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A team of lawyers from the conservative Federalist Society, organized by Kellyanne Conway's husband George Conway, have formed a group dedicated to highlighting the Trump administration's perceived flouting of constitutional and legal norms, reports the New York Times.

Details: The formation of the group, called Checks and Balances, came ahead of the start of the Federalist Society's annual convention. The Federalist Society has taken on a leading role in the Trump administration's move to reshape the nation's federal courts. In a statement, the 14 lawyers who formed Checks and Balances say that they "believe in the rule of law, the power of the truth, the independence of the criminal justice system, the imperative of individual rights, and the necessity of civil discourse. ... We seek to provide a voice and a network for like-minded attorneys to discuss these ideas."

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Senate retirements could attract GOP troublemakers

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Roy Blunt's retirement highlights the twin challenge facing Senate Republicans: finding good replacement candidates and avoiding a pathway for potential troublemakers to join their ranks.

Why it matters: While the midterm elections are supposed to be a boon to the party out of power, the recent run of retirements — which may not be over — is upending that assumption for the GOP in 2022.

Congressional diversity growing - slowly

Data: Brookings Institution and Pew Research Center; Note: No data on Native Americans in Congress before the 107th Congress; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The number of non-white senators and House members in the 535-seat Congress has been growing steadily in the past several decades — but representation largely lags behind the overall U.S. population.

Why it matters: Non-whites find it harder to break into the power system because of structural barriers such as the need to quit a job to campaign full time for office, as Axios reported in its latest Hard Truths Deep Dive.

Staff for retiring Senate Republicans a K Street prize

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The retirements of high-profile Senate Republicans mean a lot of experienced staffers will soon be seeking new jobs, and Washington lobbying and public affairs firms are eyeing a potential glut of top-notch talent.

Why it matters: Roy Blunt is the fifth Republican dealmaker in the Senate to announce his retirement next year. Staffers left behind who can navigate the upper chamber of Congress will be gold for the city’s influence industry.