Dec 12, 2017

Grassley urges Trump to "reconsider" controversial judicial picks

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Tuesday criticized two of President Donald Trump's controversial judicial nominations, saying the White House "ought to reconsider" the picks in an interview with CNN.

Why this matters: Grassley's comments serve as an unexpected brake against President Trump's ongoing effort to fill federal judicial benches with young, conservative judges. Trump has been filling judicial vacancies at a near-unprecedented pace.Background: Trump tapped Jeff Mateer to become a federal judge in Texas and Brett Talley in Alabama. Matter has been facing backlash for his controversial speeches on religion and homosexuality. In one instance, he said transgender children are part of "Satan's plan" and advocated for gay conversion. The American Bar Association said in a letter to Grassley last month that Talley is unqualified for the judgeship and lacks the "requisite experience." Talley's nomination, which was cleared by Grassley's committee and now awaits final approval from the Senate, has been criticized for a blog post he wrote about Barack Obama and gun control following the Sandy Hook shooting.

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Driving the news: New data from Edelman out Tuesday finds that trust in tech companies is declining and that people trust cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence less than they do the industry overall.

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Why it matters: Democratic candidates have used the NDAs as a talking point against Bloomberg, calling on him to allow women to speak about the reported sexual harassment and gender discrimination they faced while working for him.

Trump's opportunity to use Bernie as an economic scapegoat

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Bernie Sanders is poised to become an economic scapegoat for both the White House and Corporate America, assuming that Sanders comes through Super Tuesday unscathed.

The big picture: If the U.S. economy remains strong, President Trump and CEOs will claim credit (as they've been doing for three years). If it turns sour, they'll blame Bernie (even though it's a largely baseless charge).