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Keith Ellison domestic violence accuser posts 2017 medical document identifying Democrat as abuser

The woman who accused U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., of domestic abuse released on Wednesday what appeared to be a medical document from 2017 detailing the abuse allegedly caused by the congressman. Karen Monahan, an ex-girlfriend of Ellison, published the document on social media just days after saying the Democratic Party “smeared” her and threatened to isolate her over her allegations against the deputy of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). A doctor wrote in the medical document that Monahan “states that she was in a very stressful environment for years, emotional and physical abuse by a partner with whom she is now separated. “She identifies the individual she was involved with as Congressman Ellison, and she is worried about retribution if she identifies him publicly,” the do...

Grassley sets Friday deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to say if she will testify

Grassley sets decision deadline for Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has been told she must make up her mind about testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Friday; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is giving Christine Blasey Ford until Friday morning to say whether she will take lawmakers up on their offer to testify about her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Grassley, in a letter to Ford’s attorneys on Wednesday, set a 10 a.m. Friday deadline to respond to the invitation “if she intends to testify on Monday.” “You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story,” Grassley wrote in ...

Body recovered from being submerged in over 1,000 feet of water in Lake Tahoe

Authorities recovered the body of Chaitanya Datla, 33, over 1,000 feet in the depths of Lake Tahoe on Monday.  (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office) Authorities recovered the body of a missing man on Monday after an “unprecedented” recovery that required a remote-operated vehicle to travel 1,000 feet underwater at  Lake Tahoe.  Chaitanya Datla, 33, was found in the lake’s depths by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “This search and recovery effort was unprecedented in Lake Tahoe due to the extreme depths and the technology needed to facilitate this type of recovery,” the release said.  The body of Chaitanya Datla, 33, was found in the depths of Lake Tahoe on Monday....

Kavanaugh opposition loses steam as his accuser balks at testifying

After the nation was riveted by the Senate testimony of Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court nomination came to a vote. Democrats controlled the Senate. Joe Biden had chaired the hearings. And yet Thomas was confirmed, with 11 Democrats joining 41 Republicans to provide the margin of victory (and two Republicans voting against him). That would be inconceivable today. The hyperpartisan nature of today’s politics would never allow so many Democrats to defect in favor of a Republican president’s nominee, one who was not only extremely conservative but had faced a last-minute accusation of sexual harassment. With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination now on the line after an eleventh-hour charge of long-ago sexual assault, it’s become a cliché to say that America is a ver...

The Note: Politics flip around Kavanaugh nomination

The TAKE with Rick Klein It may be that – again, and for now – Brett Kavanaugh has a path to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. But it wasn’t supposed to play out like this. Thursday was supposed to be the day Kavanaugh was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee – a marker that promised to rally GOP voters, and put red state Democrats in the awkward position of explaining why they might vote no. Now, that’s delayed, and also reversed. Democrats have become newly energized in the stop Kavanaugh effort – messaging that dovetails with the pro-women messaging they’ve long been pushing in the midterms. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced her opposition to Kavanaugh, despite the tough race she’s locked in. If the committee and then the Senate moves ahead on Kavanaugh without hearing fro...

A year later, Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria

For over 16 hours on Sept. 20, 2017, an island of more than 3 million people was battered by the Category 4-hurricane-force winds and rain of Maria. The toll taken on Puerto Rico became evident immediately: total destruction of an electrical grid and telecommunication services, and an economic cost of nearly $140 billion. But it was the human toll that took the longest to grasp. “I said we all have some sort of PTSD. It’s a trauma. It’s not, it’s not a shock, it’s a trauma,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told ABC News on Wednesday. Death by heart attack, flying debris, suicide — those were among the earliest causes after the storm. Outflows of information became close to impossible in the days after the storm, yet anecdotes of those who died rev...

Chevy Chase slams SNL: ‘Worst f—— humor in the world’

Chevy Chase slammed “Saturday Night Live” recently, telling The Washington Post that it has “the worst f—— humor in the world.”  (Getty Images) Former “Saturday Night Live” star Chevy Chase slammed the late night show and creator Lorne Michaels in an interview published Wednesday for “the worst f—— humor in the world.” Speaking to The Washington Post, the 74-year-old Chase, one of SNL’s original cast members, said that while he didn’t want to offend Michaels or the show’s current cast, he’s “amazed Lorne has gone so low.” EMMY AWARDS ROASTED FOR MOCKING MIDDLE AMERICA, RATINGS HIT ALL-TIME LOW “I just couldn’t f—— believe it,” Chase said of the current s...

Grassley demands Feinstein turn over letter from Kavanaugh accuser: ‘I cannot overstate how disappointed I am’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Wednesday unloaded a torrent of criticism on Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her handling of the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling the ranking Democrat on the committee, “I cannot overstate how disappointed I am.” Saying Feinstein “chose to sit on the allegations until a politically opportune moment,” Grassley demanded she immediately turn over an unredacted copy of the letter from Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, that Feinstein received July 30.  Feinstein, D-Calif., shared the letter with federal authorities and other senators only last week, days before a key Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, after a leak about the letter was ...

North Korea’s offer of concessions comes with a catch for US

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un raise their hands after watching the mass games performance of “The Glorious Country” at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP) WASHINGTON –  A better-than-expected outcome of the summit between the two Koreas immediately kick-started stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, boosting President Donald Trump’s high-stakes push to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons by the end of his first term in office. But it left open a burning question: Will the concessions North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is offering be enough to persuade the U.S. to meet any of his demands? Trump, characteristically, hailed the result of the ta...

Oregon candidate Amanda La Bell bows out over false claims about university degree: reports

Amanda La Bell, who was accused of making a false statement about her education in the official Oregon voter guide, has dropped out of an Oregon state legislative race.  (The Bulletin via Associated Press) An American Working Families Party candidate quit an Oregon state legislative race Wednesday amid false claims about her university degree, according to reports.  Amanda La Bell, 41, dropped out of the race for House District 54 in Bend, Ore., the Oregonian reported, citing an announcement from the party. Her departure gives a boost to Republicans’ hopes of keeping the House District 54 seat, the Oregonian reported. “We are sorry that Bend voters will no longer have an opportunity to vote for a State Representative who can effectively fight for issues impacting Oregon’s working fam...

Cody Wilson, man behind controversial 3-D printed gun, accused of sex assault

Cody Wilson, the Texas man behind the controversial 3-D printed gun, is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile female, according to a police affidavit obtained by Fox News. Austin police said they conducted a forensic interview in late August with a juvenile who said she was sexually assaulted by Wilson after meeting him on a website called SugarDaddyMeet.com, the affidavit stated. Wilson had not been arrested in connection with the accusation as of Wednesday afternoon. Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer told The Associated Press that the department is working with national and international law enforcement to locate Wilson, who missed a scheduled flight back to the U.S. from Taiwan. Officer said that a friend of the girl told Wilson before he left for Taiwan that police were investigatin...

The Story w/ Martha MacCallum – Wednesday, September 19

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