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Trump orders FBI to probe Supreme Court nominee
President Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen the background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, giving investigators time to to make sense of sexual assault allegations that have been lodged. Mr. Trump insisted the new review be “limited in scope and completed in less than one week.” He made the move in response to Senate Republicans, who after powering Judge Kavanaugh through the Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote earlier in the day said they would take extra steps to try to dispel the cloud that has arisen around the nominee. Judge Kavanaugh said he has nothing to fear and has already been well-vetted. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: One week won't be enough for Dems.Washington Times

2020 Democrats rush to latch onto Christine Blasey Ford's political coattails
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand claimed a prominent seat in the audience during Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and rushed to the cameras afterward to proclaim her support for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school. As one of the Democrats eyeing a 2020 presidential bid, Ms. Gillibrand has gone all-in behind Ms. Blasey Ford, declaring her a hero to the country and brooking no resistance from those who question her uncorroborated account.
VOA VIEW: Gillibrand would lose big to Trump.

Mark Judge: Brett Kavanaugh's friend and potential witness, will cooperate with FBI
A childhood friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he will cooperate with an FBI investigation or any law enforcement investigation that is done "confidentially to investigate" numerous claims of sexual assault. Mark Judge has seemingly found himself at the center of the Supreme Court debate. He is the man accused of watching and laughing while Kavanaugh, his classmate and close friend Kavanaugh, held a girl down and tried to remove her clothes at a party while they were all in high school. Both Judge and Kavanaugh have denied both Ford's allegations and those by a handful of other women. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Is the FBI going to talk Judge out of two confessions that stated nothing happened.

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Lewy body dementia: The neurological disorder suffered by Ted Turner, Robin Williams
CNN founder Ted Turner has revealed that he is suffering from Lewy body dementia, the same form of dementia that Robin Williams battled in the last few years of his life. According to the website for the Lewy Body Dementia Association, LBD affects 1.5 million Americans. It is a progressive neurological disorder that affects a patient's memory, cognition (especially decision making), mood, behavior and balance and is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's, as Williams' case was, or bipolar disorder, as Turner's was. In an interview with Ted Koppel set to air on "CBS Sunday Morning" this weekend (9 a.m. EDT/PDT), Turner, 79, likened his case to a "mild case of Alzheimer's ... but not nearly as bad ... Thank goodness, I don't have that." USA Today

Facebook: 'View as' feature opened 50M accounts to hackers
A Facebook feature that allows a user to view their profile the way others would see it allowed hackers potential access to millions of accounts, the company revealed Friday. Guy Rosen, Facebook vice president of Product Management, said the social network discovered the bug Tuesday -- and that it affected as many as 50 million users. "It's clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook's code that impacted 'View As,' a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else," he said in a Facebook blog post Friday. "This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people's accounts." Tokens allow users to remain logged in to Facebook so they don't have to keep re-entering their password every time they want to access it. UPI
VOA VIEW: Facebook is a total mess and broblem.

China: U.S. 'blackmail' tariffs will 'bring damage to all'
Two days after U.S. President Donald Trump accused China of interfering in U.S. electoral matters, a representative from Beijing took the podium Friday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi touched on multiple issues before the U.N. General Assembly, including China's growing trade rift with the United States. "Unilateral moves will bring damage to all," he said. "China will not be blackmailed or yield to pressure." Without mentioning Trump by name, Wang spoke out against the ongoing trade rift that's stemmed from more than $200 billion worth of tariffs for Chinese exports to the United States. "It should not a be zero sum game at which one gains at the expense of other," he said. "Protectionism will only hurt oneself and unilateralism will bring damage to all." He said consensus should be reached on "equal footing."
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VOA VIEW: China will lose and is losing any trade war with the US.

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Trump orders FBI investigation of Kavanaugh, as McConnell says nomination is 'moving' forward
President Trump on Friday ordered the FBI to conduct a limited "supplemental" background investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans are "moving" forward with plans to vote. “I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file," Trump said in a statement. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.” Trump's order came after after several undecided senators whose votes are needed to confirm Kavanaugh called for a weeklong FBI probe before a floor vote. Fox

Joy Behar accuses Republicans of pushing Kavanaugh confirmation in order to 'retain white power'
Joy Behar on Friday accused Senate Republicans of wanting to push through the vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation as a way to retain “white power.” “The View” co-host was reacting to Thursday’s hearing, during which the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who alleges that he sexually assaulted her during high school decades ago. Said Behar: “The people on the Republican side, it looks like to me, do not want to investigate this any further. They just want to hold on to their power. They know that this country is getting darker. White Europeans are now 61 percent of the population. … In 2045 it will be 49 percent.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Behar is an idiot.

Russian-US tycoon boasted of ‘active’ involvement in Trump election campaign
A Russian-American businessman who donated a substantial sum to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election effort boasted to a senior figure in Moscow that he was “actively involved” in the Republican candidate’s campaign, the Guardian can reveal. Simon Kukes said he was helping Trump with “strategy development” and shared photos of his 29-year-old Russian girlfriend posing with the future president. Kukes made the claims to Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, a career Kremlin official and former ambassador to Norway. Pavlovsky is currently vice-president of Russian Railways. Guardian

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Woman accuses Washington lawmaker of rape after seeing Ford testimony
A woman has accused a Washington state lawmaker of raping her 11 years ago, saying she was inspired to speak out as she watched the televised allegations against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The lawmaker has denied the claim. Candace Faber said in a tweet that Republican state senator Joe Fain sexually assaulted her in 2007 the night she graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC. He was not in office at the time at the time of the alleged assault. “I’m done being silent,” she wrote. Fain said he “absolutely” denied the allegation and called for an investigation. In a text message to the Associated Press, he said: “Any allegation of this serious nature deserves to be heard and investigated for all parties involved. I invite and will cooperate with any inquiry.” Guardian

11-year-old security flaw in vote scanner still isn’t fixed
An uncorrected security flaw in a vote-counting machine used in 23 US states leaves it vulnerable to hacking 11 years after the manufacturer was alerted to it, security researchers say. The M650 high-speed ballot scanner is made by Election Systems & Software, the nation’s leading elections equipment vendor. The vulnerability was the most serious noted in voting equipment in a report Thursday that summarized the findings of security researchers at the September DefCon hacking convention’s “Voting Village” in Las Vegas, which highlighted a number of vulnerabilities in election equipment. “This counts the ballots for an entire county,” said Jake Braun, one of the organizers and a University of Chicago cybersecurity expert said of the M650. New York Post

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Super PAC aligned with GOP leaders axes funding for Bishop
A super political action committee backed by House Republican leaders says it's pulling funding for two-term Rep. Mike Bishop, who is facing a tough opponent in November. The Congressional Leadership Fund, which has ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan, had reserved $2.1 million of television air time in Michigan to help defend Bishop, a Rochester Republican. Those reservations are now canceled. “No one works harder for Michigan families than Mike Bishop," CLF spokeswoman Courtney Alexander said. Detroit News

Michigan backs legalizing recreational marijuana, easier voting
If the election were held today, marijuana for recreational use would be legal in Michigan and voting would become much easier, according to a poll done for the Detroit Free Press. But a proposal to change the way state and federal legislative district lines are drawn, while ahead 48-32 percent, hasn’t reached a winning threshold yet, according to EPIC/MRA pollster Bernie Porn. The proposal that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use is leading 55-41 percent, in the poll of 600 active and likely voters that was taken Sept. 21-25 for the Free Press and its media partners. Only 3 percent of those surveyed are undecided on the issue. Free Press

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Missouri AG lacks subpoena power in priest sex abuse inquiry.
Can the governor grant Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley subpoena power in his investigation into possible clergy sex abuse and cover-ups in the Roman Catholic Church? Hawley’s office seemed to imply that was an option last week, which inspired abuse survivors on Wednesday to call on Gov. Mike Parson’s office to take action. But the governor responded by saying his hands were tied without a local prosecutor requesting assistance. The Star asked Hawley’s office to clarify its position Thursday, but instead his spokeswoman re-sent the same prepared statement it released last week that kicked off the debate. The back-and-forth and lack of clarity is disappointing, said David Clohessy, former director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Kansas City

Murkowski backs Flake call for delay in Kavanaugh vote
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) supports Sen. Jeff Flake's (R-AZ) call for a delay in the U.S. Senate floor vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to allow an FBI investigation into the allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to proceed. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Murkowski should leave the party and Flake will soon be out.

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House intel panel votes to release transcripts from Russia probe
The House Intelligence Committee voted Friday to release dozens of transcripts of interviews it conducted as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election — including conversations with senior associates of President Trump. The panel agreed to send 53 transcripts — all but five of the interviews conducted during the probe — to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for review before they are made public, officials said. Among the transcripts are interviews with Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, ex-bodyguard Keith Schiller, former communications chief Hope Hicks and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, who is the subject of a grand jury probe. NY Post

Man deported six times charged with murder in California bludgeonings
A man who police said fled to California from Texas after being questioned in the disappearance of two relatives was charged on Wednesday in Los Angeles with bludgeoning eight men, three fatally, in a string of attacks aimed mostly at homeless victims. Ramon Alberto Escobar, 47, an El Salvador native and convicted burglar who has been repeatedly deported from the United States, was arrested on Monday after he allegedly clubbed a sleeping man in the head with bolt-cutters in the ocean-front city of Santa Monica, authorities said. Seven other men were similarly attacked in Santa Monica and Los Angeles earlier this month, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Reuters

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