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Combination images of Rep. Mo Brooks and former President Trump. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President Trump on Wednesday endorsed Rep. Mo Brooks' campaign for U.S. Senate in Alabama, saying in a statement that "few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT" as the congressman.

Why it matters: Both Brooks and rival candidate Lynda Blanchard, a businesswoman and Trump's former ambassador to Slovenia, had pushed hard to win the endorsement of Trump, who won 60% of the vote in Alabama in the 2020 presidential election.

  • Blanchard described herself as a "proud member of the MAGA movement" in a campaign ad last month, Politico notes.
  • But former Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) told CNN, "With President Trump's endorsement, it's clearly Mo's race to lose."

For the record: Brooks is a Trump loyalist who objected to the certification of President Biden's election win and helped organize the rally against the results held before the U.S. Capitol insurrection in January.

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Stephen Breyer says packing Supreme Court could diminish public trust

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Tuesday said efforts to expand the court's bench could damage public faith in the institution, stating that Americans rely on "a trust that the court is guided by legal principle, not politics," the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Former President Trump appointed three of the Court's nine justices — likely giving it a conservative bent for decades to come. Some Democrats have proposed expanding the court to balance the playing field.

Trump: Georgia voting law doesn't go far enough

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Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday wrote in a statement that it was "too bad" that the GOP-sponsored law restricting voter access in Georgia "didn't go further."

Why it matters: The law has garnered widespread condemnation from civil rights activists, Democrats, and more than 100 businesses and CEOs for instituting stricter ID requirements and limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, among other restrictions.

Instagram's boss faces Congress' questions on harm to teens

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The head of Instagram will find himself in Congress' crosshairs for the first time Wednesday in the one area lawmakers have shown they are willing to pass tech regulations — protecting youngsters online.

Why it matters: Republicans and Democrats have found common ground in grilling tech companies on how their products harm children, especially after revelations in The Wall Street Journal about Instagram's potential harm to the mental health of teen girls.