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Trump doubts Kavanaugh accusation: 'Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened'

  • The president, addressing reporters outside the White House, also repeated criticism lodged by Republican lawmakers that the accusations against Kavanaugh were timed to disrupt his confirmation, and praised the work that senators on the Judiciary Committee were doing to investigate.
  • Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a gathering decades ago while the two were both attending high school in Maryland.
  • Kavanaugh has categorically denied that the incident ever happened.
  • Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, cancelled a Thursday vote on Kavanaugh's nomination in the wake of the allegation and has called on Ford and Kavanaugh to testify before the committee on Monday.
  • On Tuesday, the president said he felt "badly" for Kavanaugh.
  • The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Top House tax writer Kevin Brady doubts new GOP tax cuts can get through the Senate before midterms

  • The Senate is unlikely to pass the GOP's latest tax legislation before the midterms, even if the House votes on the measures this month as planned, the top House tax writer said Wednesday.
  • House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said "the time is short before the election" to approve bills his party has dubbed its second phase of tax reform.
  • He thinks the Senate will start considering the tax proposals after November's elections.
  • Brady said the GOP will "fight to hold" congressional majorities "so we have a chance" to push tax legislation.
  • Brady's committee already approved the three separate measures making up the second phase of tax reform.
  • It is unclear now whether Republicans could get nine Democrats to join them to garner the 60 votes needed to pass tax legislation in the Senate.

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Frontrunner to replace Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader has 'major concerns' about his plans to elect a 'celebrity' leader

  • BRIGHTON — One of the frontrunners to replace Vince Cable as Liberal Democrat leader has told Business Insider that she has "major concerns" about his plans to reform the party.
  • Cable this month unveiled plans to allow non-MPs such as anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, to lead the Liberal Democrats once he resigns, as expected next year.
  • Moran said that while she supported "really well-respected" non-MPs from inside the movement leading the party — like councillors, or parliamentarians from Scotland or Wales — she did not want a "celebrity" to get the job.
  • Moran agrees with former leader Nick Clegg that they should stop apologising for their role in coalition with the Conservatives Dan Kitwood/Getty Moran also said her party has become "very bad" at communicating what it stands for.

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Frontrunner to replace Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader has 'major concerns' about his plans to elect a 'celebrity' leader

  • BRIGHTON — One of the frontrunners to replace Vince Cable as Liberal Democrat leader has told Business Insider that she has "major concerns" about his plans to reform the party.
  • Cable this month unveiled plans to allow non-MPs such as anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, to lead the Liberal Democrats once he resigns, as expected next year.
  • Moran agrees with former leader Nick Clegg that they should stop apologising for their role in coalition with the Conservatives Dan Kitwood/Getty Moran also said her party has become "very bad" at communicating what it stands for.
  • A source close to Cable told BI that the current leader — who said his party was "male and pale" in his conference speech — would prefer his successor to be a woman.

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Hillary Clinton: Trump 'left unchecked' in midterms could do lasting damage

  • Washington (CNN) - Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that if there isn't a "very big rejection" of President Donald Trump's "authoritarian tendencies" in the midterm elections, she's worried about what an unchecked Trump could do to the government.
  • The "authoritarian tendencies that we have seen at work in this administration with this President, left unchecked, could very well result in the erosion of our institutions to an extent that we've never imagined possible here," Clinton said.
  • And for Clinton, the possibility of Trump with no true congressional check only heightens the importance of the elections in November.
  • However, history -- and recent national polling -- shows Democrats are poised to make gains in the House during the November elections.
  • These efforts are important to ensure Democrats can act as a legislative check on Trump during the next two years of his term, Clinton said.

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Kavanaugh accuser made her move; now GOP must choose

  • In a major twist to his confirmation saga, attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, said their client was not prepared to testify in a public hearing offered by Republicans unless the FBI first investigates her allegations.
  • And President Donald Trump, adding to GOP momentum building behind Kavanaugh, made clear in a pre-midnight tweet his view that it was time to move on and accused Democrats of exploiting Ford's claims for political reasons.
  • A quick confirmation vote would satisfy those Republicans who see her eleventh hour challenge to Kavanaugh's candidacy as a Democratic delaying tactic, and it would please the party's activist base that is dedicated to the cause of cementing a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

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Kudlow suggests entitlement reform is coming, which is just what Democrats wanted to hear as they hammer GOP

  • As the party tries to win GOP-leaning seats, its candidates have largely focused on calls to protect health care coverage and social safety net programs.
  • But now, numerous Democrats have sounded alarms about Republicans trimming spending on those programs in order to make up for the estimated $1 trillion or more last year's GOP tax cuts are projected to add to budget deficits.
  • Danny O'Connor, who narrowly lost the Ohio 12th District special election last month and will face off again against GOP Rep. Troy Balderson in November, tweeted that "it is just wrong" to cut taxes for corporations and then trim "earned benefits" such as Social Security and Medicare.
  • For example, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia pressed Trump earlier this year about whether the president would seek to cut funds from Social Security and Medicare to try to offset the revenue lost by the tax cuts.

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There are growing calls for Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, to testify on sexual assault allegations

  • But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday said Ford has yet to respond to the invitation, even after being contacted by the staff several times over the course of roughly 36 hours.
  • Democrats on the committee say Grassley is rushing the confirmation process and are calling on the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation, which would include questioning Kavanaugh, Ford, and Judge on the incident.
  • Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday tweeted that "Mark Judge and other witnesses who can provide insight into Dr. Ford's allegations should also testify in front of the Judiciary Committee.
  • Sen. Chris Coons, also a Democratic member of the committee, on Monday evening called on Judge to testify.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday also said Judge should testify in addition to Kavanaugh and Ford.

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'Another trillion in debt, here we come:' Cohn sees Trump working with Democrats on infrastructure

  • Former White House economic advisor Gary Cohn said President Donald Trump will work with Congress to pass a massive debt-fueled infrastructure bill if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in November.
  • Cohn, who quit the White House post earlier this year after 15 months as director of the National Economic Council, said his conviction on the topic comes from the way Trump crafts his economic philosophy.
  • But despite agreements over deregulation and tax cuts, Cohn and Trump frequently sparred over the president's plans to impose trade sanctions on economic allies.
  • For his part, Cohn said he would have preferred a public-private partnership to tackle infrastructure, but that his plan faced fierce opposition on Capitol Hill.

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Why Feinstein waited to report Kavanaugh allegations

  • In what sources describe as a tense meeting last Wednesday night after the report was published, Democrats on the committee were given a copy of the letter and they urged Feinstein to take the matter to the FBI.
  • Ford initially broached the topic with her congresswoman, Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo of California, who said Monday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that the two met for an hour and a half in July.
  • Eshoo said Ford later gave her a copy of the letter, which was hand-delivered to Feinstein's office on July 30.
  • President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other top Republicans have sharply criticized Feinstein's handling of the letter and refusal to ask Kavanaugh about the controversy during public and private sessions over the last several weeks.
  • Ford's attorney Debra Katz said Monday on CNN's "New Day" that she and Feinstein's office "were in touch" since they sent the July letter.

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