Manchin is a "yes" on Kavanaugh

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Sen. Joe Manchin will be voting "yes" on Brett Kavanaugh, which he announced immediately after Sen. Susan Collins’ announcement that she is also voting "yes" on Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Why it matters: Kavanaugh will be confirmed. Sen. Manchin is a Democrat up for re-election in a red state. Sen. Collins’ move gives Sen. Manchin cover to possibly win over some conservative voters.

One key quote: Amid protestors chanting "look at us," Sen. Manchin told reporters he's "very much concerned basically with the sexual abuse that people have had to endure. I'm very much concerned we have to do something as a country...I looked at what was in front of me and I had to make a decision."

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New York Times endorses Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for president

Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warrenand Sen. Amy Klobuchar at the December 2020 debatein Los Angeles. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The New York Times editorial board has endorsed Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for president, in a decision announced on national television Sunday night.

Why it matters: The board writes in its editorial that its decision to endorse two candidates is a major break with convention that's intended to address the "realist" and "radical" models being presented to voters by the 2020 Democratic field.

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What's next in the impeachment witness battle

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senators will almost certainly get to vote on whether or not to call impeachment witnesses. The resolution laying out the rules of the trial, which will be presented Tuesday, is expected to mandate that senators can take up-or-down votes on calling for witnesses and documents.

Yes, but: Those votes won't come until the House impeachment managers and President Trump's defense team deliver their opening arguments and field Senators' questions.

Inside Trump's impeachment strategy: The national security card

White House counsel Pat Cipollone and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Trump officials say they feel especially bullish about one key argument against calling additional impeachment witnesses: It could compromise America's national security.

The big picture: People close to the president say their most compelling argument to persuade nervous Republican senators to vote against calling new witnesses is the claim that they're protecting national security.