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Trump complained there were too many Catholics on the Supreme Court: Michael Wolff book

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President Donald Trump noticed that most U.S. Supreme Court justices were Catholic or Jewish — and he didn’t like it, according to a new book.

The president bristled when conservative groups pushed Brett Kavanaugh for the court, where six of the justices had grown up in the Catholic Church and the other three were Jewish, according to excerpts from Michael Wolff’s new book reported by Axios.

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Trump, who was brought up Presbyterian, asked if there weren’t any WASP lawyers anymore, according to Wolff’s forthcoming book, “Siege.”

“You had all Protestants and then in a few years none,” Trump said, according to Wolff. “Doesn’t that seem strange? None at all.”

Trump then complained that he couldn’t publicly comment on that demographic shift on the court, Wolff said.

“But I can’t say, ‘I want to put a Protestant on the Court for better representation,'” Trump reportedly said. “No, you can’t say that. But I should be able to.”

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That complaint was part of a broader theme that had first come up during the Neil Gorsuch nomination, which was waiting for him upon inauguration after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hear Barack Obama’s nominee ahead of the election.

Trump complained that he was limited to choices put forward by conservative legal groups like the Federal Society, rather than putting forward one of the many attorneys he personally knew.

“Why wasn’t he being allowed to choose people he knew?” Wolff wrote. “He knew a lot of lawyers; why couldn’t he just pick one?”

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Beto O’Rourke looks to reactivate suburban strength in Texas to help Democrats win

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The photo line for Beto O’Rourke here Saturday afternoon quickly turned into something of a reunion.

“Hey, I know who you are!" a characteristically sweat-drenched O'Rourke told one supporter. After talking to another, O'Rourke yelled out to an aide: "Hey, someone who worked on the campaign wants to be plugged in again!"

The vibe was similar a day later in Plano, where O'Rourke rallied in front of signs reading, "Welcome to Beto Country," serving up nostalgia from his near-miss loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz last year. He said the Senate race was the "only reason" he got to run for president, touting the support he built in Collin, Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties before getting drowned out by cheers.

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Corey Lewandowski may use Judiciary Committee hearing to launch New Hampshire Senate run

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Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will appear before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to answer questions about incidents outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. But he may use the appearance as a way to launch his New Hampshire Senate run.

Axios reported Sunday that the former top aide to President Donald Trump is eager for a fiery exchange between him and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and other Democrats.

“Corey will use [the hearing] as part of the campaign. He will be confrontational to the Democrats. He will be totally loyal to Trump. And he will be playing to the right-wing of the party who need to unite behind him in a primary," said former New Hampshire Attorney General Thomas Rath.

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Trump flip-flops on meeting with Iran with ‘no preconditions’– then blames it on the media

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President Donald Trump went off on the "fake news media" yet again, after his own appointees announced he was willing to meet with Iran.

"The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, 'No Conditions.' That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)," Trump tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1173371482812162048

In an odd twist, Trump announced just three months ago he'd be willing to meet with no preconditions.

“Not as far as I’m concerned – no preconditions,” the president said in a Meet the Press interview. At another point in the interview, he also said: “I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear.”

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