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Partisan rage over Kavanaugh allegations erupts into midterm campaigns: Politics I The Washington Post

washingtonpost.com Mike DeBonis Congressional reporter covering the House of Representatives September 30 at 9:26 AM The emotional battle over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh burst into the midterm elections after a dramatic week of wrenching testimony and raw partisan rage on Capitol Hill, tossing an explosive and sensitive issue into the final weeks of the closely fought campaign for control of Congress. Tight races already hinging largely on how women feel about President Trump have been further roiled by the emotional appearance Thursday by Christine Blasey Ford and the anger-filled response from Kavanaugh. The issue is resonating in two distinct ways: It threatens to further erode support for House Republicans already struggling to survive in centrist suburban districts, while in Senate races it is giving GOP challengers in pro-Trump states a chan

Morning mail: Sulawesi toll soars, Kavanaugh investigation, Roosters celebrate: Australia news I The Guardian

theguardian.com Eleanor Ainge Roy Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 1 October. Top stories The death toll from the Indonesian tsunami continues to climb and could reach thousands, officials have warned. The confirmed death toll from Friday’s catastrophic 7.5 magnitude quake on the island of Sulawesi stood at 832 on Sunday, as more than 150 aftershocks continued to batter the island. Thousands of homes, hotels, shopping malls and several mosques collapsed, with the city of Palu worst hit. Hundreds of bodies have been found on beaches and authorities fear many may have been washed out to sea. “Many corpses are scattered on the beach and floating on the surface of the sea,” one local resident, Nining, told local media. The identified bodies are being buried in mass graves. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the BNPB disaster agency, said the area affected was much bigger t

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6 Months Before Brexit, Many in U.K. Fear ‘It’s Looking Very Grisly’: World I NYT

nytimes.com Image A demonstration in Liverpool, England, in September calling for a people’s vote on the final outcome of the government’s Brexit negotiations. CreditCreditJeff J Mitchell/Getty Images LONDON — When Theresa May appears on stage at the Conservative Party’s annual meeting this week, it will take all her determination to drown out the ticking of an invisible clock. One hundred and eighty days stand between Britain and an uncontrolled exit from the European Union. Then it will be 179, 178. … After two years of negotiation, Britain has reached a moment of consequence for the process known as Brexit. The insulating layer of time that had protected the country from a potentially failed divorce from the bloc is thinning. Soon, it will be gone. What this could mean for ordinary Britons has been seeping into the newspapers, sometimes in leaks from secret government reports: Northern Ireland has only one energy link to the mainland,

Iranian Official Says Oil Deal With Europeans Is Close Despite Threat of U.S. Sanctions I Politics I NYT

nytimes.com Image Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in August. He said on Saturday that United Nations resolutions have given countries the legal right to trade with Iran. CreditCreditAtta Kenare/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on Saturday that Tehran was closing in on an agreement to sell oil to European nations despite American threats of sanctions against any countries that do business with Iran. If the arrangement comes to fruition — some British and French officials say they have their doubts — it would constitute the most open break between President Trump and European allies that objected vociferously to his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal. Several of those nations openly confronted Mr. Trump on Wednesday, when he led a United Nations Security Council meeting about weapons of mass destruction. They argued that he was throwing away the

SEC I Press Release - Elon Musk Settles SEC Fraud Charges; Tesla Charged With and Resolves Securities Law Charge I SEC

sec.gov Settlement Requires Musk to Step Down as Tesla’s Chairman; Tesla to Appoint Additional Independent Directors; Tesla and Musk Agree to Pay $40 million in Penalties Washington D.C., Sept. 29, 2018 — The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of Silicon Valley-based Tesla, Inc., has agreed to settle the securities fraud charge brought by the SEC against him last week.  The SEC also today charged Tesla with failing to have required disclosure controls and procedures relating to Musk’s tweets, a charge that Tesla has agreed to settle.  The settlements, which are subject to court approval, will result in comprehensive corporate governance and other reforms at Tesla—including Musk’s removal as Chairman of the Tesla board—and the payment by Musk and Tesla of financial penalties. According to the SEC’s complaint against him, Musk tweeted on August 7, 2018 that

FBI reaches out to second woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct: National Security I The Wall Street Journal.

washingtonpost.com Matt Zapotosky National security reporter covering the Justice Department Tom Hamburger Investigative reporter focused on the intersection of money and politics in Washington September 29 at 3:51 PM The FBI has begun contacting people as part of an additional background investigation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, including a second woman who alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her, according to people familiar with the unfolding investigation.  The bureau has reached out to Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s who alleges that he shoved his genitals in her face at a party where she had been drinking and become disoriented, her attorney said Saturday. “She has agreed to cooperate with their investigation,” Ramirez attorney John Clune said in a statement. “Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will

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Kavanaugh confirmation hits major snag after Flake seeks FBI probe: Magazine I Politico

politico.com By POLITICO Magazine UPDATE 3:58 p.m.: The Senate on Saturday will vote on a motion to proceed with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn. Story Continued Below There will also be a “supplemental” FBI background investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh, Cornyn said. The probe will last a week, he said. Cornyn’s announcement indicates GOP leaders are assenting to a call from Sen. Jeff Flake and others to hold an FBI inquiry before a final vote — but keeps the nomination on track to proceed pending the outcome of that investigation. "The supplemental FBI background investigation would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today,” the Judiciary Committee said. ORIGINAL STORY: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Friday brought Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court no

Kavanaugh vote: Senate Republicans agree to new FBI background investigation of nominee: Politics I The Washington Post

washingtonpost.com By Seung Min Kim and Seung Min Kim White House reporter Email Bio Follow John Wagner National reporter leading The Post's breaking political news team September 28 at 3:59 PM Senate Republican leaders agreed Friday to reopen the FBI background investigation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh after two key Republicans suggested they would not vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court without additional information on his alleged sexual misconduct while he was a teenager. The announcement followed a vote along party lines by the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination, after securing a vote from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who asked for a delay of up to a week before the full Senate decides the judge’s fate. Another senator considered a swing vote on the floor, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), said she agrees with Flake, leaving GOP leaders little choice but to slow

Land of the Rising Robots (Originally published on September 27, 2018) I IMF

imf.org Listen to the brightest minds in the field of economics and development discuss their latest research and deconstruct global economic trends. IMF Podcasts are also available on digital platforms such as iTunes, SoundCloud and Libsyn, and free to use for broadcasters, educators and institutions. Japan: Land of the Rising Robots September 27, 2018 Robots help travelers find their way in Japan’s airports and train stations. (iStock by Getty Images/ TeerawatWinyarat) In Japan, deaths outnumber births by 1,000 people per day on average. The population in some regions is now smaller than what it was in the 1950’s. The combination of its rapidly declining labor force—expected to fall even faster than the overall