Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Politics A.M.: How Trump is handling the Kavanaugh crisis

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With Trump muted, White House leans on Kavanaugh to defend himself
Republican officials fear that an impulsive statement from the president could hurt the Supreme Court nominee and the party amid sexual assault allegations.
Senate committee to hold public hearing with Kavanaugh, accuser after sexual assault allegation
"If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay," President Trump said of looking into allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford.
The Fix • Analysis
A former sex-crimes prosecutor analyzed Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh. Here's her take.
Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford and what to look for in a 'he-said-she-said' sexual assault allegation.
Republicans fear reversals in November due to accusation against Supreme Court nominee
They had hoped that Kavanaugh's appointment would excite Republicans; now it may by Democrats who are energized instead.
Joe Biden: When a woman alleges sexual assault, presume she is telling the truth
Asked about allegations against Kavanaugh, the former vice president says one should assume 'the essence of what she's talking about is real.'
The Fix • Analysis
Totally misreading court records, and other ways people are trying to undermine Kavanaugh's accuser
The foreclosure case, the wrong professor and Tucker Carlson's theory about what's behind the concern about Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusation.
Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill showdown shadows Senate in Kavanaugh nomination
The Judiciary Committee faces a quandary similar to 1991 with a divisive nominee, an allegation of sexual wrongdoing and political implications for an upcoming election.
Fact Checker • Analysis
The 'Trump economy' versus the 'Obama economy'
Ten years after the financial crisis, both Obama and Trump claim credit for an economic turnaround, but the data suggests the former — not the latter — steered the economy out of free fall.
Trump orders Justice Dept. to declassify Russia-related material
The decision could spark a showdown between the president and federal law enforcement.
Anderson Cooper accuses Donald Trump Jr. of 'tweeting lies' with old hurricane photo
Trump Jr. tweeted out a photo of Cooper standing in waist-deep water during a hurricane suggesting that the CNN anchor had overdramatized the storm to improve the network's ratings.
FEMA administrator faces possible criminal probe amid fallout over personal travel
Brock Long has faced scrutiny for his use of government vehicles and staff during weekend trips home.
Legal team still confident that Manafort will not implicate Trump, Giuliani says
A lawyer for the president's former campaign chairman apparently offered assurances as recently as Saturday.
Trump administration slaps tariffs on roughly $200 billion more in Chinese goods — a move almost certain to trigger retaliation
The move puts new import taxes on about half of all the goods Americans buy from China, including common household items.
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