The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Paper Chase

A wall of boxes representing the documents Senate Democrats are requesting related to Brett Kavanaugh.
A wall of empty cardboard boxes labeled “Kavanaugh Files” was erected as a backdrop for a news conference by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill.

Written by Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2) and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal)

Today in 5 Lines

  • At a White House press conference, national-security officials warned that Russia is still targeting U.S. elections.

  • Pope Francis made opposition to the death penalty an official teaching of the Catholic Church.

  • The National Archives told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley that it can’t fill his request for documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the end of October, which could significantly delay his confirmation.

  • In a reversal of Obama-era policies, the White House announced a plan to freeze some of the strictest federal regulations on automobile fuel efficiency.

  • Apple’s stock-market value briefly hit $1 trillion, making it the first company ever to be worth that much money.

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