The Agenda: Upstate pols prepping for societal collapse; Columbia firm appears in ethics inquiry; Graham and committee questioning Gorsuch

"John Birch Society meets prepper-culture"

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Judge Neil Gorsuch is answering questions for members of the U.S. Senate today - C-SPAN
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Must read from new P&C political reporter Andrew Brown: "Two South Carolina lawmakers prepping survivalist communities to 'restore the fabric of America'"

The P&C reports on the swirl of political money and loose ethics laws that have figured large within an ongoing S.C. ethics investigation of the state legislature, a series of allegations that could take the shine off state Republicans which dominate the General Assembly. One consulting firm that has been named in indictments of S.C. Sen. John Courson last week and S.C. Rep. Jim Merrill is a business led by state legislator Richard Quinn. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Quinn client, has expressed support for the politico and his office says he's received no "kickbacks," as The State put it. Source: P&C, The State

Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing is underway right now before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will likely feature questioning from U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. Source: NYT, C-Span

Jim DeMint, the former U.S. senator who resigned to lead the Heritage Foundation, said on CNN's State of the Union that "not much would surprise" him when asked if President Barack Obama committed an impeachable offense in illegally wiretapping Trump Tower. The DeMint-led group has been an especially influential force over crafting President Donald Trump's initial White House budget. Source: P&C, Politico

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, also a former S.C. lawmaker, discussing Republican efforts to replace Obamacare on 'Face the Nation' yesterday, threw out the premise of the Affordable Care Act's compulsory 'mandate' requiring all Americans to buy health insurance. Mulvaney: ""The only way to get truly universal care is to throw people in jail if they don't have it. And we are not going to do that." Source: The Hill

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