Hello Prime readers. The week ends with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as good as confirmed, cementing a conservative majority in one of the three branches of federal government for decades. Looking ahead to next week, we’re entering an all-out sprint by candidates (and the journalists who follow them) ahead of the midterm elections.
Here’s what happened in Prime.
- Josh Marshall is collecting thoughts and analysis about the upcoming midterms, including Kavanaugh’s potential impact on them, in a series of posts. Here’s the first, and here’s the second.
- Tierney Sneed documented the dramatic scene in the Senate chamber during the cloture vote on Brett Kavanaugh.
- There’s a fight playing out over whether Wilbur Ross will be forced to sit for a deposition.
- Republicans talked a lot about “the politics of personal destruction” this week, a phrase they borrowed from none other than Bill Clinton.
- Two figures we’ve come to know from the Russia probe were also involved in the Brett Kavanaugh fight.
- On Monday, Kate Riga compiled a list of people from Brett Kavanaugh’s past who were speaking out against the nominee. In a separate post, Josh Marshall dove into some of their stories.
- Last week, Allegra Kirkland’s feature story looked at the push to restore voting rights to most felons in Florida. This week, she spoke with a Florida felon who believes the ballot measure doesn’t go far enough.
- Two hundred members of Congress can continue with an emoluments lawsuit against President Donald Trump, a federal judge ruled.
- On Tuesday, Tierney Sneed ran through the specific Senate rules and procedures that Republicans had to keep track of while pushing through the nomination, and the timeline we could expect for the nomination to advance. On Thursday, David Kurtz did the same.
- Four white supremacists were charged this week with rioting in Charlottesville — using a law that, ironically, was originally used to target leftists and civil rights activists.
- Brett Kavanaugh sometimes went by “Bart.”
- Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to take a stand and vote against Kavanaugh. She later explained to reporters, Caitlin MacNeal writes, that her decision was about more than the nominee. It was about fairness to sexual assault survivors overall. Alaska has the highest rate of reported rapes in the country, and the popular Senator was flooded with calls and messages from survivors.
- We logged where key senators stood on Kavanaugh as our reporters on the Hill tried to pin them down. Then we tracked how they voted.
- Caitlin wrote the details of what we knew about the FBI report, including who was and was not interviewed.
- Mueller’s investigation may be narrowing its focus.