Monday, October 1, 2018

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THE LEAD STORY - DEMOCRATS WON'T MAKE IT EASY FOR KAVANAUGH: Democratic lawmakers ratcheted up their threats against Brett Kavanaugh as the FBI investigates his background, vowing to conduct more probes if he is confirmed for the Supreme Court and if they take control of the House ... "If he is on the Supreme Court and the Senate hasn’t investigated, then the House will have to," Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said on ABC's "This Week." Nadler added that the House would investigate if lawmakers felt the FBI investigation wasn't thorough. “We would have to investigate any credible allegations certainly of perjury and other things that haven’t properly been looked into before," he said.
Nadler likely would chair the committee if Democrats regain control of the House. Democrats have complained about the weeklong deadline imposed on the FBI to look into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh and limited scope of the investigation. They also have been threatening to impeach Kavanaugh if he is confirmed for the high court.

COMEY WEIGHS IN ON KAVANAUGH: Former FBI Director James Comey criticized the time frame of the bureau's ongoing review into Brett Kavanaugh's background Sunday, writing in a New York Times op-ed that "it is idiotic to put a shot clock on the FBI" ... Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May 2017, conceded that an investigation that must be wrapped up by Friday was better than no investigation at all. But he also wrote that "the process is deeply flawed, and apparently designed to thwart the fact-gathering process." "If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn’t have been sought after the Senate Judiciary Committee already endorsed the nominee," Comey wrote.
ICYMI: KELLYANNE CONWAY'S REVELATION: An emotional Kellyanne Conway came forward Sunday and stated that she is a victim of sexual assault ... The revelation by Conway, counselor to President Trump, came during a tense back-and-forth with journalist Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” while Conway defended the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. “I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape,” Conway said. “I’m a victim of sexual assault.” Conway then went on to address the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Friday after he said he would vote to pass Kavanaugh through the judiciary panel. "I want those women who were sexually assaulted the other day who were confronting Jeff Flake, God bless them, but go blame the perpetrator,” she said. “That's who is responsible for the sexual assaults, the people who commit them.”
THREE'S COMPANY: The United States and Canada confirmed Sunday they had reached a deal on a "new, modernized trade agreement," which is designed to replace the 1994 NAFTA pact ...  In a joint statement the two nations said the new deal would be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said following a cabinet meeting, "It's a good day for Canada." Trudeau plans to address the media on the deal on Monday.
CALIFORNIA AND TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CLASH AGAIN: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration ... Advocates of net neutrality hope the new law in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications by pushing Congress to enact national net neutrality rules or encouraging other states to follow suit. But the U.S. Department of Justice wants to stop the law in its tracks, arguing that it creates burdensome, anti-consumer requirements that go against the federal government's approach of deregulating the Internet.
A SAD, PATHETIC SPECTACLE: "This is about people desperate to win at all costs [and] take a man and his family down, no problem. It's the battle of the hypocrites."  – Judge Jeanine Pirro, in her "Opening Statement" on "Justice with Judge Jeanine," slamming hypocrisy among Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee at last Thursday's hearing featuring Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. WATCH
IN KANYE WE TRUST: "This is an amazingly profound cultural moment. [West] has been blazing this trail, saying it's OK to think freely. It's OK to oppose the status quo." – Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, on "FOX & Friends," praising Kanye West for his pro-Trump speech made at the end of his "Saturday Night Live" appearance over the weekend. WATCH
McDonald's employee accused of putting peroxide-based cleaner in cop's drink.
Restaurant where anti-Kavanaugh protesters disrupted Ted Cruz's dinner hires security.
Tiebreak games needed to settle NL Central, NL West races.
Reporter's Notebook: Amid Kavanaugh drama, Trump quietly signs bill to avert government shutdown.
Trump's tax returns will be target of Democrats' probe if they win House in midterms.
Dem Fla. gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum staffer fired after calling for Trump's execution, wearing shirt deriding pro-Trump states.
Manhunt: Tennessee man accused of murder, other charges, is on the loose
North Carolina's first alligator hunt in 40 years to end without kill.
Massive car explosion kills three, rips vehicle 'in half.'
Iran Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack.
At least 840 confirmed dead after tsunami devastates Indonesia, burials begin.
Trump's new strategy 'is working,' Afghan leader says.
Trade deals, Fed speakers and jobs headline the week ahead.
Big U.S. banks face increase in attempted cyberattacks.
ICYMI: Tesla's Elon Musk, SEC settle fraud charges.
Paris Auto show highlights electric SUVs, yet diesel lives on.
Brent oil near four-year high ahead of Iran sanctions.
California becomes first state to require women on corporate boards.
Newt Gingrich: Blue wave of liberal cash from California and New York flooding Georgia governor's race.
Salena Zito: Blue wave election? If it happens, it will start here.
Christian Whiton: 'The Simpsons' turns 30 -- a big milestone for Gen X and America.
Serena Williams goes topless, sings 'I Touch Myself' in breast cancer awareness video.
Willie Nelson debuts new song 'Vote 'Em Out' at concert supporting Beto O'Rourke.
Kanye West promises a return to 'SNL' in 2018 following controversial pro-Trump speech.
Sausage-screaming videos are viral new trend.
Huge shark swims by scientists in Atlantic as they discover colorful new fish.
Deaths of 'zombie' raccoons continue in New York City's Central Park.
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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott; Dan Bongino; Alan Dershowitz; Candace Owens, Turning Point USA communications director; talk radio host Howie Carr.
The Ingraham Angle, 10 p.m. ET: Laura Ingraham will have an exclusive interview with Richard Vinneccy, ex-boyfriend of Julie Swetnick, one of Brett Kavanaugh's accusers.
FOX News @ Night, 11 p.m. ET: Special guest: U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.
On FOX Business:
Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Hans Vestberg, Verizon CEO; Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump; Antjuan Seawright, Democratic strategist; actor-comedian Joe Piscopo; Martin Feldstein, former economic advisor to President Reagan.
Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Ed Rollins, GOP strategist/former re-election campaign manager for President Reagan.
The Intelligence Report, 2 p.m. ET: Misty Marris, attorney and legal analyst.
Countdown to the Closing Bell, 3 p.m. ET: House Minority Senior Whip Dan Kildee.
After the Bell, 4 p.m. ET: Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.
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The FOX News Rundown podcast: Monday marks one year since the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. 58 died and hundreds were wounded after a gunman opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. A shooting survivor and a lawyer representing victims who are now being sued by the hotel where the gunman fired on the crowd speak out. Plus, commentary by the Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel.
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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: The Kavanaugh confirmation saga, the new NAFTA deal and North Korea will be among the top topics of debate with the following special guests: New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin; Ron Hosko, former assistant FBI director; and F.H. Buckley.
The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Author Mallika Chopra joins Tom Shillue to discuss her new book, "Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More"!
2017: A gunman opens fire from a room at the Mandalay Bay casino hotel in Las Vegas on a crowd of 22,000 country music fans at a concert below, leaving 58 people dead and more than 800 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history; the gunman, Stephen Craig Paddock, kills himself before officers arrive.
1964: The Free Speech Movement begins at the University of California, Berkeley.
1957: The motto "In God We Trust" begins appearing on U.S. paper currency.
1937: Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black delivers a radio address in which he acknowledges being a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, but says he had dropped out of the organization before becoming a U.S. senator.
FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your Monday! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Tuesday morning.

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