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Pompeo warns Saudi prince his future as king is in peril over Khashoggi, source says

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s smiling photo op with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince disguised the reality of a blunt, tough meeting in which the top US diplomat told the royal his future as king depends on his handling of Jamal Khashoggi’s suspected murder. ‘Trump’s hand will be forced’ Pompeo has been slammed for the warm, smiling images emerging from his trip to Riyadh, as the Saudi story about Khashoggi’s fate began to shift and Turkish media published grisly details about his suspected murder and links emerged that tie the…

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Is Harvard fair? Historic affirmative action trial begins Monday

Boston (CNN)A lawsuit against Harvard brought on behalf of Asian-American students who failed to gain admission goes to trial on Monday in one of the most consequential race cases in decades, with affirmative action policies across the country at stake. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the key vote in 2016 when the court last endorsed race-based admissions in the University of Texas case, was replaced by Kavanaugh earlier this month. Gorsuch succeeded the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who had opposed all affirmative action and criticized the University of Texas program, but died…

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Twitter user named Brett Kavanagh kicks off an impromptu support group

It's not easy being Brett Kavanagh…Image: Andrew Harnik – Pool/Getty images Existing on Twitter when you’re not named after a controversial political figure is hard enough, but users named Brett Kavanagh, Susan Collins, and more have learned it’s a whole other level of hellscape when your name’s in the news. As the world awaits the possible confirmation of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Kentucky man named Brett Kavanagh tweeted that it has not been easy to have his name throughout this whole process. Believe me –…

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Melania Trump’s latest white hat evokes colonialist comparison

(CNN)When first lady Melania Trump first stepped out in front of the press Friday in Nairobi, Kenya, she was wearing an outfit suitable for the setting. She was at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, ready to pet and bottle-feed baby elephants, who were prancing and playing with their caretakers on a large mound of red clay-like dirt, which is why the first lady’s khaki jodhpur pants tucked into tall, brown leather riding boots, and crisp, white tailored shirt seemed appropriate, if a bit of a gamble. The hat was widely…

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Brett Kavanaugh pal Mark Judge’s memoir ‘Wasted’ is now available to read online

Read Judge's memoir all about booze and drugs at a young age for free.Image: Getty Images Brett Kavanaugh’s pal Mark Judge has been at the center of the debate over Kavanaugh’s fitness for service as a Supreme Court justice. Now you can read Judge’s memoir Wasted, which briefly features a character named “Bart O’Kavanaugh” who many believe is a possible stand-in for the real Kavanaugh. The 1997 book, which has been out of print for some time and is going for very high prices on secondary sales sites, was scanned…

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Amid Kavanaugh questions, Trump says it’s not ‘acceptable’ to lie to Congress

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Tuesday his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is “doing very well” but said his fate will depend on an ongoing FBI investigation. “A lot is going to depend on what comes back from the FBI in terms of their additional — No. 7 — investigation,” Trump said. He expressed optimism a vote on Kavanaugh could come by the end of the week, citing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Hopefully, as Mitch said, they’ll have a vote by the end of the week and it will…

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Kellyanne Conway: ‘I feel very empathetic’ toward sexual assault victims … ‘I’m a victim’

Washington (CNN)Kellyanne Conway revealed Sunday that she is a victim of a past sexual assault during a discussion about the allegations facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The revelation offers a rare glimpse into the personal life of a member of President Donald Trump’s administration as it is caught in a battle to save its Supreme Court pick from the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct — allegations Kavanaugh has emphatically denied. While saying that both the accused and accuser need to be treated fairly, Conway said the entire ordeal…

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American Bar Association: Delay Kavanaugh until FBI investigates assault allegations

Washington (CNN)The American Bar Association is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into the sexual assault allegations that have roiled his nomination. “The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI,” said Robert Carlson, president of the organization, in a Thursday night letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman…

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Kanye West seems confused about what the 13th Amendment is

Then President-elect Donald Trump standing next to one of his fans, Kanye West.Image: Drew Angerer / Getty Images Oh no. Kanye West took to social media on Sunday to tell everyone that he supports the messages of Donald Trump while wearing a MAGA hat. In the same tweet, he wrote that he wants to abolish the 13th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America — the one that abolished slavery. SNL musical guest @kanyewest says the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, should be repealed. Yes, the 13th…

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Sonita Alizadeh performs a powerful rap at Social Good Summit

Image: ERIN SCHAFF/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Brett Kavanaugh’s seemingly tenuous relationship with the truth is still haunting those who watched him testify on Thursday. At times, the prospective Supreme Court justice abandoned composure to shed tears and scream, but at his most jarring he straight-up refused to answer questions directly, was unwilling to request an FBI investigation, and, as further research revealed, apparently lied under oath. In the days since the hearing, people have replayed his testimony in their minds and on their screens. They’ve turned Kavanaugh’s words around over and over again…

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‘Enraged’ woman who confronted Flake wanted ‘a hero’

(CNN)One of the women who confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol elevator Friday said she hopes other Republican senators listen to the stories of women who have been sexually assaulted. A short time after the confrontation, Flake said he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation into his past. When asked by reporters Friday, he wouldn’t say the encounter with Archila and Gallagher specifically changed his mind but that “everything” was weighing on him. The day before, Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that…

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A 33-year-old vet went to the VA for help. Hours later he took his own life

Washington (CNN)Burdened by suicidal thoughts, Justin Miller, a 33-year-old veteran from Minnesota, reached out to the Department of Veterans Affairs in February for help, telling responders on the VA crisis line that he had access to firearms. Miller exited the hospital upon being released from care but never left the facility’s grounds that day. Police found him dead in his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound less than 24 hours later. With the permission of Miller’s parents, Minnesota Democrat Rep. Tim Walz, the ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs…

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Biden calls Trump’s response to McCain’s death ‘almost un-American’

Philadelphia (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden at an event Tuesday labeled President Donald Trump’s response to Sen. John McCain’s death as “almost un-American.” Biden was among those to eulogize McCain, reminiscing about their decades-long friendship that stemmed from their time in the Senate. “It wasn’t about politics with John,” Biden said in August. “He could disagree on substance, but the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything he was, come to a different conclusion. He’d part company with you if you lacked the basic values of decency, respect, knowing…

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