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Senate GOP extends Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony decision deadline

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The Senate GOP has extended the deadline for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens, to decide whether she will testify before the Judiciary Committee after insisting she make the decision by 5 p.m.

According to the Washington Post‘s Sean Sullivan, the deadline has been extended to 10 p.m.

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Internet destroys ‘opposite of a journalist’ Chuck Todd over his ‘vapid’ Trump interview

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While NBC might be happy with the ratings it got from a highly-touted interview with Donald Trump conducted by Meet The Press host Chuck Todd, the reviews of the NBC political director's performance were bad. Really bad.

Focusing on Todd's inability, or lack of desire, to push-back on any of the president's claims -- including particularly egregious claims Trump made about detaining immigrant children at the border that the president blamed on Barack Obama, -- one Twitter commenter called what Todd does for a living the "opposite" of journalism.

Particularly brutal was an assessment by NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen who tweeted: "Just watched @chucktodd 'interview' the president about kids and the border. I don't what that was. But it was not public discourse. Nothing to do with eliciting information, or accountability, or where do you stand? It was like feeding English sentences into a wood chipper."

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Is decency a weakness? Here’s what psychiatrist Carl Jung would say about the GOP’s embrace of the dark side

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Let’s talk about decency.

We are a nation that elected a man who in less than two and a half years has sullied our reputation across the world while here at home enabling our baser instincts to mug and molest our better angels.

The concept of decency is not one he knows or possesses within himself. His lack of it has helped reignite a contagion of hatred and intolerance, ratcheted up by Internet trollery, that largely lay dormant but now spreads once again like a toxin through the body politic.

Because of him this is not an America made great. It is instead a nation struggling with basic human decency, whether at the camps and cages of our southern border or along the corridors of Congress, where too many once rational members have succumbed to the siren call of cynical opportunism and demagoguery.

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White House to expand ‘immunity’ claim to cover McGahn aide and keep her from answering House Dem questions

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According to a report at Politico, the White House is expected to block former presidential counsel Don McGahn's top aide Annie Donaldson from providing information to the House Judiciary Committee.

The report states that White House lawyers plan assert its claims that former aides have “absolute immunity” from providing information to Congress about their time in the White House.

According to the report, Donaldson, who has already departed the White House, was expected to provide written answers to questions submitted by Democrats  -- but now that is on hold.

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