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UPDATED: McConnell: Senate will hold Kavanaugh vote 'this week'

Source: The Hill

BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 10/01/18 04:20 PM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate will hold a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination this week.

"The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close. Judge Kavanaugh's nomination is out of committee. We're considering it here on the floor and ... we'll be voting this week," McConnell said.

McConnell's comments, made during a Senate floor speech, comes as the FBI has to wrap up its investigation into multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh by Friday.

GOP senators and aides have been careful not to pin down a specific timeline on Kavanaugh's nomination, arguing that the FBI could wrap up its work before the Friday deadline.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/409340-mcconnell-senate-will-hold-kavanaugh-vote-this-week


McConnell Accuses Dems of ‘McCarthy Era’ Tactics in Senate Floor Speech: ‘Character Assassination’ of Kavanaugh

by Joe DePaolo | Oct 1st, 2018, 4:25 pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blasted Democrats Monday — accusing them of McCarthy-esque tactics in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process.

In a screed delivered from the Senate floor, McConnell invoked the infamous name of Joseph McCarthy, and accused Democrats of using tactics similar to those employed by the former Wisconsin Senator in order to defeat the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

“This institution has seen before episodes somewhat like what we’re now seeing from some of our colleagues across the aisle,” McConnell said. “Factor in the McCarthy era. Back in 1950, character assassination and uncorroborated allegations were being utilized in a very different debate in that era.”

The Kentucky Senator added, “In my judgment, the pattern of behavior we have seen confirms what Democrats’ own public statements have told us. They are committed to delaying, obstructing and resisting this nomination with everything they’ve got. They just want to delay this matter past the election.”

McConnell accused Democrats of moving the “goal posts” as it relates to the FBI investigation into the Supreme Court nominee.

“Do these actions suggest that this has ever been about giving Judge Kavanaugh a fair hearing?” McConnell said.



Trump to press: 'I consider you a part of the Democrat Party'

Source: The Hill

BY MORGAN CHALFANT - 10/01/18 01:40 PM EDT

A combative President Trump initially deflected questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a White House press conference on trade, and also accused reporters of working for the Democratic Party.

During an extended attack on Democrats for their handling of Kavanaugh, Trump accused the media of taking the party’s side. “I consider you a part of the Democrat Party,” Trump said.

Trump shot down questions three times from reporters on Kavanaugh following remarks in the Rose Garden, instead demanding they first ask questions about the newly negotiated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

He signaled he would eventually take questions on Kavanaugh, but didn’t do so until almost an hour into the press conference.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/409285-trump-to-press-i-consider-you-a-part-of-the-democrat-party

You can now go to jail for being homophobic or transphobic in Switzerland

Source: LGBTQ Nation

By Gwendolyn Smith · Monday, October 1, 2018

Switzerland has voted to impose the strictest penalties in the world for trans- and homophobia, putting them on par with racism. Those found guilty of either could face up to three years in prison.

The Swiss National Council voted 118 to 60 to change their penal code, making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

“Victory!” said Mathias Reynard, a national councilor who has fought for over half a decade on the law. “By 118 against 60 and 5 abstentions, the National Council accepts my parliamentary initiative against homophobia and Transphobia! A great success for human rights!”


The move comes amidst criticism of Switzerland’s legal landscape surrounding LGBTQ people. Marriage is still not legal in the country, meaning that same-sex couples lack legal standing for adoption, welfare, and taxes.

Read more: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/10/can-now-go-jail-homophobic-transphobic-switzerland/

Clinton releases video encouraging people to vote, volunteer in swing districts



Gillum Staffer Fired For Tweet Calling For Trump's Execution

By Allegra Kirkland
October 1, 2018 10:35 am

A staffer for Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was dismissed over the weekend after he published social media messages he shared disparaging President Trump and GOP voters.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Manny Orozco-Ballestas was fired as Gillum’s youth director after several offensive tweets—including one claiming that Trump needs “to be executed”—surfaced. Orozco-Ballestas also took heat for a 2017 Instagram photo of him wearing a shirt labeling the states that voted for Trump “Dumbfuckistan.”

Infowars blogger Jacob Engels circulated the messages shared by the 24-year-old staffer, which dated back to 2012 and 2013.

In a statement provided to the newspaper, Gillum spokesperson Joshua Karp said, “The type of language this young man used on social media before his employment with our campaign is unacceptable and he will no longer be working with the campaign.”

Orozco-Ballestas released his own statement apologizing for the messages’ content.

“I took social media for granted when I was younger and I am now facing the consequences,” he said. “I’m so sorry to all those I let down, especially Mayor Gillum and my team. What I tweeted as an immature student many years ago is not a reflection of the man I am today.”

Gillum is running in a tight race against Trump ally Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and has consistently led in the polls.



Donald Trump Jr.: #MeToo Makes Me Fear More for My Sons Than My Daughters

Source: The Daily Beast

The president’s son’s takeaway from three women’s harrowing sexual-assault accusations against Brett Kavanaugh: His boys are now the ones at risk.

Olivia Messer
10.01.18 9:42 AM ET

Donald Trump Jr. is afraid for his sons.

The past week—in which Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser were questioned in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee over allegations that he committed sexual assault in the 1980s—has made the president’s oldest male heir fear more for his sons than his daughters, the father of five said in an interview with DailyMail TV.

“I’ve got boys, and I’ve got girls,” Trump Jr. said during a trip to Bozeman, Montana, to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale last week. “When I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary.” When asked which of his children he’s most concerned for, he replied: “Right now, I’d say my sons.”

Trump Jr. told reporters that Christine Blasey Ford’s story, of being held down and groped by Kavanaugh at a high-school party while his friend Mark Judge egged him on, is tainted by political motivations to keep his father’s nominee off the high court.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-jr-metoo-makes-me-fear-more-for-my-sons-than-my-daughters?ref=home

Limited FBI investigation of Kavanaugh offers road map for how Trump could try to constrain Mueller

By James Hohmann
October 1 at 9:10 AM

With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve

THE BIG IDEA: President Trump’s disputed insistence over the weekend, echoed by his top aides, that he’s done nothing to constrain the scope of the FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh underscores why many national security lawyers and law enforcement veterans are nervous about the future of special counsel Bob Mueller’s probe if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein loses his job.

Trump does not need to fire Mueller to curtail the ongoing investigation into whether he sought to obstruct justice or if his campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. The president calls it a “witch hunt,” but he recognizes that there would be immense political blowback — including street protests and possibly the defection of moderate Republicans — if he got rid of Mueller.

Because Jeff Sessions played a key role on Trump’s campaign and had Russian contacts he did not disclose during his confirmation hearing, the attorney general recused himself from the investigation. That means Rosenstein oversees the special counsel’s probe. If he leaves, whoever replaces him could theoretically limit the scope of what Mueller can explore or who he can indict while also scaling back the amount of resources available.

And the public wouldn’t necessarily find out because such moves are not required to be immediately disclosed, according to several experts familiar with the special counsel law from both parties. Sources on the inside might leak that Mueller’s investigation was being undermined, but Trump and White House press people could vehemently deny these reports. The result might be the kind of confusion about what’s really going on that we’re left with this morning vis-a-vis Kavanaugh.

“The White House is not micromanaging this process,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on “Fox News Sunday.” She said it was Senate Republicans who are “dictating the terms” and that the president wants the FBI to do whatever they “need to do.” She said she was not aware of a list of people the White House counsel has provided to the FBI. “This can’t become a fishing expedition like the Democrats would like to see it be,” she continued.


Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford hearing spurs more division - CBS News Poll

Source: CBS News

CBS NEWS October 1, 2018, 7:00 AM

By Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Kabir Khanna

Americans are divided and somewhat more opposed to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination than in favor of it after hearing Thursday from both Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, but strong partisanship increasingly defines the public's views. Republicans have grown more in favor of his confirmation compared to last week, and nearly half say they'd be angry if Kavanaugh isn't eventually confirmed. Democrats are increasingly opposed after the hearings, with nearly half expressing anger at the idea of Kavanaugh eventually being seated on the court.

The net shift in sentiment over the week has been toward opposition. Today 37 percent of Americans do not think the Senate should confirm (up from 30 percent opposed last week) and 35 percent think the Senate should confirm (up from 32 percent last week) as partisan sentiments have hardened. Democratic opposition has gone from 60 percent to 68 percent, and Republican support has gone from 69 percent to 75 percent. Independents are more closely divided and slightly more in favor of confirmation than opposed.

Partisanship appears much more closely connected to overall views than does gender. Among Republican women, 70 percent feel Kavanaugh should be confirmed, while 80 percent of Republican men do. Among Democratic women, 65 percent oppose it, and 73 percent of Democratic men oppose. Overall, 41 percent of men feel Kavanaugh should be confirmed, and 29 percent of women nationwide do, with relatively more women saying it is still too soon to say.

More Americans overall have adopted a position this week compared to last -- 28 percent are undecided now, down from 38 percent. Most of those undecided last week remain undecided today, but of those who took a position in recent days, more have broken against the nomination than for it. The survey included interviews with Americans we previously talked to last week.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-christine-blasey-ford-hearing-spurs-more-division-cbs-news-poll/

We're Headed for Another 'Change' Election

October 1, 2018 at 8:47 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

First Read: “One finding from this month’s NBC/WSJ poll that didn’t get as much attention as it deserved was this number: 59% of voters said they wanted to see a ‘great deal’ or ‘quite a bit’ of change from the way President Trump has been leading the country. By contrast, 40% said they wanted no change/not that much change/just some change.”

“That 59% wanting change was almost identical to the 62% who said this on the same question in November 1994 (when Republicans won control of Congress), and the 63% who said this in October 2010 (when the GOP won the House and picked up six Senate seats).”

“What’s more, those who said they wanted change in our September 2018 poll included 61 percent of independents, 65% of voters living in competitive House districts, 59% of suburban residents and even 32% of Republican voters (!!!).”



Kanye West Called to Abolish Amendment that Ended Slavery: It's 'Slavery in Disguise'

by Tamar Auber | Sep 30th, 2018, 5:53 pm

Kanye West, or rather the artist formerly known as Kanye West since he now prefers to be referred to as YE, took to Twitter on Saturday to call for the abolition of the 13th Amendment.

The problem is, the 13th Amendment just so happens to be the amendment which abolishes slavery. West tweeted out his thoughts on the 13th Amendment complete with a photo of him in a MAGA hat.


He then followed it up with this additional thought suggesting “the 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise.”


Then, in a third tweet, he clarified he did not want to abolish the 13th Amendment, but amend it.


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