Your Evening Briefing
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut called the process "a charade and a mockery of our norms." Republican John Cornyn of Texas accused Democrats of trying to impose "mob rule." Protesters in the audience repeatedly interrupted the proceedings as well, and more than 20 were removed by Capitol police officers. The confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has begun.
Here are today's top stories
House Republicans had planned to use a second phase of tax cuts to force Democrats into a difficult vote ahead of mid-term elections. Now, party leaders may drop the effort.
President Donald Trump's effort to force Canada into signing on to a new Nafta on his terms is facing new hurdles thanks to growing opposition at home.
An upcoming book by Bob Woodward says Trump's chief of staff privately called Trump an "idiot" and aides plucked sensitive documents off the president's desk to keep him from taking rash actions.
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What's Joe Weisenthal thinking about? The Bloomberg news director is keeping an eye on advertising giant WPP. Company shares were slammed on Tuesday, after it reported results showing profit margins continuing to get squeezed by competition from Amazon, Google and Facebook.
What you'll need to know tomorrow
- Detroit's hubris means now is a great time to buy a new car.
- The incoming CEO of Goldman Sachs spun music at a beach party over the weekend.
- Mercedes is rolling out its first battery-powered vehicles to challenge Tesla.
- It's earnings season, also known as Wall Street's 30 days of hell.
- U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to YouTube and Netflix.
- Former Republican Senator Jon Kyl will fill John McCain's seat in the Senate.
- The trader who shattered UBS now faces his own reckoning.
What you'll want to read tonight
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has a quarter-billion dollars in assets—far more than the National Rifle Association Foundation. Most of that money comes from the continuing generosity of the federal government, which allows the CMP to sell the U.S. Army's cast-off weapons. What does it do with the profits? It teaches kids to participate in gun culture.
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