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Dems say Kavanaugh should recuse from cases involving party: 'He revealed himself as a partisan'
Democrats on Sunday said that if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he should recuse himself from cases involving congressional Democrats because of his “partisan” performance during last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “I think the proper thing would be, yes,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I was astonished at his rant… he’s supposed to be non-partisan.” “His animus toward the entire Democratic party, toward people associated with it like the Clintons, should be disqualifying,” said Mr. Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. “He showed no judicial temperament.” Sen. Mazie Hirono said on the program that the judge’s performance showed that he’s a political and “partisan” operative and that “the veil is revealed.”
Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems should have thought of the possible kickback before they started their wrongful resistance.

Jeff Flake on 'sharp' Kavanaugh testimony: 'If I were unjustly accused, that's how I would feel'
Sen. Jeff Flake says that while Judge Brett Kavanaugh did have “sharp” exchanges with senators last week, the judge’s demeanor during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was in keeping with someone who absolutely believes they’ve been unjustly accused. “I have to say that, when I heard him, I heard someone who I hope I would sound like if I had been unjustly accused,” Mr. Flake, Arizona Republican, said in an interview taped for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” “It was anger. But if I were unjustly accused, that’s how I would feel as well. And as it went on, I think his interaction with some of the members was a little too sharp.” Mr. Flake last week said he would vote to move the judge’s nomination out of committee, but that he wanted the FBI to take another look into the background of Judge Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct when he was in high school and college. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Flake may be a real flake, but he is right about Kavanaugh.

Third Women's March protest scheduled for January 2019
The next Women's March protest will take place early next year, co-chair Linda Sarsour announced on Saturday. Sarsour told CNN's Christi Paul and Victor Blackwell on New Day the third Women's March on Washington will be held on Jan. 19, 2019, adding she heard from many women who were "outraged" over confirmation proceedings Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault. Sarsour criticized the Senate judiciary committee's treatment of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her while the two were high school students decades ago in suburban Maryland. UPI
VOA VIEW: This is not a womans march - it's an march of idiots.

US-Canada reach agreement on new trade deal
The U.S. and Canada reached an agreement on a new trade deal late Sunday after months of often testy back-and-forth between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The U.S. had previously negotiated a deal with Mexico in late August. The new deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has long been derided as unfair to the United States by Trump, should it be approved by Congress. "Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)," the U.S. and Canada said in a joint statement Sunday. "USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region." ABC
VOA VIEW: Great for the US and its partners.


Kanye West says he was 'bullied' over Trump support at 'SNL' taping
Rapper Kanye West said the Saturday Night Live team "bullied" him when he headed to the stage wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. West -- who has been vocal about his support for U.S. President Donald Trump -- performed three songs as the musical guest for this weekend's Season 44 premiere of SNL. He was wearing one of Trump's red, "MAGA" hats when the cast and guest host Adam Driver gathered on the stage together at the end of the show. said West addressed the audience after the cameras stopped rolling and said: "They bullied me backstage. They said, 'Don't go out there with that hat on.' They bullied me and then they said I'm in the sunken place!" UPI

Trump's tax returns will be target of Democrats' probe if they win House in midterms
The mystery of President Trump’s tax returns could finally come to an end if Democrats win control of at least one chamber of Congress following the midterm elections in November. Democratic lawmakers in the House are planning to use an obscure, almost 100-year-old tax statute -- that permits the chairmen of Congress’ tax committees to look at anyone’s returns -- to get to the bottom of Trump’s finances and possibly make public the information that the president has kept guarded since the 2016 election. The 1924 law states that the Treasury Department “shall” turn over “any return or return information” requested by the chairs of the tax committees or the head of Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation. The law was implemented amid widespread concerns over corruption and conflicts of interest by then-Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon’s business interests. Fox
VOA VIEW: More reason not to vote Democrat in November or ever.

Trump meeting with Rosenstein may be delayed again, says White House
Donald Trump’s high-stakes meeting with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein could be “pushed back another week” as the fight over supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues, the White House said on Sunday. Rosenstein oversees the work of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference, links between Trump aides and Russia and potential obstruction of justice by the president. Whether or not Trump will fire the deputy attorney general, and thereby endanger Mueller’s independence, has fuelled Washington gossip for months. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to record conversations with Trump and the possibility of removing the president via the 25th amendment. Guardian


Sen. Hirono doesn't answer when asked whether Dems leaked Christine Ford's letter on Kavanaugh
Sen. Mazie Hirono, who has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Sunday didn't directly answer when asked if she was confident Democrats didn't strategically leak Christine Ford's accusations against him just days before a crucial Judiciary Committee vote. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., received a letter from Ford in July outlining her claim that Kavanaugh had attacked her at a house party in the 1980s, and her office immediately recommended Ford retain a prominent liberal lawyer. But, as Sen. Lindsey Graham, D-S.C., and other top Republicans repeatedly noted last week, Feinstein failed to follow committee protocols and notify her colleagues or federal authorities, even on a confidential basis, about the accusations. "Are you confident the Democrats didn’t leak that letter, and how do you respond to Senator Graham’s charge that it was inappropriate for the Democrats to refer Dr. Blasey Ford to a lawyer?" host George Stephanopoulos asked Hirono on ABC's "This Week." Fox
VOA VIEW: Hirono is an idiot.

Voters worried about pre-existing condition protection
Voters in west Houston's hotly contested Congressional race say taking away protections for pre-existing medical conditions -- or even just appearing to do so -- could spell doom for a candidate, a new survey finds. A poll of 562 voters in the district represented by Republican John Culberson found that 46 percent were less likely to vote for him because of his staunch support of efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A major piece of the health care law known as Obamacare is that health insurers must cover people with pre-existing medical conditions at the same rate as those without. Eliminating that protection was considered a major concern for 61 percent of those polled. The poll of voters in the district last week was conducted by Public Policy Polling and sponsored by a left-leaning advocacy group called Protect Our Care. Houston Chronicle

Moment of Maxine:Rep. Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters joins Joy Reid to discuss the accusations that she and her staff edited the biographies of republican senators on the senate judiciary committee, making their private information public. Rep. Waters’ clarifies that this is a rumor--proven not to be true. She says it’s another ploy by the right-wing media.
VOA VIEW: Waters is a major fool and trouble maker.

Las Vegas shooting: One year later, hundreds of videos traumatize some survivors
When Diane Hutchinson watches videos of last year's horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, her stomach tightens and she feels like throwing up. Her ears ring and she breaks out in sweat. She starts to cry uncontrollably until she can't breathe. "I would listen to videos with my eyes closed. It was hard to watch," Hutchinson, from British Columbia, Canada, told CBS News. When she finally watched with her eyes open, "a piece of my soul died." Hutchinson is among the thousands of survivors of the shooting who are struggling with an unprecedented form of trauma: She survived not only the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, but also the most widely recorded. The rampage on Oct. 1, 2017 — in which 58 people were killed and more than 800 injured — happened at an outdoor country music festival with a crowd of more than 22,000 people on the Las Vegas Strip. One year later, hundreds of videos from the shooting are easily accessible online, including police body cam footage, surveillance videos, cellphone clips and social media posts from terrified concertgoers. Many of the videos show victims being shot or lying dead on the festival grounds as thousands of panicked patrons flee. CBS

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A ‘blue wave’ in red Kansas? Democrats churn, Republicans resist as midterms near
On a recent night inside Johnson County’s Democratic headquarters, a storefront in a strip shopping center at 75th Street and Antioch Road, its walls covered in Obama, Clinton and other campaign posters, volunteer Pat McGarry eyes the name on his laptop’s call list. All around him, some 15 volunteers are making easier calls. The room buzzes with their voices. They’re phoning registered Democrats — deemed “persuadables,” because they sometimes vote, but not always — and unaffiliated voters, urging them to turn out at the polls Nov. 6 to help turn Republican red Kansas toward Democrat blue. But McGarry’s job is harder: Call the opposition. Call Republican voters. Because if the Democrat party in Kansas expects to elect a Democrat governor, to increase its numbers in the state legislature, and to perhaps flip the country by turning the U.S. House of Representatives from a Republican to a Democrat majority, it’s going to take more than just Democrats to do it. Kansas City

Bill would require seat, legroom standards on airplanes
A bill expected to pass Congress this week would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish minimum standards for seat sizes and legroom on airplanes, according to the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer. Schumer added the flyer-friendly amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, which the Senate will introduce Monday night and likely vote to approve by Wednesday or Thursday, Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro said. The pending legislation comes after the FAA said over the summer that it would not regulate the dimensions of airline seats, a decision that Schumer has rallied against. Newsday
VOA VIEW: The price of airfares will go up if seats go down.

U.S. ambassador accuses China of 'bullying' with 'propaganda ads'
U.S. President Donald Trump last Wednesday referred to the China Daily’s paid supplement in the Des Moines Register - the state of Iowa’s biggest selling newspaper - after accusing China of seeking to meddle in the Nov. 6 U.S. congressional elections, a charge China denies. Trump’s accusation that Beijing was trying to meddle in U.S. elections marked what U.S. officials told Reuters was a new phase in an escalating campaign by Washington to put pressure on China. While it is normal for foreign governments to place advertisements to promote trade, Beijing and Washington are currently locked in an escalating trade war that has seen them level rounds of tariffs on each other’s imports.  China’s retaliatory tariffs early in the trade war were designed to hit exporters in states such as Iowa that supported Trump’s Republican Party, Chinese and U.S. experts have said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China can't win a trade war with the US.

California high school students line up to spell out racial slur at senior picnic
A group of Southern California high school students face disciplinary action after spelling out the n-word with lettered T-shirts at a senior picnic. The Escondido Union High School District this week confirmed that about 10 students at a senior event "made a poor decision" by participating in the stunt involving the racial slur, CNN affiliate KGTV reported. "We are a campus that prides itself on inclusion and embraces diversity," Principal Adriana Lepe-Ramirez said in a statement. "We will not tolerate actions that send messages of racism and promote divisiveness." The statement said Escondido High School, district officials and local police were investigating the incident, the station reported. CNN


Democrats threaten fresh probe if White House interferes in FBI's Brett Kavanaugh investigation
The FBI was on Saturday embarking on a high-stakes investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, ahead of a vote this week which will shape the contours of the United States for decades to come. Donald Trump, the US president, on Friday evening threw his support behind the investigation, which is designed to search for any information supporting either Mr Kavanaugh’s emphatic insistence that he never sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford at a party in 1982, or Prof Ford’s unwavering belief that he did. Mr Trump said the FBI’s enquiry “must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” after which the Senate will vote on whether to approve Mr Kavanaugh to the life-long role of justice on the Supreme Court. Telegraph

Feinstein asks White House, FBI to release Kavanaugh probe info
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the White House counsel and the FBI director on Sunday asking for a copy of the directive issued to the FBI that lays out the scope of the investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “Given the seriousness of the allegations before the Senate, I am writing to request that you provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a copy of the written directive sent by the White House to the FBI,” the California Democrat’s letter to counsel Don McGahn and director Christopher Wray says. “In addition, if the FBI requests any expansion beyond the initial directive, please provide the names of any additional witnesses or evidence,” the letter continued. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Feinstein is a loser.

Threats on black Vermont lawmaker were so 'dangerous,' she dropped re-election bid.
A black Vermont lawmaker first suspended her re-election campaign before resigning altogether from her post following racist attacks against her and her family. When state Rep. Kiah Morris announced August 24 she was abandoning her bid for a third term in the Vermont House of Representatives, she cited disturbing social media messages. The Bennington Democrat intended to finish her current term, though, she said. "Political discourse, and in particular within the sphere of social media has been divisive, inflammatory and at times, even dangerous," Morris wrote. "It is my hope that as a state, we will continue to demand greater support and protections for one another from those forces which seek to divide and destroy our communities." CNN

Catholic minister says he was fired over Facebook post about friends' gay marriage
Keith Kozak says he was simply supporting his friends' marriage, but now he's out of a job with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Kozak was a campus minister at Cleveland State University and provided Catholic outreach to the school community, but now he's out of a job because he claims the diocese fired him for "liking" a friend's post about their gay marriage on Facebook in mid-September. He believes a congratulatory post with a photo of him at another friends' gay wedding in September 2017 also contributed to his firing. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Diocese  may feel that Kozak may be a closet predator.

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Massive earthquake in Indonesia leaves hundreds dead
Casualty numbers are expected to rise, and thousands of buildings in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, have collapsed. A tsunami was also triggered by the earthquake, generating waves of up to 3 metres (10 feet) high, according to reports. Rescue efforts are reportedly underway, but are hampered by a major power cut, and a landslide that has blocked the main road to Palu. The UN chief has extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Indonesia, adding that the United Nations stands ready to support the Government-led ongoing rescue and relief efforts. UN

California is first state to require women on corporate boards
California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, according to a law signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure requires at least one female director on each board of California-based corporations by the end of next year. Companies would need up to three female directors by the end of 2021, depending on the number of board seats. The Democratic governor referenced the objections and legal concerns that the law has raised. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Socialism!

India's economy to overtake UK, Germany, France and Japan in the next decade
India will be the fastest growing big economy of the next decade, leapfrogging the UK, Germany, France and ­Japan to become the third biggest in the world, according to new forecasts. Economists at HSBC said the world’s largest democracy will grow at more than 6pc per year on average over the coming decade. By contrast growth in China is expected to slow to below 5pc per year in the late 2020s. In 2030 China’s GDP will be £26 trillion, according to the forecast, putting it ahead of the US on £25.2 trillion. India will remain a long way behind at $5.9 trillion, although this is almost double its current $3 trillion economy. Telegraph

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Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year
“Unsafe abortions cause the deaths of some 47,000 women each year and a further five million suffer some form of temporary or permanent disability,” said the UN Human Rights Council Working group, on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice. The group highlighted that the ability for a woman or girl to make her own decisions about pregnancy “is at the very core of [her] fundamental right to equality, privacy and physical and mental integrity and is a precondition for the enjoyment of other rights and freedoms”. Currently, an estimated 225 million women worldwide are deprived of access to modern contraception, often leading to unplanned pregnancies. For girls, issues arising from pregnancy and childbirth are some of the most common causes of death in developing countries. Girls under the age of 15 are five times more at risk. UN

May fights to assert authority at Tory conference as Brexit divisions erupt
Deep divisions over Brexit overshadowed the opening day of the Conservative party conference on Sunday as Theresa May attempted to wrestle back the focus on to her domestic agenda. The bitter infighting that has crippled the Conservative party was laid bare as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg laid into the prime minister’s Brexit plans as thousands of delegates gathered in Birmingham. May appealed to Tory MPs and the party’s grassroots to back her Chequers proposal as she was forced to hit back at Johnson, her former foreign secretary, who questioned her belief in leaving the European Union. Guardian

No One Has Come Forward to Back Up Ford, Not Even the Person Who Drove Her Home
Christine Blasey Ford, a psychologist who has been in therapy herself, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that she has vivid memories of the alleged attack, but not where or exactly when it happened.  In her opening statement, Ford said, "The details that -- about that night that bring me here today are the ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult."  Later, questioned by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Ford explained why she's so sure that a young Brett Kavanaugh was her attacker:  "It's -- just basic memory functions," Ford told Feinstein. "And also just the level of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain that, sort of, as you know, encodes -- that neurotransmitter encodes memories into the hippocampus. And so, the trauma-related experience, then, is kind of locked there, whereas other details kind of drift." CNS

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