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‘It’s the culture war on steroids.’ Kavanaugh fight takes on symbolism in divided era.

The battle over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh has inflamed the culture wars, with conservatives casting their support for the nominee as a stand against the forces of political correctness and liberals striking back with a passionate mantra: “Believe women.”<p>On social media and …

New York Times: Woman who signed letter supporting Kavanaugh calls yearbook revelation 'hurtful'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A woman who signed a letter supporting Brett Kavanaugh after he was accused of sexual assault earlier this month called revelations from his high school yearbook that showed he and his friends reportedly boasted about their supposed conquests with her "hurtful," The New York …

Senate Judiciary Committee

Brett Kavanaugh’s Fox News interview, explained in 5 phrases

“I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise,” the Supreme Court nominee told Fox’s Martha MacCallum.<p>There’s one main message Brett Kavanaugh had for viewers in his interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Monday: He didn’t do it.<p>Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley Estes …

Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh’s Unusual Role in Defending Himself

Faced with sexual-assault allegations, he has been more aggressive in fighting for his Supreme Court nomination than most of his predecessors.<p>With his Supreme Court nomination in the balance, Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared on Fox News, alongside his wife Ashley, in an aggressive interview Monday …

U.S. Politics

White House grapples with dual crises over Kavanaugh and Rosenstein

Antsy and impatient, President Trump called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday with an unmistakable message: Call the vote on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and call it soon, according to two people familiar with the conversation.<p>Trump has been simmering …

U.S. Politics

Brett Kavanaugh’s Fox News interview transcript, annotated

<i>Facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, Brett Kavanaugh took an unusual step for a Supreme Court nominee on Monday night: Appearing on television. Kavanaugh’s Fox News interview included repeated references to wanting a fair process as</i> he disputes allegations <i>made by Christine Blasey Ford</i> …

Brett Kavanaugh

Physician burnout taking center stage

The medical establishment may finally be coming to grips with the issue of physician burnout. The evidence: two studies published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA.<p>One study found that nearly half of junior physicians were having burnout symptoms at least one day a week.<p>The other …

Insurance

The weird history and terrifying future of mutiny in deep space

One day in the distant future, we might wake up to the news that a crew of riotous astronauts have commandeered a starship and are now blockading the …

Trump cuts a lonely figure at the U.N.

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know?</i> Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter <i>.</i><p><b>President Trump’s address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday will underscore a now-familiar …

China

In 1991, Virginia Thomas defended her husband. Now Brett Kavanaugh’s wife is doing the same.

Amy Estes Kavanaugh’s appearance with her husband Monday night shows what #MeToo and 27 years have — and haven’t — changed.<p>“I know Brett,” Ashley Estes Kavanaugh kept saying.<p>She appeared on Fox News on Monday night beside her husband Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee who has been accused …

Brett Kavanaugh

Robert Mueller is playing a long game on the Russia investigation, and it's paying off

Mueller's careful strategy is increasing the likelihood his report will see the light, and Rod Rosenstein and Jeff Sessions will keep their jobs.<p>President Donald Trump's legal team appears to have won a victory. Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to let Trump provide answers in writing, …

Donald Trump

Kavanaugh May Face 4th Sexual-Misconduct Allegation: Report

Maryland authorities confirmed Monday that they are aware of a potential second accusation of sexual assault in Montgomery County against Supreme …

Michael Avenatti

“The Strategy Was to Try and Do Something Really Big”: Trump Wanted to Nuke Rosenstein to Save Kavanaugh’s Bacon

But Trump allies are privately imploring him to cut Kavanaugh loose to save Republicans’ electoral chances in the midterms.<p>At the beginning of one of the most consequential weeks of <b>Donald Trump’s</b> presidency, an enormous smoke bomb was detonated in the news cycle when Axios, deeply wired in Trump’s …

The White House

Rosenstein’s Departure Is a National Emergency

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is now in mortal peril.<p><i>Updated on September 24 at 2:06 p.m. ET</i><p>You know those signs that say In case of emergency, break glass?<p>This is that emergency.<p>President Donald Trump will reportedly soon fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man who …

Donald Trump

Republicans reportedly knew about Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser — and then tried to speed up his confirmation

According to the New Yorker, GOP staffers found out about Deborah Ramirez’s allegations last week.<p>The New Yorker on Sunday published a story on a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Beyond the contents of the allegations themselves, …

U.S. Politics

My Rapist Apologized

The Kavanaugh allegations led me to reach out to the man who had assaulted me decades before.<p>On Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he has “no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement …

Brett Kavanaugh

Conservative actor James Woods tweeted a hoax meme in July. Twitter just locked him out of his account.

Since joining Twitter in 2009, actor James Woods has posted more than 24,000 tweets — 24,028 to be exact. It is not unusual for Woods, a two-time Oscar nominee known to espouse his conservative views on the social media platform, to tweet upward of 10 times per day. In some recent instances, for …

Social Media

Read emails about terms of testimony by woman who says Kavanaugh assaulted her

Internal emails between lawyers for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has said Kavanaugh assaulted her, show a …

U.S. Supreme Court

‘Liberal bullsh*t’: Fox News viewers melt down after network’s poll shows America doesn’t believe Kavanaugh

Fox News sees the same approval polling for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that other networks and polls have revealed. Still, actual viewers …

Fake News

Obama Snaps ‘Pay Attention!’ After People Apparently Won’t Get off Phones

Former President Barack Obama took a moment during a Friday rally in Philadelphia to deliver a stern rebuke for some of the young people in the …

Conservative View

Michelle Obama Drums Up Voter Participation at Las Vegas Rally

(LAS VEGAS) — Former first lady Michelle Obama held a campaign-style rally in Las Vegas on Sunday to urge Nevadans to register to vote and cast …

Michelle Obama

Rod Rosenstein’s Impeachment Threat Grows by the Minute

Steel yourselves. A cry for impeachment is coming — for Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller and …

Donald Trump

Ed Whelan taking 'leave of absence' after posting Kavanaugh theory

The Ethics and Public Policy Center announced Sunday that its president, Ed Whelan, “will take a leave of absence” from the conservative Washington think tank after peddling a conspiracy theory on social media last week related to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett …

'When they go low, we kick 'em in the nuts'

When it comes to beating Donald Trump in 2020, Democrats aren’t buying Michelle Obama’s battle cry anymore.<p>LAS VEGAS — It became a hymn of the 2016 campaign: “When they go low, we go high.” Michelle Obama’s aspirational rhetoric struck a chord with Democrats at a time when few believed Donald Trump …

U.S. Politics

Tiger Woods’s failures made him human, so we all can embrace his redemption

No one wants to fall. We dread it. Especially because there are so many ways in life to fall. How far will that drop truly be? What damage will we discover that we have suffered once we land? What if the blame is our own?<p>Will our plummet be measured in physical injuries, in a broken leg or three …

Tiger Woods

Here is why you call the FBI

Even before the New Yorker broke the story on Sunday of a second woman accusing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Republicans were having a tough time pushing back against demands to conduct a legitimate investigation. According to Republicans, we don’t need the FBI to investigate …

Brett Kavanaugh

Chevy Chase is 74, sober and ready to work. The problem? Nobody wants to work with him.

Chevy Chase is sitting on the porch, outside his home in wooded Westchester County. He takes a drag off a Marlboro and casually mentions that he ran into Donald Glover backstage at “Saturday Night Live.”<p>This is striking on multiple levels. Chase, one of SNL’s founding fathers, last appeared on the …

Chevy Chase

She reported her rape. Her hometown turned against her. Can justice ever be served?

Part One<p>About that night<p>Aug. 11, 2006, was a sweltering Friday night in the midst of a long, fatally hot summer. A 16-year-old girl reported that she was raped that night, in a storage shed off a dirt road in my hometown of Arlington, Tex. Nobody was ever prosecuted for it, and nobody was punished …

Long-form Journalism

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post

Print this story<p><b>From the 16th century to the 19th,</b> scurvy killed around 2 million sailors, more than warfare, shipwrecks and syphilis combined. It was an ugly, smelly death, too, beginning with rattling teeth and ending with a body so rotted out from the inside that its victims could literally be …

Long-form Journalism

How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich

A year after the tragedy of Hurricane Maria, the 51st state has become the favorite playground for extremely wealthy Americans looking to keep their money from the taxman. The only catch? They have to cut all ties to the mainland (wink, wink).<p><b>The party known as Cocktails and Compliance</b>—so called …

Long-form Journalism