A key Senate Democrat on telecom issues isn't happy that Donald Trump withdrew one of the party's nominees to the Federal Communications Commission, former commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

Brian Schatz said at a Thursday morning hearing that he hopes "the White House will renominate her and the Senate will keep its commitment to confirm her as we should have done a year ago."

How we got here: Rosenworcel's nomination to a second term on the commission was held up last year over partisan disputes. Her initial term ended in January, but former President Obama nominated her before he left office. On Tuesday, Trump pulled the nomination along with many others — a broader move Schatz called "an unnecessarily provocative act."

The bigger picture: There has been some speculation that Trump could abandon the tradition of having congressional leaders pick the nominees for seats that legally can't be held by the president's party. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer's office has indicated that's not something it would accept easily. "We intend to assert our prerogative on nominees as has always been done," said a Schumer spokesperson in an email. "The administration has always deferred to congressional leaders and we fully expect that to continue."

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Mary Trump book: How she leaked Trump financials to NYT

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In her new memoir, President Trump's niece reveals how she leaked hordes of confidential Trump family financial documents to the New York Times in an effort to expose her uncle, whom she portrays as a dangerous sociopath.

Why it matters: Trump was furious when he found out recently that Mary Trump, a trained psychologist, would be publishing a tell-all memoir. And Trump's younger brother, Robert, tried and failed to block the publication of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man."

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Anthony Fauci testifies in Washington, D.C., on June 30. Photo: Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images

Anthony Fauci said at an event with Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on Tuesday "that it's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death" from the coronavirus in the U.S., warning: "There’s so many other things that are dangerous and bad about the virus. Don’t get into false complacency."

The big picture: The mean age of Americans currently being infected by the virus has declined by 15 years compared to where it stood several months ago. This has been one contributing factor in the lower death rate the U.S. has experienced during the recent surge in cases, since "the younger you are, the better you do, and the less likely you're gonna get seriously ill and die," Fauci said.