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Top Republicans and Democrats took to the Sunday shows focused on the same topic that Washington has obsessed over all week: the fight to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Driving the news: Conway emotionally told CNN's Jake Tapper that she is a victim of sexual assault but defended Kavanaugh's "impeccable" judicial credentials, saying that this week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings weren't meant as a "meeting of the #MeToo movement."

  • "I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape. I'm a victim of sexual assault. I don't expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Jeff Flake or anybody to be held responsible for that. You have to be responsible for your own conduct."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
  • On ABC's "This Week," Graham said that Kavanaugh is "not a stumbling, bumbling drunk. I don't believe that you could have accomplished what he's accomplished and been a serial rapist in high school, and stop it for the rest of your life."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
  • Sanders told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace that the White House is "not micromanaging" the FBI's investigation of the allegations of Kavanaugh.
  • "The Senate is dictating the terms ... as you've heard the president say: Do what you need to do."
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
  • Hirono, one of the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Kavanaugh critics, discussed his testimony on ABC's "This Week": "He would accuse Democrats of some sort of vast conspiracy to do him in. He even dragged in Hillary Clinton. I found that bizarre. But we hardly need someone on the Supreme Court who has these conspiracy theory notions."

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

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This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.
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Episode 3: Descent into madness ... Trump: "Sometimes you need a little crazy"

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."

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