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What 'Nuclear Option' Means for the Supreme Court

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The Senate went nuclear today – and, in the process, seemingly blew up bipartisanship in the Capitol. The decision to do away with filibusters for Supreme Court nominees was contentious, even among Republican lawmakers. Bloomberg political reporter Justin Sink explains that the legislative win for President Trump comes with a high price: “The long-term implication of the rule change is a further erosion of the Senate’s historic role as the legislative cooling saucer – a place where tradition and careful deliberation are supposed to ease the partisan fervor on legislation sent from the House.” The Senate is expected to confirm Trump’s high court pick, Neil Gorsuch, Friday. He will fill a seat that has been vacant for more than a year. — Katie Robertson

Senate Republicans force a historic rule change to advance Gorsuch. The GOP’s “nuclear option” rule change in the Senate means Gorsuch and all future Supreme Court nominees can be confirmed with a simple majority vote and will no longer face a 60-vote hurdle. The move could put more ideologically extreme justices in the court.

Nunes recused himself from the House Intelligence Russia inquiry. The Committee chair stepped down, at least temporarily, after complaints he may have disclosed classified information. It means the Senate’s Russia probe, by default, has become the main event.  Bloomberg Businessweek examines how the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election will unfold.  

Trump’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping is the first real test of his campaign promises to win negotiations with America’s chief economic and military rival. The world’s most important international relationship could hinge above all on what kind of rapport Trump and Xi can build during the meetings in Mar-a-Lago on Thursday and Friday.

Right now is the best time to buy your dream car. Auto sales are slowing, assembly lines are still humming, and cars and trucks are stacking up at dealerships. Buyers who have long yearned for a Cadillac CTS or a Chevrolet Corvette may find they have outsize sway at dealerships.

What’s the maker of Post-it Notes doing in the ankle monitor business? Answer: struggling. 3M is the leading manufacturer of the GPS monitors, but nonstop technology glitches are seeing people wrongfully jailed and driving law enforcement crazy with false alarms.

Your private tax info is going cheaply on the Dark Web. Identity theft is costly for victims, but for cybercriminals, it can be a bargain. The fruits of all successful phishing attempts wind up on the Dark Web, where scammers can cheaply buy tax-filing information that, unlike credit card data, never expires.

The border wall is already giving up part of America. Corralling often wild terrain beneath miles of concrete isn’t easy, as can be seen in these photos of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas between tiny Peñitas and Brownsville,  the last major town before land gives way to the Gulf of Mexico. Cordoned off from the rest of the U.S., these patches between the fence and the river have sprouted their own ecosystems.

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