5 things you need to know Tuesday

Dems get their chance to put Gorsuch under the spotlight

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face tough questioning from Democrats on Tuesday, a day after the Senate Judiciary Committee laid out the case for and against his confirmation. Democrats made clear during Monday's opening-day speeches that President Trump's attacks on judges with whom he disagrees represent a threat to the independence of the federal judiciary and criticized his method of choosing Gorsuch from a list created by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. Gorsuch, 49, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver and who is viewed as a close replica of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, will likely have to explain his legal philosophy.

Trump expected to meet with House GOP over Obamacare repeal bill

President Trump is expected to meet with Capitol Hill Republicans Tuesday in an attempt to shore up support among conservatives for their modified bill to replace the Affordable Care Act before this week's House vote. On Monday, Republicans released a modified health care bill that allows states to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients without dependents to work, as well as expanding subsidies for older people who buy coverage on the individual market. Those changes were particularly made to draw GOP support after conservative members expressed their disappointment that the original bill didn’t go far enough to undo the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

USA takes on Japan in World Baseball Classic

Team USA takes on Japan on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in the semifinal game of the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. survived a shaky start on Saturday, trailing 2-0 in the first inning against the Dominican Republic before pulling ahead for a 6-3 victory. Team USA, which has reached the championship round just once in its WBC history, hopes to bring home the gold this time. Tanner Roark of the Washington Nationals will start for the Team USA. The Netherland takes on Puerto Rico in Tuesday's other semifinal. The championship game is Wednesday night.

Ex-Penn State president's child endangerment trial gets underway

Opening statements are expected late Tuesday in the trial of a former Penn State president who is charged as an outgrowth of the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal. Graham Spanier, who was forced from the campus presidency in 2011, is accused of two counts of endangering the welfare of children and a single conspiracy charge. The charges stem from the 2001 report that Sandusky had apparently molested a boy in a team shower. Prosecutors say the failure to alert authorities allowed Sandusky — a longtime assistant football coach who is now serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing boys — to endanger others. Spanier, 68, denies any wrongdoing.

Laptops, other electronics banned as carry-ons on some flights to U.S.

Passengers flying from 10 airports in eight Middle Eastern and African countries  will be barred from bringing laptops and other large electronic devices as carry-ons as early as Tuesday. Royal Jordanian Airlines somewhat cryptically warned passengers with an announcement — in a tweet since deleted Monday — that electronic devices such as laptops, cameras and DVD players would be “strictly prohibited” in the cabin on its flights to the U.S. The restriction appears to be an enhancement of requirements in July 2014 that required travelers to turn on electronics before boarding overseas and comes after officials warned  new strategies were being developed to hide explosives on flights.

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