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Republicans add two women to Senate Judiciary Committee

Joni Ernst (left) and Marsha Blackburn (right)
Joni Ernst (left) and Marsha Blackburn (right). Photos: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Senate Republicans announced on Thursday that Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will be added to the Judiciary Committee for the 116th Congress.

Why it matters: There were previously no Republican women serving on the committee. This became a source of controversy during the confirmation hearings for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, when Republicans were forced to hire a female prosecutor to question Christine Blasey Ford, who had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teenager.

Epic year: Living history in 2018

A pair of hands chiseling out 2018 in Roman numerals
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

We've listed 32 of the momentous events we lived through in 2018, as told on the front page of The New York Times.

Why it matters: During many of the peaks and troughs of history, the people living it didn't fully realize what was unfolding. But we all know we're navigating breathtaking history: Nearly every day could be — maybe will be — a book.

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