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Just before 1 p.m. ET, hundreds of protesters crossed police lines to gather on the steps of the Senate and U.S. Supreme Court steps, chanting, "November is coming," ahead of the final vote to confirm Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh today at 3:30 p.m., according to NBC News.

The big picture: Though Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed, Christine Blasey Ford's story hits home for so many people. Protests have been popping up in cities as sexual assault survivors tell their stories and unite against the Senate's upcoming confirmation.

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The House Judiciary Committee on Monday released the transcript of its closed-door interview with Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was forced out by Attorney General Bill Barr last month.

Why it matters: House Democrats have seized on Berman's testimony, in which he claimed the attorney general sought to "entice" him into resigning so that he could be replaced by SEC chairman Jay Clayton, to bolster allegations that the Justice Department has been politicized under Barr.