Day 578 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Reminder: The Trump administration is systematically locking up thousands of children at unheard of rates - now a staggering 12,800.
The government classifies these children as "unaccompanied"
More signs of a fast-moving trend at the border: Agents in Arizona arrested 164 migrants (including 88 children) in two huge groups of families during one five-hour span starting Tues night. There were 8 Hondurans, 156 Guatemalans cbp.gov/newsroom/local…
New York City officials said that they had joined state regulators in examining whether Trump and his family underpaid taxes on his father’s real estate empire over several decades nyti.ms/2O6VvFF
Frustrated potential witnesses who've been unable to speak with the FBI agents conducting the Kavanaugh investigation resorted to sending statements, unsolicited, to the Bureau & senators, in hopes that they'd be seen before the inquiry concluded. newyorker.com/news/news-desk…
Deborah Ramirez said that she was troubled by what she perceived as a lack of willingness on the part of the FBI to take steps to substantiate her claims.
“I feel like I’m being silenced,” Ramirez said. newyorker.com/news/news-desk…
Several ex-Yale classmates tried reaching out to the FBI about Kavanaugh but hadn't received a response.
Stephen Kantrowitz, an ex-Yale classmate: “No one who lived in Lawrance Hall (so far as I know) has been contacted by the FBI What a charade.” newyorker.com/news/news-desk…
A classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Georgetown Prep submitted a signed declaration to the FBI after visiting the FBI field office.
He was told they didn’t do “in-person interviews.” He said that he was hoping to hear something back, but hadn’t yet. newyorker.com/news/news-desk…
A source briefed on the FBI's background investigation told NBC News that the FBI contacted 10 people and interviewed nine of them. It was not immediately clear why the 10th was not interviewed.
A Kavanaugh classmate at Georgetown Prep challenged Kavanaugh’s assertion he never denigrated Renate Schroeder.
He said he heard Kavanaugh talk about Renate. "The impression ... was that Renate was the girl that everyone passed around for sex."
Richard Blumenthal thinks the FBI was being deliberately kept from Kavanaugh because "each time he talks, the more trouble he gets in." washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/…
James Roche, Kavanaugh's Yale roommate: "had he simply said 'I don't remember' or even 'If I did these things in my youth I am sorry,' he might have sailed through the confirmation process. But he lied, under oath, like it was nothing." slate.com/news-and-polit…
Dianne Feinstein on the FBI report: "It looks to be the product of an incomplete investigation that was limited. Perhaps by the White House. I don't know."
"The most notable part of this [FBI] report is what’s not in it."
Chuck Schumer: "I disagree with Senator Grassley's statement that there was no hint of misconduct."
Lindsey Graham on Kavanaugh after reading report: “Why don’t we dunk him in the water and see if he floats?!”
Can we do Trump, first?
Jeff Merkley: "We're looking at what looks like a significant cover up in lieu of having" a real investigation into Kavanaugh. msnbc.com/the-last-word/…
“It appears to be a very thorough investigation,” key Republican Sen. Collins says of FBI report on Kavanaugh, “but I’m going to go back to personally read the interviews.” - @CharlieGileNBC
I still go back to this quote.
Kavanaugh has lied repeatedly during his sessions.
It should be disqualifying!
From last night: More than 40 people with potential information into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh have not been contacted by the FBI, according to multiple sources that include friends of both the nominee and his accusers. nbcnews.com/politics/supre…
Chris Coons: "I'm concerned that if they never interviewed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford or her corroborating witnesses, if they never interviewed many of Judge Kavanaugh's classmates from Yale who came forward ... that this isn't the investigation I was hoping for."
Quote of the day...
Bob Menendez read the FBI report on Kavanaugh - "if that’s an investigation, it’s a bullshit investigation".
Murkowski said she didn't yet know if FBI had been thorough enough in its investigation or spoken to enough witnesses. “What would be helpful for me would be kind of a list of those interviews. We’re not done, we’re not done in there,” she told reporters.
Kavanaugh in 2015: "'First and most obviously,' a judge cannot be a 'political partisan.' A jurist, he added, must 'avoid any semblance of…partisanship.'
At the hearing, Kavanaugh did not demonstrate the ability to put aside partisanship."
Heitkamp: "Dr. Ford gave heartfelt, credible, and persuasive testimony ... She had nothing to gain and everything to lose."
Heidi Heitkamp's brother Joel on MSNBC: "She may lose. But in the morning, when she's brushing her teeth, she needs to like the person she sees."
Thousands of people are showing up to march to the Supreme Court and send a clear message: Brett Kavanaugh is unfit. Period.
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters take over the Hart Senate Office Bldg. atrium on Capitol Hill.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a lifelong Republican, told a small crowd in Boca Raton that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s performance at confirmation hearings should disqualify him. “The Senators should pay attention to this.”
Here's the Palm Beach Post write-up on John Paul Stevens coming out against Kavanaugh:
"I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability … I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind."
Maine women, including sexual assault survivors, converge on the Capitol to sway Susan Collins.
Richard Blumenthal: "I have seen it and I want to re-read parts of it, but my very emphatic opinion is that this set of interviews is at best, most charitably, woefully incomplete. To put it bluntly, it smacks of a whitewash, even a cover up."
Spokeswoman for @SteveDaines confirms that he will indeed be walking his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day on Saturday, won’t be present for a Kavanaugh confirmation vote if it happens then. 👰
Sen COLLINS left the SCIF and said she is finished with her review of the FBI supplemental background investigation, but won’t be making an announcement on how she plans to vote on Kavanaugh.
A massive information dump conducted by 16,000 people is about to expose information about 158 Republicans.
No word yet on what that information will entail but the organization behind the info dump is led by an opposition research expert.
Internal docs from Trump’s hotels in NYC & Chicago show business dropped in 2016 & hasn’t recovered. washingtonpost.com/politics/at-tr…
A white woman on the roadside held up a handmade sign as the first lady’s motorcade passed that said “Melania Me Too.”
And two other white people had a “welcome to Malawi # notashithole!” sign.
Trump signed his memo cutting the refugee cap for 2019 to 30,000 (down from 45k), the level Pompeo announced last month without the legally required consultation with Congress.
GOP Sen. Grassley said then that WH had "willfully ignored" that mandate.
Spiking Treasury yields drive stocks lower. 10-year US Treasury yield hits highest since 2011. Dow declines 201 points, or 0.8%. S&P 500 drops 0.8%. Nasdaq falls 1.8%.
Trump is holding a rally in southern Minnesota tonight. But some farmers who voted for Trump might stay home tonight, as they are getting hammered by Trump’s trade war.
Trump is giving political gifts to Democrats in a key battleground state. wapo.st/2yb7CH2
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The Boston Public Library has uploaded a copy of Mark Judge's “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk,” to the Internet Archive this week, making a free digital version available for people to check out. bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/10/…