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‘I see him hurtling towards the sun’: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow predicts Kavanaugh won’t be confirmed

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow very rarely gives political commentary and opinion in her show. Typically the host explains complex political events and legal events as they unfold. But during an interview with former Sec. Hillary Clinton, Maddow let her own commentary fly.

When Maddow handed it off to Lawrence O’Donnell, the hosts discussed the recent developments that will likely end in a way that isn’t in Trump’s favor.

“Given the way [Dr.] Christine Blasey Ford is approaching this,” Maddow began. “Given the corroboration that has already appeared in the press in terms of the notes from therapy from years ago, her husband on the record and his recollections, now in the San Jose Mercury News, multiple corroboration from other people again, that all preceded [Brett] Kavanagh ever being nominated to the Supreme Court, given the fact her lawyers tonight are demanding an independent investigation by the FBI so that everybody can be interviewed, so that there can be an independent assessment of what’s going on…”

She said none of those things happen if it’s something someone made up.

“She is conducting herself in such a way that indicates to me that there is meat on these bones and, therefore, I think Kavanagh is going to have a hard time,” she said.

O’Donnell said that if he had to put money on it, he would agree with her.

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“The other two big things that happened today is the president established a standard of proof, in this case, saying no one should have any doubt,” said O’Donnell. “So, Brett Kavanagh is now under the responsibility given to him by the president today to remove all doubt, all doubt. No one can have the slightest doubt about Brett Kavanagh in order to vote for him, and then Dr. Ford is handling this strongly tonight.”

He noted that it’s obvious Ford is more in control of this story than the White House.

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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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