Jul 12, 2018

Anti-abortion group targets 6 red-state Dems on Supreme Court nominee

The pressure is on for Democrats to vote for Trump's SCOTUS nominee. Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images

The Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, is releasing six ads today pressuring red-state Democratic senators to "protect life" by voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Why it matters: The heightened attention on these Democratic senators makes them even more vulnerable ahead of the midterm election.

The details: This is part of the group's $3 million campaign to help confirm Judge Kavanaugh, which started 12 hours after he was announced. The ads target Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, Doug Jones, Joe Manchin, Bill Nelson and Claire McCaskill.

  • Each digital ad is 15 seconds and will be shared through a peer-to-peer texting campaign.
  • SBA List held press conferences earlier this week outside of Sens. Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin's offices in their home states. They're planning more in-state press conferences throughout the summer.

Go deeper: The 2018 view on abortion from the right.

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Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

Nancy Pelosi on Feb. 16. Photo: Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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Judge sets "scheduling" conference call ahead of Roger Stone sentencing

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a Feb. 18 "scheduling" conference call in the Roger Stone case, two days before the former Trump associate is set to be sentenced.

Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.