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Flake to confirm Kavanaugh — sending Supreme Court nominee to Senate vote: report

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh despite sexual assault claims against the Supreme Court nominee.

The Arizona Republican, who is retiring after his term ends in January, was considered a swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which heard testimony Thursday from Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh will go before a full vote in the U.S. Senate.

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Flake’s decision was first reported by CNN.


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Is it an impeachment inquiry, an investigation or something else?

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There has been a gymnastic drama going on in the Capitol, where fans of impeaching Donald Trump and those who think that process is not the best way to confront the president are writhing in definitional arm-wrestling.

Weirdly, any value you might assign to the actual words used, you can expect a lot more confrontational congressional committees towards Trump’s White House in the next weeks. Those hearings may or may not add up to impeachment efforts, which has been true until now, of course.

The House Judiciary Committee, newly driven by the extraordinary efforts to land government meetings at Trump properties and to promise pardons for illegal acts to promote his agenda, has wanted to broaden the basis for impeachment, essentially to argue that profiting from the presidency is unconstitutional.

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NYT reporter explains how a Trump war with Iran could spiral out of control: ‘Playing with fire’

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As President Donald Trump pugnaciously warned on Twitter this weekend that the United States is “locked and loaded” to go after Iran following a recent attack on oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, foreign policy experts and observers with actual insight into the situation warned that a conflict in the region could spiral out of control.

New York Times reporter Michael Crowley, appearing on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Thursday, argued that a war with Iran could be much more disastrous and challenging than the devastating Iraq War was.

“It would be a huge, huge, mess,” Crowly said. “Iraq at least was country that we were able to militarily defeat and occupy pretty quickly, and then you had this horrible, long occupation with an insurgency that was disastrous. But in the case of Iran, it’s just a much more formidable military adversary with a lot more ways to counterattack and retaliate and escalate. Israel gets dragged in, the global economy could go up in flames. So you’re not just thinking about a theoretical political principle while Trump is betraying his base — it’s that Trump is inviting, if he were to risk a serious conflict with Iran, a potential debacle in so many ways.”

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‘He looks like a florescent green helium balloon’: CNN panel breaks into hysterics at Sean Spicer on #DWTS

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A CNN panel couldn't stop laughing as Republican Scott Jennings rushed to the side of former press secretary Sean Spicer, who debuted on "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night dressed in a bright-green ruffled shirt and dancing the Salsa.

"No way. What the Hell?" Rye asked the second she saw the video of Spicer.

"So, you’ve seen it," Lemon asked Jennings. "So, is this the guy you remember?"

But Rye, blindsided by the chartreuse, cut in.

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