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Aides say Trump is ‘more anxious’ than before about Kavanaugh’s nomination going down in flames: NYT reporter

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President Donald Trump on Friday took the gloves off and started directly attacking the integrity of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of trying to assault her when they were both teenagers.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” the president wrote on Twitter. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

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According to well connected New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump’s direct attacks on Ford may be a panic move from a president who is terrified that his latest Supreme Court nomination will crash and burn.

“Several people told me yesterday that Trump by end of day was more anxious about whether Kavanaugh makes it through,” Haberman writes.

Haberman also says that Trump’s tweets questioning why Ford didn’t come forward sooner after allegedly being attacked decades ago would be major fodder for Democratic campaigns in the upcoming midterm elections.

“Strategists already counting on women being energized for November will appreciate the chance to talk about why many women don’t report attacks, after this tweet,” she writes.

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Trump and his enablers are now in open defiance of all democratic norms: Congress needs to quit stalling and impeach

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During all the months when the world waited with bated breath for the results of the Mueller report, the most pressing question was always whether the special prosecutor would find that President Trump and his campaign had colluded with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election. Trump had branded the investigation a "witch hunt" and repeated the words "No collusion! No obstruction!" on a loop. But legal observers made clear that there was no legal concept called "collusion." and instead Mueller would be looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

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Virginia was the bellwether of 2017’s big blue wave — but could it happen again?

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In November 2017, powered by a surge of grassroots activism one year after Donald Trump’s election, Democrats wiped out a Republican supermajority in the Virginia House of Delegates, and came within one disputed ballot and a random drawing of sharing power in a 50-50 chamber — an early harbinger of the 2018 blue wave. Now they’re back to finish the job, aiming to recapture control of both legislative chambers for the first time in 26 years and set the tone for the 2020 election.

Swing Left, a key player in flipping the House of Representatives last year, has targeted 15 races in the House of Delegates and five in the State Senate. Their main focus is people power, but they’ve also raised more than $550,000 in grassroots donations as of Sept. 11. Just two seats are needed to flip each chamber, and a court-ordered redistricting has made flipping the House much more doable.

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‘Did Obama know?’ Rudy Giuliani flings wild new accusations against Biden in overnight tweet rant

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani hurled accusations of Ukraine corruption at Joe Biden and his son in a series of middle-of-the-night tweets.

The president admitted Sunday to speaking to Ukraine's president about an investigation of Hunter Biden's business dealings with a natural gas company in the country, after a series of reports revealed his efforts to pressure that government to come up with dirt on the former vice president.

Early Monday morning, Giuliani accused Kiev of laundering $3 million to Hunter Biden and suggested the Obama administration was aware but did nothing, although the former New York City mayor offered no supporting evidence of those allegations.

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