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Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, are calling for a thorough investigation of the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before his confirmation process moves forward.

The other side: Senate Judiciary Republicans, meanwhile, have issued a statement questioning the motives of the Democrats in bringing up the allegation on the eve of the confirmation vote via Chairman Chuck Grassley's office: "Judge Kavanaugh’s background has been thoroughly vetted by the FBI on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced."

What they're saying:

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer: "Senator Grassley must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated."
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "I support Mrs. Ford's decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation. This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee."
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: "Christine Blasey Ford courageously stepped forward to tell her story — it is a credible and serious allegation. The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to scrutinize SCOTUS nominees. A vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination must be delayed until there is a thorough investigation."
  • Senate Judiciary Republicans: "It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July. If Ranking Member Feinstein and other Committee Democrats took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full Committee’s attention much earlier. "

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Why it matters: Approval from the CDC panel was the final step needed before inoculations could be offered at any vaccination site for this age group.

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GOP lawmakers downplay Capitol riot at House hearing

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Republican members of Congress sought to minimize the Capitol insurrection at a House hearing on Wednesday, with statements calling pro-Trump rioters "patriots" and other lawmakers falsely denying demonstrators were supporters of the former president at all.

Driving the news: The hearing comes shortly after House Republicans voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership over her criticism of former President Trump's actions leading up to and on Jan. 6.

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Why it matters: Wednesday marked the first time that Biden has hosted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) at the White House.