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Kellyanne Conway offers new Kavanaugh defense: ‘One man’s shoulders’ cannot ‘bear decades of the #MeToo movement’

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Kellyanne Conway launched a new defense of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — who she complained was being forced to shoulder the burden of countless rape claims as part of the #MeToo movement.

The White House adviser insisted to CBS News that President Donald Trump takes sexual assault allegations by Christine Blasey Ford seriously, despite his Friday tweet questioning her credibility.

“You’re looking at one tweet,” Conway said. “Look at everything he said last week, be fair to him. This president is defending his nominee to the United States Supreme Court, that nominee needs to defend himself against these allegations.”

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She said the nominee’s denials should be accepted at face value.

“Why does it not matter to anyone that Judge Kavanaugh has said these allegations are false?” Conway said. “He thinks the latest ones show a pattern of a smear campaign against him, and he has said from the beginning that he wasn’t at the party in question 36 years ago in Maryland. All that has to matter.”

Conway said the president agreed with the Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which wants to pit Ford and Kavanaugh’s testimony against each other without hearing from additional witnesses.

Then she said Kavanaugh is being held up as a sacrifice to the #MeToo movement.

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“This president wants them both to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee, set up a process where they both can,” Conway said. “I don’t think one man’s shoulders should bear decades of the #MeToo movement.”

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Record plunge in manufacturing for New York region: NY Fed

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Manufacturing activity in New York State took a record dive this month and fell into contraction, suddenly reversing recent gains, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Monday.

The surprising drop was another worrying sign for the US manufacturing sector, a day ahead of the start of a Federal Reserve meeting that comes as markets clamor for signs the central bank will cut interest rates soon to preserve economic growth.

Manufacturing has been a weak spot for the American economy this year as global demand slows and President Donald Trump pursues a multi-front trade war with some of America's largest trading partners.

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Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi collapses and dies in court, state TV says

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Mohammed Morsi, the former Egyptian president who was ousted by the military in 2013, has died after collapsing in court, state TV said on Monday.

Egypt's public broadcaster said the 67-year-old former president was attending a session in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital, it said.

Morsi, who hailed from Egypt's largest Islamist group, the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was elected president in 2012 in the country's first free elections following the ouster the year before of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

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NBC SCOTUS reporter Pete Williams: ‘I don’t know what the Court wins’ in anti-gay Sweetcakes case ‘except time’

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NBC News' Pete Williams has won three national news Emmy awards. He has a reputation for offering very factual reports with little to no personal opinion. Williams for decades has primarily covered the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Department.

Monday morning on MSNBC Williams gave his report on the Supreme Court's order in the "Sweetcakes" case, involving an Oregon Christian couple who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The case is exceptionally more complicated than that – including alleged doxxing of the same-sex couple and the subsequent death threats they say they received.

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