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The White House on Wednesday announced President Trump's slate of judicial nominees to serve on California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why it matters: The influential and mostly liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court, which oversees the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii, has consistently thwarted many of the president’s signature policies. The court's most notable acts include blocking Trump's travel ban order, declining to delay an injunction to enforce the transgender military ban and ruling that the government cannot withhold funds from sanctuary cities.

Driving the news: Axios' Alayna Treene reported earlier Wednesday that there has been growing scrutiny among conservatives who argue that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone's negotiations with Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris were slowing the fast-paced confirmation process, which has yielded a record number of conservative federal judge appointments.

Details: The appeals court nominees include Daniel Collins, Kenneth Kiyul Lee and Patrick Bumatay. The nominees for district judgeships in California include Mark Scarsi, Jeremy Rosen, Stanley Blumenfeld and Patrick Bumatay.

Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement:

"We are deeply disappointed that the White House has chosen to re-nominate Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee to the Ninth Circuit. ... In fact, we even identified candidates selected by the White House we could support to demonstrate our willingness to work cooperatively. Unfortunately, the White House is moving forward with three nominees to a circuit court who have no judicial experience."

Go deeper: Trump's judicial agenda takes center stage with House flip

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Capitol repairs, security top $30M since Jan. 6 attacks

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The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton on Wednesday said that repairs and security expenses related to the Jan. 6 insurrection have already cost more than $30 million.

The state of play: Congressional appropriations committees have allocated the $30 million for repairs and perimeter fencing around the Capitol building through March 31, per NPR.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

White House stands by imperiled Tanden nomination after Senate panel postpones hearing

Neera Tanden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

The latest: Asked Wednesday afternoon whether Tanden has offered to withdraw her nomination, Psaki told reporters, "That’s not the stage we’re in." She noted that it's a "numbers game" and a "matter of getting one Republican" to support the nomination.

Acting Capitol Police chief: Officers were unsure of lethal force rules on Jan. 6

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in prepared remarks for a House hearing on Thursday that officers in her department were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: Capitol Police did deploy lethal force on Jan. 6 — shooting and killing 35-year-old Ashli Babbit — but have faced questions over why officers appeared to be less forceful against pro-Trump rioters than participants in previous demonstrations, including those over Black Lives Matter and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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