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The Brett Kavanaugh hearings were a rare case where all of the evening cable news shows covered the same thing — but those shows reinforced the wildly different views Americans had of what happened and what it meant.

Why it matters: We're living in different universes of news now, and if your news diet is heavy on Fox and MSNBC, your impression of the most polarizing Supreme Court nomination in decades will be different from much of the rest of the country — because it has been shaped to fit what you want to hear.

Here's what you would have heard from your favorite cable news channel the night before and the night after the hearing with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, compared to what everyone else heard.

Thursday night, after the hearing:

  • Fox, Tucker Carlson: "Kavanaugh fights back"
  • MSNBC, Chris Hayes: "Christine Blasey Ford describes sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee"
  • Fox, Sean Hannity: "Kavanaugh calls confirmation process 'a national disgrace'"
  • MSNBC, Rachel Maddow: "Kavanaugh: 'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing'"
  • Fox, Laura Ingraham: "The Kavanaugh/Ford hearings: A case of emotion vs. fact"
  • MSNBC, Lawrence O'Donnell: "Kavanaugh committee vote set for 9:30 am Friday"

Wednesday night, before the hearing:

  • Fox, Tucker Carlson: "Trump focuses on Kavanaugh chaos"
  • MSNBC, Chris Hayes: "New disturbing allegations"
  • Fox, Sean Hannity: "Democrats' shameless obstruction tactics"
  • MSNBC, Rachel Maddow: "I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified." (Ford testimony)
  • Fox, Laura Ingraham: "The accusers' last act"
  • MSNBC, Lawrence O'Donnell: Michael Avenatti interview

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Former Defense Secretary Esper sues Pentagon over book

Former President Trump and former Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the White House in 2020. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper filed a lawsuit Sunday against the Defense Department, accusing the Pentagon of "censoring" his First Amendment rights by redacting parts of his upcoming book on the Trump administration.

The big picture: Esper, who served as defense secretary from July 2019 until he was fired by then-President Trump in November last year, alleges in the suit that "significant text" is "being improperly withheld from publication" of the manuscript "under the guise of classification."

WHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries

Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization regional director for Africa. Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

The World Health Organization called on countries Sunday to not impose travel bans on southern African nations amid concerns over the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The U.S. and countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific announced travel restrictions in response to Omicron, which was first detected in South Africa. It's since spread to several European countries, Canada, Israel, Australia and Hong Kong. The WHO noted in a statement that only two southern African nations have detected the new variant.

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First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.