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Brett Kavanaugh? Meet Senate Democrats. Senate Democrats? Meet Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court nominee meetings with minority party pick up steam

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh makes his way to a meeting with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in Hart Building on August 15, 2018. The judge has more meetings with Democrats scheduled this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was back on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a day of meetings headlined by sit-downs with a key Republican, as well as with the Senate minority leader and other high-profile Senate Democrats.

President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy met with Sen. Susan Collins Tuesday morning. The Maine Republican spent a significant amount of time reviewing the judge’s record in the weeks ahead of the meeting.

Trump’s Clean Power Rollback Helps Old Coal Plants Stay Afloat
Administration hopes to gut Obama-era regulations at the center of Paris climate agreement pledges

Donald Trump had made the rollback of Obama-era carbon emission regulations a central talking point at his rallies. (Justin Merriman/Getty Images file photo)

The Trump administration unveiled Tuesday its proposed strategy to replace the Obama administration’s signature regulation to curb climate-warming carbon emissions from the electric power sector.

For President Donald Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans, the draft proposal marks the culmination of a three-year battle to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a rulemaking finalized in 2015 that required states to devise plans to cut carbon emissions from existing coal-powered electricity plants and other high carbon-emitting energy sources.

Manafort Jury Indicates Discord on One of 18 Counts
Note to judge asked for instructions in the event of being stuck on a single charge

Jurors are in their fourth day of deliberations at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, in the bank fraud and tax evasion case against former Donald Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The jury in the tax evasion and bank loan fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appears stuck on one count, they indicated Tuesday in a note to the judge around 11 a.m.

The note included Tuesday’s date and the following message:

Democratic Internal Poll Shows Dead Heat In Georgia’s 7th District
Carolyn Bourdeaux’s slight lead against Rob Woodall within margin of error

Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., is trailing his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux, according to a poll from her campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll from Rep. Rob Woodall’s Democratic challenger shows the Republican incumbent could be losing in Georgia’s 7th District.

The poll from Carolyn Bourdeaux’s campaign conducted by Tulchin Research between August 9 and August 13 surveyed 400 likely voters from landlines and cell phones.

2020 Contender Elizabeth Warren Unveils Her Plan to Drain the Swamp
Massachusetts Democrat takes aim at Donald Trump with wide-ranging anti-corruption plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., outlined a broad anti-corruption plan on Tuesday at the National Press Club. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2020, took a page from Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign playbook Tuesday and unveiled a wide-ranging anti-corruption package that targets Washington’s swampiest activity — lobbying. 

But in doing so, the Massachusetts Democrat did not speak of “draining the swamp” — one of Trump’s 2016 campaign slogans — and she scoffed at the notion that the president has changed Washington for the better.

Rand Paul Suggests Talking to Russia About the Size of NATO
Comments follow travels to Russia and golf with Trump

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky suggested the possibility of easing some sanctions on Russia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul floated the possibility of a dialogue with Russia about keeping NATO from further expanding its umbrella into Eastern Europe.

The Kentucky Republican, who recently returned from a trip to Russia for meetings with Russian lawmakers, suggested that the country’s leaders may have fears of NATO seeking to go as far as expanding into Georgia and Ukraine.

Wyoming, Alaska Hold Primaries Tuesday
A member of GOP Senate leadership is facing a primary

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., has a handful of primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in Wyoming and Alaska will pick their parties’ nominees on Tuesday, including in one race featuring a member of Senate Republican leadership.

The general election races are not expected to be competitive. But the primaries will set the matchups in one of the few states where Republicans are defending a Senate seat, and in a race involving the most senior House Republican.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Budd’s coffee, Grijalva’s new library and museum bill and Costa on the drums

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Rally Will Mark Tipping Point for Trump-Manchin Relationship
President has pulled punches before for vulnerable Democratic senator

President Donald Trump and Sen. Joe Manchin III pose together at the White House in December. (Sen. Joe Manchin via Twitter)

Donald Trump gave West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey a boost Tuesday morning, hours before the president is to return to the state for a rally targeting Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both visited the Mountain State for events aimed at firing up the conservative base and convincing swing voters their agenda needs the state’s GOP attorney general to replace Manchin. That is the message the president is again expected to deliver at a rally in Charleston.

Giffords Backing New Jersey Republican Lance’s Re-Election Bid
Former Democratic congresswoman and gun control advocate endorses Lance over stance on guns

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, is greeted by, from left, Reps. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a ceremony in the Capitol in November to name the House Democratic Cloakroom in honor of Giffords and the late Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., who were victims of gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords is backing Rep. Leonard Lance in his bid for for a sixth term in New Jersey.

It’s a notable endorsement because it crosses party lines: Giffords, one of the nation’s leading gun control advocates and a former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, vacated her seat in 2012 after she was shot in 2011 in an apparent assassination attempt.