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Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Accusations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh have dominated the news cycle over the last week, becoming a hot button political issue with his confirmation hanging in the balance.

The big picture: Though they're not elected officials, candidates in the 2018 midterm election are weighing in on the accusations.

What they're saying:
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Congressional candidate in New York said Kavanaugh being promoted to the Supreme Court after sexual assault allegations is "just another day for women in the workplace."
  • Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic Congressional candidate in Michigan, said she is "disgusted" by headlines involving Kavanaugh in political strategy, calling it irresponsible. "This is sexual assault — a criminal act. Decide based on facts not strategy."
  • Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic Senate candidate in Texas, reiterated that an appointment to the Supreme Court lasts a lifetime and "we have to get this right."

The other side:

  • Rep. Kevin Cramer said even if allegations against Kavanaugh are true, they don't disqualify him because they happened 36 years ago. However, he said, Kavanaugh would "disqualify himself" by lying about them.
  • Josh Hawley, a Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, said Democrats are staging an "ambush" against Kavanaugh with the accusations and said that there was no corroborating evidence proving the claims are true.
  • Leak Vukmir, a Republican Senate candidate in Wisconsin, condemned Democrats for the accusations against Kavanaugh and called them a "character assassination."

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Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Containers carrying doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Brazil. Photo: Maurio Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil on Saturday began distributing the 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived from India Friday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Brazil has the third highest COVID-19 case-count in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The 2 million doses "only scratch the surface of the shortfall," Brazilian public health experts told the AP.

Sullivan speaks with Israel's national security adviser for the first time

Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat U.S. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/Getty Images. U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Photo: Chandan Khanna/Getty Images

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone Saturday with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat, Israeli officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is the first contact between the Biden White House and Israeli prime minister's office. During the transition, the Biden team refrained from speaking to foreign governments.

Biden speaks to Mexican president about reversing Trump's "draconian immigration policies"

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Biden told his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on a phone call Friday that he plans to reverse former President Trump’s “draconian immigration policies.”

The big picture: The Biden administration has already started repealing several of Trump’s immigration policies, including ordering a 100-day freeze on deporting many unauthorized immigrants, halting work on the southern border wall, and reversing plans to exclude undocumented people from being included in the 2020 census.

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