Updated Jul 12, 2018

How Kavanaugh compares to other SCOTUS nominations close to elections

President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy comes just 120 days before the 2018 midterm election.

Data: U.S. Senate, Supreme Court; Chart: Kerrie Vila/Axios

The big picture: There have been five other cases since 1950 when seats have opened within 150 days of a midterm election. In three of them, the nomination process was completed before the election (David Souter, Antonin Scalia, Arthur Goldberg). In the remaining two instances, both under President Eisenhower, the nomination was delayed until after the election (Potter Stewart, John Marshall Harlan II).

Why it matters: Mitch McConnell, who stalled Merrick Garland’s nomination to replace Antonin Scalia because it was close to a presidential election, has promised that Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings and vote will take place before November.

The bottom line: Democrats are looking for ways to block or delay the nomination, but they don't have the votes to do it as long Republicans stick together.

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Congress reaches deal for $425M towards election security

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi together in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

Congress has reached a deal allocating $425 million towards revamping election security just in time for the 2020 presidential election.

The big picture: The funding is part of a spending deal set to be passed this week and sent to President Trump's desk. Negotiators have been working out differences between proposals from the Democrat-led House and the GOP-led Senate.

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Senate confirms North Korea envoy as Pompeo's new deputy

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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Stephen Biegun, the current U.S. special representative for North Korea, as deputy secretary of state with a 90-3 vote, AP reports.

Why it matters: The confirmation ensures a line of succession for the head of the State Department should Mike Pompeo resign to run for Kansas' open Senate seat in 2020, as many have speculated he will. Pompeo has repeatedly denied that he will run.

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Sen. Roy Blunt: Impeachment trial is "not a trial in any classic sense"

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that the upcoming Senate impeachment trial is "not a trial in any classic sense," noting that there are senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination and that every member has "obvious" political considerations.

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