Monday, September 24, 2018

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Developing now, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces a storm of new sexual misconduct allegations: Michael Avenatti, lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, claims to have 'evidence' that Kavanaugh and a high school friend targeted women for gang rape. Meanwhile, the New Yorker magazine late Sunday reported that a former Yale classmate alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party
  • The new allegations against Kavanaugh emerged after his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, agreed to appear at a Senate hearing this Thursday, setting up a dramatic showdown over his Supreme Court nomination. But Thursday's hearing could now be in doubt.
  • President Trump will address the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, and observers will closely watch how he addresses North Korea and China
  • President Trump appeared to blame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the alleged 'Deep State' conspiracy allegations surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an interview with Geraldo Rivera
  • Tiger Woods won his first PGA tour in five years on Sunday, capping an emotional comeback from a series of injuries and personal problems
  • Bill Cosby faces up 30 years in prison as the sentencing hearing for his sexual assault conviction begins on Monday
THE LEAD STORY - KAVANAUGH UNDER SIEGE: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is battling a firestorm after a pair of new sexual misconduct allegations emerged against him late Sunday ... Attorney Michael Avenatti said he had knowledge that in the late 1980s, Kavanaugh and high school friend Mark Judge targeted women with drugs and alcohol in order to "allow a 'train' of men to subsequently gang rape them."
Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Trump and has hinted at a possible presidential run, made the claims in an email to Mike Davis, the chief counsel for nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He did not state the source of his "evidence" and did not name any alleged victims. However, Avenatti told the Associated Press that he will disclose a client's identity in the coming days and that she is prepared to testify before the committee, as well as provide names of corroborating witnesses.
Meanwhile, the New Yorker magazine reported late Sunday that a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh claimed he exposed himself to her at a college party. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, has called on the FBI to investigate the alleged incident. The magazine's report, which is co-written by Ronan Farrow, who is credited with starting the #MeToo movement, states that four Democratic senators have received information about Ramirez's allegation and at least two have begun investigating it.
In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple." A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Sunday night for the "immediate postponement" of any further action on Kavanaugh's nomination. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the committee will attempt to evaluate the new claims against Kavanaugh. But he slammed Senate Democrats for withholding information from the committee.
IS THURSDAY'S HEARING WITH KAVANAUGH'S FIRST ACCUSER IN JEOPARY? - The new sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh surfaced hours after attorneys for Christine Ford, the California professor accusing the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her in high school, definitively vowed that she would appear at a Senate hearing Thursday morning ... Now, the hearing could be in doubt - again - especially if Republicans join Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats in calling for a pause in the confirmation process for Kavanaugh as they investigate the new accusations.
Before Sunday, questions surrounded Ford's hearing because of protracted back-and-forth tussling between Senate Republicans and Ford's legal team, who disagreed on the ideal timing of the hearing, as well as who should testify first and whether outside lawyers should be allowed to ask questions. On Sunday, all doubts appeared to have been erased. However, New Yorker report and Avenatti's claim may have changed everything.
TRUMP RETURNS BEFORE THE U.N.:  President Trump will address the United Nations General Assembly on Monday and his tone on North Korea may be strikingly different than it was a year ago ...   As he begins the sequel to his controversial U.N. debut, North Korea's shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ago. Twelve months after Trump stood at the rostrum of the U.N. General Assembly and derided North Korea's Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man," the push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula is a work in progress, although fears of war have given way to dreams of rapprochement. The president plans to sit down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who comes bearing a personal message to Trump from North Korea's Kim after their inter-Korean talks last week.
TRUMP: THE 'DEEP STATE' BUCK STOPS WITH SESSIONS: President Trump appeared to blame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the latest controversy surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Sunday, saying that Sessions had "hired" Rosenstein to be his second-in-command ...  "I was not involved in that process because, you know, they go out and get their own deputies and the people that work in the department,"  Trump said in an interview with "The Geraldo Show" on WTAM radio.
Trump announced on Jan. 31, 2017 he would nominate Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general. The Senate confirmed him that April. The New York Times reported Friday that Rosenstein had discussed secretly recording the president and enlisting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Rosenstein has denied the report, and one person who was present at the time told Fox News the deputy attorney general was being "sarcastic" when he made the suggestion.
TIGER IS BACK: Five years and four back surgeries later, Tiger Woods is a winner on the PGA Tour once again ... Woods shot a one-over par 71 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta to wrap up an emotional two-shot victory over Billy Horschel at the season-ending Tour Championship. It is his 80th victory on the PGA Tour, but his first since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.
DISGRACED COMEDY LEGEND TO LEARN HIS FATE: Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault in April after a jury heard allegations from Andrea Constand. Now, the 81-year-old comedian is about to be sentenced for his crimes, which could see him on probation, house arrest or thrown in prison for up to 30 years ... Cosby was convicted of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Constand, 45, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The guilty verdict was the culmination of a long downward spiral for Cosby, who was accused by dozens of women of similar crimes after public interest in his rape allegations was renewed.
Sentencing begins Monday and is expected to last two days. While the judge will ultimately have the final say in Cosby's punishment, the potential consequences for Cosby’s crimes allow for many options.

'CONSTITUTION BE DAMNED: "I fear for Lady Justice. But not just Lady Justice -- our institutions and our bedrock constitutional rules that have made America what Ronald Reagan referred to as the shining city on the hill."  – Judge Jeanine Pirro, in her "Opening Statement" on "Justice with Judge Jeanine," slamming Democrats' "stunning" dismissal of the fundamental rules of the American justice system in the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. WATCH
HIJACKING BY DEMS: "They can talk about people all they want, they can talk about women all they want, they can talk about 'all white men' all they want. What they really want is power and to maintain their power. And all roads, for them, lead through the Supreme Court." –  Mark Levin, on "Life, Liberty & Levin," arguing that the Democratic Party has destroyed the Supreme Court confirmation process over the past 30 years and that the Brett Kavanaugh saga is the latest example. WATCH

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Instagram influencer angers followers with in-flight photo accessory.

Secretary of State Pompeo says U.S. determined to prevail in trade war with China.
FOX News Poll: Health care boosts Democrats in upcoming midterm elections.
Feinstein distorted facts about AR-15, aka 'America's rifle,' NRA says.
Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes.

Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher who had affair with 12-year-old student, said she 'didn't know' it was illegal.
Woman who sheltered Hurricane Florence animals is arrested.
Rainbow-flag burning priest removed from Chicago parish.

New U.S., China tariffs take effect to start the week.
Tariffs, the UN and the Fed headline the week ahead.
Randgold, Barrick Gold confirm merger creating $18.3B mining giant.
OPEC, allies agree not to further increase oil production.
ICYMI: Comcast tops FOX with $38.8 billion offer for Sky.
Homeowner equity on the rise.

Bryan Dean Wright: Hillary Clinton’s attack on the Electoral College is only her latest act of desperation -- and denial.
Dana Perino: What does it feel like to be married for 20 years? I'll tell you...
Andy Stanley: Five reasons people leave the church.

James Woods refuses to delete meme that he says got him locked out of Twitter for violating its rules.
'Saturday Night Live' star reacts to Chevy Chase's negative comments about the show.
Sean Spicer bashes 'SNL' for its Trump treatment: 'I think they've kind of crossed that line.'

Couple shocked to find they just bought infamous MS-13 house.
NASA's new satellite uses lasers to track Earth's melting ice.
French fries in Europe expected to be an inch shorter this season.

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1968: "60 Minutes" premieres on CBS; the undercover police drama "The Mod Squad" premieres on ABC.
1934: Babe Ruth makes his farewell appearance as a player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox.
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