Jul 16, 2018

Heritage Action to spend bulk of $11.5 million budget on confirming Kavanaugh

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The Heritage Foundation's activist partners will spend the bulk of it's $11.5 million budget for the year on getting Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court, Heritage Action's executive director Tim Chapman tells Axios.

Why it matters: The conservative organization, which is widely influential among Republican voters and has worked closely with the Trump administration, is making Kavanaugh's confirmation its number one issue this year, ahead of the midterm elections. The group's plan is to target key red states to pressure senators to push Kavanaugh through to the bench as fast as possible.

The details: From now until the time that Kavanaugh is either confirmed or rejected, Heritage Action will aggressively campaign on behalf of the nominee through media hits and digital marketing spots, including on Faceboook and Twitter, as well as through regional grassroots events.

  • The campaign will specifically target Republcian Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), who lean more moderate, as well as Democratic Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Tim Kaine (Va.), and Bill Nelson (Fla.), who all face competitive re-election races.

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Israeli election: Netanyahu has momentum despite corruption case

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enters Israel's third elections in 10 months with momentum — and with his corruption trial looming just two weeks after the vote.

Why it matters: Israeli politics have been deadlocked for nearly a year as Netanyahu and his centrist rival, Benny Gantz, grapple for power. Monday's vote could provide the breakthrough, or set Israel on course for yet another election.

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Democrats lay out demands for coronavirus funding

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Thursday outlining their demands for coronavirus funding, including a guarantee that the eventual vaccine is affordable.

The big picture: Pelosi criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it "chaotic" and chiding President Trump for "name-calling" and "playing politics." She added at a press conference that bipartisan congressional leaders are nearing an agreement on emergency funding.

Coronavirus updates: Japan closes schools and Saudi Arabia bans holy site visits

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 is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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