Chief Congressional Correspondent, @CNN. Roaming the Capitol halls, covering the Hill and politics. Die-hard Chicago sports fan. Wisconsin Badger for life.

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Dick Durbin, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee: “I look forward to moving the President’s nominee expeditiously through the Committee.”
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Graham, who voted for Sotomayor and Kagan, says: “Elections have consequences, and that is most evident when it comes to fulfilling vacancies on the Supreme Court.”
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Schumer: “President Biden’s nominee will receive a prompt hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and will be considered and confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed.”
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Dems start off with good chance of getting Breyer's replacement confirmed. Since GOP changed filibuster rules on SCOTUS nominees in 2017, a simple majority is all that's needed. Manchin has long deferred to presidents' nominees; Sinema tends to vote for Biden nominees
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Manchin voted for Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. He opposed Amy Coney Barrett because her confirmation vote was too close to election. Susan Collins voted for Kagan/Sotomayor. So did Lindsey Graham Murkowski voted against Kavanaugh (though she's up for re-election)
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Stephen Breyer is retiring, @wolfblitzer reports
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Wolf reports that Biden and Breyer will announce this as early as tomorrow. And Breyer won’t leave until a nominee is confirmed
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Sources confirm to @CNN @ryanobles @AnnieGrayerCNN @ZcohenCNN and me that former Mark Meadows aide Ben Williamson testified virtually in front of the 1/6. The interview was about 6-7 hours, we’re told
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The US and a handful of allies are in discussions to deploy thousands more troops to Eastern European NATO countries before any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine as a show of support in the face of Moscow's aggression, sources tell me & @jimsciutto cnn.com/2022/01/26/politics/…
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“Russia is escalating its threat toward Ukraine,” Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said today, adding, “There is no defensive justification for Russia to amass so many troops in such a short time on Ukraine’s borders. Ukraine poses no threat to Russia."
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30 years ago today 1/26/1992 Clintons on 60 Minutes to discuss Gennifer Flowers CLINTON: "Nothing out of the ordinary" KROFT: "She's alleging and has described in some detail in the supermarket tabloid what she calls a 12-year affair with you" CLINTON: "That allegation is false"
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McConnell signaled this when I asked if he had any concerns about Walker’s past. “I looked into Herschel Walker's record -- I'm entirely comfortable with him... And I think when you see his finance report, it'll be impressive as well." cnn.com/2022/01/25/politics/…
#GASEN: Herschel Walker announces raising a whopping $5.4M in the fourth quarter of 2021, putting him on track to be the leading GOP fundraiser of the quarter.
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Biden has signaled the expanded child tax credit is out bc of Manchin opposition, but group of Ds — Bennet, Brown, Booker, Warnock, Ron Wyden — pressure WH to keep it in. “Raising taxes on working families is the last thing we should do during a pandemic.” bennet.senate.gov/public/_ca…
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