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Susan Collins swings back at Planned Parenthood over Supreme Court double-standard
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, accused Planned Parenthood of a Supreme Court double-standard Sunday, arguing that the organization has never supported a pro-choice justice nominated by a Republican president. The pro-choice Republican swung back after the abortion provider turned on her for voting Saturday to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, saying she had “sided with those who disbelieved, disrespected, and even mocked survivors.” “First of all, I have never disregarded, disrespected or mocked survivors. That is just plain untrue,” said Ms. Collins on CNN’s “State of the Union.” She pointed to Planned Parenthood’s opposition to Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy, who were nominated by President Ronald Reagan, and Justice David Souter, who was nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are looking very bad.

Nancy Pelosi to file FOIA request for FBI report on Kavanaugh
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced on Saturday that she will file a Freedom of Information Act request for the FBI report on sexual assault allegations against incoming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “In purposefully limiting the FBI investigation, it is clear the Republicans were not seeking the truth,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in a statement. “They were seeking cover to do what they wanted to do anyway. To add insult injury they blocked the public’s access to the report.” Mrs. Pelosi revealed her plans after the Senate confirmed Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with a 50-48 vote. The FOIA request will be filed for the actual report, as well as communications the FBI had with the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Pelosi has lost her mind.

Tropical Storm Michael forms, forecast to hit Gulf Coast as a hurricane this week
Tropical Storm Michael formed Sunday morning in the Caribbean Sea and is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane over the next couple of days, the National Hurricane Center said. It's predicted to head straight for the Gulf Coast, probably making landfall as Category 1 Hurricane Michael on Wednesday, the hurricane center said. "Heavy rainfall, wind and storm surge impacts will be possible across portions of the northern Gulf Coast by midweek," according to the hurricane center. Before that, seas will build across the gulf early this week as the storm churns northward, creating dangers for swimmers and boaters.  USA Today

Taylor Swift supports Democrat who broke from party on Kavanaugh in rare political endorsement
Taylor Swift, one of the most popular singers in the world, issued a rare public endorsement on Sunday for a Democrat who broke from his party during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and lost the liberal blessing from groups like Democratic Senate candidate and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen thanked Swift for the endorsement. Swift declared her support for Bredesen over his GOP rival, Representative Marsha Blackburn. Fox
VOA VIEW: Swift made a dumb and foolish decision.


Trump says those who made 'false statements' about Kavanaugh 'should be held liable'
Hours after his Supreme Court pick was sworn in Saturday, President Donald Trump said on Fox News that those who made up "false" stories about Brett Kavanaugh should be penalized. Trump, talking with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, said he hated watching the slew of sexual assault allegations grow against Kavanaugh and dubbed all the accusations "fabrications" with "not a bit of truth." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Those who made false accusations should be held liable.

Pompeo: 'Progress on agreements' after meeting Kim in N. Korea
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited "progress on agreements" after meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un on Sunday. Pompeo and Kim met privately in Pyongyang for two hours and then at a 90-minute luncheon hosted by the North Korean leader. Appearing with Kim in a photo posted on his Twitter account, the top diplomat wrote: "Had a good trip to #Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim. We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit." He was referring to the meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump in June in Singapore. Kim said at the time he was committed to "work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." Trump promised North Korea security guarantees and "new" relations. UPI

Stephen Colbert 'Late Show' writer: 'I'm just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh's life'
In a social media post on Saturday, a writer for CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" seemingly celebrated the damage done to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's reputation during his bruising and bitterly partisan confirmation battle. "Whatever happens, I'm just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh's life," the writer, Ariel Dumas, posted on Twitter. Dumas later briefly made her account private, preventing others from viewing her posts without her approval. Her tweet came as the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by a 50-48 vote, with Republicans saying that the several allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct brought against him simply lacked sufficient corroboration and credibility. Fox
VOA VIEW: Colbert's writer is just as stupid as he.


Sen. Cory Gardner reveals wife received graphic text of beheading after Kavanaugh vote
In the wake of his vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., revealed to Fox News on Sunday that his wife had received a graphic text message with a video depicting a beheading, and that someone has publicly posted the names and addresses of his family members.
Gardner announced his support for Kavanaugh in July, and reaffirmed it after reviewing the supplemental FBI report into uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations against him. Late last month, Gardner received a letter from an anonymous individual apparently in Denver, alleging that Kavanaugh had "shoved" someone up against a wall "very aggressively and sexually" during an outing in 1998 in front of four witnesses. The allegation was later deemed not to be credible. Fox

'Top-tier candidate': Cory Booker woos Iowa's Democrats ahead of primaries
As the confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh ended, the opening rounds of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary began. Only hours after he cast his vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, senator Cory Booker appeared on stage to a crowd of roughly 1,000 people at an Iowa Democratic dinner, where he repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet in the course of a freewheeling 45-minute speech. It was the first visit to Iowa by the New Jersey senator, who has long been considered a potential top-tier Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, only hours after Donald Trump yet again took shots at him in a campaign rally at Kansas. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Booker is a left wing idiot.

No Columbus Day in Columbus: City to honor veterans instead
The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans. Ohio's capital city, population 860,000, will be open for business Monday after observing Columbus Day probably "for as long as it had been in existence," said Robin Davis, a spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther. City offices will close instead on Veterans Day, which falls on Nov. 12 this year. Native Americans and allied groups have long used Columbus Day to elevate issues of concern to them. That includes a peaceful protest of prayers, speeches and traditional singing in 2016 at Columbus City Hall — underneath the statue of the explorer that sits out front — to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and to urge Ohio to support more renewable energy. Kansas City

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27 Cuban migrants jump off boat in Miami — then run and hide on land, officials say
Twenty-seven Cuban migrants jumped off a boat on Sunday as they approached Virginia Key’s shoreline in Miami, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. Once they swam to land, they ran and hid. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, along with Miami police, have located some of them. Helicopters swirled across the sky as authorities tried to find the others. Key Biscayne Fire Rescue responded to the call. Roads on the north side of Virginia Key were shut down. It’s unclear if any of the migrants were children. Miami Herald

Trump says he will ‘look forward’ to North Korea summit
President Trump said he will “look forward” to a second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s fourth visit to the Hermit Kingdom to meet with the reclusive leader. .@SecPompeo had a good meeting with Chairman Kim today in Pyongyang. Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements! I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Pompeo agreed to arrange a second summit “as soon as possible” between the two leaders and took more steps to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, South Korean officials said Sunday. New York Post

McConnell doesn't rule out confirming SCOTUS nominee in presidential election year
In Sunday show appearances on CBS News' "Face the Nation" and Fox News' "Fox News Sunday," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered an explanation of his decision to keep President Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland from being considered by the Senate:  "We simply followed the tradition in America, which is if you have a party of a different -- a different Senate of a different party than the president, you don't fill a vacancy created in the presidential year," he told "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace. "That went all the way back to 1888." After Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, McConnell said: "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president." CBS
VOA VIEW: Having a backbone feels good.

Kwame Raoul, Erika Harold don’t pick sides on attorney general’s probe into Quincy veterans’ deaths
Both candidates vying to replace Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday they don’t know enough about her investigation into Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration’s response to deaths from Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy veterans home to say whether it’s appropriate. Republican attorney Erika Harold, who has been backed by Rauner, said investigating circumstances surrounding the government-run home and the outbreak itself is appropriate. Fourteen residents have died of Legionnaires’ at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy since 2015. Chicago Tribune

Gillum suspends campaign activity amid Florida tropical storm threat
Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum's campaign said Sunday that he is suspending his campaign activity on Monday and Tuesday to address preparations for Tropical Storm Michael, which is forecast to make a direct hit on Tallahassee, where Gillum is mayor. The forecast indicates the tropical storm could strengthen to a hurricane by early Wednesday and will likely target the Florida panhandle later that day, according to CNN meteorologist Gene Norman. Gillum was scheduled to campaign in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday. The Florida gubernatorial election is just weeks away, on November 6. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Sunday and activated 500 Florida National Guard troops in preparation for the storm. CNN


Gotcha Forever
Rev. Al Sharpton launches into a thoughtful piece about how Melania Trump visited underprivileged children in Africa but is silent on the ones on our own border.  MSNBC

Why Italian-Americans Still Fiercely Defend Columbus Day
As cities across the country increasingly reject Columbus Day, choosing instead to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, Italian-Americans have sent a clear message: Their holiday isn’t going down without a fight. Columbus Day, named for the Italian explorer who sailed to the Americas on behalf of Spain more than 500 years ago, has become a painful reminder of the oppression endured by native peoples. At the same time, the holiday remains an important part of Italian-American heritage, and for many, it is one worth keeping. New York Times

Democrats say Avenatti undercut their case against Kavanaugh
Senate Democrats believed they had Brett Kavanaugh on the ropes. Christine Blasey Ford had just revealed her identity and was prepared to testify in public, detailing her allegations that Kavanaugh had tried to sexual assault her more than three decades ago. On top of that, a New Yorker article had just revealed that a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, was accusing Kavanaugh of exposing his genitals to her while they were college students. Then came Michael Avenatti. The combative lawyer, who represents Stormy Daniels and has been a ubiquitous presence on cable television, revealed a stunning new allegation: A woman, Julie Swetnick, said she had witnessed the Supreme Court nominee attending more than 10 house parties between 1981 and 1983 where Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, were present. At some of those parties, she alleged, Kavanaugh was "fondling and grabbing girls without their consent" and, along with others, spiking drinks to force girls to lose their inhibitions. CNN
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is a clown and all his clients are clowns.

Second lady Karen Pence is coming to Charlotte to campaign for congressional candidate
Karen Pence, the second lady of the United States, will speak at a rally in uptown Charlotte Monday for Mark Harris, the Republican running for the 9th District congressional seat. After her visit to Charlotte, Pence will take a three-day bus tour around the 9th District, with appearances in Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Monroe, Matthews and Indian Trail, according to a news release. Pence is traveling with a group of women who support Harris, including the wives of three members of Congress, according to the news release. In a poll released this week from the New York Times and Siena College, Harris had a five-point lead over Democrat Dan McCready. The margin of error was 5 percentage points. Charlotte Observer

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China admits missing Interpol chief is 'under monitoring'
The missing Interpol chief, Meng Hongwei, who it was revealed on Sunday has been detained in China for 12 days unknown to his family or employer, has resigned from the international police agency. Interpol said it had received his resignation “with immediate effect” late on Sunday. It was the latest twist in the mystery of Meng’s disappearance last month after he flew from France to China. In a terse statement earlier on Sunday evening, the Chinese authorities had admitted they were holding Meng under investigation by a new government anti-corruption unit for suspected “violations of the law”. Guardian

Coons: Impeaching Kavanaugh wouldn’t move country forward
Sen. Chris Coons on Sunday called it “premature” to be talking about impeaching newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “There’s only been one justice that’s been impeached and I think talking about it at this point isn’t necessarily healing us and moving us forward,” Coons (D-Del.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The Senate’s role in our politics is not to just reflect the country, but to help heal and lead the country.” It was Coons who convinced Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — to pledge to withhold voting for Kavanaugh on the Senate floor unless the FBI took a week to look into the sexual misconduct allegations laid out by Christine Blasey Ford. New York Post
VIA VIEW: Coons has  no grounds and can't impeach Kavanaugh - he is a big mouth loser.

Court rules for California over Trump in sanctuary city case
A U.S. judge on Friday blocked the Trump Administration from placing conditions on public safety grants to further its crackdown on illegal immigration, and he ordered the grant money to be released to California “sanctuary cities.” However, while Judge William Orrick in San Francisco found that the conditions placed last year on public safety grants by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions were unconstitutional, he stayed a nationwide injunction pending appeal. Reuters

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UN ‘stands ready’ to support Haiti after earthquake hits northern coast
“The Secretary-General is saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and injuries caused by the earthquake in north-west Haiti on 6 October,” said a statement issued by Mr. Guterres’ spokesperson. The quake, which, according to press reports, struck overnight Saturday near Port-de-Paix, off Haiti's northern coast, has left at least 11 people dead and more than 100 wounded. Tremors were reportedly felt in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as in neighboring Dominican Republic and in eastern Cuba. In today’s statement, the UN chief extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Haiti.  This is the strongest earthquake to hit Haiti since 2010, when the tiny island nation was devastated by a 7.3 magnitude temblor, which affected some three million people overall. UN

Banks back Democrats in bid to rebuild bipartisan support
Banks are going to bat for Democrats in the U.S. November midterm congressional elections as part of an ambitious strategy to rebuild the bipartisan support they enjoyed before the 2007-2009 financial crisis. Commercial banks have so far donated a total of $2.5 million to U.S. Senate Democrats in the 2018 election cycle, the largest sum since 2008, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The backing of Democrats marks a shift for banks, which have kept a low profile in Washington since the crisis. Democrats had all but abandoned the financial industry in the aftermath, wary of appearing to do favors for Wall Street. But some moderate Senate Democrats in May backed the first easing of financial rules since the crisis and now are seeing a boost to their campaign coffers as the sector seeks to broaden its support on Capitol Hill. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Fools!

Eric Reid takes a knee during national anthem upon his return to the NFL
Eric Reid, a defensive back with the Carolina Panthers, took a knee on the field on Sunday during the national anthem before a game against the New York Giants. The game marked Reid’s return to the NFL after an uncertain few months as a free agent which he believes were because of his continued protests against racism and police brutality. Reid’s contract with the San Francisco 49ers expired in March and he remained unsigned until two weeks ago, when he joined the Panthers on a one-year contract. The news of Reid rejoining the NFL came amid speculation by some fans and players that the 26-year-old had not been signed due to his activism on the field.

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