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With the ferocious backdrop of tomorrow's Kavanaugh and Rosenstein drama, a personal history project called StoryCorps will seat bipartisan pairs of senators, members of Congress, staffers, political strategists and D.C. personalities to record introspective interviews about what they love, hate, fear and wonder.

The details: A forthcoming release says the program, One Small Step, encourages answers to questions like,"What is most hurtful to you about what people across the political divide say about people on your side and in your life," and "Can you think of any traits you admire in people on the other side of the political divide?"

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay: "[T]his week may be the hardest time in recent history to launch an effort to bridge political differences. ... But this state of affairs is exactly why we're convinced that now is time for One Small Step."

  • The StoryCorps MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer transformed into a traveling recording booth, crisscrosses the country year-round to gather stories.
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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

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Why it matters: The decision states that an early end — on Sept. 30, instead of Oct. 31 — would likely produce inaccuracies and thus impact political representation and government funding around the country.

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