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Supreme Vacancy: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement this week, says TIME.

Justice Kennedy’s retirement gives the Trump administration a second selection to the highest court. Their first, Neil Gorsuch, you may recall, came from some political maneuvering and shenanigans from Sen. Mitch McConnell.

In 2016, Sen. McConnell famously denied a hearing on President Barack Obama’s selection to replace the late Antonin Scalia, suggesting — just an hour after the Justice’s death — such a decision should wait until after the presidential election so the American people could weigh in.

He’d go on to call that one of his “proudest moments.”

Now, with the midterm elections on the horizon, Democrats say Sen. McConnell should hold to his own standard, says ABC News and TIME.

On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

This is the most important Supreme Court vacancy for this country in at least a generation. Nothing less than the fate of our healthcare system, reproductive rights for women, and countless other protections for middle-class Americans are at stake.

He followed up on Wednesday on the Senate floor:

Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016 not to consider a Supreme Court nominee in an election year. Millions of people are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the President’s nominee, and their voices deserve to be heard now, as Leader McConnell thought they deserved to be heard then. Anything but that would be the absolute height of hypocrisy.

But McConnell, the master of “It’s different when I want to do it,” says, well, “It’s different when I want to do it.” Said McConnell:

We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall. As in the case of Justice Gorsuch, Senators will have the ‎opportunity to meet with President Trump’s nominee, examine his or her qualifications, and debate the nomination.

Alec MacGIllis, author of “The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell” penned a piece for The New York Times, entitled: “This Is the World Mitch McConnell Gave Us.”

I sure hope he kept the receipt.

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Sad Puppy: The rivalry between University of Louisville and University of Kentucky basketball turned ugly this week, says USA Today, as Wildcat coach John Calipari faced a startling accusation.

John Calipari: hater of puppies.

On the “Today Show” on Tuesday, a Cardinals fan appeared with a sign reading:

John Calipari hates puppies. Go Cards!!

Coach Calipari addressed the accusation directly via Twitter:

Nothing a Louisville fan has EVER said to me has ever bothered me but this one got to me a little bit. McGruff and Palmer were so mad that they came to my office to ask me about it.

So not so much with the puppy hating, though to be fair, the one on the right is more rodent than canine.

But that didn’t stop the Puppy Patrol from coming to investigate; on Thursday, Lexington Humane Society paid coach Calipari’s office a visit.

No one would say that. Though I think the Calipari hatred of giraffes goes back for generations.

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Next!: Debra Granik helped put Jennifer Lawrence on the map in 2011’s “Winter’s Bone” and word is, she’s found the next Jennifer Lawrence in her latest film, says Digital Spy and Vanity Fair.

Entertainment Weekly says, “ ‘Leave No Trace’ breakout Thomasin McKenzie is on her way to J. Law status.”

W Magazine agrees, charting “The J.Law-Like Rise of Thomasin McKenzie, Teen Star of ‘Leave No Trace.’”

And Vulture implies it’s already happened with its headline, “The star of ‘Leave No Trace’ on being the ‘Next Jennifer Lawrence.’”

When asked about it, the 17-year-old New Zealander said:

She’s awesome. I love Jennifer Lawrence. I think she’s hilarious and goofy and just really cool and talented. So I’d love to be like her and have a career like her, but also I’m a different person as well. It’s been important reminding myself of that.

So that’s a pretty grounded response to all of that. Good for her.

And you know, I’m not sure we’re done with the first Jennifer Lawrence that we need to move on to the next one. Or that Ms. Lawrence is ready to give up the mantle just yet.

And not for nothing, this isn’t the first time there’s been an attempt to declare a new one. “The Hunger Games” hadn’t even come out yet when The Hollywood Reporter posed the question. They had Felicity Jones and Elizabeth Olsen on that list, both of whom have done just fine for themselves, thank you, but still not quite in that Lawrence level of orbit.

In 2014, it was supposed to be Shailene Woodley. Vanity Fair had picked her and six others who could claim the crown and again, successful people on the list, but not quite to the same level.

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Kyle Ware
Kyle Ware is a Louisville-based actor, artist, educator and writer. His column, In Other News, appears at Insider Louisville every Friday.