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How Trump’s lifetime appointments are reshaping federal courts

President Trump installs a record number of appeals court judges, Ann Marimow reports. Shane Harris dissects the White House feud with its own intelligence agencies. Plus: Roxanne Roberts on how the “designated survivor” came to be.
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The long game: Remaking the federal appeals court
Compared with past White House occupants, President Trump is far behind in filling vacancies within his administration -- despite Republican control of the Senate, which confirms the president’s nominees. Top positions across the federal government have yet to be formally filled, including defense secretary, interior secretary and attorney general.

But when it comes to the federal court system, Ann Marimow reports that the president has installed more appeals court judges than any other president at this point in their term.

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Rage against the spies
President Trump’s ongoing feud with intelligence agencies has reached a very public boiling point, Shane Harris reports. And as the White House prepares for another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Harris explains why the spat could pose a national security risk.

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The origin story of the designated survivor
For many top officials in Washington, Tuesday’s State of the Union address is a night to see and be seen. But, as Roxanne Roberts recounts, one official will be hidden away in case disaster strikes the Capitol.

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