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Chuck Grassley rages at reporters for anti-Kavanaugh ‘bias’ as he promises judge will be confirmed

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) blew a gasket while being questioned by reporters about the FBI’s investigation into sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

At a press conference on Thursday, Grassley predicted that Kavanaugh would be confirmed by Saturday night.

The Iowa Republican was asked if his committee would refer sexual assault accuser Dr. Christine Blasey to be prosecuted.

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“I don’t know,” Grassley replied. “I don’t know if there’s any reason to. What I’d like to do when we get all done because this is almost rock bottom, I would like to have the future mending things so we can do things in a collegial way that the United States Senate ought to do and particularly when it comes to Supreme Court nominations.”

Grassley then admonished the press for what he said was its role in devolving political comity.

“And you folks can have something to do with this,” Grassley charged angrily. “Now, I would never use the word fake news. I consider you folks policemen for our democratic system of government, but I want to show you where some of you have bias.”

The chairman seemed particularly vexed because he had “demonstrators in my office for two weeks now.”

“And one time the people that were for Kavanaugh wanted to be interviewed,” he recalled. “And [the media] said we only — we’re only interested in interviewing people against Kavanaugh. Now, that’s a bias that none of you should be proud of.”

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Susan Rice tears into Trump for ‘brushing off information’ critical to troops’ ‘life and death’ because he can’t hear bad news

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On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice ripped President Donald Trump for ignoring intelligence on Russian bounties against American troops.

"My job was to brief the president, to bring to the president all that he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear," said Rice. "When I served President Obama, he would sometimes joke that I and others who brought bad news were the 'doomsday people,' but he always listened to what we had to say and he never conveyed the impression that news was too bad to be worthy of him hearing. You don't intimidate the messengers ... this president is derelict in his duty, brushing off information that is critical to the life and death of our service members and does so because he doesn't want to hear bad news."

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Trump slammed by ex-NAACP president for refusing to denounce ‘white power’: He has been ‘coy with white supremacists’

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On CNN Wednesday, former NAACP President Ben Jealous tore into President Donald Trump for his refusal to disavow the "white power" video he retweeted earlier in the week.

"You know, this president has been coy with white supremacists again and again," said Jealous. "He did it around the Ku Klux Klan early on. He did it with Charlottesville, there is good people on both sides. And now you see him do it here."

"Again, it's part of his attempt to dog whistle, to play to his base," said Jealous. "He's running like George Wallace. He's running like Lester Maddox. You know, he has the RNC scheduled for him to speak on Ax Handle Saturday. It's a mess. And that just — these are his instincts. This is a guy — the Central Park Five, the world has known for 20 years they are innocent, he insists they are guilty. When it comes to race, he has a real problem."

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Trump aides are trying to decide if it’s a better to close down again — or just let people die

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President Donald Trump's inner circle is battling over the decision to return the country to closed and caution or to simply let people die from the coronavirus.

CNN.com reported Wednesday evening that a debate is afoot in the White House about whether they should push forward with the reopening, regardless of the death toll. If the president's Fox interview Wednesday afternoon is any indication, he's opted for the latter approach, continuing to reopen and urge Americans that everything is fine, even if it isn't.

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