Jul 14, 2018

By the numbers: Democrat vs. Republican messaging on Judge Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh meets with Senators on Capitol Hill. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have released 2,450 statements mentioning President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, since the official announcement on Monday, according to data from Quorum.

By the numbers: Of the several keywords repeated in Republicans' and Democrats' statements, only one appeared in both groups — "record," which Republicans used 237 times and Democrats used 213 times.

Worth noting: The number of statements made about Kavanaugh easily outnumbers the 1,542 statements made about Neil Gorsuch and 1,403 statements made about Obama nominee Merrick Garland in the same period.

From the Right...

  • "Constitution," mentioned 432 times
  • "confirmation," mentioned 250 times
  • "record," mentioned 237 times
  • "qualified," mentioned 167 times
  • "support," mentioned 131 times
  • "important," mentioned 118 times
  • "strong," mentioned 115 times
  • "service," mentioned 111 times
  • "Kennedy," mentioned 110 times
  • "great," mentioned 108 times

From the Left...

  • "pre-existing condition," mentioned 400 times
  • "healthcare," mentioned 351 times
  • "women," mentioned 330 times
  • "Roe v Wade," mentioned 290 times
  • "protection," mentioned 275 times
  • "record," mentioned 213 times
  • "#WhatsAtStake," mentioned 197 times
  • "vacancy," mentioned 166 times
  • "ACA," mentioned 165 times
  • "reproductive," mentioned 151 times

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

A memorial for George Floyd at the site of his death in Minneapolis. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.