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Senate Democrats are demanding that the FBI hand over "all records and communications" related to the FBI tip line set up to investigate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was a nominee in 2018.

Why it matters: The ask comes after the FBI revealed it received more than 4,500 tips about Kavanaugh when he was awaiting Senate confirmation amid sexual assault allegations. Only the most "relevant" of these tips were forwarded to the Trump White House.

State of play: After Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school in the early 1980s, the FBI pursued a review of Kavanaugh, but did not open a criminal investigation.

  • A background check sufficed, an FBI assistant director claimed in a letter to Senate Democrats released Thursday.
  • The Bureau passed only the most "relevant" tips to the Office of White House Counsel under then-President Trump, "but no further, as a 2010 Memorandum of Understanding between the Justice Department and White House requires," per ABC News.
  • It remains unclear what actions were taken based on these tips.

What they're saying: In a response to the FBI letter, Senate Democrats asked the FBI to turn over all materials related to the tip line by Aug. 31 and explain how the agency categorized tips as "relevant" or not.

  • The group noted that details from the background check were never shared with the senators overseeing Kavanaugh's nomination.
  • "The admissions in your letter corroborate and explain numerous credible accounts by individuals and firms that they had contacted the FBI with information 'highly relevant to ... allegations' of sexual misconduct by Justice Kavanaugh, only to be ignored," they wrote.
  • "If the FBI was not authorized to or did not follow up on any of the tips that it received from the tip line, it is difficult to understand the point of having a tip line at all."

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A display in front of Brian Laundrie's home on Oct. 20. Photo: Thomas O'Neill/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Human remains found in Sarasota County, Florida, were confirmed to be those of Brian Laundrie, the FBI announced Thursday.

Why it matters: Police have been searching for Laundrie for a month. He's the only person of interest so far in the killing of his fianceé, Gabby Petito.

Scoop: Trump's new social network quietly courting influencers

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Former President Trump’s elusive new social media network Truth Social — which plans to go public — is reaching out to internet influencers asking them to “reserve their spots” for when it launches in February or March.

Why it matters: The outreach doesn’t mention Trump’s name or affiliation. Some influencers suggest that could be a ploy to enlist their support without realizing the affiliation.

The SAT is going digital

A practice SAT. Photo: Alex Garcia/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The College Board announced Tuesday that the SAT will be delivered digitally in the U.S. in 2024.

Why it matters: The College Board said it's seeking to make the SAT "more relevant," as some colleges start to ditch the college admissions exam altogether.

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