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US Senate braces for Kavanaugh vote after mass arrests

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But Murkowski said she is a "no" on the nomination but will "pair" her vote with Daines and be marked "present" instead, meaning that Daines can remain at the wedding and not have to rush back . There's no guarantee that the senators who supported moving forward will back Kavanaugh on the final vote. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., looks on before the arrival ofTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during a Senate Appropriations Committee for Financial Services hearing on the proposed FY2019 budget ... Read More »

GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct

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Trump has expressed similar sentiments in the past in response to sexual misconduct allegations against Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News host who was forced out after multimillion-dollar settlements of sexual harassment claims; Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama who lost after being accused of child molestation; and Rob Porter, his White House staff secretary who resigned after two former wives accused him of abuse. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh closer to US Supreme Court confirmation after Senate vote

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Some protesters, many dressed in black, crowded into the Hart Senate Office Building after rallying in front of the Supreme Court on a sunny, warm autumn day. "There was absolutely no corroboration of (Ramirez's or Ford's) allegations", Kennedy said. President Donald Trump is praising the Senate for pushing Kavanaugh past a key procedural hurdle. Read More »

What will FBI investigation into Kavanaugh entail?

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The FBI is likely organizing their resources to ensure that every field office and every agent is available to complete the investigation in a week, said ABC News contributor and former FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Gomez. The FBI can not force someone to talk to them as part of the process. "Remember, they're not reaching a decision or recommendation". Still, with 36 years between the night of the alleged attack and the forthcoming background investigation, the agents in this ... Read More »

Kavanaugh, Ford testify in Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

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Joe Manchin. Facing a re-election vote in November in the pro-Trump state of West Virginia, he said on Friday that he supported Flake's call to delay voting so the FBI can investigate. Grassley has also pointed out that the ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen. The day before the hearing, Trump said he wished the Senate moved forward with the vote instead of allowing Ford's testimony. Read More »

Kavanaugh-Ford hearing: A dramatic lesson on gender roles

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The White House is pushing back against a call from the American Bar Association to slow the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the Federal Bureau of Investigation can do a full background check. She took turns with the Democratic senators to ask questions in five-minute segments, disrupting her flow. "I am terrified", she said, her voice often quavering. Read More »

Monica Lewinsky Thanks Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford for Coming Forward

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The Arizona Republican told The Washington Post that Christine Blasey Ford , a 51-year-old research psychologist who first went public with her allegations in a Post story Sunday, "must be heard". He told the New York Times that Kavanaugh was a "brilliant student" who loved sports and was not "into anything insane or illegal". "Well, this woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", said Conway. Read More »

Woodward Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes untrue

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly frequently lost his temper and told colleagues that he thought the president was "unhinged", the book claims. The opinion piece is a different matter. He criticized the media for what he said were its efforts to "undermine this administration". Mattis and Kelly have both denied the quotes attributed to them. Read More »

Challenger Pressley notches upset victory in MA congressional race

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Voters in MA are deciding who advances to the November general election to run for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and a slew of other offices. Stunning news out of the MA primary this evening, where 10-term incumbent House member Michael Capuano has been defeated for re-election by Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley . Read More »

Sen. Collins mum on Kavanaugh confirmation vote as pressure grows

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Senate Democrats worked into the night Thursday in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump . What Kavanaugh actually said and what Harris, other Democrat senators , and pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood put out is not up for debate. Read More »

Thousands Protest Assad Plan To Attack Last Syrian Rebel Stronghold

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On Friday, the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Tehran to discuss the situation and planned an offensive in Idlib by the Assad regime. Similar demonstrations were held in Idlib's towns of Khan Sheikhun and Jisr al-Shughur, as well as opposition-held areas in the neighboring provinces of Hama and Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Read More »

Canada trade talks end in deadlock, to resume next week

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Trump , in a statement, also praised the deal - even though it does not include Canada, one of the original members of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. In other words, cutting Canada out would be more than modernizing the existing treaty. They met late into the evening Thursday in search of a compromise in time for the deadline imposed by U.S. Read More »

Twitter drags Trump-backed Florida candidate for racist comment

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Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis has been denounced by the Democrats and the media as racist, for saying voters shouldn't " monkey this up " by voting for his socialist opponent, who happens to be black. "Listen, I've been elected for 15 years, I don't mind taking a punch and I can deliver one myself", Gillum said. By one count, the Gillum campaign had only spent $6.6 million by Tuesday , far less than his opponents. Read More »

Donald Trump pays tribute to John McCain and lowers White House flag

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The message was released on Monday as a statement by McCain's longtime adviser Rick Davis, two days after the veteran Republican senator succumbed to a yearlong battle with brain cancer at the age of 81. With bad blood between them at the boil, McCain reportedly excluded Trump from his funeral ceremonies - a development that Davis confirmed on Monday. Read More »

Ardern congratulates next Australian PM on job

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Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pauses during a news conference after a party meeting in Canberra , Australia August 24, 2018. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will take on the post of deputy prime minister. A hardliner on social issues, Morrison was criticized by the United Nations in 2014 for insisting that the children of asylum seekers be detained while their residency claims were processed. Read More »

Trump's former campaign chief convicted on 8 counts

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The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 counts. She said in an interview with Fox News the night before that she was convinced Manafort was guilty after seeing four full boxes of evidence from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's legal team. Read More »

Investigators examine over US$20m in loans by former Trump lawyer Cohen

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Federal Bureau of Investigation raids in April sought bank records, communications with Trump's campaign and information on payments to Daniels and McDougal. Cohen told the judge that the payments to the women were made "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office and "for the principal goal of influencing the election" for president in 2016". Read More »

Indians begin massive cleanup as rains diminish in Kerala

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The death toll has risen to almost 400 while many still wait for rescue. The authorities also withdrew the red alert issued in the last of the three districts: Idukki, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta. "We can not venture out of our homes ... there is no guarantee to come back as you may face flash floods and landslides any time", said one farmer. Read More »

Prosecutors detail how they built Manafort case

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Manafort's trial on charges of tax and bank fraud. Manafort's trial, being held in US federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, is the first arising out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the interactions between Trump associates and Russian officials. Read More »

Is Trump Winning His Trade War With Europe?

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After Trump slapped steep new tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum earlier this year, China , Mexico , and the European Union imposed retaliatory tariffs on billions of dollars United States goods - from bourbon, Harley Davidson motorbikes and orange juice to dairy products, soybeans and pork. Read More »