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Top eight stories for today including Ohio voters sued to put new legislative maps in place before primary elections; Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter was sentenced to two years for the killing of Black man Daunte Wright; Wall Street grappled with a second losing week, and more.

National

Supreme Court opening puts progressives on tight rope

Finally in reach of the chance to nominate a new justice to the Supreme Court after four Republican appointments, Democrats are looking for a justice who can balance adherence to precedence while also representing historic change. 

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, with one seat draped in black wool crepe to mark the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The tradition of draping the doors to the court and the bench chair of its late judges dates back at least as far as the death of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase in 1873. Outside, the flags on the court's front plaza were flown at half-staff for 30 days. (Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, via Courthouse News)

Midterms will cost Democrats the majority. That’s normal

The president's party usually loses seats during midterm elections, and this year is unlikely to be an exception for Democrats with a thin majority in the Senate and House.

President Joe Biden speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the East Room of the White House on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Russia-Ukraine anxieties dominate narrative for Wall Street

Pushing aside inflation, the major issue for Wall Street is now the Russia-Ukraine crisis, which caused markets to plummet on Thursday and saw U.S. indices pull down a second losing week.

The New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Supreme Court takes up bid by Biden to end remain-in-Mexico policy

President Joe Biden persuaded the Supreme Court on Friday to consider his move to unravel a federal policy that forces people seeking U.S. asylum to wait out their determinations in Mexico.

Migrants, many of whom were returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, wait in line to get a meal in an encampment near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, in 2019. (Veronica G. Cardenas/AP)

Regional

GOP voters sue Ohio redistricting panel to force adoption of legislative maps

Unfazed by rulings from the Ohio Supreme Court, a group of Republican voters on Friday sued in federal court seeking to force the adoption of state House and Senate maps that have already been rejected as unconstitutional gerrymandering.

Members of the Ohio Senate Government Oversight Committee hear testimony on a new map of state congressional districts at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Nov. 16, 2021. (Julie Carr Smyth/AP)

Plan for new Oakland A’s stadium project clears environmental impact hurdle

The Oakland City Council voted late Thursday to certify an environmental impact report and cleared a preliminary hurdle for a $12 billion waterfront development project that includes a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s baseball team.

A rendering of a proposed $12 billion mixed-use development that would include a new Oakland A's ballpark on the waterfront at Howard Terminal in Oakland, California. (Bjarke Ingels Group via Twitter)

Cop who killed Daunte Wright sentenced to 2 years  

A Minnesota judge sentenced former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter to two years Friday morning for the killing of Black man Daunte Wright.

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter listens during her sentencing hearing at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Court TV via AP, Pool, File)

Minnesota congressman dies at 59 after battle with cancer

U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn, a second-term Republican from southern Minnesota, died Thursday night after a battle with kidney cancer and a recent Covid-19 diagnosis. He was 59.

Then-congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn works a parade in Waterville, Minn., in 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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