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Morning brief: McConnell vows to get Gorsuch confirmation done this week

A fair and balanced debate over the likelihood of Senate republicans to use the 'nuclear option' to overcome a democratic filibuster.

 

SCOTUS SENATE SHOWDOWN

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed on “Fox News Sunday” that Judge Neil Gorsuch would be confirmed this week despite the possibility of not having the 60 votes needed to confirm him in the Senate. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Gorsuch would not get the votes and called on President Trump to meet with Democrats and Republicans to "try to come up with a mainstream nominee." (SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEETS TO VOTE ON SENDING GORSUCH NOMINATION TO THE SENATE FLOOR AT 10 AM ET)

THE GORSUCH TALLY: WHERE SENATORS STAND ON SUPREME COURT NOMINEE

SCHUMER: GOP LIKE A ‘CAT ON TOP OF A TREE’ FEARING COMPROMISE ON SCOTUS PICK

FULL COVERAGE OF GORSUCH CONFIRMATION

TWO KILLED IN LOUISIANA TORNADO

A mother and her daughter were killed in Louisiana Sunday morning when a tornado flipped their mobile home off its foundation. The National Weather Service said a twister with peak winds of 110 mph traveled nearly a mile on the ground in the Breaux Bridge community. Gov. John Bel Edwards put the state on “high alert” and urged people to keep their phones charged and to look out for weather alerts. (FOX NEWS’ WILL CARR WILL BE LIVE WITH UPDATES FROM BREAUX BRIDGE, LA AT 7 AM ET)

VIDEO:  SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN US

KUSHNER MAKES SURPRISE TRIP TO IRAQ

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, made a surprise appearance in Iraq, a White House aide told Fox News late Sunday. Kushner was invited by the chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford and reportedly wanted to see the Iraq situation for himself and pledge support for the Iraqi government. Details of his of trip were not immediately released. Trump had previously praised Kushner as someone who could produce peace in the Middle East.

TRUMP READY TO ADDRESS NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR PROGRAM WITH OR WITHOUT CHINA

WATCH: GUTFELD’S HILARIOUS SPOOF OF A RACHEL MADDOW ‘EXCLUSIVE’ RUSSIA REPORT

SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY: THE TRUTH ABOUT SCHUMER, DEMOCRATS AND GORSUCH

Judge Gorsuch’s testimony, and the testimony of witnesses who actually know him, creates a dilemma for anybody desperately searching for a reason to vote oppose his nomination. Because if you’re voting on qualifications and not politics, it’s an easy yes.

JASON ALDEAN SHINES AT ACM AWARDS

It was a big night for Jason Aldean who was named entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Aldean performed early on with the other nominees, including Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, at the opening of the show and closed the night strong with his major win. “Thank you fans for letting me do what I do every night,” he said at the end of the show. “Love you mom, fans, country radio, everybody -- thank you guys.”

SAM HUNT WEARS ENGAGEMENT RING AT ACM AWARDS

RAELYNN SPORTS SEE THROUGH DRESS AT ACMS, TALKS CAREER EVOLUTION

COMING UP ON FNC

11:00 am ET: Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies focusing on North Korea, will join “Happening Now.”

11:50 am ET: President Trump welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in the West Wing entrance. Watch Fox News Channel for live updates of their meeting.

2:30 am ET: Press Secretary Sean Spicer will have a briefing. Watch Fox News Channel for live updates.