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White House authorizes FBI to expand Kavanaugh investigation - report

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 05:39

White House authorizes FBI to expand Kavanaugh investigation - report | 01 Oct 2018 | The White House has reportedly permitted the FBI to interview anyone deemed appropriate in its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The New York Times reported on Monday that the White House gave authorization to expand the investigation from an initial limited list of witnesses, provided that the review is completed by the end of the week. The FBI has already spoken with the four individuals it had been given permission to speak to, the news[sic]paper reported.

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McConnell: Senate will hold Kavanaugh vote 'this week'

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 05:26

McConnell: Senate will hold Kavanaugh vote 'this week' | 01 Oct 2018 | 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...If McConnell waited until Friday to file cloture on Kavanaugh's nomination that would set up an initial vote on ending debate as early as Sunday. If McConnell filed cloture before that, he could bring up the vote as soon as the Friday deadline passed or when the FBI wrapped up its investigation.

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California governor signs nation's strictest net neutrality bill

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:10

California governor signs nation's strictest net neutrality bill | 30 Sept 2018 | California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday signed into law the country's strictest net neutrality bill, marking the state's latest rebellion against the Trump administration's agenda. The legislation bars internet service providers from slowing down website speeds, blocking access to certain websites and charging extra for large sites, according to The Sacramento Bee. California legislators wrote the bill last year after the Trump administration eliminated net neutrality rules.

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DOJ sues California over net neutrality law

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:03

DOJ sues California over net neutrality law | 30 Sept 2018 | The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday night sued California over its new new neutrality law, a little over an hour after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the bill. The lawsuit claims the California bill is "unlawful and anti-consumer" because it goes against the federal government's "deregulatory approach to the Internet." The bill signed by Brown (D) is the country's strictest net neutrality bill.

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Supreme Court Opens New Term Without Ninth Justice in Place

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 07:29

Supreme Court Opens New Term Without Ninth Justice in Place | 30 Sept 2018 | An eight-member Supreme Court, divided by ideology and clouded by uncertainty, returns Monday for a docket of workmanlike disputes while senators battle over nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation in the face of sexual-assault allegations...Senate Republicans had intended to confirm Judge Kavanaugh in time to provide a fifth conservative vote by the start of the term; on the cases it hears before it has an ideological majority, the court may take only modest steps if there are divisions. Given the politics surrounding the court, it is also possible the justices will seek to cool the temperature even once its membership is full--at least at the outset.

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US and Canada reach last-minute deal to preserve NAFTA

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 06:17

US and Canada reach last-minute deal to preserve NAFTA | 30 Sept 2018 | The United States and Canada reached a last-minute deal late Sunday night on reforming the North American Free Trade Agreement, officials said. Hours before a midnight deadline, Canada agreed to stay in the free-trade pact -- now dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agree­ment, or USMCA -- by joining a deal the US and Mexico reached last month. The revised agreement will result in “freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” said US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a joint statement.

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Grassley asks FBI to probe apparent false allegations against Kavanaugh

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 05:44

Grassley asks FBI to probe apparent false allegations against Kavanaugh | 29 Sept 2018 | The Senate Judiciary Committee referred apparent false statements made to committee investigators alleging misconduct by Judge Brett Kavanaugh for criminal investigation on Saturday. Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray seeking to have "materially false statements" made to the Committee as part of its investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh referred for criminal investigation. In the letter, Grassley discussed the Committee's investigation into various allegations made against Kavanaugh, which he noted "has involved communicating with numerous individuals claiming to have relevant information."

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'Treated' water at Fukushima nuclear plant still radioactive

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 04:42

'Treated' water at Fukushima nuclear plant still radioactive | 28 Sept 2018 | The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that much of the radioactive water stored at the plant isn't clean enough and needs further treatment if it is to be released into the ocean.Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government had said that treatment of the water had removed all radioactive elements except tritium...TEPCO said Friday that studies found the water still contains other elements, including radioactive iodine, cesium and strontium. It said more than 80 percent of the 900,000 tons of water stored in large, densely packed tanks contains radioactivity exceeding limits for release into the environment.

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Trump orders FBI investigation into Kavanaugh

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 22:44

Trump orders FBI investigation into Kavanaugh | 28 Sept 2018 | President Trump said Friday he will sign an order authorizing an FBI background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week," the president said in a statement. The statement came after the Senate Judiciary Committee said it would ask Trump to open a supplemental background investigation of Kavanaugh over allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.

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Lindsey Graham, in Brett Kavanaugh hearing, unloads on Democrats over Supreme Court nomination process

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:31

Lindsey Graham, in Brett Kavanaugh hearing, unloads on Democrats over Supreme Court nomination process | 27 Sept 2018 | Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has vocally defended embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, displayed the depth and intensity of his fury on Thursday afternoon as Kavanaugh defended himself against sexual misconduct allegations. Graham declined to defer to prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, selected by the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans to question Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Instead, Graham eviscerated Democrats for their handling of the allegations against Kavanaugh, saying they're willing to destroy Kavanaugh's life for their own political ends. "If you wanted an FBI investigation you coulda come to us," Graham said, after Democrats on the committee have called for an FBI investigation into Ford's claims. "What you want to do is destroy this guy's life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020. You've said that, not me."

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Kavanaugh keeps confirmation hopes alive in momentous hearing

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:12

Kavanaugh keeps confirmation hopes alive in momentous hearing | 27 Sept 2018 | The most anticipated hearing on a Supreme Court nominee since Anita Hill testified in 1991 began as a search for facts about an assault claim against Brett Kavanaugh -- and ended in a partisan firefight. The nine riveting hours in between were packed with grandstanding, anger and raw emotion on the part of the accuser and the accused, as the makeup of the Supreme Court hung in the balance. The momentous hearing sets the stage for the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh Friday, with a full Senate vote as early as next week.

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Orca 'apocalypse': half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 03:52

Orca 'apocalypse': half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution | 27 Sept 2018 | At least half of the world’s killer whale populations are doomed to extinction due to toxic and persistent pollution of the oceans, according to a major new study. Although the poisonous chemicals, PCBs, have been banned for decades, they are still leaking into the seas. They become concentrated up the food chain; as a result, killer whales, the top predators, are the most contaminated animals on the planet...The new research analysed the prospects for killer whale populations over the next century and found those offshore from industrialised nations could vanish as soon as 30-50 years.

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House Intelligence Committee to vote Friday on releasing dozens of Russia probe transcripts

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:42

House Intelligence Committee to vote Friday on releasing dozens of Russia probe transcripts | 27 Sept 2018 | The House Intelligence Committee will vote Friday on publicly releasing a slew of transcripts of closed-door interviews from its now closed investigation into Russian interference, including those with high-profile members of President Trump's campaign. Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has scheduled a business meeting for 9 a.m. for the committee to vote on releasing the documents. The documents include transcripts of interviews with prominent members of the Trump campaign and the president's family, including Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr., as well as those with Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone.

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Kavanaugh denies two additional accusations to Senate Judiciary Committee

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:33

Kavanaugh denies two additional accusations to Senate Judiciary Committee | 26 Sept 2018 | Republican investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about two new allegations against him, according to a transcript of a conference call released by the committee. In the transcript released Wednesday, Kavanaugh denied an allegation that he assaulted a woman he was dating in 1998 while working for independent counsel Ken Starr that investigators said stemmed from an anonymous complaint sent to Colorado GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. "No, and we're dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend," Kavanaugh said. "It's ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone..." Kavanaugh then was asked about, and categorically denied, an allegation made by a Rhode Island man -- whose name was redacted from the transcript -- raised in a call to Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's office "concerning a rape on a boat in August of 1985."

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Ex-boyfriend filed restraining order against third Kavanaugh accuser

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 05:26

Ex-boyfriend filed restraining order against third Kavanaugh accuser| 26 Sept 2018 | Julie Swetnick, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a friend of attending house parties where women -- including herself -- were sexually assaulted, had a restraining order filed against her years later in Miami by her former boyfriend. A Miami-Dade County court docket shows a petition for injunction against Swetnick was filed March 1, 2001, by her former boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy, who told POLITICO Wednesday the two had dated for four years before they broke up. Thirteen days later, the case was dismissed, not long after an affidavit of non-ability to advance fees was filed. According to Vinneccy, Swetnick threatened him after they broke up and even after he got married to his current wife and had a child.

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White House aides told DOJ official to prepare to take over Rosenstein's job

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 05:23

White House aides told DOJ official to prepare to take over Rosenstein's job | 26 Sept 2018 | White House aides this week told a senior Department of Justice official to prepare to replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following reports that Rosenstein was ready to resign, according to a New York Times report. White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly told Matthew Whitaker, the chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that he was next in line to replace Rosenstein if President Trump fired his deputy attorney general or if he resigned.Trump and Rosenstein are set to meet on Thursday in a highly anticipated huddle. The president, during a freewheeling press conference Wednesday, said it is not his "preference" to fire Rosenstein.

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Ahead of pivotal Senate hearing, witnesses surface to say Christine Ford may have mistaken them for Kavanaugh

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 05:02

Ahead of pivotal Senate hearing, witnesses surface to say Christine Ford may have mistaken them for Kavanaugh | 27 Sept 2018 | As an extraordinary series of uncorroborated, lurid last-minute allegations threatens to derail his confirmation to the Supreme Court, nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Ford, the California professor accusing him of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning...On Wednesday evening, Judiciary Committee Republicans revealed that on Monday, they conducted their "first interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his complaint." They conducted a second interview the next day. On Wednesday, Republicans said, they received a "more in-depth written statement from the man interviewed twice previously who believes he, not Judge Kavanuagh, had the encounter in question with Dr. Ford." GOP investigators also spoke on the phone with another man making a similar claim.

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Class canceled, students excused for Kavanaugh accusers 'moment of silence'

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 02:31

Class canceled, students excused for Kavanaugh accusers 'moment of silence' | 25 Sept 2018 | At least two professors at Mississippi State University canceled class or excused students for a planned "moment of silence" for the women accusing Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than 30 years ago. Multiple MSU faculty and staff members attended the silent protest, which was focused on expressing solidarity with the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. But only a few students attended, even with the offer of being excused from class. Faculty and staff members, most of whom wore black, held signs saying "We Believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford," "#MeToo," and "#BelieveSurvivors."

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Senate panel to interview Kavanaugh over new allegations

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 23:32

Senate panel to interview Kavanaugh over new allegations | 26 Sept 2018 | The Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning to investigate sexual misconduct claims against Brett Kavanaugh by a third woman, planning a new interview with the Supreme Court nominee even as President Donald Trump decries "false accusations" by her attorney, according to correspondence obtained by POLITICO on Wednesday. The chief counsel to the panel's Republican majority told attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday that the committee plans to hold a follow-up interview with Kavanaugh regarding an affidavit by his client, Julie Swetnick, alleging that she witnessed Kavanaugh's involvement in multiple episodes of misconduct.

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Did Australian Diplomat, and Possibly Other Foreign Allies, Share Intel on Trump?

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 07:10

Did Australian Diplomat, and Possibly Other Foreign Allies, Share Intel on Trump? | 25 Sept 2018 | Former Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer evaded questions during a recent BBC interview regarding suggestions made by George Papadopoulos that Downer may have been recording his conversations in an effort to spy on the then-Trump campaign volunteer. The answers to those questions would be significant because they would reveal the extent of other nation's efforts in cooperating with the FBI's counterintelligence operation on President Donald Trump's campaign, say U.S. officials that spoke to SaraACarter.com. The information-if it was used-would be part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant's package of evidence presented to the secret court, said one former and one current U.S. official.

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