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  • #DearProfessorFord: Actresses support Brett Kavanaugh's accuser ahead of hearings

    09/20/2018 9:00:02 PM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    mashable ^ | Sept. 19, 2013 | Shannon Connellan
    Hollywood actresses and women from around the U.S., some being key members of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, have shown their support for Christine Blasey Ford.... Now, the likes of Julianne Moore, America Ferrera, Gabrielle Union, Amber Tamblyn, Eva Longoria, Jamia Wilson, and Marisa Tomei, along with many other women from different situations, all read the same supportive letter to Ford, in a video posted to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday with the hashtag #DearProfessorFord. It's signed collectively from "your sisters."
  • accuser Christine Blasey Ford's team lays out terms it wants for potential Senate interview,

    09/20/2018 6:39:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 196 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 20 ,2018
    Christine Blasey Ford's legal team has asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to agree to certain terms before she sits down for a potential interview over her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, two sources told Fox News on Thursday night. Among the terms: Only members of the committee -- no lawyers -- can question her; Kavanaugh cannot be in the room at the time; and Kavanaugh must be questioned first.
  • Vanity: DiGenova said Ford Approached WaPo with her Story a Month Before the DiFi Letter

    09/20/2018 7:59:06 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 39 replies
    Vanity / Fox / Joe DiGenova
    On Laura Ingraham’s show tonight. Joe DiGenova said: “Here’s what’s interesting. Remember how the Democrats claimed she was outed by Republicans? Thirty days before anything was written about her, Doctor (Ford) approached the Washington Post on her own and asked to be interviewed as long as they maintained her confidentiality. She outed herself to the Washington Post thirty days before the first story.”
  • Kavanaugh accuser won’t testify Monday but open to doing so later next week

    09/20/2018 7:38:45 PM PDT · by familyop · 79 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2018 | Seung Min Kim, Josh Dawsey and Emma Brown
    Ed Whelan, a former clerk to the late justice Antonin Scalia and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, pointed to floor plans, online photographs and other information to suggest a location for the house party in suburban Maryland that Ford described. He also named and posted photographs of the classmate he suggested could be responsible. Ford dismissed Whelan's theory in a statement late Thursday: "I knew them both, and socialized with" them, Ford said, adding that she had once visited the other classmate in the hospital. "There is zero chance that I would confuse them." Republicans on Capitol...
  • Abe wins extended term, faces Trump trade challenge (Japan)

    09/20/2018 7:27:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | September 21, 2018 | Reuters
    Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe acknowledges applause from the LDP lawmakers shortly after his name was called as the winner of the ruling party presidential elections at its headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 20. (AP Photo) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister and to try to cement his legacy, including by revision of the country's pacifist, post-war Constitution. If Abe, who quit abruptly after a troubled 2006-07 term, stays in office through November 2019, he will have exceeded the 2,886 days marked by...
  • Christine Blasey Ford remembered as popular figure in Dewey Beach bar scene

    09/20/2018 6:25:16 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 20, 2018 | S.A. Miller and Seth McLaughlin
    DEWEY BEACH, Delaware — Christine Blasey Ford spent summers immersed in the wild nightlife of this Eastern Shore resort town. Longtime residents of Dewey Beach, a Delaware resort known in the late 1980s as a place where the college students who worked the other resorts lived and partied, still remember her nights waitressing at the Waterfront, a raucous bayside bar. “Things that would be considered out of hand today was OK back then. Things have changed,” said a man who encountered her during those years. “That was the yuppie period of time and Dewey Beach was a yuppie town and...
  • Yale Law dean: Reports that professor groomed female clerks for Kavanaugh 'of enormous concern'

    09/20/2018 5:38:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 129 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 20, 2018 | Adam Edelman and Kasie Hunt
    The dean of Yale Law School on Thursday responded to reports that a prominent professor at the school had advised students seeking judicial clerkships with Brett Kavanaugh on their physical looks, saying the reported allegations of faculty misconduct are "of enormous concern" and calling on anyone affected to come forward. According to reports in The Guardian, the Huffington Post and Above the Law, Amy Chua, a professor at the law school, would advise students on their physical appearance if they wanted to seek a clerkship for Kavanaugh. Specifically, Chua would help potential applicants to have a "model-like" appearance.
  • Dozens of Kavanaugh protesters arrested after occupying Republican lawmakers' offices

    09/20/2018 5:04:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 20, 2018 | Jennifer Earl
    Protesters have ramped up efforts to stop Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination in recent weeks after Christine Blasey Ford accused the judge of sexually assaulting her three decades ago — an allegation Kavanaugh has vehemently denied. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested on Capitol Hill Thursday after taking over the offices of Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Bob Corker, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, among others, to once again call on lawmakers to reject Kavanaugh's nomination to the nation's highest court. A crowd of protesters crammed into Grassley's office for most of the day — even ordering in lunch. The majority...
  • Jobless claims fall to 49-year low for third straight week

    09/20/2018 4:51:19 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/18 | Vicki Needham
    Applications for unemployment benefits fell to a new 49-year low for the third straight week, reflecting a tight job market. U.S. filings for jobless claims fell 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 201,000 in the week ended Sept. 15, the lowest level since Nov. 15 1969, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week moving average, which is a better gauge for the direction of job market, was 205,750, a decrease of 2,250 from the previous week's 208,000, the lowest level since Dec. 6, 1969 when it was 204,500. The effects of Hurricane Florence, which hit North Carolina and South Carolina last...
  • FBI Memos Raise Deep Questions About Russia/Trump Intel Assessment

    09/20/2018 4:39:50 PM PDT · by bitt · 12 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 9/20/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    In newly obtained emails, bureau officials noted there was not enough intelligence to support the January 2017 findings by the CIA The FBI had concerns with the intelligence community’s (IC) January 2017 assessment that the Kremlin interfered in the presidential election with the specific intent of electing President Trump over Hillary Clinton. In newly obtained emails, bureau officials noted there was not enough intelligence to support the January 2017 findings by the CIA which concluded Vladimir Putin meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump, according to a numerous documents and text messages obtained by SaraACarter.com.
  • The Odious Intent Behind The Democratic Obsession To Get The FBI To Investigate Kavanaugh

    09/20/2018 4:32:47 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 20, 2018 2:05 PM | Matt Vespa
    Democrats are doing everything they can to stop the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. We knew that. The problem was they had little to no tools to accomplish this. The GOP had the votes. The moderate wing of the Senate GOP had more or less given their stamp of approval. All they could do was create a ruckus, which they did during the hearings. The committee vote was slated for this past Thursday, but Feinstein’s office dropped a bombshell: a sexual misconduct allegation that has so far been poorly handled by Democrats. The timing is incredibly suspect. The allegation...
  • Poll: More Americans oppose Kavanaugh confirmation than support it

    09/20/2018 3:35:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 83 replies
    NBCnews ^ | Sep.20.2018 | Mark Murray
    More American voters now oppose Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination than support it after he was accused of committing sexual assault while he was in high school, with opposition increasing 9 points since last month, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the accusation, which delayed his scheduled confirmation vote before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and which has roiled American politics less than seven weeks before the 2018 midterm elections. In the poll — which was conducted Sunday (when the accusation from Christine Blasey Ford was first made public) through Wednesday — 38...
  • FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment

    09/20/2018 3:45:34 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20,2018 | John Solomon
    Now, congressional investigators have unearthed text messages and emails showing the FBI feared there were some in the intelligence community with “partisan axes to grind” and suggesting there could be no singular conclusion that Moscow wanted to help elect Donald Trump. For instance, then-FBI agent Peter Strzok’s text and email messages in December 2016 and January 2017 show his boss feared that giving some classified information to the White House, then-Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper and the larger intelligence community in the final days of the Obama administration might result in political abuse. “He, like us, is concerned...
  • Capitalism is Oppressive, Give Us Free Socialism

    09/20/2018 3:42:08 PM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    ileanajohnson.com ^ | 9/18/2018 | Ileana Johnson
    The American socialist politicians are promising their voting constituents through such figures as Barney Sanders, the politician from Vermont whose economic fortunes have improved drastically since he ran for president, and the socialist Cortez from the Bronx who, although she has a degree from a prestigious and very expensive school, does not know anything about Economics or geopolitics, by her own admission, and shows her lack of knowledge every time she opens her mouth. But her ignorance does not stop her equally ignorant followers to support her generous promise of free rewards: health care, higher education, child care, and housing....
  • Dianne Feinstein Claims Media ‘Outed’ Brett Kavanaugh’s Accuser

    09/20/2018 3:34:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 58 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/20/16 | Penny Starr
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who gave the FBI a letter from a woman claiming Brett Kavanaugh attacked her when they were in high school, has now criticized the media, saying they “outed” the accuser. Feinstein also implied in her tweet on Wednesday that President Donald Trump does not respect women. “President Trump, Dr. Blasey Ford did not want her story of sexual assault to be public. She requested confidentiality, and I honored that. It wasn’t until the media outed her that she decided to come forward. You may not respect women and the...
  • Durbin:FBI Must Complete An Investigation Into Serious & Credible Sexual Assault Allegation

    09/20/2018 3:18:33 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 75 replies
    U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 9/18/2018 | U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    Durbin also joined fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats in a letter to FBI Director & White House Counsel urging them to complete an FBI investigation before a public hearing WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called on the Trump White House to request that the FBI’s career professionals conduct an independent investigation into the serious and credible sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.  In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin argued that the FBI needs to interview witnesses, review all of the evidence,...
  • [Breaking on Twitter] Ed Whelan offers Possible Ford attacker hypothesis [Twitter]

    09/20/2018 3:27:30 PM PDT · by sitetest · 143 replies
    Ed Whelan on Twitter ^ | September 20, 2018 | Ed Whelan
    Ed Whelan ‏ @EdWhelanEPPC Following Following @EdWhelanEPPC Okay, I’ll begin laying out some information concerning Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.
  • Kavanaugh's Accuser Agrees to Testimony...But Not by the Deadline

    09/20/2018 2:48:44 PM PDT · by rktman · 110 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/20/2018 | Katie Pavlich
    The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh, sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Thursday afternoon saying her client is still willing to testify, but not by the Monday deadline and given a number of conditions. "I would like to set up a call with you later today to discuss the conditions under which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would be prepared to testify next week. As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been...
  • Democratic super operative who handled Anita Hill is advising Kavanaugh accuser

    09/20/2018 2:39:56 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2018 | Benny Johnson
    Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford is getting advice by Democratic super-activist Ricki Seidman, Politico reports. Seidman, currently an executive at a public relations company, has worked for the Dukakis, Mondale and Clinton campaigns for president. She served as Joe Biden’s communications director when he was named Barack Obama’s running mate in the 2008 election, and managed the confirmation of Obama’s Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Recently, Seidman served at the the executive director of the liberal voter turnout group Rock the Vote. Seidman served in Bill Clinton’s campaign’s “war room” and served as deputy communications director in the...
  • Buy bullets only from the Police: Detroit area lawmaker debuts bullet control plan

    09/20/2018 2:36:31 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 47 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 09/20/18 | Chris Eger
    A Wayne County Commissioner on Tuesday unveiled a plan for new limits, taxes, mental screening and background checks on the sale of ammunition. District 6 Commissioner Reggie “Reg” Davis, a radio host who entered politics after his brother was fatally shot, announced the multi-pronged proposal at a press conference held at his family’s mausoleum space. In addition to calling on more controls nationally, the measure would mandate local regulations that would include a mental illness and background check certified by law enforcement prior to each bullet sale — with police handling the transfer. “We’re up against some state and federal...