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Rachel Maddow pinpoints the fatal flaw in Kavanaugh’s defense

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow fact-checked a major flaw with Republican complaints about the timing of Dr. Christine Ford’s allegations of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

“This whole two week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election,” Judge Kavanaugh claimed during the hearing.

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“No,” Maddow fact-checked. “No, actually. And not just as a point of argument, as a point of fact.”

Kavanaugh’s entire defense hinges on a claim that the allegations were manufactured for political purposes. But Blasey Ford’s timeline destroys that.

Blasey Ford wasn’t trying to stop Trump from nominating someone, she was trying to get Trump to pick someone who didn’t try to rape her.

“We now know — attested to by both sides — that Christine Blasey Ford came forward about Brett Kavanaugh when she found out Brett Kavanaugh was on the short list for the call,” she reported. “She made her calls, she started trying to to alert the Congress about this alleged assault by Kavanaugh before he was picked for the Supreme Court.”

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“She was trying to get them to not pick him for the Supreme Court,” Maddow noted. “She proved today — with evidence cited by the Republicans’ hired prosecutor — that she emphatically did not wait to find out who the nominee was for the Supreme Court seat.”

“That is a big factual problem for the defense that was raised for Kavanaugh today,” Maddow continued.

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In extreme crises, conservatism can turn to fascism. Here’s how that might play out

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5 movie "Back to the Future," Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels in a time machine from the 1980s to the 1950s. When he tells people of the '50s he is from the '80s, he is met with skepticism.

1950s person: Then tell me, future boy, who's President of the United States in 1985?

This article first appeared at Salon.com.Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.

1950s person: Ronald Reagan? The actor? [chuckles in disbelief] Then who's vice president? Jerry Lewis [comedian]?

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Body language expert dissects the power dynamic at play in the iconic Nancy Pelosi photo

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Last week, President Donald Trump met with Democrats at the White House to discuss the way both sides could work to fix the President's mistakes in Syria. Democrats left the White House saying that the President had another meltdown during the meeting, which prompted Trump to claim Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the one who had a meltdown. He then posted photos of Pelosi sitting quietly and another photo of Pelosi standing and pointing at him.

Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown posted the photo and gave his own analysis of what he believed was happening in the photo.

"When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted," Brown explained Sunday. "Rarely has this behavioral axiom been better exemplified than last Wednesday at the White House."

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Internet cracks up at possible fake Mitt Romney Twitter account — and wants him to ‘run against Trump as Pierre Delecto’

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UPDATE: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has confessed to the account being his. When an Atlantic reporter called to ask for comment and ask if he was the account, Romney replied, "C'est moi."

Slate reporter Ashley Feinberg wrote that she may have discovered a secret Mitt Romney Twitter account under the name Pierre Delecto.

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