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GOP senator goes on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to tout woman who will question Ford — but doesn’t even know her name

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John Kennedy (R-LA) was unable to recall on live TV the name of a woman prosecutor Senate Republicans have tapped to question an alleged sexual assault survivor.

Senate Republicans will send Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a high school party, and Kennedy tried to explain how that hearing would play out.

“Dr. Ford, through her counsel, was very insistent that we not allow the hearing to be hijacked with theatrics, like the confirmation hearing was, in my judgment,” Kennedy told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“We talked about it among ourselves, we meaning the Republicans on the committee,” he added, “and decided that given the amount of time that we have, Dr. Ford also insisted on just one round of questions, that we would hire somebody who has expertise in trying to ferret out the facts in a case where sexual assault has been alleged.”

Kennedy insisted he would let Mitchell ask questions on his behalf, but he whiffed on her name.

“I don’t know that every committee member has given up the right to ask questions, but I know I intend to defer to — I can’t remember the name of the prosecutor,” Kennedy said, searching his memory. “Ms. Mitchell, I think.”

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He had no trouble remembering a talking point he used several times throughout the interview.

“I think there are areas where we could all do better, not just the politicians, but America,” Kennedy said. “This is no country, in my judgment, for creepy old men or young men or middle-aged men, but this is also no country to ignore due process. some of my colleagues have suggested — and i’ve tried to understand their point of view — that you’re morally tainted if you don’t automatically believe the accuser. I don’t agree with that.”

Kennedy went back to the “no country for creepy old men” line later in the interview, and again insisted that Kavanaugh was entitled to due process in the Senate confirmation hearing, as he would be in a criminal proceeding.

“I don’t know if this will be a discussion of the truth as much as it will be an analysis of the memory,” Kennedy said. “It happened a long time ago. I can tell you how my mind works, my memory is not like a computer file that I can call up with perfect retrieval. My mind is selective when I think back 30 or 40 years ago.”

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“My stroll down memory lane is kind of a lurch down memory lane, there are gaps in some of my memories when I reconstruct things,” he added. “Sometimes I fill them in with what I think is the truth, I can’t be 100 percent certain it’s the truth. I think most of us have that experience — 35, 40 years ago is a long, long time ago. I think we have to take that into consideration for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh.”

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Iran and US trade barbs after drone incident and ahead of new sanctions

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The United States on Monday was due to tighten sanctions on Iran as the two countries traded barbs in a tense standoff sparked by Washington's withdrawal from a nuclear deal.

Both nations say they want to avoid going to war, but tensions have spiralled as a series of incidents, including attacks on tankers and the shooting down of a US drone by Iran in the Gulf, raised fears of an unintended slide towards conflict.

On Sunday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a US-made MQ9 Reaper "spy drone" -- also widely used for carrying out military strikes -- had encroached his country's airspace on May 26.

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John Oliver warns Trump didn’t have an ‘Ebenezer Scrooge moment’ deciding to be ‘good’ — he’s still Trump

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The best thing you can say about Donald Trump is that he "maybe hasn't eaten a dolphin before," John Oliver joked on his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight."

Oliver warned people that while Trump had a "change of heart" about Iran it was only about Iran. "He didn't have an Ebenezer Scrooge moment, threw open a window and yelled, 'I'm going to be good from now on!'" the host explained. "No, he just didn't bomb some people."

As Fox News explained, the drown that Iran shot down was not simply one from Amazon. Oliver said it wasn't like Trump said, "Alexa, send a drone to surveil Iran." According to Fox's genius analysis, those drones cost actual money.

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Donald Trump’s biggest regret is choosing Jeff Sessions as his attorney general

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In an interview that aired on Sunday, President Donald Trump told "Meet the Press" that his biggest regret is choosing Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general.

"If you could have one do-over as president, what would it be?" NBC host Chuck Todd asked Trump during their interview.

This article first appeared at Salon.com.After the president replied that his do over would involve "personnel," he elaborated that "I would say if I had one do over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general." When Todd asked Trump to clarify if he thought appointing Sessions was his "worst mistake," the president reiterated "yeah, that was the biggest mistake." He added that Sessions is "very talented" but was cut off by a new line of questioning from Todd before he could elaborate.

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