The Note: Kavanaugh fight takes politics a step backward

The Note: Kavanaugh fight takes politics a step backward

The TAKE with Rick Klein Amid the hyperspeed of politics these days, this week inched by slowly – even seeming to move backward at times. Robert Mueller’s probe showed signs of advancing, given the news of Michael Cohen’s multiple sessions with Mueller’s team, and with prosecutors based in New York City. Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination moved not at all, with the question of whether and when Christine Blasey Ford will speak publicly about her…

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‘Start Here’: Kavanaugh, Cohen and Amazon. What you need to know to start your day.

‘Start Here’: Kavanaugh, Cohen and Amazon. What you need to know to start your day.

It’s Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Here’s what you need to start your day: 1. Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify, lays out conditions Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who’s accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, said she’s willing to testify on Capitol Hill, with some conditions. In an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford’s lawyer said she “wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which…

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‘I don’t see any possibility’ Christine Blasey Ford is mistaken, sister-in-law says

‘I don’t see any possibility’ Christine Blasey Ford is mistaken, sister-in-law says

The sister-in-law of Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who’s accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as teenagers, said on “Good Morning America” that “I don’t see any possibility” that Ford is mistaken. Deborah Ford Peters said Ford is down to earth, hardworking and honest. Peters also said that since the accusation against Kavanaugh, which he’s denied, Ford has received death threats. Ford spoke out, writing a letter to Sen. Diane…

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New Jersey governor calls for sheriff to resign over racist remarks on Sikh AG

New Jersey governor calls for sheriff to resign over racist remarks on Sikh AG

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is calling for one of the state’s sheriffs to step down after the sheriff was purportedly recorded making racist comments about New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who is Sikh American. Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino allegedly made multiple controversial remarks in a Jan. 16 conversation that took place after Murphy was inaugurated as governor, the recordings of which were obtained by WNYC. In the recording, Saudino was discussing whether…

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Judiciary Committee Republicans have been in constant touch with Ford lawyers

Judiciary Committee Republicans have been in constant touch with Ford lawyers

Emails between Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s staff and the legal team of Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, obtained by ABC News, show that Republican staffers reached out the day after Ford’s identity was made public and offered to have her testify later that same week or the following Monday at an upcoming hearing on the Supreme Court nominee. Free America Network Articles

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NYPD prepares for UN General Assembly in wake of UK nerve agent attacks

NYPD prepares for UN General Assembly in wake of UK nerve agent attacks

Days before world leaders gather in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly, the NYPD is brushing up on how to prevent state-sponsored poisoning attempts. While police say there have been no specific poisoning threats in connection to the annual gathering, the NYPD has “compared notes” with authorities in the UK about possible plots similar to the recent attack on former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, where they…

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White House: ‘swift, transparent consequences’ for malicious cyber acts

White House: ‘swift, transparent consequences’ for malicious cyber acts

In its newly published National Cyber Strategy, the Trump administration says it plans to work with international partners to develop agreed-upon “swift, transparent consequences” in hopes of deterring malicious behavior online from the likes of Russia and China, in addition to its own new aggressive use of cyber weapons. “As the United States continues to promote consensus on what constitutes responsible state behavior in cyberspace, we must also work to ensure that there are consequences…

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Christine Blasey Ford ‘prepared to testify next week,’ her lawyer tells senators

Christine Blasey Ford ‘prepared to testify next week,’ her lawyer tells senators

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has alleged Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers, told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that she “would be prepared to testify next week.” Thursday evening, the White House released a letter from Kavanaugh saying, “I will be there” on Monday, the day on which both were originally invited to testify. The move by Ford, first reported by the New York…

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Remains of two US soldiers identified from boxes turned over by North Korea

Remains of two US soldiers identified from boxes turned over by North Korea

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the remains of two U.S. Army soldiers missing in the Korean War nearly seven decades ago have been identified from the 55 boxes turned over by North Korea this summer. The president tweeted out their names, noting they were “identified as a result of my Summit with Chairman Kim,” referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “These HEROES are home, they may Rest In Peace, and hopefully their…

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‘It’s not really a pass’: Man who strangled woman off with no jail

‘It’s not really a pass’: Man who strangled woman off with no jail

A man who reached a plea deal in a case brought against him after choking and masturbating on a woman is now free in Alaska. Justin Schneider served one year on house arrest with an ankle bracelet and is not slated to spend any time in jail over the August 2017 incident as a result of a deal. Schneider’s arrest came after he allegedly offered a woman a ride and then attacked her, strangled her…

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