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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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Trump’s inspector general firing will cripple intel agencies during the coronavirus crisis: National security analyst

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On CNN Saturday, national security analyst Samantha Vinograd laid into President Donald Trump for firing intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson.

"Trump has decimated his own intelligence to date, and now he's continuing that pet project at a moment when, arguably, we need more, not fewer, competent professionals on board," said Vinograd. "This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the entire U.S. government, including the U.S. intelligence community. In the face of the novel coronavirus, resources are strained. We have less intelligence professionals able to come to work and access classified servers. And rather than trying to marshal resources at this time, President Trump has removed a competent intelligence professional from a key post."

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Here’s what Wall Street doesn’t want you to know about its grip on emergency rooms

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Doctor Ling Min is the first emergency room doctor to be fired for going public with his concerns about poor hospital emergency room safety practices and shortages of medical supplies and protective gear for health workers.

He won’t be the last.

Like many hospitals in the US, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham Washington, where Ling Min worked for the past 17 years as an emergency room doctor, has outsourced the management and staffing of its emergency room. So, Min works on-site at the hospital’s ER, but he is employed by a physician staffing firm that runs the ER. These staffing firms are often behind the surprise medical bills for ER services that patients receive after their insurance company has paid the hospital and doctors, but not the excessive out-of-network charges billed by these outside staffing firms.

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Here’s why the tormented conservative mind is so drawn to the dangerous allure of miracle drugs

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In one of the oddest developments of the coronavirus crisis, there's been a run on a pair of antimalarial drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which are used primarily in the U.S. to treat arthritis and to prevent organ damage from lupus. The drugs are being sucked out of pharmacies at an alarming rate, thanks to Americans who have convinced themselves these drugs will save them if the develop COVID-19, and thereby leaving patients who actually need these medications in danger.

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