IN OR OUT - A Senate confirmation vote is set for today on the federal judicial nominee in Texas who said that being transgender is a “delusion.” GOP Sen. Susan Collins has said she will oppose the confirmation of Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump nominee for the district that includes Dallas. Kacsmaryk currently is deputy general counsel at the First Liberty Institute, a conservative nonprofit religious organization.

IN THE WEEDS - Repeated misconduct by plaintiffs lawyers is what Monsanto says persuaded jurors to award $2 billion to a California couple in a trial over Roundup herbicide. Amanda Bronstad reports that in a bid for a new trial, Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) claims that inflammatory remarks from plaintiffs attorneys, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency having “blood on their hands” concerning its position on the safety of the ingredients in Roundup, should upend the verdict.

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