Thanks, but No Thanks. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has taken himself out of the running for the Supreme Court nomination—just one day after it was reported he was being vetted. The White House still hasn’t officially released any names of potential nominees. (Rebecca Shabad, CBS News)
Greece Recalls Ambassador. Nikos Kotzias, the Greek foreign minister, said the action is “to preserve friendly relations between the states and the people of Greece and Austria.” The rift comes as a result of a meeting convened by Austria over the migrant crisis, which excluded Greece. (Helena Smith and Ian Traynor, The Guardian)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph. Ben Carson and Ted Cruz are attending the International Christian Media Convention Presidential Forum in Nashville, and John Kasich is in Memphis. Both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are campaigning in Texas. And Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will be returning to South Carolina ahead of Saturday’s Democratic primary.
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“In any event, once the “short list” is complete, based on past practice, Obama will pare that list down to four people who he wants to meet with in person. Then, a few days after those in-person interviews, effectively, Obama will call one of them up to offer the person a Supreme Court nomination. The next day, if the person accepts, Obama will announce his selection.” BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner on what to expect during the Supreme Court nomination process.
Tackling Trump. If Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz don’t attack the real-estate mogul in Thursday night’s debate, the “Trump train” might never be derailed. (Mark Antonio Wright, National Review)
When Is a Migrant a Refugee? The fates of thousands of Central Americans who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in 2014 rely on the answer. (Eyder Peralta, NPR)
Mean Tweets. Watch comedian-turned-senator Al Franken read some of the meanest social media reactions to his support for Hillary Clinton. (Rebecca Savransky, The Hill)
The Rosa Parks Papers. The Library of Congress has digitized thousands of photographs and letters from the civil-rights activist’s personal collection. View it here. (Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times)
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