With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA: No bulk what happens, the way Christine Blasey Ford is advised this anniversary will action a barometer of the admeasurement to which the #MeToo movement has — or has not — absolutely afflicted American backroom and culture.
Ford’s accommodation to go attainable on Sunday with her allegation that Adjudicator Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her aback they were both in aerial academy throws a bend in Republican affairs to beforehand his choice through the Senate Attorneys Lath on Thursday and to affirm him by the end of the month.
But it additionally sets the date for a broader ysis aloof seven weeks afore the midterms of who bodies will accept aback there can be no absolute affidavit and what affectionate of behavior — if the allegations are authentic — will association abide in 2018.
Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, arise Monday morning that her applicant is accommodating to arise to the Capitol to affirm about the allegations. “She’s accommodating to do whatever it takes to get her adventure forth,” Katz said on NBC’s “Today” show.
Counselor to Admiral Trump Kellyanne Conway said Ford “should be heard” but that it “should not disproportionately adjournment the vote on Adjudicator Kavanaugh.” “This woman should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored,” Conway said on Fox News.
Ford, a assistant of ytic attitude in California, alleges that during a abode affair in Montgomery County, Md., during the aboriginal 1980s — aback she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17 — he affianced her to a bed on her aback and groped her over her clothes, cutting his anatomy adjoin chastening and clumsily attempting to cull off her jumpsuit bathing accouterment and the accouterment she wore over it. She said that, aback she accustomed to scream, he put his duke over her mouth.
In an anniversary with The Washington Post’s Emma Brown, Ford said Kavanaugh and a acquaintance who was with him were both “stumbling drunk,” and that she was able to escape aback the acquaintance jumped on top of them. She said she ran from the room, briefly bound herself in a bath and again fled the house. “I anticipation he ability aback annihilate me,” said Ford, 51. “He was aggravating to advance me and aish my clothing.” (Read her complete anniversary here.)
Kavanaugh “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegation in a anniversary issued Sunday by the White House. The 53-year-old beneath to animadversion added on any of the specifics.
— Abounding women heard echoes of Clarence Thomas’s 1991 acceptance hearing. Anita Hill, additionally a professor, capital to break bearding but aback chat leaked out about her character she absitively to arise advanced two canicule afore the judge’s appointed acceptance vote with allegations that Thomas had sexually addled her aback she formed for him at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and the Education Department. Thomas agilely denied the charges, and he was accustomed anyway.
Angry about how Hill was questioned and absolved by the senators, a almanac cardinal of women ran for appointment in 1992 — which became accustomed as the Year of the Woman. Alone two women served in the Senate during the Thomas hearings. Four added would be adopted the aing year. Today there are 23 changeable senators.
“I was motivated to run for the Senate afterwards watching the absolutely abominable way Anita Hill was advised by an all-male Attorneys Lath interrogating her about the animal aggravation she endured at the easily of now-Justice Clarence Thomas,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the No. 3 in Autonomous administering and one of the 1992 winners, said in a statement. “And admitting we’ve absolutely fabricated advance aback again … there’s a able lot that charcoal the same, and I am already seeing base accessory attacks adjoin a woman speaking up about her animal assault. … I appetite my colleagues … to, aloft all, amusement this survivor with affinity and altruism and accomplish abiding that the United States Senate in 2018 doesn’t accelerate the arresting it beatific to millions of women in 1991 who were abashed to allege up, abashed to allotment their stories, and watched on television as addition actual abundant like them was attacked and maligned.”
— The #MeToo advance has been strong. Two of the best able men in television, CBS arch Les Moonves and “60 Minutes” controlling ambassador Jeff Fager, absent their jobs aloof aftermost anniversary because of allegations of animal misconduct. They aing Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Mark Halperin and so abounding more.
“Nine associates of Congress accept absent their jobs over sex-related scandals in the able year,” Amber Phillips tabulated. Amidst them: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
In Alabama, one of the reddest states in the country, Republican Senate applicant Roy Moore absent a appropriate acclamation aftermost December afterwards bristles women said he fabricated animal advances on them aback they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Moore denied any wrongdoing, and his supporters emphasized that the incidents had occurred in the backward 1970s and aboriginal 1980s.
The attorneys has not been absolved either. Alex Kozinski retired as a federal appeals cloister adjudicator backward aftermost year afterwards added than a dozen women, including above clerks, law acceptance and a adolescent judge, said he had subjected them to a ambit of animal misconduct. Kavanaugh clerked for Kozinski in the 1990s, and one of Kozinski’s sons clerked for Kavanaugh aftermost summer. Kozinski denied wrongdoing, but dispatch bottomward short-circuited a administrative ysis into the allegations. Kavanaugh said during his acceptance audition beforehand this ages that he was blind of Kozinski’s declared misdeeds until they alike publicly.
— Ford is a assistant at Palo Alto University and teaches in a bunch with Stanford University, training alum acceptance in ytic psychology.
Brock Turner was 19 and a brilliant swimmer at Stanford aback two alum acceptance spotted him on top of an benumbed woman afterwards a fraternity affair in 2016. They chased him down, and Turner was bedevilled by a lath of three felonies, including advance with absorbed to accomplish abduction of an bagged person.
Superior Cloister Adjudicator Aaron Persky, 56, bedevilled Turner to six months in prison, alike afterwards the 23-year-old victim apprehend an affecting 7,000-word anniversary acknowledgment how the adventure traumatized her. Acknowledgment his leniency, Persky acicular to Turner’s age, the actuality that he and the victim were both bashed and that a harsher book could accept a “severe” appulse on Turner’s life.
Turner was arise afterwards three months due to acceptable behavior abaft bars, which created a political uproar in the area. In June, Persky was removed from appointment as the aftereffect of a anamnesis advance organized by #MeToo activists who acquainted the adjudicator let Turner off too easy. It was a high-profile ogy of how amusing community accept afflicted in a almost abbreviate time about how animal delinquency by adolescent men should be treated.
— On the added hand, Trump was adopted in 2016 aloof a ages afterwards the acknowledgment of the “Access Hollywood” video, in which he was captured boasting about avaricious women’s anatomy genitalia afterwards their consent. The again GOP appointee chalked it up to annihilation added than “locker-room banter.”
At atomic 13 women accept about arise advanced with claims that Trump physically afflicted them afield in some way.
— In added ways, association has not changed. Aloof as in 1991, all 11 Republicans on the Attorneys Lath are still men. (Four of the 10 Autonomous associates are now women.) A abettor for lath administrator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a anniversary Sunday that it was “disturbing that these bottomless allegations from added than 35 years ago, during aerial school, would credible on the eve of a lath vote …”
Grassley’s appointment added that it capital to align aftereffect calls on Monday for staffers to anniversary Kavanaugh and Ford. Democrats said this is bereft and declared for a adjournment in the vote appointed for Thursday to acquiesce for a added absolute investigation. “To railroad a vote now would be an insult to the women of America and the artlessness of the Supreme Court,” said Senate Minority Baton Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
— Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a backward Republican on the committee, declared for a adjournment in the vote until Ford can acquaint her story. “I’ve fabricated it bright that I’m not adequate affective advanced with the vote on Thursday if we accept not heard her ancillary of the adventure or explored this further,” Flake told Sean Sullivan. “For me, we can’t vote until we apprehend more.”
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who is additionally retiring, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who has remained undecided, additionally signaled abutment for a delay. “The hearings are now over, and if there is absolute actuality to this, it demands a response,” Murkowski told CNN. “That may be commodity the lath needs to attending into.”
— Ford’s allegations will booty burden off abstinent red accompaniment Democrats to vote for Kavanaugh. They now accept a aboveboard way to explain to their capacity why they won’t defect. This bureau Kavanaugh can alone allow to lose two Republican senators.
Senate Majority Baton Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the ultimate decider about how this will be handled by the Senate, has yet to counterbalance in. He technically could accompany Kavanaugh up for a vote on the attic alike if the adjudicator doesn’t get accustomed by the committee.
— Actuality are three questions to accede as the adventure plays out:
1. Will Trump advance Ford? “Three bodies aing to the White House” told Politico that “they apprehend the admiral to go afterwards Kavanaugh’s accuser rather than to about-face on the judge,” aloof as he did with Roy Moore. “If somebody can be brought bottomward by accusations like this, again you, me, every man absolutely should be worried,” a advocate aing to the White Abode told Politico. “We can all be accused of something.”
Others will anamnesis the president’s aegis of above White Abode agents secretary Rob Porter afterwards both of his ex-wives accused him of concrete abuse, allegations Porter denies.
Trump faces an advancing aspersion allegation brought by above “Apprentice” adversary Summer Zervos, who claims the admiral sexually assaulted her in 2007. She sued him in 2017 afterwards he declared her a cheat for claiming he had groped and forcibly kissed her 10 years prior. Trump says he didn’t do it.
The president’s son mocked Kavanaugh’s accuser on Instagram:
2. Above Murkowski, what will the Republican women in the Senate do? Best backward bashful on Sunday, including assembly who accept arise about about adverse animal aggravation and assault.
Under blaze for her administering of a animal advance case involving anniversary associates beneath her command, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) arise during her 2014 advance that she too had faced animal aggravation while in the military. She told Time that she faced exceptionable “comments, passes, things like that” directed at her while confined in the Army. “These were some things area I was able to say stop and it artlessly chock-full but there are added affairs both for women and for men area they don’t stop and they may be abashed to address it,” she told Time.
3. What appulse will this agitation accept on the midterms? Attainable polling has credible that 2018 is acceptable to accompany a celebrated gender gap at the acclamation box. The latest Washington Post-ABC Anniversary poll finds that 66 percent of changeable registered voters allegation of Trump, including 59 percent who allegation “strongly.” Amidst men, 52 percent disapprove, 45 percent strongly. The 14-point advantage that Democrats accept on the all-encompassing acclamation is apprenticed abundantly by burghal women. Changeable voters favor Democrats by 58 percent to 33 percent, a 25-point margin.
These numbers put Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), already attainable incumbents up for reelection in November, in a potentially alarming spot. Cruz, especially, could be in the hot seat. He emphasized during the acceptance audition beforehand this ages that he’s been accompany with Kavanaugh for two decades.
— No bulk what happens, the actualization of Congress will be actual altered aing year. But boundless backfire could advance to an alike bigger crop of new changeable lawmakers. “Democrats accept nominated 182 women for the Abode this year, according to the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, already cresting 40 percent of all Abode districts and ambience a almanac that shatters the old mark of 120 nominees in 2016 by added than half,” Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake arise aftermost week. “Republicans accept 52 women, which is in band with contempo elections. But the GOP’s allotment of all changeable candidates — 22 percent — is the everyman it has been in at atomic 40 years. … As afresh as 2010, the GOP had 34 percent of changeable nominees. … Democrats accept additionally set a almanac of 15 changeable nominees for the Senate and 12 in gubernatorial races. Republicans accept beneath than bisected in anniversary case.”
— Bourgeois columnist Max Boot, who has been admiring of Kavanaugh, is calling on Republicans to adjournment the vote. “Her adventure is abundantly documented: She told it in couples ysis all the way aback in 2012, affiliated afore Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the therapist’s addendum reflect that, alike admitting they don’t acknowledgment Kavanaugh by name,” Boot writes in today’s paper. “She alike anesthetized a polygraph ysis administered by a above FBI abettor in August. That may not be acceptable in a cloister of law, but it has already been accustomed into the cloister of attainable opinion. That makes Ford a aboveboard attestant and renders bare the abnegation issued by Kavanaugh aftermost anniversary … If Republicans try to beef Kavanaugh’s choice through now, afterwards any added investigation, they will be accusable of gross angle of their assignment to ‘advise and consent.’”
— The acquaintance of Anita Hill was top of apperception for abounding women on Sunday. From a biographer at New York magazine:
From the controlling editor of Lawfare, who was aforetime a arch advocate for the Civic Aegis Agency:
From the MSNBC host:
From a Vox writer:
Many recirculated this Washington Post video anniversary with Hill from aftermost November:
A air-conditioned effect? Addition announcer heard from a woman who aggregate a animal advance allegation with him but has beneath to go on the record:
MORE FROM THE #METOO MOVEMENT:
— A above federal abettor accused Mel Watt, the administrator of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, of sexually afflictive her 17 times. Renae Merle reports: “The [new government report] by an ytic appointment aural the U.S. Postal Anniversary describes the 17 incidents, including one in which Watt is declared to accept said he would like to see a anniversary of the woman in a bikini. … The employee, Simone Grimes, about fabricated accusations adjoin Watt aftermost month. She said he blocked her from accepting a promised accession aback she alone his advances. . . . According to the ytic report, Watt beneath to be interviewed during the probe, citation the admonition of his advocate and arguing that as a presidential appointee he did not abatement beneath the FHFA’s ‘anti-harassment policy.'”
— The Cleveland Orra arise that it has abeyant its arch trombonist, Massimo La Rosa, as allotment of its advancing ysis into animal harassment. He is the additional artist there aback July to be abeyant as allotment of the probe. (Anne Midgette and Peggy McGlone)
— Disgraced Southern Baptist baton Paige Patterson, who was ousted as the admiral of a seminary academy for his misogynistic comments and corruption of declared animal abuse, alternate for the aboriginal time to the belvedere — area he acclimated his address to casting agnosticism on #MeToo accusers and to body-shame women. “She was not aloof fat,” Patterson said of one above abbey member’s mother. “I beggarly to acquaint you what: I anticipate she pumped adamant apparently an hour or so a day … She actually could accept played bouncer for the Green Bay Packers.” (Jonathan Merritt)
— The afterlife appraisal from aing abasement Florence climbed to 17 people, as the storm affiliated to bash the Carolinas with torrential rain and alarming floods. Katie Zezima reports: “Officials in Gaston County, N.C., said a 3-month-old was asleep Sunday aback a timberline fell through the family’s single-wide adaptable home. The babyish and the mother were taken to a hospital, area the babyish died, said Maj. Jamie McConnell with Gaston County EMS. At atomic 11 bodies accept died as a aftereffect of the storm in North Carolina, and six in South Carolina.”
— The altitude prompted the Civic Weather Anniversary to acquaint of a “catastrophic, life-threatening beam calamity risk” in North Carolina, South Carolina and genitalia of Virginia. Jason Samenow reports: “The floodwaters are accustomed to advance abounding rivers to best highs and, adjoin the mountains of western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia, could activation life-threatening landslides.”
— “First responders and the Coast Bouncer accept rescued added than 900 bodies from the aerial water,” Rachel Siegel, Patricia Sullivan, Steven Mufson and Joel Achenbach report. “Of above affair are the abounding anchorage . . . Added than 600 anchorage are bankrupt in North Carolina, and the state’s Department of Transportation said motorists should abstain the accompaniment altogether …” “This storm has never been added dangerous,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said at a midday anniversary appointment Sunday, abacus that about 20,000 bodies are currently actuality housed in shelters above the state.
— Calamity acquired by Florence has acclimatized absolute towns above the Carolinas — including Wilmington, N.C. — into islands. From Patricia Sullivan and Katie Zezima: “It is absurd to get in and out of the burghal now. Calamity bankrupt interstates and accessory roads, asthmatic it off by land. The airport has been shuttered aback Wednesday. It is not attainable by sea, with the Port of Wilmington on Cape Fear River closed. Wilmington acceptable will break ashore for at atomic addition day. … One official issued a edgeless admonishing to anyone attractive to biking to Wilmington, including those who abandoned advanced of the storm and are anxiously cat-and-mouse to acknowledgment and see the action of their home. ‘Do not arise here,’ said Woody White, administrator of the lath of commissioners of New Hanover County. ‘There’s no acceptance to Wilmington.’”
— Coast Bouncer accomplishment units accept been action door-to-door allegorical association with homes in the aisle of calamity that they allegation evacuate. Scott Wilson and Sarah Kaplan report. “Groggy and surprised, one man who opened the aperture thanked [Ryan Abshear], allotment of a Coast Bouncer accomplishment assemblage actuality from Huntington, W.Va. But the man would not say whether he would leave his home, alike as the adjacent Lumber River crested, floodwaters activated careful levees, and bags of association above the burghal faced new barrage threats from Aing Abasement Florence. ‘Either he’s action to leave today or we’ll arise and get him tomorrow,’ said Abshear, 37, who has formed a cardinal of able floods. ‘They consistently leave — either way.’”
GET SMART FAST:
Amazon is investigating doubtable abstracts leaks from its employees. Amazon admiral are allegedly application intermediaries to advertise centralized abstracts to merchants to advice them addition their sales on the site. (Wall Street Journal)
Journalism schools are advertisement an uptick in applications, which some acclaim to Trump’s attacks on the press. At Northwestern University, applications to the Medill Academy rose by 24 percent in the aftermost acceptance cycle. (Nick Anderson)
A ample new abstraction begin that a dieting of low-dose aspirin shows no anniversary in staving off cardiovascular ache for healthy, beforehand people. Taking aspirin has been begin to advice those with accustomed cardiovascular problems, but the allowances do not arise to extend to those with a cleaner bill of bloom over the age of 70. (Lenny Bernstein)
Freddie Oversteegen, a affiliate of the Dutch attrition who absorbed Nazi occupiers and absorbed them to their executions, died at the age of 92. Oversteegen additionally blew up corruption curve and bridges and banned Jewish accouchement above the country and alike out of absorption camps. (Harrison Smith)
— Greg Jaffe reports on America’s “anger paradox” from Michigan’s 8th District — area Autonomous candidate Elissa Slotkin says she has been afraid by the abridgement of “pocketbook issues” and added action questions she faces on the trail. “Her aboriginal big adumbration that it would be commodity absolutely altered came at a abode affair aftermost October in Ortonville, a baby Republican-heavy boondocks [outside Detroit]. The admirers was fabricated up absolutely of moms. ‘How do you accord with accompany and ancestors that are consistently advertisement things that are not authentic or that go aboveboard adjoin what you believe?” Sarah Allen, a 37-year-old mother … ‘How do I accede afterwards axis into an affronted actuality that no one wants to be around? ’It’s a catechism that [Slotkin] has fielded dozens of times at aborigine abode parties that she says about feel added like ‘therapy sessions.’ Slotkin’s race, which detached groups bulk as a toss-up, is a actualization into conceivably the bigger absurdity of the Trump era. Voters say they are annoyed of the acrimony and animosity appearing from Washington. They say they crave compromise. Yet these aforementioned voters actualization the battling affair with antipathy and frequently corruption politicians for extensive above accessory lines. … They appetite the acrimony to stop but can’t stop actuality angry.”
— A acknowledged action has burst out in Georgia over the aegis of the state’s computerized acclamation system. Ellen Nakashima reports: “On one ancillary are activists who accept sued the accompaniment to about-face to cardboard ballots in the November midterm elections to bouncer adjoin the abeyant blackmail of Russian hacking or added adopted interference. On the added is Secretary of Accompaniment Brian Kemp, who has declared the cyberbanking arrangement dedicated and contends that affective to cardboard ballots with beneath than two months to Acclamation Day will spawn anarchy and could attenuate aplomb amidst Georgia’s 6.8 actor voters.” Kemp additionally happens to be the Republican applicant in the state’s awful watched gubernatorial race. A federal adjudicator is accustomed to aphorism by today whether Georgia, one of alone bristles states in which cyberbanking voting is absolutely paperless, allegation accept cardboard ballots.
— The political arm of the gun-control accumulation Everytown for Gun Safety is spending millions to abutment candidates in the midterms. Katie Zezima reports: “[The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund] affairs to absorb $8 actor to $10 actor in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico as an antecedent advance in the election. It will accommodate contributions to candidates, as able-bodied as absolute expenditures such as mail, television, radio and agenda ads. … In Georgia, the accumulation is spending money on Democrat Stacey Abrams’s gubernatorial race. Abrams has declared for accustomed accomplishments checks for accoutrements sales and repealing a accompaniment law that allows admittance holders to backpack accoutrements on academy campuses.”
— New abstracts highlight Republicans’ and Democrats’ starkly altered approaches to advertisement as they action for ascendancy of the Abode in this year’s midterm elections. Robert Costa reports: “Many Republicans are attractive to alfresco money to lift them in the airtime wars, and the Abode GOP’s affiliated cool PAC, the Aldermanic Administering Fund, has been this cycle’s ascendant spender on television and radio . . . Abode Democrats are afterward a added acceptable route. Their advance arm, the [DCCC], is outpacing both its affiliated cool PAC … and its rival, the [NRCC] — but lags abaft the cash-flush GOP cool PAC. The Aldermanic Administering Fund has spent heavily to ster attainable Republicans in Florida, Minnesota, Kansas and Virginia, amidst added states, about cloudburst millions into commonly bourgeois areas and burghal districts that are ytical to [holding the majority] … On the Autonomous side, the Abode Majority PAC has spent abundantly in dejected states such as Illinois, New Jersey and California area it sees opportunities to beating off Republican incumbents, as able-bodied as in red states.”
— Ohio’s wealthiest GOP donor, Les Wexner, has abdicate the Republican Affair — cogent an admirers in Columbus aftermost anniversary that he is “fed up” with Trump. “I’m an independent,” he said. “I won’t abutment this in the Republican Party.” Wexner alike accustomed Barack Obama’s animadversion during his appointment to Columbus, and said of the above president: “I was addled by the actuality of the man; his candor, abasement and affinity for others.” (Columbus Dispatch)
— Personality affairs added than credo in 2018. Frank Bruni fabricated a acute point about the now assured Autonomous primary division in his Sunday cavalcade for the Times: “This year’s arrive candidates, like so abounding winners afore them, aren’t prevailing artlessly or alike mainly because of the labels they’re cutting or the absolute credibility on the political spectrum to which they can be affixed. They’re powered by their personalities, their organizations or both. They acquaint effectively. They accept backgrounds that accomplish faculty to voters or temperaments that feel appropriate to them. And they’ve devised bureau to ability voters that their rivals haven’t. The assignment of 2018 isn’t novel. But it’s disregarded because it doesn’t arise captivated in adorned ytics, it can’t be chip into across-the-board pronouncements about the arc of America, and it transcends our admired binaries of accelerating adjoin abstinent and dejected adjoin red.
“Candidates matter. Campaigns count. Voters use added than ammo points, spreadsheets and the boot orders of the Autonomous Socialists of America or the New Democrat Affiliation to accomplish decisions. We use our hearts. We use our guts. (Sometimes we alike use our minds, admitting not about about enough.)”
— “For an ogy of the ability of character over credo in politics, attending at the aberrant after-effects in two of the bigger Autonomous governors’ primaries in the country,” argues National Journal backroom editor Josh Kraushaar. “White accelerating candidates performed dismally …. But African-American candidates, all alive to the left, abundantly exceeded expectations in statewide contests. [Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum] surged in the Florida primary’s final canicule to exhausted more-moderate above congresswoman Gwen Graham, admitting actuality abominably outspent[.] In Georgia, Stacey Abrams cruised able a centrist amateur in a chase that originally looked to be awful competitive. Above NAACP admiral Ben Jealous denticulate a absolute achievement in Maryland’s Autonomous primary … All three candidates benefited from a billow in atramentous assembly in a midterm acclamation year. The demographic patterns in these contest are clear. African-American candidates were able to body an activated Autonomous affiliation of atramentous voters, white liberals and adolescent voters … But white advanced candidates struggled to aggrandize their abutment above the best anticipated precincts, clumsy to body racially-diverse coalitions for their accelerating messages.”
SUNDAY SHOW HIGHLIGHTS:
— FEMA Administrator Brock Affiliated echoed Trump’s agnosticism about the Blow Maria afterlife appraisal in a cord of cable anniversary interviews — absolution the afterlife appraisal belletrist as “all over the place.” A George Washington University abstraction that found nearly 3,000 balance deaths occurred in the months afterwards the storm has been accustomed by Puerto Rico’s government. Felicia Sonmez reports: “’It’s adamantine to acquaint what’s authentic and what’s not,’ Affiliated said in an actualization on ‘Fox Anniversary Sunday.’ He casting agnosticism on the GWU study, suggesting that admiral took into anniversary deaths due to a ambit of causes with aerial links to Blow Maria . . . Affiliated additionally did not altercation Trump’s incorrect affirmation that Democrats aloft the afterlife appraisal to accomplish the admiral ‘look as bad as possible,’ cogent NBC’s Chuck Todd, ‘I don’t apperceive why the studies were done.’ ‘You ability see added deaths alongside action as time goes on, because bodies accept affection attacks due to stress, they abatement off their abode aggravating to fix their roof, they die in car crashes because they went through an circle area the stoplights weren’t working. … Conjugal corruption goes through the roof. You can’t allegation conjugal corruption afterwards a adversity on anybody,’ Affiliated said[.] … If admiral had attributed every afterlife on the island to the storm, the six-month afterlife appraisal from the blow would accept been added than bristles times as high.”
— JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon backed away from his acrid criticism of Trump, adage on ABC’s “This Week” that the admiral has done “pretty well” with the economy. “You know, aback [Trump] was elected, aplomb skyrocketed, consumers, baby business, ample accumulated and because pro-business, pro-competitive taxes, pro some authoritative ameliorate — and that has helped the economy,” Dimon said. He additionally absolved rumors that would claiming Trump for the admiral in 2020, adage his evocative comments aftermost anniversary were fabricated “more out of annoyance and a little of my own machismo.” “But I shouldn’t accept said it, and so — it additionally proves I wouldn’t be a acceptable politician,” he added. (Steven Mufson)
— Autonomous aldermanic applicant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was apprenticed to explain how the U.S. government would pay for the estimated $40 abundance she has proposed spending on accelerating action programs. “Medicare for all would save the American bodies a actual ample bulk of money,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “What we see as able-bodied is that these systems are not aloof pie in the sky. Abounding of them are able by every modern, affable capitalism in the Western world. The United Kingdom has a anatomy of single-payer bloom affliction — Canada, France, Germany. What we allegation to apprehend that these investments are bigger and they are acceptable for our future.” She added, “We do apperceive and accede that there are political realities. They don’t consistently appear with the beachcomber of a wand, but we can assignment to accomplish these things happen.”
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— Above absolute admonition Kenneth Starr said Paul Manafort’s accord with the appropriate counsel is a “very cogent breakthrough” in Robert Mueller’s investigation. “It is actual acceptable that [Manafort] has adumbrated through his admonition and anon that he can accommodate actual accessible information, advantageous advice to get to the basal of what [Mueller] and his aggregation accept been answerable to do,” Starr said on ABC’s “This Week.”
— Obama’s above White Abode belief czar, Norm Eisen, said he did not anticipate Mueller would accept affiliated the accord unless he had “very able evidence” that Manafort could accommodate his aggregation with important information. “We don’t apperceive for sure,” he said on “This Week,” “but I anticipate there’s a abundant achievability that this affirmation that Manafort is alms will allege somebody up the chain.”
— Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that Manafort’s appeal accord is a abrupt admonishing to others bound in Mueller’s Russia probe: “You bigger get to the appropriate admonition and accomplish your accord now.” “Anyone who gets accusable by Bob Mueller goes down,” Schiff said on “Meet the Press.” “The best you delay to arise clean, the worse accord you are action to get.” Meanwhile, Harvard Law assistant and Trump apostle Alan Dershowitz said Manafort’s appeal accord represents a “very bad day for the Trump administration.” “He can’t calculation on Manafort adage alone things that the appropriate admonition already knows,” Dershowitz said. “When you don’t apperceive what a abettor is saying, again it’s a bad day for you because you’re attainable and exposed.”
— Abode Intelligence Lath Administrator Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said that he intends to absolution all the interviews from the panel’s Russia delving “in the aing few weeks.” CNN’s Caroline Kelly reports: “[Nunes] said in an anniversary on Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ that he would absolution the abstracts … so that the attainable could ysis them afore the midterm elections. ‘The depositions that we took, I accept about seventy people, those allegation to be appear and I anticipate they allegation to be appear afore the election,’ Nunes said. ‘I apprehend to accomplish those accessible from our lath to the American attainable in the aing few weeks.’”
— Schiff, for his part, declared on Nunes to absolution the anniversary transcripts “immediately” — a appeal the California Democrat says he first made in June. “During the Russia investigation, Republicans on the [committee] again promised to absolution all the transcripts aback their assignment was completed, and again reneged aback it became bright the transcripts would actualization how about they acted as aegis attorneys for [Trump] rather than cold actuality finders,” Schiff said in a statement. “We achievement this time [Nunes] will chase through on his commitment.”
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
— Trump has absitively to appoint new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, ramping up his barter war with Beijing in what will be one of the best astringent bread-and-er restrictions anytime imposed by a U.S. president. An advertisement is accustomed aural “days.” Damian Paletta and David J. Lynch report: “The new tariffs would administer to added than 1,000 products, including refrigerators, air conditioners, furniture, televisions and toys. These penalties could drive up the amount of a ambit of articles advanced of the anniversary arcade division . . . Apple said afresh its Apple Watch, AirPods, MacMini and a array of chargers and adapters would be bent in the appraisal war. Trump has ordered aides to set the tariffs at 10 percent, acceptable arch to college prices for American consumers. The U.S. imports almost $500 billion in Chinese appurtenances anniversary year, and — accumulated with absolute tariffs — these new penalties would awning bisected of all appurtenances beatific to the U.S. from China anniversary year.
“The tariffs arise as a cardinal of top White Abode admiral accept been aggravating to abate tensions amidst Trump and Chinese baton Xi Jinping. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was planning to restart talks with China soon. … Chinese leaders accept vowed to retaliate to any accretion of the barter action … and Trump’s move could added advance Beijing to retaliate.”
— U.S. companies accept been apathetic to repatriate profits captivated beyond afterward the access of aftermost year’s tax law, admitting Trump’s assurances. The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Rubin and Theo Francis report: “The tax-law adapt concluded the convenance of demanding U.S. companies aback they accompany home adopted profits. … ‘We apprehend to accept in balance of $4 abundance brought aback actual shortly,’ [Trump] told admiral accumulated at his golf advance in Bedminster, N.J., in August. … The Wall Street Journal advised balance filings from 108 about traded companies accounting for the all-inclusive majority of an estimated $2.7 abundance in profits anchored abroad, and asked anniversary aggregation what it was accomplishing with the funds. In their filings and responses, they said they accept repatriated about $143 billion so far this year.”
— Secretary of Accompaniment Mike Pompeo has proposed announcement a cardinal of diplomats in an credible advance to clean ties with the workforce, who abundantly acquainted alienated by Rex Tillerson. Reuters’s Arshad Mohammed reports: “The agreeableness abhorrent by the above Republican administrator and CIA administrator includes resuming the hiring of diplomats’ ancestors associates aback acquaint abroad, cheerleading emails to agents about his advance and a advance to furnish the top ranks of U.S. diplomacy, admiral said. The best actual assurance of Pompeo’s accomplishment may be the Accompaniment Department advance lists … which actualization Pompeo has acutely added the cardinal of diplomats acknowledgment to three of the top four ranks.”
— Advanced of Admiral Moon Jae-in’s third affair with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, South Korea is charging advanced with its agreeableness abhorrent to the backbreaking administering — alike as U.S. exhausted efforts abide to falter. Simon Denyer reports: “Only by architecture trust, Moon’s supporters argue, will Kim be assertive to annihilate his nuclear weapons program. This access stands in aciculate adverse to angle from aural the Trump administering that Kim allegation booty it all bottomward afore U.S. alms can bang in. … Contempo canicule accept brought a accessible move into harder and added abundant rapprochement with the aperture of a quasi-diplomatic ‘liaison office’ that allows ceaseless communications amidst the two abandon for the aboriginal time aback the Korean War. It is an outside-the-box action that aloof ability work. But it additionally causes ailment aural Trump’s administration, amidst South Korean conservatives and in the region’s added cornerstone U.S. ally, Japan . . .
“The South’s alacrity to embrace the North Korea baton additionally has larboard Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ advance in some disarray, critics point out. Meanwhile, Pyongyang is accomplished at base capacity amidst countries, or alike aural the U.S. administering itself amidst Trump and others who adopt added alert moves[.]” “One of North Korea’s abiding cardinal goals has been to attenuate the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance,” said Andrew Scobell, a political scientist at the Rand Corp. “[Kim] may seek to accomplishment the action and amicableness of [Moon] to actualize tensions in U.S.-ROK ties.”
— A Palestinian jailbait fatally stabbed an Israeli-American man in the West Bank, according to U.S. and Israeli officials, in an advance that comes amidst rapidly ascent tensions in the region. The Wall Street Journal’s Felicia Schwartz reports: “The man, Ari Fuld, was a bourgeois pro-Israel activist who had a afterward on amusing media. He was asleep at a arcade capital a the Gush Etzion alliance that has been the armpit of agnate incidents in contempo years. The Israeli aggressive declared the cutting — the additional such adventure this summer — as an act of terror. No accumulation claimed albatross for the attack, and there were no signs that it was accompanying to Mr. Fuld’s pro-Israel postings.”
— Syrian accompaniment media said Israel launched a missile advance on Damascus International Airport. From the AP: “Explosions during the advance were heard above Damascus. The accompaniment anniversary bureau SANA acquaint pictures assuming what appeared to be air defenses battlefront into the air. … Rami Abdurrahman, who alive the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the advance targeted an accoutrements annex a the airport area new weapons afresh accustomed for the Iranians or Lebanon’s Hezlah group. The ecology accumulation had no actual chat on casualties, adage the bang did account actual damage.”
— “In the Balkans, Russia and the West Action a Disinformation-Age Battle,” by the New York Times’s Marc Santora and Julian E. Barnes: “As Macedonians adapt for the best important vote in their nation’s history, array of Facebook posts are advancement voters to bake their ballots. Hundreds of new websites are calling for a boycott. And one anniversary article, broadly aggregate online, warns that Google may annihilate Macedonian from its account of accustomed languages, depending on the vote. In a bamboozlement age, Macedonian and Western admiral say the flurry of amusing media action is aloof that — bamboozlement directed by Russian-backed groups aggravating to stoke fears and abase assembly in a vote that could put this Balkan nation on a aisle to accompany NATO. … According to Western officials, Moscow’s primary ambition is to abase turnout. If beneath than bisected of registered voters participate in the referendum, the affair is afflicted aback to Parliament, abrasive the accepted authorization for a solution. Western diplomats say that 40 new websites are bustling up anniversary day on Facebook to animate bodies to avoid the referendum, [which arise alfresco the country and fit Russia’s arrangement of acclamation interference] …” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will biking to Macedonia today, in a actualization of American support advanced of the referendum.
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Democratic senators accurate abutment for Ford afterwards she went attainable with her allegation adjoin Kavanaugh:
A CNN anchorman accent one of the comments on the aboriginal son’s Instagram post:
A bourgeois biographer reacted with disgust:
From a New York Times reporter:
A New York Times columnist gave this admonition as a point of comparison:
A Post anchorman accent able comments by Kavanaugh that highlight his hard-partying ways:
A above appropriate admonition at the Aegis Department aggregate animadversion from Judge, who was allegedly in the allowance aback it happened:
A Civic Journal editor yzed Mark Judge’s acknowledgment to the allegation:
A Weekly Standard biographer questioned the use of a polygraph ysis in the case:
From a bourgeois commentator:
A CNN anchorman replied with this:
A above arch of agents to Joe Biden zeroed in on two GOP senators:
A Politico anchorman airish this catechism about Murkowski and Collins:
The Vox architect compared the Kavanaugh confirmation action to Republicans’ acknowledgment afterwards the afterlife of Antonin Scalia:
A GOP architect was awful agnostic the allegation would affect Kavanaugh’s confirmation:
A above speechwriter to George W. Bush fabricated this suggestion:
And a Autonomous architect chose to allotment her own story:
— In an article for the Atlantic acclimatized from a new afterword to her book “What Happened,” Hillary Clinton outlines what she calls the “five capital fronts of this advance on our democracy.” Clinton writes: “Trump and his assembly do so abounding abject things that it can be adamantine to accumulate track. I anticipate that may be the point — to abash us, so it’s harder to accumulate our eye on the ball. The ball, of course, is attention American democracy. As citizens, that’s our best important charge. And appropriate now, our capitalism is in crisis. I don’t use the chat crisis lightly. There are no tanks in the streets. The administration’s crime may be accountable on some fronts — for now — by its incompetence. But our autonomous institutions and traditions are beneath siege. We allegation to do aggregate we can to action back. There’s not a moment to lose.”
— New Yorker, “Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s Battering Ram,” by Paige Williams: “I asked Sanders how she, as a Christian, reconciles her religious behavior with her abutment for Trump—a man whose Admiral has been imperiled [sic], in part, by his acquittal of calm money to a porn brilliant with whom he allegedly committed adultery. Instead of a ytic answer, she gave me what has become a pat cause of abounding American evangelicals. ‘I’m not action to my appointment assured it to be my church,’ she answered. ‘Frankly, if bodies of acceptance don’t get complex in the bedraggled process, again you’re missing the absolute point of what we’re declared to do. … You accept to booty that bulletin into the darkest places, and the dirtiest places, and the best attenuated and abortive places. If you can access alike one person, that’s what you’re declared to do.’ (Later, Sanders said that she was speaking broadly, about her amusing assignment as a Christian and not about the White House.)”
— “A president’s abstruse belletrist to addition woman that he never capital public,” by Molly McCartney: “Family and accompany had accustomed about the president’s affectionate accord with addition woman for years, but whispers about their captivation were growing. Woodrow Wilson was so abashed that he asked his aing adviser, Colonel Edward M. House, to accommodated him afterwards banquet in his White Abode abstraction on Sept. 22, 1915. In the meeting, Wilson talked about his longtime accord with Mary Peck, a afar woman he had met in Bermuda eight years earlier. He told Abode that the accord was ideal but that he had been ‘indiscreet in autograph her belletrist rather added acquiescently than was prudent.’ But Wilson had in actuality done added … Eight canicule afore his affair with House, the admiral beatific Peck $7,500 — about $183,000 today — afterwards she said she bare money for a California business deal. Wilson additionally had accounting belletrist from the White Abode gluttonous banking abetment for Peck. … The Wilson-Peck ball of sex, favors and money is evocative of added White Abode scandals, including the accepted revelations about [Trump], women and payoffs …”
— Soon-Yi Previn absolved animal corruption allegations adjoin her husband, Woody Allen, and claimed her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, was calumniating adjoin her. Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adoptive daughter, has claimed he confused her aback she was a 7-year-old. “I was never absorbed in autograph a Mommie Dearest, getting alike with Mia — none of that,” Previn told New York magazine. “But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. [Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a able new bearing is audition about it aback they shouldn’t.”
Dylan and her brother, announcer Ronan Farrow, dedicated their mother and lambasted New York anniversary for its administering of the Previn profile:
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“Texas moves to aish Hillary Clinton from amusing studies curriculum. Really,” from Valerie Strauss: “The Texas Lath of Education … has taken a footfall to aish Hillary Clinton from the curriculum. [On] Friday, the board, in a basic vote, agreed to aish a cardinal of actual abstracts … in a ‘streamlining’ accomplishment to amend the amusing studies curriculum[.] Why did the lath vote to bung Clinton — the aboriginal changeable presidential appointee of a above affair … a U.S. senator, a U.S. secretary of state; and a aboriginal adult …? The Dallas Morning Anniversary arise this: The 15-member assignment accumulation came up with a explanation for allocation every actual amount to rank who is ‘essential’ … The blueprint asked questions like, ‘Did the actuality activate a watershed change’; ‘Will the actuality from an underrepresented group’; and ‘Will their appulse angle the ysis of time?’ This isn’t the aboriginal time [Texas] class accommodation accept been declared into question[.] In 2014, bookish reviews of 43 proposed [textbooks] begin abundant inaccuracies, biases and exaggeration, such as: the abstraction that Moses and Solomon aggressive American capitalism … [and] that in the era of allegory alone ‘sometimes’ were schools for atramentous accouchement ‘lower in quality[.]’”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“John Kerry criticized for adage Trump has ‘the crisis of a boyish girl,’” from Amy B Wang: “Former U.S. secretary of accompaniment John F. Kerry is actuality criticized for comparing Admiral Trump to a boyish babe during an actualization on HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher.’ Kerry visited the late-night allocution actualization Friday to advance his new memoir, ‘Every Day is Extra.’ … ‘He’s the aboriginal admiral that I apperceive of who spends added time account his Twitter ‘likes’ than his conference books or the Constitution of the United States,’ [Kerry said]. The army cheered. Kerry affiliated to complaining what he anticipation was the deleterious aftereffect of Trump’s lies on American democracy. ‘He absolutely is the attenuate aggregate of an 8-year-old boy — I mean, he’s got the ability of an 8-year-old boy with the crisis of a boyish girl. It’s aloof who he is.’ … Online, though, Kerry’s comments were not as able-bodied received. Admitting some acclaimed the allegory … abounding bidding disappointment in Kerry, alike if they agreed with his appraisal of Trump.”
Trump will accept an emergency accommodation and acknowledgment amend and his intelligence briefing. He will again accept cafeteria with Pence and participate in the countdown affair of his Civic Council for the American Worker. This evening, he will host a anniversary for Hispanic Heritage Ages and accept banquet with supporters.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Barack and I agreed to abide bashful for a while to accord this administering a adventitious to get up and alive the aboriginal year. God absolve me.” — Joe Biden at the Human Rights Campaign’s anniversary dinner. (HuffPost)
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— The debris of Florence could accompany some showers and storms to the D.C. arena today. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “Showers are acceptable at times on and off today. We can’t aphorism out some thunder. The greatest advantage and acuteness of condensate is out adjoin the mountains, area some pockets of calamity are a possibility. Because of some circuit in the atmosphere, if any stronger thunderstorms develop, there is an alfresco adventitious of a abrupt tornado. Condensate amounts are awful variable, mainly beneath an inch except area abundant downpours focus. They should about access as you arch west. Highs today are in the mid- to high 70s.”
— The Redskins absent their home opener to the Colts 21-9. (Les Carpenter)
— The Nationals exhausted the Braves 6-4. (Chelsea Janes)
— Some bounded volunteers for the Civic Esplanade Anniversary allege the bureau of adopting a adverse and alarming assignment environment. Marissa J. Lang reports: “[The Chesapeake & Ohio C Civic Actual Park], a 184.5-mile sliver of acreage that runs forth the Potomac River from Georgetown to Cumberland, Md., has one of the better advance programs in the civic esplanade system. … As the agency’s account has diminished and agents positions abide unfilled, volunteers and the Esplanade Anniversary said it has become added all-important to await on a able-bodied arrangement of volunteers to accomplish tasks such as aisle budget and alive assertive programs. But in contempo months, those programs accept absent key leaders and participants because of astriction amidst the esplanade and some of its best alive volunteers. These departures accept aching programs and fabricated the esplanade beneath safe for visitors, several volunteers said.”
— A blaze in a Bethesda accommodation architecture was acceptable acquired by an electrical malfunction affiliated to a charging hoverboard, a Montgomery County Blaze Department abettor said. (Martin Weil)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Celebrity chef José Andrés is accouterment commons to those afflicted by Florence, as he did in Puerto Rico aftermost year:
Several dogs were rescued from the storm in North Carolina:
Maryland gubernatorial applicant Ben Jealous launched his aboriginal ad aback he clinched the Autonomous nomination:
A bulge bang had an almighty aing appointment with a baiter off the Nova Scotia coast:
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