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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Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic has created an environment where losing industries like traditional retail and hospitality as well as a sizable portion of firms owned by women, immigrants and people of color are wiped out and may be gone for good.

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Why it matters: Apple is one of several Big Tech firms accused of violating the spirit, if not the letter, of antitrust law. A high-profile lawsuit could become a roadmap for either building a case against tech titans under existing antitrust laws or writing new ones better suited to the digital economy.

Survey: Fears grow about Social Security’s future

Data: AARP survey of 1,441 U.S. adults conducted July 14–27, 2020 a ±3.4% margin of error at the 95% confidence level; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Younger Americans are increasingly concerned that Social Security won't be enough to wholly fall back on once they retire, according to a survey conducted by AARP — in honor of today's 85th anniversary of the program — given first to Axios.

Why it matters: Young people's concerns about financial insecurity once they're on a restricted income are rising — and that generation is worried the program, which currently pays out to 65 million beneficiaries, won't be enough to sustain them.