Hello Primates, and welcome new subscribers. Going into this week we were prepared for wall-to-wall coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings with George Papadopolous’s sentencing hearing as a coda. Who would have predicted the drama inspired by Woodward’s book, and then the mysterious op-ed? Who can predict anything anymore?
Anyway, here’s what happened in Prime:
- The judge in Paul Manafort’s Washington, D.C., trial had a few takeaways from his Virginia trial.
- Josh Marshall has some thoughts on that op-ed.
- When asked whether he believed widespread voter fraud was a problem, Brett Kavanaugh was strangely evasive.
- The Chevron Doctrine came up a lot during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. It’s a far more important and interesting concept than its legalistic-sounding name might indicate.
- We still don’t know how (or whether) Scott Pruitt justified his round-the-clock security detail.
- A case is in federal court right now that could put Obamacare’s fate in the hands of the Supreme Court — one that will likely include a future Justice Kavanaugh.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did an analysis of poll closures in the state over the last five years and found that one third of Georgia’s counties have fewer precincts now than in 2012. The Secretary of State in charge of the decision to close these precincts is running for governor.
- Josh Marshall pulled together some of his notes on George Papadopoulos’ sentencing memorandum.
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hired an outspoken critic of the Endangered Species Act as the department’s deputy assistant secretary for policy, management and budget.