Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Photo: Al Drago/Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are planning to ask President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to not participate in future cases involving Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion spanning from the 2016 election, if confirmed, Politico reports.

The backdrop: This comes in response to past remarks Kavanaugh made that a sitting president should be exempt from civil lawsuits or criminal investigations. And as Politico notes, the high court could rule on matters related to the special counsel's probe. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tx.) called Democrats' call for recusal "ridiculous."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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More young people are getting — and spreading — the coronavirus

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More young people are being infected with the coronavirus, and even though they're less likely to die from it, experts warn the virus' spread among young adults may further fuel outbreaks across the United States.

Why it matters: Some people in their 20s and 30s face serious health complications from COVID-19, and a surge in cases among young people gives the virus a bigger foothold, increasing the risk of infection for more vulnerable people.

Joint Chiefs chairman condemns Confederate symbols

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley criticized Confederate symbols before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, and called the Civil War an "act of treason."

Why it matters: Milley said that minority service members — which he said make up 43% of the U.S. military — may feel uncomfortable that Army bases are named for Confederate generals who "fought for an institution of slavery that may have enslaved one of their ancestors."