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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

More than 100 organizations have signed a letter demanding that no hearing date is scheduled for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh until all of his records from his time in the George W. Bush administration are turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Why it matters: The letter underscores the left's aggressive efforts to put pressure on lawmakers to stall Kavanaugh's confirmation and ensure that his past is properly vetted before putting him on the bench.

"Brett Kavanaugh likely has the longest paper trail of any Supreme Court nominee in history ... The Senate has a right to see the more than 1 million pages of records from his time in the White House before any hearing is scheduled."
— Brian Fallon, former press secretary for Hillary Clinton's campaign and head of Demand Justice, tells Axios

The details: Demand Justice — a nonprofit formed by veterans of the White House, Capitol Hill, and the Clinton and Obama campaigns — have led the effort and will send the letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee's ranking Democrat, this afternoon.

  • In addition to the letter, Demand Justice is also launching a five-figure digital ad campaign in Iowa, California, and D.C. urging voters to call their senators' offices and demand no hearing until the documents are produced.

State of play: Despite these efforts, Republicans and the White House are feeling confident with regard to Kavanaugh's confirmation. The conservative movement — after some early warning shots — appear to be rallying around the nominee. And so far we've not seen anything from the moderate Republican senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, to signal they won't vote for him either.

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Congress passes $2.1B Capitol security funding bill

U.S. Capitol police officers testify during a House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on July 27. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Xinhua

A $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill is heading to President Biden for his signature after the House and Senate passed the legislation on Thursday.

Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 riot.

Biden details new vaccination initiatives as COVID cases surge

Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden detailed several new initiatives on Thursday to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta variant.

Why it matters: The plan outlines aggressive next steps from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge across the country due to the contagious Delta variant and as demand for vaccines has tapered off.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen in 1970s

Theodore McCarrick in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s, AP reports.

Why it matters: McCarrick is the first cardinal in the U.S. to "ever be criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor," AP notes, citing Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer for the man allegedly abused by McCarrick.

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