David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said Sunday that she opposed voting on a nominee to fill the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November election.

“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election,” Murkowski said in a statement. “Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”

Her Senate colleague Susan Collins (R-ME), who faces a tough reelection fight, has also come out against a confirmation vote before Election Day.

Hours after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed a vote on President Trump’s nominee to fill the seat. Trump on Saturday said he would move “without delay” to announce a nominee, pledging that he would put forward a woman for the role.

On Sunday morning, before Murkowski had announced her position, Trump poked at her on Twitter. Responding a tweet announcing a local Murkowski event in Alaska, the President said “No thanks!”

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Shortly after concluding a rally Friday evening in northern Minnesota, President Trump reacted to the news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, saying that “she led an amazing life.”

“She just died? I didn’t know that. She led an amazing life, what else can you say? Whether you agree or not … she led an amazing life,” Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One, according to a White House pool report.

The Supreme Court released the following statement announcing the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years. She is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren: Paul Spera (Francesca Toich), Clara Spera (Rory Boyd), Miranda Ginsburg, Abigail Ginsburg, two step-grandchildren: Harjinder Bedi, Satinder Bedi, and one great-grandchild: Lucrezia Spera. Her husband, Martin David Ginsburg, died in 2010.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said of Justice Ginsburg: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. During her more than 40 years as a Judge and a Justice, she was served by 159 law clerks.

While on the Court, the Justice authored My Own Words (2016), a compilation of her speeches and writings.

A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced Thursday.

The Republican governor is asymptomatic, according to his office, and plans to quarantine at home for 14 days.

DeWine was tested ahead of President Trump’s trip to Ohio on Thursday, and the governor was set to meet Trump on the tarmac.

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James Murdoch, son of octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, announced his abrupt resignation from the board of News Corporation Friday.

In a terse resignation letter, James Murdoch cited “disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”

As CNN’s Brian Stelter noted, Murdoch had previously parted ways with 21st Century Fox, where he was CEO, at least in part over Fox News’ editorial approach.

Fox News is currently housed under the Fox Corporation, a separate business entity from News Corp.

The move quickly drew comparisons to the HBO series “Succession,” which focuses on an insular family-controlled media empire.

Read the resignation letter below:

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National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for coronavirus, Bloomberg reported Monday morning. Politico also confirmed the news.

O’Brien has been working from home for a week, according to Bloomberg, and apparently contracted the virus at a family event.

“He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted,” the White House said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post.

It would appear O’Brien’s infection marks the highest ranking Trump administration official to test positive for COVID-19.

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Fox News host Jesse Watters on Sunday night walked back his praise of QAnon, after initially giving kudos to the fringe conspiracy theory for uncovering a lot of “great stuff.”

“While discussing the double standard of big tech censorship, I mentioned the conspiracy group QAnon, which I don’t support or believe in. My comments should not be mistaken for giving credence to this fringe platform,” Watters said in a statement to Mediaite.

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