Sep 4, 2018

Democrats attempt to postpone Kavanaugh hearing over document dump

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), speaks during a news conference outside the Supreme Court. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee moved to postpone Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing Tuesday — in the minutes before it was set to begin — arguing that they had not had the chance to review 42,000 pages of documents released by a Bush White House lawyer late Monday night.

The big picture: Democrats have called Kavanaugh's confirmation process one of the least transparent in Supreme Court history, with the Trump White House invoking executive privilege to withhold more than 100,000 pages of records from Kavanaugh's time as a White House lawyer in the administration of George W. Bush. Meanwhile, Republicans argue that they have released more records for Kavanaugh than they have for any other nominee, and maintain that Democrats are trying to obstruct the process.

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O'Brien rejects intelligence report of Russia effort to re-elect Trump

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected on ABC's "This Week" an assessment from a congressional briefing led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help President Trump get re-elected.

Why it matters: The report put the Trump administration under fresh scrutiny in regard to steps it has been taking to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. encountered in 2016.

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Italy becomes site of largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures as it confirmed a spike from three to 132 cases in matter of days, making it the largest outbreak outside of Asia.

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Iranian state TV: Hardliners win landslide victory in low-turnout election

Photo: Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Iranian state TV announced Sunday that hardliners won a landslide victory in the country's parliamentary elections two days ago, including all 30 seats in Tehran, AP reports.

Why it matters: Voter turnout in the election only reached 42.57%, according to Iran's interior ministry, the first time turnout dipped below 50% since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The low turnout may signal dissatisfaction with the Iranian government and the election system.

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