'Start Here': Supreme Court shortlist comes into focus

President Donald Trump continues to meet with potential Supreme Court justices.

July 04, 2018, 5:42 AM

It's Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Here are some of the stories we're talking about on ABC News' new daily podcast, "Start Here."

1. SCOTUS short list

President Donald Trump has been meeting this week with potential Supreme Court candidates who will fill the seat Justice Anthony Kennedy will soon vacate. Trump said he would have a decision by Monday, but who's on his shortlist so far?

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux is with our partners at FiveThirtyEight, and she tells us whom we should keep an eye on.

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2. A House divided

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been the face of House Democrats for more than a decade, but the events of the last month, including the upset primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, has only emboldened those who are calling on leadership to clean house.

We ask ABC News' John Parkinson, who covers the House, if Pelosi or someone else will be leading the party in the fall.

PHOTO: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, speaks with reporters during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, speaks with reporters during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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3. The Challenger's survivor

The space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 was a tragedy, but a hopeful story emerged from the wreckage. A soccer ball survived the disaster and spent years hiding in a school's display case before eventually being sent into space for a second time.

ABC News' Bob Woodruff, who created a documentary about the ball for E:60, tells us why the story is so unfamiliar and what it means for future generations.

PHOTO: Space shuttle Challenger lifts off, Jan. 28, 1986, from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, 72 seconds before its explosion killing the crew of seven.
Space shuttle Challenger lifts off, Jan. 28, 1986, from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, 72 seconds before its explosion killing the crew of seven.
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4. God Bless America

This year marks the 100th anniversary of "God Bless America," but you may not know the surprising history of the iconic song and the immigrant who wrote it.

Author Sheryl Kaskowitz tells us the story of the song: "What you think is going to be a simple symbol of patriotism ... is gonna be a bit more complicated than you think."

PHOTO: Irving Berlin at the piano.
Irving Berlin at the piano.
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