Monday's Morning Email: Political Showdown Looms Over Gorsuch Confirmation

Republicans need five more Democrats to vote for Gorsuch to prevent a filibuster.


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WHY THE NUCLEAR OPTION IS LOOKING POSSIBLE Republicans need 8 Democrats to vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, to reach the 60 votes required to confirm him this week without the invocation of the nuclear option. So far they have three. Here’s how every Senate Democrat intends to vote. [HuffPost]

WHITE HOUSE FINISHES NORTH KOREAN RESPONSE OVERVIEWThe completion of the economic and military sanctions list was accelerated for Trump to discuss with China’s President Xi Jinping this week. [Reuters]

‘HOW UBER USES PSYCHOLOGICAL TRICKS TO PUSH ITS DRIVERS’ BUTTONS’ “Employing hundreds of social scientists and data scientists, Uber has experimented with video game techniques, graphics and noncash rewards of little value that can prod drivers into working longer and harder — and sometimes at hours and locations that are less lucrative for them.” [NYT]

PHOTOS SHOW THE AFTERMATH OF THE DEVASTATING FLOODS IN COLOMBIA Which killed over 250 people this weekend. [HuffPost]

WHY ALL THESE NATIONAL MONUMENTS WERE LIT BLUE LAST NIGHT Including the White House and Empire State Building. [HuffPost]

‘GAY MEN ARE BEING ROUNDED UP AND KILLED IN CHECHNYA’ “A Chechen spokesman denied the report, saying, ‘You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist.’” [HuffPost]


‘I’LL TAKE ANY JOB’ Meet the Syrian refugees looking for work in America. [HuffPost]

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS? When they trolled the Oscars for that best picture flub. Miranda Lambert thanked her fans for sharing in her “heartbreak” after winning Album and Female Vocalist of The Year. We could not love this Tim McGraw-Faith Hill performance any more. The Backstreet Boys apparently do country now? And here’s a full list of winners. [HuffPost]

THE BEST APRIL FOOL’S JOKES Minus how sad people were that George Takei wasn’t running for Congress. [AdWeek]

LIAM NEESON MAY HAVE JUST FOUND THE MOST LIAM NEESON ROLE As the detective who all American detectives are based on ― Philip Marlowe. [Variety]

UNC AND GONZAGA MAY BE GOING TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL But the historic upset of the women’s UConn basketball team by Mississippi State, ending their 111-game winning streak, was one for the record books. It might have been topped by South Carolina beating Mississippi State to take home the school’s first NCAA national title. [HuffPost]

CHANDLER HAS IT COMING Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau challenged Matthew Perry to a rematch of their schoolyard fight, and we’ve got to say our money’s on Trudeau. [HuffPost