Friday, 21 September 2018

Politics A.M.: At Las Vegas rally, Trump doubles down on his support for Kavanaugh

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At Las Vegas rally, Trump doubles down on his support for Kavanaugh
The president said his Supreme Court nominee "is a fine, fine person" who has "got tremendous support."
Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but open to doing so later next week
The nomination fight is also roiled by accusations from a prominent Kavanaugh friend, who names another former student as possibly responsible for the alleged sexual assault.
Fact Checker • Analysis
The strange tale about why Bill Clinton said NAFTA would create 1 million jobs
It's the 25th anniversary of one of the dumbest presidential job predictions ever. We explain why Clinton touted a jobs number that even many trade advocates thought was extreme.
The Trailer: How Texas Republicans beat the blue wave
In this edition: a victory for Texas Republicans, a new GOP ad buy in Trump country, a surprising poll in Minnesota, and an interview with the man who wants to put Democrats in charge of the states again.
In 1992, Cory Booker admitted to groping a high school classmate and issued a call for sexual respect
In contrast to Brett Kavanaugh's denial, the senator's column in his college newspaper raises questions about what happens when a public official long ago admitted to wrongdoing.
Is Canada 'ripping us off'? Or is it the best U.S. trade partner?
The $4 trillion in goods exchanged last year between the two nations was about evenly divided between imports and exports.
Trump demands a border wall but many Republican lawmakers aren't convinced
Trump lashed out at Congress for failing to deliver the barrier, but many in the GOP say it is impractical, unrealistic and too costly.
Puerto Rico's governor ramps up push for statehood on anniversary of Maria
"It's time for decision-makers to put up or shut up," Ricardo Rosselló said during a morning television interview.
GOP congressman jokes about Ruth Bader Ginsburg being groped — by Abraham Lincoln
Rep. Ralph Norman's off-color attempt at humor during an election debate in South Carolina drew swift criticism.
Wealthy donors — including a former GOP backer — spending millions for Senate Democrats
Donors are cutting seven-figure checks to the super PAC backing Senate Democrats, in a sign of intensifying hopes on the left of flipping control of the chamber.
Mazie Hirono's blunt style makes her a favorite of liberals looking for a fighter
Sen. Mazie Hirono has emerged as a leading critic of the GOP's handling of Christine Blasey Ford's allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The Fix • Analysis
Ron DeSantis controversies likely hurting him with minority voters. But that may not mean much.
The latest Ron DeSantis story will make it even harder for people of color to back the Republican candidate.
Tickets to Michelle Obama's book tour are going fast — and raising eyebrows
Sales to the former first lady's 10-city tour started on Thursday, and VIP packages cost as much as $3,000.
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