Susan Collins Will Betray You


Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Don’t count on Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins to save us from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Though Collins supports delaying the nomination to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, she tells Alex Wagner and Jonathen Heil that though she’s “close” to making a decision on Kavanaugh, Ford “deserves to be heard.” She also does not think he will repeal Roe v. Wade, despite a record that suggests otherwise and his claims that the case is not “settled” law. [Showtime]
  • On Fox News tonight, Brett Kavanaugh will address the nation in support of Brett Kavanaugh. [Fox News]
  • In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, nominee Brett Kavanaugh called the two claims of sexual misconduct against him “smears, plain and simple.” [CNN]
  • Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh’s accusers, wrote a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley explaining that she intends to testify on the “lasting impact” Kavanaugh’s actions have had on her life. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Kavanaugh is handing over his 1982 calendar to the Senate Judiciary Committee, records that do not, in any way, affect the credibility of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that he tried to rape her that summer. [New York Times]
  • Kellyanne Conway supports Kavanaugh, saying he’s no Harvey Weinstein. What a defense! [Bloomberg]
  • Donald Trump also supports Kavanaugh. [New York Times]
  • Trump will be in Manhattan this week to attend the United Nations General Assembly. [Bloomberg]
  • What’s changed—and what hasn’t—from 1991, when Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. [Politico Magazine]
  • Democratic women in the House are reportedly wrestling with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over control of the Democratic Women’s Working Group. [Politico]
  • Over the weekend, the Trump administration quietly launched a new attack on immigrants, ushering in rules that would deny immigrants using public benefits such as food stamps or Medicare to be denied green cards. [New York Times]
  • Something, definitely not nothing, is happening with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. We will found out more on Thursday, maybe? [CNBC]
  • Mike Pence has become the first vice president to speak at the anti-gay Values Voter Summit. [NBC News]
  • More than 4,300 Arkansans have lost Medicaid due to the new work requirements, and more are likely to lose health benefits in the coming months. [New York Times]
  • Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who was charged with manslaughter after fatally shooting 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment, has been fired. [Dallas Morning News]
  • Yale Law School students, who waged a protest that shut down classes on Monday, are demanding an investigation into allegations against alumnus Brett Kavanaugh. [Boston Globe]
  • Trump will continue to deny Puerto Rico statehood. [Associated Press]
  • A judge has ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross must provide testimony about the decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. [Politico]
  • The last private search-and-rescue ship, which picked up migrants along a dangerous route in the Mediterranean and took them to safety, has been denied registration. [NPR]

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