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July 10, 2018

7-10-2018 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clintonto replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is set to retire. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who leads a slim Republican majority and has expressed concerns about Kavanaugh’s path to confirmation, called him a “superb choice.” (The New York Times)
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and more than half a dozen other Democrats announced their opposition to Kavanaugh soon after after Trump’s announcement. It is not clear if the Democratic caucus will be completely united behind his position: The votes of three Democrats who voted for Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, and are up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin – are in play. (Bloomberg)
  • A federal judge in Los Angeles rejected the administration’s attempt to indefinitely detain immigrant children caught crossing the border illegally with their parents. The order was a blow to the Justice Department’s effort to modify a 1997 settlement, known as the Flores settlement, that sets rules for how the government can deal with immigrant children in its custody. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Attorneys general in 10 states and Washington, D.C., have launched an investigation into contracts at fast-food restaurant chains that prevent workers from switching franchises. The group – led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) – plans to send letters to eight fast-food companies requesting information about “no-poaching” agreements that some economists say negatively impact wages for millions of American workers. (The Washington Post)

by Eli Yokley

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