Lindsey Graham unloads on Dianne Feinstein, Democrats for 'unethical sham'
Sen. Lindsey Graham accused the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and her colleagues for putting on an “unethical sham” during the Supreme Court confirmation hearing Thursday. The South Carolina Republican said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, had already referred Christine Blasey Ford to an attorney when she met privately with Brett Kavanaugh more than a month ago as part of the confirmation process. Ms. Feinstein did not ask the judge about the alleged incident then or during his hearings earlier this month. She released the information less than two weeks ago once Ms. Blasey Ford’s complaint was leaked to the press. Ms. Blasey Ford alleged Judge Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her more than 36 years ago when they were in high school. Mr. Graham suggested Democrats delayed the timeline in hopes to hold the Supreme Court seat open ahead of the midterms. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems hurt themselves bad.

Trump lauds 'honest' Kavanaugh: 'Showed America exactly why I nominated him'
President Trump and his aides spent much of Thursday glued to the TV watching Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford testify in a stormy Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, with the president believing the nominee survived the decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct and binge drinking.
“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,” Mr. Trump tweeted moments after the nearly nine-hour hearing ended. “His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Kavanaugh is going to win.

'Calculated political hit': Brett Kavanaugh says accusations rooted in anger over Trump
An angry, defiant and openly emotional Brett Kavanaugh – facing the job interview of a lifetime for a seat on the Supreme Court – on Thursday blamed 11th-hour accusations of sexual assault on "a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election." In a lengthy and dramatic opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee and in response to follow-up questions from disbelieving Democrats, the 53-year-old federal appeals court judge forcefully denied Christine Blasey Ford's claim that he attacked her  as a 17-year-old in the summer of 1982, before his senior year in high school.
USA Today
VOA VIEW: The liberal media lost big today.


Judge orders release of Trump, Pence emails on Carrier Corp.
A Marion County judge has ordered the Indiana governor's office to turn over emails between then-Gov. Mike Pence and President-elect Donald Trump about jobs at Carrier Corp. In a Monday ruling, Superior Court Judge Heather Welch gave Gov. Eric Holcomb, who succeeded Pence when Pence became vice president, 30 days to deliver the documents, dating from Nov. 14 to 29, 2016, to Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana. The nonprofit first requested them in December 2016. Trump slammed Carrier during his 2016 campaign for president after the company announced that it was cutting 2,100 jobs in Indiana, a move that included closing its factory on Indianapolis' west side and moving those jobs to Monterey, Mexico. Trump threatened to "tax the hell" out of Carrier's products. USA Today

U.S., China trade war makes ASEAN nervous
Countries in Southeast Asia are anxious about the escalating U.S.-China trade dispute that could damage their economies and fail to address the real causes of middle-class stagnation around the world, Singapore's top diplomat said Wednesday.  Vivian Balakrishnan, who made headlines when he took a selfie with Kim Jong Un during the Singapore summit in June, said during an appearance at the Asia Society that the brewing trade war between the two of the world's largest economies is a serious issue. UPI
VOA VIEW: China will lose a trade war.

Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades
The FDA and CDC urged Americans to get vaccinated from influenza ahead of this year's flu season after revealing there were 900,000 hospitalizations and 80,000 deaths last year. One year after a severe flu season, medical personnel are giving it their best shot to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by giving a boost to vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aiming for significantly higher rates of flu vaccination for the 2018-2019 flu season following the most deadly season since 1976, the first year total seasonal flu deaths were reported. UPI


World's first flying car about to go on sale
The world’s first flying car is getting closer to its debut. Terrafugia is taking orders for pre-sales of the Transition, a two-seat ‘roadable’ aircraft that can switch between driving and flying modes in less than one minute, according to company spokesperson Danielle Kershner. Chinese news agency Xinhua reported earlier this week that Terrafugia expected to open pre-sales by October. Terrafugia previously announced that deliveries would begin in 2019. Prices have yet to be announced. Terrafugia CEO Chris Jaran also told Xinhua that another concept car from the company, the TF-2, will be revealed next month. Fox

Houston mayor pushes back against proposed 'robot brothel'
A Canadian company wants to open a so-called “robot brothel” in Houston, but is getting pushback from officials and community groups, with the mayor saying the city is reviewing its ordinances to determine if they address public safety and health concerns potentially associated with the business. Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s not trying to be the “moral police” but that this is not the type of business he wants opening in the city. Kinky S Dolls says it’s opening a “love dolls brothel” in Houston. It opened a similar venue in Toronto in 2017. The company hasn’t returned a call or email seeking comment Thursday. Guardian

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SEC sues Elon Musk for fraud and seeks to bar him from leading a company
Elon Musk and Tesla have been sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for fraud over the company’s aborted plans to take the electric car company private. The move could potentially lead to Musk being banned from leading a public company, or fines for him and the company. Shares of the automaker fell more than 4% in after hours trading Thursday once the news had broken. The SEC and the justice department have been investigating Tesla after Musk suggested in August he was preparing to take Tesla private and claimed he had “funding secured”. Guardian


Two dead after jet runs off South Carolina runway
Authorities in South Carolina said two people were killed Thursday when a midsize jet ran off the runway and split in two. Greenville Downtown Airport Director Joe Frasher told Fox Carolina that the plane landed but could not come to a stop on the runway. Frasher said the plane rolled down an embankment and crashed into a fence at the edge of a road. Fox

Trump postpones meeting with Rod Rosenstein
Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon postponed a planned meeting with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, amid uncertainty over his future at the Department of Justice. The meeting now looks likely to take place next week. The White House issued a statement saying the administration did not want to “interfere” with the public hearing on Capitol Hill taking place on Thursday, involving the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault as a teen, Dr Christine Blasey Ford. The president had been due to meet Rosenstein at the White House on Thursday, following reports that the DoJ’s second-highest official had offered to resign last week – and had faced being fired – after an account emerged of him reportedly discussing whether Trump should be removed from office. Guardian

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World leaders commit to continue UN fight against sexual exploitation and abuse
In 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched a new strategy to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel.  A major element of this new approach was the creation of a ‘Circle of Leadership’ for Heads of State and Government to demonstrate resolve and commitment, at the highest political level, to eradicate the scourge.  “We at the United Nations are mobilizing to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse in our ranks and ensure that the rights and dignity of victims are front and centre,” Mr. Guterres said in a recent video message on the issue. Nearly 100 countries have signed voluntary compacts with the UN to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse. The Secretary-General has appointed a UN Victims’ Rights Advocate and a Special Coordinator to align efforts across the system. UPI

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Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year
That was the scene on Thursday, at UN Headquarters in New York, when around 500 people gathered to talk about the prevention and control of chronic illnesses – officially called non-communicable diseases, or NCDs. Every year, 41 million people are killed prematurely by preventable chronic illnesses, which Dr. Ghebreyesus declared a “needless suffering, expense and death.” The figure represents 70 per cent of all deaths globally. What’s more, NCDs affect mostly the poor. Of that 41 million total, 85 per cent are in developing countries. “With an increasingly globalized world, longer life expectancy, a rapidly changing climate and increasing levels of urbanization, we are witnessing shifts – demographic and otherwise – that see the burden of NCDs rising in all nations,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, who was speaking on behalf of UN chief António Guterres. UN

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