Politics

Indicted Republican Rep Dodges Court Appearance

The Buffalo News reports: Rep. Chris Collins’ next court date is set for Thursday, but the Republican from Clarence won’t be there. There’s nothing unusual about a criminal defendant seeking approval to miss a procedural court appearance, and nothing unusual about a judge granting that approval. But in this case, those moves have political implications. Collins is running for re-election ...

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Trump Huddles With Hannity & Gingrich On Midterms

Politico reports: President Donald Trump huddled Wednesday with Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to two people familiar with the plans, a meeting that was originally set to discuss midterm strategy. The meeting took place at the White House as Trump prepares a four week push to help Republicans keep control of Congress. Gingrich, who ...

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Red State Dem Joe Manchin: I Am Also A Definite Yes

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin waited until Susan Collins finished her diatribe to tweet that he too will vote “yes” in tomorrow’s final confirmation vote. That means a very likely 51-49 final vote. It’s over, folks. The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Joe Manchin split with his party Friday, vowing to support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The stunning ...

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BREAKING: Collins Will Vote To Confirm Kavanaugh

CNN reports: Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — one of four senators who has not yet said whether they will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — is expected to announce her decision on the nomination at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, a Senate source told CNN. A source close to the Senate said that the ...

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Daily Caller Taunts Sexual Assault Victims With Beer

The Daily Beast reports: Three people from conservative website The Daily Caller confronted anti-Brett Kavanaugh protesters in a Senate office building on Friday, offering alcohol to women who say they are survivors of sexual assault. One woman with a camera recorded a male host and another man holding beer asking protesters in the Hart Office Building if they like beer—a ...

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Joe Biden Appears To Ramp Up 2020 Bid Efforts

Politico reports: By the time Joe Biden decided not to run for president in 2016, many Biden loyalists had become convinced that weak fundraising and his lack of infrastructure in early primary states would have doomed him if he ran. What a difference now. One month before the 2020 presidential primary begins in earnest, Biden continues to lead in early ...

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Graham: I Once Thought Trump Would Pick Judge Judy

The Washington Post reports: “I’m always intrigued by the desire to figure out why somebody acts the way they do in public life,” Graham said, leaning back in his chair behind a large desk that made him look even smaller than his 5-foot-7 frame. Graham had just returned from reading the FBI’s written report on Kavanaugh. He’d holed himself up ...

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Flake: My Final Vote Is Yes, Unless Something Changes

Vox reports: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has announced he plans to vote to confirm embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, barring any major last-minute changes. Flake said he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend unless “something big changes,” according to NBC News reporter Alex Moe. He doesn’t anticipate anything like that: “I don’t see what would,” Flake said, adding ...

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MALAWI: Melania Greeted With “Not A Shithole” Sign

The New York Times reports: The U.S. first lady was joyously welcomed at the airport, with singing and dancing by a troupe of women and scores of schoolchildren waving African and Malawian flags. The high-pitched sounds of women vocalizing were heard at the airport and at her subsequent appearances. In southern Africa, the vocalization is often done as a celebratory ...

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Senate Advances Kavanaugh 51-49 To Final Vote

The Washington Examiner reports: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh survived a critical procedural vote in the Senate on Friday with help from Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, but his fate was still unclear as Collins said she would reveal at 3 p.m. whether she can support Kavanaugh in a final vote that’s expected in the coming days. ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Cloture Vote On Brett Kavanaugh

The Associated Press reports: The Senate is poised to take a crucial vote Friday on whether to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court as key Republican senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests that have divided the nation. “I said a few things I should not have said,” he wrote in an op-ed published ...

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Washington Post & New York Times: Vote No On Kav

From the editorial board of the Washington Post: As Senators prepare to vote this week on Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, they, and the rest of the country, must wonder: Which Brett M. Kavanaugh are they evaluating? Is it the steady, conservative jurist he was reputed to be before his confirmation saga? Or is it a partisan operative harboring ...

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Kavanaugh Pens Op-Ed: Maybe I Was Too Emotional

Last night Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh published an unprecedented op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. An excerpt: I testified before the Judiciary Committee last Thursday to defend my family, my good name and my lifetime of public service. My hearing testimony was forceful and passionate. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me. At times, ...

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“Handmaid” Narrates Anti-Jim Jordan Ad [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The Democrat running to unseat powerful Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has unleashed a campaign video that accuses him of actively working to limit the rights of women — and that is inspired by “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Titled “Before It’s Too Late,” the campaign ad by the Democrat, Janet Garrett, begins with footage of Jordan adamantly denying ...

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Retired SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens: Kavanaugh’s Temperament Is Unsuitable For The Supreme Court

The Palm Beach Post reports: Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Thursday said that high court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, who Stevens once lauded in one of his books, does not belong on the Supreme Court. Speaking to a crowd of retirees in Boca Raton, Stevens, 98, said Kavanaugh’s performance during a recent Senate confirmation hearing ...

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Amy Schumer Among Dozens Arrested At Kav Protest

USA Today reports: Amy Schumer had a hunch she would get arrested protesting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington. She was right. The comedian, 37, was among dozens of demonstrators detained in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Thursday. Earlier in the day, Schumer attended the #CANCELKAVANAUGH protest outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse. In a ...

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GOP Cancels Ads After Poll Showing Heitkamp At -12

The Washington Post reports: North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D), in a tough reelection race in her deep-red state, announced today that she would vote against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. She told local TV station WDAY that “the process was bad” and she’d be voting no. The reaction on Twitter and social media ranged from ...

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Dem Senator Says New FBI Report Is “Bullshit” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) unloaded on the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh’s background on Thursday, calling it a “bullshit” investigation that failed to speak to corroborating witnesses. In a video posted from his Twitter account, the senator slammed both the FBI and Senate Republicans, who he said “restricted” agents from speaking to necessary individuals about ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Republicans Call For Confirmation

Already underway: Senate Republicans on Thursday will hold a news conference following the release of an FBI report about allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Senators who have already seen the report said earlier in the day that the FBI did not find evidence corroborating the sexual assault allegations against him.

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Pence Accuses China Of Undermining Trump Campaign

NBC News reports: The White House is trying to make the case that China is taking new and more aggressive steps aimed at influencing U.S. elections, political debates and policies, even suggesting that Beijing wants to oust President Donald Trump. Vice President Mike Pence, in a speech Thursday, bluntly accused China of “meddling in America’s democracy” to an extent that ...

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