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A firefighter works to put out flames of the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, Calif. As of Sunday, the wildfire has grown to more than 99,000 acres and is 15% contained. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about the future of the Supreme Court at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Sunday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Sunday about the Supreme Court following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked the Trump administration's order that would have banned Chinese-owned app WeChat, which millions in the U.S. use to stay in touch with family and friends and conduct business in China Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Jewish Americans Grieve Justice Ginsburg As Jewish New Year Begins

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President Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in July. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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TikTok Ban Averted: Trump Gives Oracle-Walmart Deal His 'Blessing'

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Renee-Lauren Ellis, a Washington, D.C.-area attorney, says, "It's dire that something as fundamental as what I do with my body is up for debate still, in 2020." Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Ginsburg's Death A 'Pivot Point' For Abortion Rights, Advocates Say

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., says it would be "political hypocrisy" for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to hold a vote before Election Day on any nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tom Williams/AP hide caption

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Patrick Leahy Says A Vote Now To Replace Ginsburg Would Be 'Political Hypocrisy'

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A crowd gathers at the U.S. Supreme Court to mourn the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. Tyrone Turner/WAMU hide caption

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Mourners Spontaneously Gather Outside Supreme Court To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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A memorial for Breonna Taylor is seen during the Good Trouble Tuesday march for Breonna Taylor on Tuesday, Aug. 25 in Louisville, Ky. Amy Harris/Amy Harris/Invision/AP hide caption

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Police Settlements: How The Cost Of Misconduct Impacts Cities And Taxpayers

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U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham departs a Sept. 17 news conference in Phoenix. The Trump administration is facing two federal lawsuits over its last-minute decision to cut the 2020 census schedule short. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — here in her chambers during a 2019 interview with NPR's Nina Totenberg — died on Friday at the age of 87. Shuran Huang/NPR hide caption

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

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Workers restore power lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, in 2017. The Trump administration says it will award nearly $13 billion in infrastructure grants to help the island recover from the storm that hit three years ago. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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Satellite images of storms forming in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Storm Wilfred is the last named storm of the 2020 season using the English alphabet. Courtesy of NOAA hide caption

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