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Dems Who Slammed GOP Over Kavanaugh Attended Puerto Rico Trip with Cardenas

Some of the same Democrats who accused Republicans of whitewashing sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh left town during the shutdown to attend a weekend retreat in Puerto Rico organized by a senior Democrat being sued by a woman who claims he drugged and molested her when she was 16.

Pritzker’s Office Still Calculating the Cost of Raises Governor Gave to State Employees on First Day

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has yet to figure out how much the raises he announced Tuesday will cost taxpayers, though estimates from his predecessor show step increases for about 14,000 state employees could add $200 million to the state’s existing budget, which was $1.2 billion in the red last spring.

Democratic Homeland Security Chair: I Would Not Rule Out a Wall in Certain Instances

Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.) said on Sunday that he would not a rule out a border wall in certain instances.

ABC’s “This Week” host Martha Raddatz asked Thompson if he would rule out a wall in any negotiations with President Donald Trump.

Gillibrand: BuzzFeed Report Still Raises Concerns Despite Mueller Office Disputing It

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) said on Sunday that a disputed BuzzFeed report which alleged President Donald Trump directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was “more evidence” that he had obstructed justice.

ABC’s “This Week” host Martha Raddatz asked Gillibrand for her reaction to the report, which was called “not accurate” by a spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

Gillibrand on Past Immigration Views: I Did Not Think About Suffering in Other People’s Lives

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., NY) apologized for her past views on immigration during a Sunday interview on CNN’s State of the Union.

Gillibrand’s comments came in response to CNN host Jake Tapper’s questions about her criticisms of President Donald Trump’s stances on immigration.

“If Trump’s immigration positions are racist, were they racist when you held some of those positions as well?” Tapper asked.

New Ad Calls on Graham to Stand up to Democratic Bullies’

A new ad from the Judicial Crisis Network encourages Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) to face down Democrats’ “bullying” and to continue confirming President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.

The ad praises Trump for nominating judges who uphold “the rule of law and the Constitution, just as it was written.” It criticizes Senate Democrats for “bullying nominees” and shaming them “just because of their faith.”

Discourses After Livy

A detail in last September’s New Yorker profile of Mark Zuckerberg likely struck many readers as odd, odder even than the many other eccentricities of one of the world’s wealthiest men. Zuckerberg, writer Evan Osnos discovered, is obsessed with Augustus Caesar. The Facebook founder’s wife accused him of bringing the emperor along on their honeymoon in, obviously, Rome, and the couple named their second daughter August.

The Mirage of Arab Military Might

Why do Arab militaries perform so badly in war? Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, Chad’s defeat over Libya in 1987, the Islamic State’s humiliation of the Iraqi security forces—why do they lose when, by all objective measures, they should win? And when they win, why are their victories so small?

These questions are not just academic. Indeed, their answers are central to American foreign policy in the Middle East, for today and for the future.