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Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) will vote no on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Why it matters: King joins a handful of democrats who have already announced their "no" vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. While his decision is far from a deciding vote, more moderate senators such as Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin still hang in the balance and could have a large impact on the confirmation. King cites Kavanaugh's views on presidential power, his answers during the hearings, and the release of documents as reasons for the decision.

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McConnell announces Senate will adjourn until Sept. 8

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday that the Senate will not hold any more votes until Sept. 8, though members will remain on 24-hour notice in case a coronavirus stimulus deal is reached.

Why it matters: With millions of Americans unemployed, the Trump administration and Democrats remain hopelessly deadlocked and unlikely to reach a deal any time soon.

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Trump vows to block stimulus funding for mail-in voting and USPS

President Trump on Thursday told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo that Democratic demands to fund mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service in ongoing coronavirus stimulus negotiations were a non-starter.

Why it matters: Trump directly linked Democrats' desired $3.6 billion for mail-in voting and $25 billion for the USPS to his continued baseless claims that increased mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud.

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Netanyahu says he's "still committed" to annexations despite UAE deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address Thursday that he remains "committed to annexing parts of the West Bank," but agreed to “temporarily suspend” those plans in order to reach a normalization deal with the UAE.

Why it matters: In a joint statement hailed as "historic" by President Trump, Israel said it would not move ahead with annexations as part of a deal for "the full normalization of relations" between Israel and the UAE. But Netanyahu and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) have since offered diverging statements.