Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s surprise move to plead his case on the Wall Street Journal‘s opinion pages, in an essay called “I am an independent, impartial judge” Thursday night came as a surprise to many.
Never before has a nominee to the highest court in the land had to offer excuses for throwing an angry fit before the Senate Judicial Committee, nor come close to apologizing for going too far during combative questioning in which he spun questions around on the senators asking him about his history of drinking to the point of blacking out.
On MSNBC, The Washington Post‘s Robert Costa was asked what the move meant by Brian Williams.
“It’s a strategic move by the White House,” said Costa. “They know this nomination is on the brink of maybe falling apart as all these moderate Republican senators, even conservative senators, privately voice concerns to [White House counsel] Don McGahn and others.”
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page was one of the few places Kavanaugh could effectively plead his case to the GOP’s kingmakers.
“It’s the high church, really, for a lot of these elite conservative lawyers and Republican lawmakers and officials,” he said. “They look to it. If you’re going there it means you have a direct message for that block of the Republican party.”
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Iran probes seized UK-flagged tanker — Britain to hold emergency meeting
ran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action.
Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
Video footage released by Iran showed the Stena Impero tanker being surrounded by speedboats before troops in balaclavas descend a rope from a helicopter onto the vessel.
In an audio recording of a radio exchange, an Iranian officer can be heard ordering the tanker to change course "immediately".
For Cubans — a day at the beach is no easy task
Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.
While foreign tourists flock to such paradisiacal Havana sites as Varadero, which was this year named the second most-beautiful beach in the world by American travel website TripAdvisor, Cubans are typically found elsewhere.
"Not many tourists come here," said 43-year-old Rey Gonzalez, who was enjoying a day at Guanabo, a beach east of the capital.
Guanabo's sand isn't as white and the water not quite as clear as Varadero's, but that mattered little to Gonzalez, who was there with his family.