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Michael Avenatti, an apparent 2020 presidential hopeful and the lawyer known for representing Stormy Daniels, tweeted Sunday night that he represents "a woman with credible information regarding Judge [Brett] Kavanaugh and Mark Judge."

"I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify. The nomination must be withdrawn."

The details: Avenatti later tweeted that he had been in contact with Mike Davis, the Senate Judiciary Committee's chief counsel for nominations. In an email, Avenatti told Davis that his team was aware of "significant evidence" that Brett Kavanaugh, his former classmate Mark Judge and others targeted women with alcohol and drugs at parties in the 1980s in order to allow "a train" of men to take advantage of them sexually.

  • Avenatti's email suggests there is more to the allegations revealed earlier tonight by a Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer report in the New Yorker, which details a second alleged instance of sexual misconduct. In the report, Mark Judge's ex-girlfriend also recalls him telling her "ashamedly about an incident that involved [Judge] and other boys taking turns having sex with a drunk woman."
  • Kavanaugh and Judge both deny the allegations.

The big picture: This all comes as Washington gears up for a planned Thursday hearing featuring Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who first accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault in the 1980s and alleges tbat Judge was in the room when it happened.

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GOP to use Supreme Court fight to target vulnerable Dems

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Conservatives know they're unlikely to stop President Biden from filling a Supreme Court vacancy, but they plan to target Senate Democrats who face competitive re-election fights and are all but certain to vote for the successor to Justice Stephen Breyer.

Between the lines: The general strategy will be to tie those Democrats to positions seen as political liabilities in states like Arizona, Georgia and New Hampshire, where incumbents are seeking re-election this year, an operative briefed on early strategy talks told Axios.

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U.S. and NATO answer Putin in writing while bracing for Ukraine invasion

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals on Wednesday to advance a "diplomatic path forward," even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days.

Why it matters: This is a delicate diplomatic balancing act. The U.S. and NATO want to show they're serious about diplomacy but unwilling to compromise on "core principles" — all without providing Vladimir Putin with an additional pretext for escalation.

The political leanings of the Supreme Court justices

Data: Martin-Quinn scores; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Supreme Court will continue to have a solid conservative majority even with Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement.

How to read the chart: An analysis by political scientists Andrew Martin and Kevin Quinn, known as the Martin-Quinn Score, places judges on an ideological spectrum. A lower score indicates a more liberal justice, whereas a higher score indicates a more conservative justice.