For the second time during Donald Trump’s presidency, a sex scandal involving a Republican judge is causing heartaches for the GOP.
In the fall of 2017, former Judge Roy Moore’s campaign for the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions was rocked by allegations of sexually assaulting women and girls. The Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting and Democrat Doug Jones won the December special election.
Now, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is facing allegations of attempting to rape Dr. Christine Ford when was an underage high school girl. The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are threatening to derail his nomination to the United States Supreme Court.
On MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Tuesday, host Nicolle Wallace noted, “whichever way this goes, the optics of Republicans rallying around someone now accused of sexual assault is perilous in and of itself.”
“It is,” said former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
“And it is somewhat reminiscent of the Roy Moore case, where you had Republicans rallying around Roy Moore and the alleged pedophilia cases that he was involved in,” Steele noted.
“This whole relationship with women is a problematic one with the Republican Party and female voters,” he admitted.
Steele, who revealed on Monday that some Republicans are discussing how they withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination, offered a potential timeline for such an event.
“So this is a no-win for Republicans right now, and there is, despite what some people might want to say on the street, there are conversations about, ‘How do we sidestep this? Does the judge, Tuesday, Wednesday of next week, withdraw his name?”
Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight
A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."
It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.
The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.
The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.
Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank
Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.
The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.
Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.
Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.
Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns
Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.
In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.
The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.
"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."