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Ex-prosecutor shames GOP for trying to use female staffers to question Kavanaugh accuser: Have ‘some guts and do it yourself’

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah slammed Republicans for not having the “guts” to ask questions of Christine Blasey Ford during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

“I want to turn here and ask you about this moment, we’re talking about 1991, we’re talking about what happened with Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas,” MSNBC anchor David Gura noted. “How much of a historic analog do you see at this point?”

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“I think this is even bigger in a lot of ways,” Rocah suggested. “I became a lawyer in some ways because of what I saw Anita Hill go through and I’m sure that there are young women out there now being galvanized by this — and I can’t wait to see what they do with it.”

“This is more than about the Supreme Court, more than about this nominee,” she continued. “This has really become a lens and a focus on … how powerful men in this country, — not all, but certainly the ones who are empowered in the Republican Party right now — are treating women and how they view women.”

“And I think that the reason it upset so many women so much is that we see a little bit of all of us in Christine Ford,” Rocah continued.

“So I really think this may end up being a bigger moment than Anita Hill, not that it wasn’t a big moment, but now with social media you have a wider net,” she predicted.

Later in the segment, she slammed efforts by Senate Republicans to hire a female special counsel to question Ford since there are no Republican members of the Judiciary Committee.

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“David, if I can say one other thing that I failed to mention in the list of demands that now the Republicans are making, this idea they are going to have female staffers questioning Dr. Ford, I mean, look, to me that is just shameful on top of shameful,” she blasted.

“If they are going to try and question her credibility, attack her, smear her in the way they have been, they should have the guts to do it themselves and not put a front up of a woman staffer,” Rocah argued. “They should have the guts to stand up and do this themselves.”

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‘Don’t be a sucker’: CNN’s Cuomo begs viewers not to let Trump’s antics distract from the horror of COVID deaths

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo warned viewers not to be taken in by President Donald Trump's distraction tactics — and instead focus on the loss of human life from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Here’s the real reason Trump and the GOP don’t want mail-in voting

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Trump and Republicans don’t want mail-in voting this November because it blows up a couple of their most effective voter suppression schemes.

In presidential elections dating back to 2000, there’s been noticeable media coverage of long lines in majority-black precincts; commentators sometimes wonder out loud why people would have to wait in line 8 hours to vote in, for example, inner city Ohio in 2004 or Milwaukee in the 2020 primaries.

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On Memorial Day, as crowds packed Venice Beach in Los Angeles, the state of California experienced its highest one-day total for positive coronavirus cases. According to data compiled by the San Jose Mercury News, there were 2,565 new cases in California on May 25 — breaking the previous one-day record from May 5th, when 2,546 new cases were reported across the state. The number of confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak exceeds 100,000 this week in the state of California, a fact that may seems at odds with Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom's slow plant to start approving reopenings among the state's counties as they meet certain benchmarks.

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