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Twenty-two protestors have been arrested for causing disruptions during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing Tuesday, while Democrats attempted to delay the process over concerns about a lack of transparency and questions about President Trump's legal troubles.

The bottom line: Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who was forced to give his opening statement an hour later than scheduled, refused to allow a vote on the Democrats' motion to adjourn and has pledged to continue the confirmation hearing despite interruptions.

Key moments

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.)

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Israeli ground troops join the fight near Gaza, raising threat of war

Israeli troops prepare to fire shells toward the Gaza Strip. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli ground troops have joined the fight near the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces announced on Thursday night.

Driving the news: While tanks and artillery were deployed for the first time on Thursday, there have not yet been reports of a ground invasion of Gaza. But Israel has called up 9,000 reservists and massed at least three brigades on the frontier with Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas.

Updated 30 mins ago - Economy & Business

The states ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits early

Protesters demand senators support the continuation of unemployment benefits on July 16, 2020 in Miami Springs, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

More than a dozen Republican-led states have announced they are terminating their involvement in federal pandemic-related unemployment programs early.

Driving the news: Many of the states' governors cited worker shortages. But some experts say it's the job climate, including pandemic-era factors, and not unemployment benefits that is determining when and how people return to work.