Kavanaugh accuser, Senate panel agree to more details: Thursday hearing will be open

The California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her has reached agreement with the Senate Judiciary Committee on some details of her upcoming testimony, including that she will testify at 10 a.m. Thursday in an open hearing. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys issued a statement Sunday after achieving what they described as “important progress on our call this morning with Senate Judiciary Committee staff members.” “Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” the lawyers’ statement reads.

What to expect from President Trump at the UN General Assembly

It was at last year’s United Nations General Assembly that President Donald Trump launched a verbal assault on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, chiding him as a “Rocket Man … on a suicide mission for himself,” and made a dramatic debut with blunt talk about putting “America first” over multilateral cooperation. But when he attends this year’s United Nations General Assembly this week — in what will be his second time attending the gathering of heads of state as president — Trump returns as a known quantity. “Last year, there was a tremendous amount of uncertainty about what President Trump would be like and what he would do and how to talk to him,” Jon Alterman, the director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Middle East program said. “I think pe...

Top Dem on Kavanaugh accuser’s credibility: ‘What in the hell did she have to gain?’

A top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault is “a credible witness” who has been subject to death threats since coming forward with her allegation. “I think Dr. Ford has come forward understanding what she was going to face,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said of Christine Blasey Ford to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “I think it really speaks to her credibility at this moment. What in the hell did she have to gain by doing this?” “At this point, she’s faced death threats. Her family has been moved out of their home. They’re worried about the safety of their children. They’re worried about security at the hearing,” the Illinois senator sai...

Congressman’s siblings support opposing candidate in stunning political ad

Most political ads follow a familiar formula: tout accomplishments, public testimonials and wrap with the mandatory message of endorsement. Arizona congressional candidate David Brill’s ad is no different — until those criticizing his opponent reveal their last names. Brill is embroiled in a contentious fight against incumbent Rep. Paul Gosar, who represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District. But he won’t for much longer if his siblings have anything to say about it. Brill unveiled a stunning campaign ad on Friday in which Gosar’s own brothers and sisters come out in support of the Democrat — six of them. The ad seems like a run-of-the-mill spot, with six Arizonans knocking Gosar’s bonafides and calling for voters to support Brill. “Paul G...

Media overjoyed with Obama, tough on Trump

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Eric Shawn: Iran, #1 on the terrorism list

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What to expect from the UN General Assembly

President Trump joins dozens of world leaders in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly, a jam-packed series of diplomatic meetings and speeches. It’s no longer Trump’s first time at the U.N., so the questions of what kind of impact he’ll have on this world stage have evaporated. But they’ve been replaced by what could be a dramatic week of jockeying in a world disrupted by Trump, with both American allies and adversaries scrambling to reshape relationships and fend for themselves. It’s also a world largely more peaceful, but torn apart in different regions by civil wars and ethnic violence, with humanitarian crises and the largest number of displaced people and refugees at any time in recent history. World leaders and international organiz...

Reagan daughter Patti Davis alleges harrowing sexual assault

President Ronald Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, alleges in an op-ed that she was raped some 40 years ago and didn’t speak of it for decades, defending the woman who recently came forward accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers. “I never told anyone for decades — not a friend, not a boyfriend, not a therapist, not my husband when I got married years later,” Davis, a 65-year-old author, wrote in the op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post. “It doesn’t surprise me one bit that for more than 30 years, Christine Blasey Ford didn’t talk about the assault she remembers, the one she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of committing.” Her op-ed was published just hours after President Donald Tr...

Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify before Senate committee next week

Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Certain details appear to remain outstanding, including which day Ford will testify — Thursday, as she had asked for, or Wednesday, which the committee chairman wanted. Ford’s lawyers also asked that no outside counsel be allowed to question their client, a reference to GOP members possibly hiring legal staff — likely women — to question Ford. Many Republicans are concerned about the optics of an all-male GOP panel questioning Ford. The email went on to criticize the committee for its proposed conditions as set forward Friday — including a plan to hold a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh on Monday i...

Pence boasts support for embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Despite the political theatre surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation process, Vice President Mike Pence’s support for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick has not wavered. “I believe that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will soon be Justice Brett Kavanaugh and take his seat on the Supreme Court of the United States of America,” he said to the crowd at the Values Voter Summit Saturday. Invoking a similar declaration that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made from the same stage Friday — in which he said, “In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court” — Pence electrified the crowd to their feet. The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination last Thursday and send it for a full v...

WH circulates draft executive order on policing social media

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Parenting panel reacts to Kavanaugh controversy

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