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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) talks to a reporter on his way to a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 11, 2018. Some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees have been deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association, and others have proved racially divisive, but that hasn’t necessarily stopped them from reaching the bench. Flake said the party is “writing ourselves into irrelevancy if we don’t appeal to a broader electorate.” (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)