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by TrumpShop.Net on Sep 05, 2018

With help from Victoria Colliver and Paul Demko President Donald Trump has weakened health and safety protections for workers, and a new coalition seeks to advance association health plans. Story Continued Below But first: Judge Brett Kavanaugh prepares to take his turn in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hot seat this week. WELCOME BACK: IT’S (FINALLY) BRETT KAVANAUGH WEEK — The Judiciary Committee will begin multi-day confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh, who could pull the nation’s high court to the right for a generation. Democrats are zeroing in on Kavanaugh’s health care views, given that he could determine the fate of abortion rights, the social safety net and Obamacare itself, possibly within months, POLITICO’s Adam Cancryn writes. More. — Democrats’ goal: To box Kavanaugh into committing to preserve the Affordable Care Act and access to abortion. Or, failing that, to get the 53-year-old appellate court justice to validate Democrats’ fear he’d vote to wipe them out — a reveal they hope would prompt a wave of public outcry and the additional two Senate votes needed to sink President Donald Trump’s nominee. — Chuck Grassley’s warning: The Judiciary Committee chairman says that Democrats shouldn’t be trying to secure guarantees on hypothetical court challenges. “[I]t is entirely improper for a senator to vote for or against a judicial nominee, in exchange for the nominee’s promised vote on a future case,” Grassley writes in a USA Today op-ed. — Advocates mobilize: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will join Planned Parenthood, NARAL, National Partnership for Women & Families and other health care organizations on a press call this morning. Their goal: To focus on the people and patients who would be affected if abortion rights, the ACA and other protections are rolled back by the court. — Watch the livestream: The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. Expect opening arguments and witness testimony to dominate the first day. And listen to POLITICO’s bonus “Pulse Check” episode on what to watch this week. THIS IS TUESDAY PULSE — Where we hope you’re buckled up: Summer vacation is over, Congress is back and the two-month sprint to the midterm elections has begun. Speaking o

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