Trump Executive Order On Immigration

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Boy Scouts' Transgender Policy Gets Mixed Reaction From Troops

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Happy 70th Birthday, Kitty Litter

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Democrat On Senate Judiciary Panel Weighs In On Sessions Nomination

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Speculation Swirls Around Two Names For Supreme Court Slot

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A Socorro dove perches at the Africam Safari Zoo in Puebla, Mexico. Scientists are planning to bring the dove species back to Socorro Island, the dove's ancestral home. Loretta Williams for NPR hide caption

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Move Over, Sheep. Doves Are Returning Home To Tiny Island Of Socorro

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There was a huge jump last year in the number of murders in Chicago. As young people are affected by the gun violence, community leaders look for answers. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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In Bid To Curb Violence, Chicago Gets Some Ideas From Teens Behind Bars

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