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Four people who know professor Christine Blasey Ford have signed sworn affidavits that say she's previously told them about being assaulted by a federal judge when the were both teenagers, evidence meant to bolster he allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh's sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.
The affidavits from her husband and three friends have been submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford's legal team said, ahead of a Thursday Supreme Court confirmation hearing where she and Kavanaugh will be questioned about the allegation, which he denies.
Republicans are pushing to confirm Kavanaugh within a week, but Ford's allegation and that of another woman have jeopardized that effort — a few Republican senators have expressed reservations, and the party has a narrow majority in the Senate.
On Thursday morning, a psychology professor from California will sit before lawmakers to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault — while all of Washington, and much of the nation, watches it live. It's a high-stakes, high-drama moment with the power to sink Judge Brett Kavanaugh's chances of winning a seat on the high court and to shift the dynamic in the upcoming midterm elections.
How will Kavanaugh and Ford prepare for the make-or-break event? Here's a look at what it takes to get ready for a public grilling.
First, they will practice. Both Kavanaugh and Ford have undoubtedly spent time with lawyers and other experts in the art of mounting a strong public defense.
More world leaders are stepping up to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, but the lion's share of attention is down the hall where U.S. President Donald Trump is chairing the Security Council and accusing China of attempting to interfere in America's upcoming midterm election.
Wednesday's meeting of the council is addressing the issue of nonproliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, but Trump took the opportunity to target the Asian nation. He claimed without details that China is trying to interfere because it opposes his administration's trade policies.
"They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president to challenge China on trade," Trump said. "And we are winning on trade. We are winning at every level. We don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election."
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The investigation into Russian election interference is often called the Mueller probe, but it's Rod Rosenstein who oversees it.
Rosenstein's fate as deputy attorney general remains in the air after reports last week that he floated the idea of recording President Donald Trump. Rosenstein went to the White House on Monday amid conflicting reports about his fate in the administration. But the president gave him a three-day reprieve, and the two are set to have a face-to-face showdown on Thursday.
So what happens to the Russia investigation if Rosenstein loses his job after Thursday's meeting?
A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault Tuesday stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.
Cosby, 81, was spending his first night alone in a Pennsylvania prison after being accustomed to a life filled with handlers and household help.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said that Cosby was "one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for over the past 50 years," while decrying the trial as the "most sexist and racist" in the country's history.
Many Americans are unsure if they believe Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or the first woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, Christine Blasey Ford, according to a new poll that also shows a majority are planning to tune into this week's high-stakes Senate hearing on the allegations.
The poll from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist found 42 percent of Americans are unsure if they believe Kavanaugh, 32 percent believe Ford's story to be credible, while 26 percent believe Kavanaugh's story.
And with Ford and Kavanaugh set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, 58 percent of Americans said they plan to pay attention to those proceedings, which will include an outside, female counsel brought in by the committee.
Her 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas riveted the nation, but failed to derail his nomination to the Supreme Court. Now, 27 years later, Anita Hill says the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing — with no FBI investigation and no witness testimony — is destined to be unfair, just as she and many others felt the Thomas hearing was.
Still, she says, whatever happens, don't look at the Kavanaugh case as a referendum on the #MeToo movement, or a barometer of its success. #MeToo is much bigger than that — and the ship has sailed.
"A lot is different now," Hill, 62, says of the year since the movement was launched, following scandalous revelations about producer Harvey Weinstein. "A number of powerful men have been held accountable. I don't think any one episode is going to define a whole movement."
21st Century Fox will sell the remainder of its stake in U.K.-based broadcaster Sky, the company announced on Wednesday, just days after Comcast out dueled Fox in a takeover bid.
Comcast and Fox have been embroiled in a bidding war for Sky, which is viewed as a coveted international asset in the pay-TV industry. On Saturday, the companies squared off in a rare one-day auction to settle who would own the British broadcast giant.
With the cable giant having offered $40 billion for a majority stake in Sky, The Walt Disney Company consented to 21st Century Fox (21CF) tendering its 39 percent stake in Sky. At current exchange rates, the 17.28-pound offer translates into $22.75 per share, valuing the deal at over $15 billion.
The newest version of the heavily armored presidential limousine known as The Beast rolled out this week during the United Nations General Assembly, and it's full of threat-neutralizing tricks, NBC News reported.
The souped-up Cadillac is thought to carry a mix of armors, run-flat tires, tear gas, electric shock-equipped door handles and more. It is sealed from biochemical attacks and has medical supplies on board, including blood in the president's blood type.
Commissioned by the Secret Service in 2014, the dozen new vehicles were initially expected to cost $15.8 million — the agency is tight-lipped on specifications about the roughly 20,000-pound vehicles.
Trump showed off the old model of The Beast to Kim Jong Un during their summit in Singapore. Other world leaders have upgraded their armored vehicles recently, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping. (Kim rides in a decade-old, modified Mercedes.)
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An injured turtle is riding in style thanks to zoo keepers at The Maryland Zoo.
The wild eastern box turtle has been outfitted with a wheelchair made of Lego bricks.
A zoo employee found the injured turtle in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland, in July.
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A U.S. judge Tuesday repeated President Donald Trump's vulgar description of African countries while questioning his administration's motives for ending a program that lets immigrants from four countries live and work legally in the U.S.
Judge Edward Chen during a hearing in a lawsuit seeking to reinstate the program also cited a memo that he said suggested the decision to end it was driven by the administration's America First policy. He asked an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice to respond to allegations by plaintiffs that America First meant excluding immigrants who are not white.
Chen is deciding whether to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the administration's decision to end temporary protected status for people from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador. He did not give any indication of when he would rule.
Virginia is suspending a newly introduced policy that would have barred women who visit inmates at state prisons from using tampons or menstrual cups.
Secretary of Public and Homeland Security Safety Brian Moran said Tuesday on Twitter that he had ordered an "immediate suspension until further review."
The abrupt about-face comes a day after widespread media coverage of state prison officials' plan to ban tampons starting next month as a way to prevent contraband from being smuggled into prisons.
Moran said he understands the worries about contraband, but added that "a number of concerns have been raised about the new procedure."
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An attorney representing a second woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says Republicans on the decisive Senate Judiciary Committee have thwarted her efforts to testify ahead of its vote on the jurist's appointment, now scheduled for Friday, NBC News reported.
The committee's Republican majority "refused" to have a phone conversation about the possible testimony of Deborah Ramirez, and it has demanded she show all her cards before even negotiating an appearance, lawyer John Clune said Tuesday on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."
"Here’s the problem, Rachel: They won’t talk to us," Clune said. "The demand that they keep making to us is, ‘Give us every piece of information that you have now and then we can talk about scheduling a phone call.' And that’s just not the kind of partisan game playing that our client deserves."
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Warning that the world has a bad case of "trust deficit disorder" and risks "runaway climate change," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged global leaders Tuesday to abandon unilateralism and reinvigorate cooperation as the only way to tackle the challenges and threats of increasingly chaotic times.
The U.N. chief painted a grim picture of the state of the world in his opening address to the annual gathering of presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and government officials from the U.N.'s 193 member nations. He pointed to rising polarization and populism, ebbing cooperation, "fragile" trust in international institutions and "outrage" at the inability to end wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
"Democratic principles are under siege," Guterres said. "The world is more connected, yet societies are becoming more fragmented. Challenges are growing outward, while many people are turning inward. Multilateralism is under fire precisely when we need it most."
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Engaged? Check. Anxious? Check.
With weeks to go until the November midterm elections, more young Americans are interested but, according to a new poll, they're also feeling more anxious about the results.
A poll released Wednesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that more young people now say they are feeling anxious about the midterms, compared to July. Nearly half of young Americans ages 15 to 34 now say that they are anxious about the midterms, up from 36 percent in the earlier poll.
The increase is most pronounced among young Democrats: 61 percent expressed anxiety compared with 39 percent in July.