Southwest, Delta, United airlines say they are experiencing systemwide outages

As an airliner prepares to land, a bird takes off at the Gravelly Point park that's just off the end of the runway near Reagan National Airport.

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As an airliner prepares to land, a bird takes off at the Gravelly Point park that’s just off the end of the runway near Reagan National Airport.

U.S. airlines were hit by system-wide computer outages on Monday related to problems with the Aerodata planning weight and balance program, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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After reporting problems along with several major peers, however, Southwest Airlines Co said on Twitter that it had received word that the problem had already been resolved and that systems would be back up soon.

Earlier, carriers had reported problems through their social media accounts, with United Airlines saying it was unable to create paperwork as a result.

American Airlines said the outage was affecting regional carriers nationwide. Canada’s Alaska Air Group Inc also said on its social media account that it was experiencing a system-wide outage.

“AeroData is currently experiencing a technical issue that is impacting multiple carriers. They’re working on a fix as quickly as they can,” American tweeted.

“We’re working diligently to get this issue resolved,” Southwest said on Twitter. The airline said flights were delayed and planes that were taxiing had to return to their gates.

Southwest said in a statement that it has “lifted an internal ground stop implemented for about 40 minutes this morning during an outage with a vendor that services multiple carriers with data used in flight planning. Scattered flight delays are anticipated and Customers should check Southwest.com for the latest updates on specific flights.”

“We’re working with Customers on any impacts to their travel plans and we appreciate their understanding as we place nothing higher than the safe operation of every flight,” the Southwest statement said.

Last week, several airlines reported problems after Sabre, a company airlines use for printing tickets and making reservations, had technical issues.

“We are currently experiencing a System-Wide Outage we are working diligently to get it back up and running. We do not have a specific time as yet,” Delta tweeted.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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Americans are more confident about saving for retirement, CNBC survey finds. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worried

The 2019 contribution limit for 401(k) plans and similar workplace retirement plans is $19,000 and for individual retirement accounts — whether traditional or Roth — it’s $6,000. People age 50 and older allowed to make so-called catch-up contributions of $6,000 for 401(k) plans and $1,000 for IRAs.

Also, part of having confidence in the savings aspect of your retirement plan is knowing how a stock market drop would impact your portfolio and how you’d react. That means examining your risk tolerance, which generally refers to both how well you can stomach volatility in the stock market and how long until you need the money.

Younger savers — those who won’t need the money for decades — generally can be more aggressively invested in stocks and not worry about volatile times or extended down markets.

“Historically the stock market is the best place to be,” Iammarino said. “You just have to be able to stay invested through the downturns.”

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For older savers with retirement on the horizon, you might need to adjust your asset allocation — your mix of stocks, bonds and cash — to reflect that looming milestone.

While no one can predict with certainty when the economy or stock market will sour or to what degree, the safe assumption is that when it happens, you’re more likely to react emotionally to a drop in your portfolio’s value if you haven’t anticipated it ahead of time.

“We call it the ‘freak-out risk,’” Iammarino said. “If you don’t have a plan in place, you risk going to cash at the wrong time — the bottom of the market — and then reinvesting at the top of the market.”

The bottom line is that if you prioritize retirement savings and create a plan that matches your goals and vision for you golden years, you’re more likely to have peace of mind.

“When people have a plan that accounts for whether things go well or bad, they have a better chance of succeeding,” Iammarino said.

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Here’s what you need to know about Jumia, the Alibaba of Africa that’s getting ready to IPO on the New York Stock Exchange

One of the first unicorns out of Africa is about to go public.

Jumia Technologies’ public debut is expected any day now. On Thursday, Nigerian-founded company set a price range of $13 to $16 per American depository share, according to its updated offering paperwork. At the mid-point of its price range, the company, which plans to have its shares trade under the ticker symbol “JMIA,” would raise $195.8 million in its IPO at a $1.1 billion valuation.

It expects to raise another $56 million in a private sale of stock to Mastercard Europe at the same time as its public offering. Morgan Stanley is leading the IPO, working with Citigroup; Germany’s Berenberg Capital Markets; RBC Capital Markets; Raymond James; Stifel, Nicolaus; and William Blair.

Jumia was born in Nigeria, but is based in Germany

Jumia was founded in 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria. It eventually grew into the conglomerate known as the Africa Internet Group, run by cofounders and co-CEOs Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara.

On January 31, 2019, AIG officially renamed itself Jumia Technologies after its popular Nigerian e-commerce website, one of a handful of different companies it previously operated under the AIG umbrella. The company has sold off some of those subsidiaries to other owners, including online real estate website Jumia House.

Despite its African founding and focus, Jumia’s global business is incorporated and has its headquarters in Berlin.

The startup’s biggest and earliest backers include Africa-based Mobile Telephone Networks, which owns 29.7% of Jumia; Germany’s Rocket Internet, which owns 20.6%; and the cellular company Millicon, which owns 9.6%, according to the documents Jumia has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among its other investors is Goldman Sachs.

Jumia offers e-commerce, logistics, and payments

Like Amazon in the US and Alibaba in China, Jumia has established itself in Africa as the go-to marketplace for a wide variety of goods and services. On its sites, customers can purchase clothing and electronics, order food for delivery, and even book hotel rooms.

But Jumia offers more than just consumer shopping sites. It also helps sellers ship their goods to customers via its logistics service and offers them a payment service.

The company has 41 million active customers, and 81,000 active retailer partners who sell through its sites.

Jumia brought in $149.6 million in revenue last year, which was up 39% from 2017, according to its filings. But like Lyft and many other technology companies going public lately, Jumia is still operating in the red. It lost $195 million in 2018, compared to about $189 million the year before.

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The company claims to be the “only” successful e-commerce business working across Africa. But it believes it has more room to grow as internet penetration increases across Africa and as online shopping grows in popularity.

“As Africa becomes more affluent and ‘connected,’ we believe that African consumers will increasingly become aware of online shopping,” the company said in its latest SEC filing. “Moreover, organized retail is underdeveloped across most of the continent, making the distribution of goods less efficient than in other regions in the world. ”

Jumia’s marketplace is available in 14 African countries, which represent 72% of the continent’s overall gross domestic product, according to the filing. Residents of those countries accounted for 74% of the €1.4 trillion in consumer spending across Africa, Jumia said in the filing.

“Though still nascent, we believe that e-commerce in Africa is well positioned to grow,” the company said.

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These NBA Teams Are Best Positioned to Ruin Golden State Warriors’ Title Defense

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    Every search for the Golden State Warriors’ maker must begin the same way: by laughing out loud.

    The reigning champs are heavy favorites to win a third straight title for a reason. They remain head-and-shoulders above the rest of the league. The idea of a team beating them four times in seven tries is laughable.

    Focusing on the Warriors’ regular-season drama and defensive concerns is genuinely pointless. They have a playoff switch, and they will flip it. Don’t believe they’re vulnerable until they actually fall.

    In the meantime, the hunt for an author of their demise carries on, halfheartedly and without assurance. The Warriors’ biggest threats vary by mind and by the week. It seems pretty clear that the Eastern Conference houses the best rivals this season, but that’s subject to change if the Houston Rockets stay frisky.

    Ranking the most serious challengers rests on two questions: How likely is Team X to reach the NBA Finals or remain in play until they meet the Warriors? And how well do they match up with them upon getting there?

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    8. Utah Jazz

    Utah is 5-5 against Golden State in the regular season during the Kevin Durant era, the significance of which cannot be overstated. The Boston Celtics (3-3), Houston Rockets (6-5) and San Antonio Spurs (5-5) are the only other teams with .500 or better records versus the dynastic favorites over this period. 

    This matters. The Jazz defense has held up well when facing the Warriors. Inevitably, though, upsetting Golden State won’t come down to the less glamorous end. Offensive firepower is more important. Utah needs another player with an elite floor game before cracking the main card—well, that, or Durant simply leaving this summer should suffice.

               

    7. Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Thunder have a stronger defensive claim than a good portion of the field, but their offensive argument doesn’t exist. After a brief break from inconsistency, Oklahoma City’s attack has retreated back into relative disrepair.

    Only the New York Knicks are scoring fewer points per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, and the team’s three-point shooting has regressed to its bottom-of-the-barrel normal. 

    Paul George‘s offensive malaise is whatever. He’ll be fine. Everyone else in Oklahoma City is a different story—that includes Russell Westbrook and his recent dalliance with respectable long-range marksmanship.

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    Hardly anyone is giving the Nuggets love in this discussion.

    The Warriors have torched the Denver defense through three head-to-heads, posting an offensive rating north of 122. The Nuggets are pretty good at guarding cuts and off screens, but the matchup gets hyper-prickly when looking at their transition defense.

    Facing the Warriors is not Nikola Jokic’s jam. His defensive warts are overblown; he gets good position. But he doesn’t have the reactive instincts or mobility of Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert, and the vast majority of the Nuggets’ lineups won’t make his life any easier by preventing downhill penetration. Denver has allowed 129 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor against Golden State this season.

    Faith in the Nuggets offense gets them this high—warranted faith, mind you.

    Like the Rockets, they don’t lean on transition or speed, but they can hang in a shootout. For them, it’s not so much about three-point volume as working defenses into surrender with cuts, hand-offs and high-IQ passing.

    Whether the Nuggets employ the necessary safety valves to navigate less-fluid offensive stretches is a fair question. They don’t really have anyone aside from Jamal Murray and Will Barton with the capacity to go and grab a bucket off the dribble when things bog down. And Jokic post-ups, while never a bad option, can get them only so far as a scoring mechanism.

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    Bluntly honest admission: The Philadelphia 76ers might not be here at all if not for their path to the NBA Finals. They have earned the benefit of the doubt over the Celtics in Eastern Conference terms, but Golden State is an especially problematic matchup for them.

    In some ways, the Sixers provide a break for the Warriors defense.

    Draymond Green can flitter around the half-court when guarding Ben Simmons, almost free from consequence. Philly’s super sophomore is shooting 48.1 percent for his career when defended by Green, but the overall offense averages 0.91 points per possession in these situations.

    Joel Embiid, meanwhile, has struggled hard in his three meetups with the Warriors. They can scheme him into a liability.

    Three- and four-game sample sizes are nothing. Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris warp whatever precedent is already set. They diversify Philly’s offense, making it easier to punish Golden State in the half-court. And the Sixers, for their part, have played the Warriors well this season without getting to run out their Fab Four.

    Something still feels off about this matchup.

    Klay Thompson didn’t play in either of the two games this season, and even if the Sixers offense holds up (it might!), they have to worry about Embiid surviving Green-at-the-5 lineups. 

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    It is entirely possible the Rockets belong higher. They’re not as appealing as last year when taking stock of Chris Paul‘s performance and their decline in defensive switchability. But they’ve gradually built themselves back up over the past couple of months.

    Houston is sixth in points allowed per 100 possessions since Feb. 1 and third this side of the All-Star break, according to Cleaning the Glass. Rival offenses are hitting a preposterously low percentage of their wide-open threes during this span, but the improvement feels somewhat sustainable with a healthy Paul, Clint Capela, Danuel House Jr. and PJ Tucker on the case.

    Playing even league-average defense forces the Rockets to be taken seriously. Their offense is that close to Warriors-proof.

    James Harden is playing stat nerds into a coma. Eric Gordon is knocking down threes again (40.9 percent since the All-Star break). Paul is laboring through a cold spell, but he looks closer to himself. He’s hitting an acceptable 34.1 percent of his pull-up threes and shooting 64.7 percent from inside the restricted area since his return from a hamstring injury.

    General three-point volume helps the Rockets get by in a potential series opposite the Warriors. They’re nailing almost 16 treys per 100 possessions compared to Golden State’s 12.7. That differential matters when trying to weather a talent deficit. 

    So does Harden’s shot-making. He defaults to contested step-back threes so the Warriors can fully engage themselves on defense and still not derail his go-to move. That’s huge—assuming he’s not gassed once the postseason tips off.

    “I have decided that if I am Houston, I actually want to play Golden State in Round 2,” Uproxx’s Mike Zavagno wrote. “Less time for the Warriors to figure things out (probably doesn’t matter), but also less time for Harden to get worn down as he has in basically every playoffs.”

    This makes an uncomfortable amount of sense. But the Rockets won’t meet the Warriors until the Western Conference Finals if they don’t cede ground in the standings. Their timing ultimately doesn’t matter. A healthy Harden and Paul is still Golden State’s biggest roadblock out west.

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    Feel that? It’s the pull to push the Celtics higher.

    Boston has a plus-4.4 net rating and 3-3 record against Golden State during the Kevin Durant era. Utah is the only other team with a positive differential (plus-3.0) versus the Dubs over the past two-plus regular seasons. 

    Go back even further, to the start of the Warriors’ dynasty, and the Celtics remain in the green. They’re a plus-1.6 points per 100 possessions against Golden State since 2014-15, albeit with a 4-6 record.

    Past one-off tussles don’t inform the future. Utah would otherwise be more favorably placed within this pecking order. Boston just feels like a team equipped to give Golden State hell.

    Kyrie Irving versus Stephen Curry is as close to a dead-even offensive matchup the Warriors can face at the point guard position. Al Horford is the rare center who won’t be so easily rattled by their lineup structures. Their traditional bigs are slower than him, and Draymond Green cannot cover him without devoting full attention. It will be harder to mismatch Horford off the floor on defense.

    What the Celtics lack in a conventional wing-stopper they make up for with capable variety. Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward all render the chore of tracking Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson ever so slightly less daunting.

    This says nothing of Marcus Smart, who can pester nearly four positions, and whose wonky defensive splits are proof of on-off shortcomings.

    He is critical to how the Celtics battle the Warriors. He has defended Curry, Durant, Green or Thompson for a total of 157 possessions across three games over the past two seasons. They are shooting a combined 38.5 percent against him (10-of-26). Golden State’s offense has barely averaged 1.0 points per possession in these situations.

    Every hunch feels flimsy when stacked up against the gigantic shadow cast by the Warriors. But the Celtics’ case droops in the face of their path to the Finals. They will probably have to go through two of the Bucks, Sixers and Raptors to win the East and haven’t exactly been a billboard for consistency this season. They are 4-12 on the road against teams above .500, and the offense is 20th in efficiency since the All-Star break.

    Neither Brown nor Hayward nor Tatum is as much of a wild card as they were months ago, but for all the baby steps the Celtics have taken on an individual level, they are in want of the unity incumbent of a conference favorite.

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    Injuries have hit the Milwaukee Bucks hard down the stretch. Malcolm Brogdon (right foot), Pau Gasol (left ankle), Nikola Mirotic (left thumb), Tony Snell (left ankle) and Donte DiVincenzo (left foot) are all on the shelf, with most expected to missed extended time.

    Even though DiVincenzo is the only one ruled out for the season, Brogdon’s absence is the most severe. The timetable for the guard’s return from a plantar fascia tear could cost him playoff games. Though he should be back well before Milwaukee has to worry about clashing with Golden State, the Bucks cannot be sure he’ll resume his career-best performance.

    This does little to compromise their “Beat the Warriors!” stock in the grand scheme. It costs them the No. 1 spot, but they might have forfeited pole position anyway.

    Fortunately, bad luck has spared the Bucks’ three most important players: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton.

    Bledsoe has the physical tools to put pressure on Stephen Curry. Antetokounmpo and Middleton can shimmy between Draymond Green, who missed both matchups with Milwaukee this year, and Kevin Durant. This far from settles anything, but most teams would kill for a similar head-to-head profile.

    Losing Brogdon bilks the Bucks of a primary Klay Thompson defender. They have alternatives—namely a healthy Snell or Pat Connaughton. They can also use Middleton, stick Antetokounmpo on Durant and dare Green to beat them as a scorer. Using Antetokounmpo and either Mirotic or Ersan Ilyasova up front is intriguing for when the Warriors run small.

    Milwaukee’s offense should stand the test of Golden State’s defense. Antetokounmpo could be the best player in a prospective series. One, maybe two, other teams on this list have that luxury. Milwaukee has the secondary shot creators, in Bledsoe and Middleton, to trudge through stickier stretches. 

    Surrounding Antetokounmpo with four shooters puts every team on tilt. Brook Lopez‘s parking-lot haymakers aren’t as disarming against the Warriors, but the Bucks have smaller arrangements in their back pocket. They’re outscoring opponents by 18 points per 100 possessions when running Antetokounmpo and Ilyasova at the 4 and 5, respectively, according to Cleaning the Glass.

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    Putting the Raptors in front of the Bucks is not a decision that was taken lightly. Milwaukee is having the better season, whereas Toronto continues to figure things out.

    Kawhi Leonard still exists, largely, outside the team offense. The bench is 26th in point differential per 100 possessions since the trade deadline. Kyle Lowry said he “could sit out until the playoffs with the type of” right ankle injury he’s trying to play through. 

    Still, this is the Finals matchup that strikes the right balance of likely and, for the Warriors, troubling.

    Toronto won both regular-season meetings in convincing fashion. Leonard and Kevin Durant went at each other in a late-November classic, for which the Warriors did not have Stephen Curry. The Raptors then obliterated the Warriors in December, at Oracle Arena, without Leonard. (Andre Iguodala didn’t play, either.)

    Leonard is not a Durant stopper, but he can go it alone, and he might have a different gear to reach on defense in the postseason. Lowry and Danny Green can take turns stalking Curry and Klay Thompson. OG Anunoby has the chops to be a swing defender on Durant and Thompson—and definitely Iguodala. 

    Gasol is playable when the Warriors use DeMarcus Cousins. If Serge Ibaka cannot hang when Draymond Green is in the middle, Pascal Siakam can. The Raptors don’t roll him out at center often but are a plus-19 points per 100 possessions in the time he has played the 5, according to Cleaning the Glass.

    Predicting the East’s NBA Finals representative is little more scientific than a coin toss. Milwaukee is right there, and Boston oozes untapped potential. Both could put up a fight against Golden State.

    Insofar as the Warriors can actually be dethroned, though, the Raptors have the profile of a stronger spoiler. 

    They’re already a contender, like those before them, but injuries and turnover from last year suggest they’ve yet to hit their stride. They may not peak until the playoffs. And more than that, they have the roster makeup to match the Warriors rotation, in all its many forms.

                    

    Unless otherwise noted, stats courtesy of NBA.com or Basketball Reference and accurate leading into games on March 27. Salary and cap-hold information via Basketball Insiders and RealGM.

    Dan Favale covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter (@danfavale) and listen to his Hardwood Knocks podcast, co-hosted by SLC Dunk’s Andrew Bailey.

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Don’t blame China for unraveling US-Europe relations

People with short memory and idiosyncratic agenda take Italy’s regal welcome to Xi during his visit Mar 21-23, and Rome’s acceptance to participate in China’s Belt and Road project, as a seminal event marking an irreparable breach of transatlantic union and solidarity.

That is mean nonsense. Similar breaches are legion.

What should one say, for example, of the beaming Chinese Premier Li Keqiang standing next to Chancellor Angela Merkel in May 2013 to celebrate a China-Germany “dream team,” as he was getting the technology for intelligent manufacturing to replace his smokestack factories?

That was nearly six years before Italy took up the promises of future business deals with China.

During that time, Germany kept selling to China its top technologies and companies, including one of its leading suppliers of robotics and system manufacturing. In the process, German exports to China over the last five years came to a total of 380.9 billion euro.

And well before China began talking to Italy about using the port of Trieste, Greece sold in April 2016 a controlling 67 percent stake to China in the port of Piraeus.

China’s cooperation with Central and East European countries — the 16+1 format — has been expanding rapidly since 2012 in areas of large infrastructure projects and investments in industrial machinery, chemical industries, energy and telecoms. The East Europeans have in large part embraced those new development opportunities because they found no takers among their EU partners.

All those examples are just fragments of a vast China-EU trade. According to the China Railway Corporation, freight trains, running along the Belt and Road itineraries, are now connecting 59 cities in China to 49 cities in 15 European countries. Last year, 6,363 freight train trips were made between China and Europe, a 73 percent increase from 2017.

In view of all that, how fair and reasonable is it to accuse Italy of breaking the EU ranks on China trade?

And it is equally wrong to blame China of driving a wedge among the EU countries. China is just diligently and smartly pursuing its business interests. Last year, China was the EU’s second-largest (after the U.S.) trade partner, with a surplus of 184 billion euro on a bilateral goods trade of 603.9 billion euro.

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Turkey’s lira slides as President Erdogan’s party suffers pivotal losses

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has lost the capital Ankara and looks set to lose the commercial hub of Istanbul after 25 years in power in both cities, as Sunday’s municipal election results — largely seen as a referendum on the president himself — roll in.

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The Turkish lira fell sharply at the opening of London trade on Monday, the latest rout after a turbulent week that saw Turkey’s overnight swap rate shoot up as high as 1,200 percent as the central bank tried to shore up the currency.

On Monday morning, the lira sunk at roughly 8:30 a.m London time after the country’s election board said the opposition party was ahead in Istanbul’s mayoral election, briefly trading at $5.6913. The currency had traded at 5.61 to the dollar after the initial results came in on Sunday evening, compared with 5.55 at Friday’s close.

The country’s BIST 100 stock index was down 1.65 percent as European markets opened, after falling more than 7 percent last week.

Markets now fear that the electoral losses will push Erdogan to double down on populist policies that helped send the currency tanking last year, when his interference in central bank independence held interest rates down despite soaring inflation and sent investors running for the hills. Last year saw the lira lose 30 percent of its value against the dollar.

The victories claimed by the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) are a formidable blow to the ruling right-wing AK Party — particularly the expected loss of Istanbul, where Erdogan first made his political debut as city mayor in the 1990s. Still, the AK Party and its far-right coalition partner the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) secured more than 50 percent of the national vote and won a majority of Istanbul’s districts.

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Trump is reportedly ‘saving’ a seat on the Supreme Court for conservative Amy Barrett in place of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

President Donald Trump is “saving” a seat on the US Supreme Court bench for judge Amy Barrett in place of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Axios reported on Sunday.

Three sources, who are familiar with comments made by the president in private, told Axios that Trump said he was “saving her for Ginsburg,” alluding to giving Barrett a seat on the bench should Ginsburg step down.

The 47-year-old judge was originally shortlisted by Trump for the Supreme Court seat vacated by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018. The report noted Barrett was a favorite at the time among conservative activists.

Trump’s pick Brett Kavanaugh was ultimately nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court in place of Kennedy, a decision which prompted scrutiny considering his previous writings concerning abortion access and multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Barrett, who was successfully nominated by Trump in 2017 to serve as a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, has been criticized by Democrats in the past for her conservative views, particularly around abortion

As a professor at Notre Dame, Barrett belonged to the University Faculty for Life until 2016, which promotes anti-abortion resource, according to her judicial questionnaire. She also expressed her views on abortion in a university magazine in 2013 describing her own conviction that “life begins at conception,” and has previously written on the possibility of reexamining the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade.

During her tense confirmation hearing for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, democratic senators grilled Barrett on how her Catholic faith could impact her judgment.

“The dogma lives loudly within you,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) notoriously said during Barrett’s hearing. “That’s of concern.”

However, Barrett defended her personal views, saying she would “never impose” her own convictions on the law.

Despite Trump’s apparent desire to have Barrett on the Supreme Court bench and to hold a reliable conservative majority, it’s unlikely he’ll get another pick. Ginsburg, who is 85 years old, has stated she plans to remain a justice for “at least five more years” and appears in good health in light of recent health concerns.

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