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Herman Cain stands outside of Trump Tower in 2011. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Herman Cain's candidacy for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors is collapsing.

The bottom line: President Trump hasn't even formally nominated him, but a growing number Republicans are privately saying he’ll be confirmed over their dead bodies.

Where it stands: Enough Republican senators — four — have said publicly that they don’t plan to vote for him, virtually dooming his nomination.

  • Republican Sens. Mitt Romney, Cory Gardner, Lisa Murkowski and Kevin Cramer have all said they would oppose Cain.

What they're saying: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had some blunt advice for Trump about possible nominees during a pen-and-pad session with reporters in his office yesterday.

  • "The White House ought to take into consideration obviously two things before making nominations: One is the background check ... and second is the possibility of being confirmed," McConnell said.
  • "Several of our members had strong feelings about people who have been mentioned in newspaper articles, and I think that should be helpful to the administration."

Between the lines: Asked if he was surprised that Trump was considering Cain, McConnell said with a laugh: "Surprised? On a daily basis ... not totally unusual."

Yes, but: Despite Cain's poor prospects, Director of the U.S. National Economic Council Larry Kudlow told Fox News yesterday that the White House still wants him.

Go deeper: 4 Republican senators oppose Herman Cain Fed nomination

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.