The Morning Dispatch: The Plot to Kill a Supreme Court Justice

Happy Thursday! On this day in 1953, Sen. Joseph McCarthy was busy accusing yet another person of harboring Communist connections when a lawyer cut him off. “You’ve done enough,” Joseph Welch said. “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

The audience literally burst into applause, and McCarthy’s popularity evaporated more or less overnight.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was targeted in an apparent assassination attempt in the early hours of Wednesday morning, federal police said Wednesday. A California man allegedly purchased firearms and traveled to the D.C. area with the intent of killing Kavanaugh and himself, but changed his mind and turned himself in after a brush with law enforcement outside Kavanaugh’s house. In the wake of the attempt, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urged the House to move forward on legislation passed by the Senate last month that would beef up federal protection for SCOTUS justices and their families. 

  • Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that a Department of Justice team would review local law enforcement’s response to last month’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Local police have come under intense scrutiny for their response to the attack, which included waiting outside for more than an hour as the shooter barricaded himself in a classroom with children, temporarily detaining frantic parents who wanted to go in and get to their children, and lying about the sequence of events afterward. 

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