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A new Quinnipiac poll is spelling bad news for President Donald Trump.

The university—which has an A- rating on FiveThirtyEight—indicates that top Democrats would defeat Trump in a general election were it held today.

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One of the few bipartisan values still left is that any soldier who would risk their life to defend the United States is a hero. But for many on the right wing, that reverence for troops doesn't extend to the thousands of transgender people who have served in the United States military.

Presidential candidate and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) recently decried President Donald Trump's ban on transgender service members, hailing them as heroes "just like all other servicemembers risking their lives for our country."

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Not everything is about rivalry: two Democrats with intentions to run for president just tweeted each other messages of support and respect, reminding us that there's still some good in the world of politics.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a slightly tongue-in-cheek message to Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Sunday, saying "It’s one thing for you to talk about the dignity of work, but to be willing to lose your voice to sound like me while doing it, that shows real commitment," adding "Fighting for the dignity of work is how we should govern and it’s how we win in 2020."

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The tempestuous confirmation hearing of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been peppered with protests and points of order. Among the chief criticisms from Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee is the concealment of thousands of Kavanaugh's documents from his time as Staff Secretary during the George W. Bush administration.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were permitted to view the documents, but they were forbidden from disclosing their contents outside of the committee. Democratic senators repeatedly called for the release of these "committee confidential" documents until lawyers for Bush and the Department of Justice relented on certain documents Wednesday night.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks during the second day of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

During the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing this morning, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced his intention to “knowingly violate” Senate rules by releasing an email from when Brett Kavanaugh served under President George W. Bush, which shows Kavanaugh supported racial profiling by police.

"No Senate rule and no history of the Senate accounts for what is going on right now," Booker said, saying that he is prepared to engage in "civil disobedience" with the understanding that the penalty could be a "potential ousting from the Senate."

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On Monday night, President Donald Trump announced his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Prior to the announcement, issues with Kavanaugh had been raised based on his judicial record and an article he wrote in 2009.

After the announcement by Trump, several prominent Democratic senators, many of whom appear to be looking toward the 2020 presidential race, came out strongly against Kavanaugh. Among them are New Jersey Senator Cory Booker who stated on Twitter:

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Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) railed into Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen after she insisted before a panel of senators that she did not hear President Donald Trump refer to African nations as “shitholes” or asking why the U.S. needs more Haitian residents when it could have more from Norway even though she was in the room at the time.

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