Anita Hill: Senate should 'do better' than it did in 1991
- Washington (CNN) - Anita Hill on Tuesday called for the Senate to handle the allegation of sexual and physical assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh better than it did her accusation of sexual harassment against now-Justice Clarence Thomas nearly 30 years ago.
- Hill said the Senate Judiciary Committee "failed" to fulfill its proper role in its handling of Thomas' nomination and called for an independent investigation into the allegation by Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
- Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh has drawn a multitude of comparisons to the allegation of sexual harassment Hill came forward with against Thomas during his confirmation process.
- Hill, then a University of Oklahoma law professor, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was chaired at the time by then-Sen. Joe Biden, and said Thomas sexually harassed her when she worked with him at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Roseanne Barr says she knows fate of her character, but does she?
- During a recent appearance on Brandon Straka's YouTube show "Walk Away," Barr appeared to spoil how ABC will deal with her firing.
- Officials at ABC have not spoken with Barr for months, according to two sources with knowledge of the delicate situation.
- When "The Conners" was ordered, ABC was insistent that Barr would have no creative or financial involvement with the show.
- She is not involved in the writing or production of the new episodes, which casts further doubt on how she would know what the producers are planning to do with her character.
- A source close to the production told CNN in July that Barr's character would not be "killed off" the way Barr is now claiming.
- The rebooted "Roseanne" was pulled in May after Barr wrote a series of bizarre tweets.
- Barr has since said she "horribly" regrets writing tweets that many called racist.
The FBI locked down a space observatory near Roswell in New Mexico over a week ago — and still no one knows why
- All the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy — AURA — which runs the observatory, would say was that the facility was temporarily evacuated while it addressed "a security incident".
- Stranger still, a nearby post office was evacuated.
- More than a week later, the observatory is still closed for business, and "more than a week" is a long time to leave conspiracy theorists in the dark.
- Otero County Sheriff Benny House told BuzzFeed News officers also saw a Black Hawk helicopter flying overhead, but added there was a US Air Force base nearby, all of which is pretty much the mother lode for online conspiracy theorists.
- The closest anyone has got to an answer is Gizmodo, which quoted public affairs officer at the FBI's Albuquerque Division, Frank Fisher, as saying the research group is indeed still "addressing a security issue".
A major sector shuffle is coming, and a top market watcher has a way to play it
- The S&P 500 telecommunications sector is morphing into an all-new communications services sector, effective at the end of September; the sector shuffle has implications for shareholders of dozens of legacy and newer U.S. media, entertainment and telecommunications stocks.
- The new sector will combine media with telecom stocks and a select number of high-growth tech stocks.
- Within the newly minted group, Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Monday that he finds Take-Two Interactive and Discovery particularly attractive names.
- Careful stock selection will be key when considering investing in the new sector given the wide range of the components' valuations, said Gina Sanchez, CEO of Chantico Global.
- It's hard to stomach 200-plus times forward earnings," Sanchez said Monday on "Trading Nation," referring to Netflix.
Space junk is a big problem and it's going to get worse
- There are more than 500,000 pieces of junk floating around Earth's orbit, including defunct satellites, rocket boosters, nuts and bolts, all of which pose a substantial threat to astronauts and spacecraft, according to U.S. space agency NASA.
- There are objects in orbit that move at about 8 kilometers a second which means, potentially, debris the size of a marble can be devastating to a satellite, David Ball, CEO of Australia-based Space Environment Research Center, told CNBC in August.
- Okada said his company is developing technology that can go up to orbit to identify large objects that pose a threat to spacecraft and bring them down to the atmosphere to burn.
- The Space Environment Research Center was studying ways to accurately identify smaller objects in orbit and alert satellite operators, Ball told CNBC.
DOJ clears Cigna's acquisition of Express Scripts
- The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared Cigna's $52 billion acquisition of Express Scripts, the companies announced in a statement Monday.
- In combining Cigna, a health insurer, and Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit manager, the firms say they can improve care for patients and lower health-care costs.
- Their rivals are growing and pursuing deals of their own as the industry faces increasing costs and growing political pressure and braces for Amazon's entry.
- Shareholders voted to approve the merger last month, despite opposition from activist investor Carl Icahn, who wrote an open letter urging shareholders to reject the deal.
- The companies expect to close the deal by the end of 2018.
- The Justice Department's review of another major healthcare merger, CVS's proposed acquisition of Aetna, has taken longer because of potential divestitures but could conclude this month, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.
Brett Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Assault Allegation and Says He's Willing to Testify
- GOP Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake joined Democrats late Sunday in seeking to delay a crucial committee vote set for Thursday so lawmakers can further examine the allegations after the Washington Post published a detailed account from the accuser.
- One Judiciary Committee Republican, Flake of Arizona, told The Washington Post that Ford “must be heard” before the panel’s vote on the nomination, currently scheduled for Thursday.
- Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is working to set up bipartisan staff conversations with Kavanaugh and Ford before Thursday’s committee vote on the nomination, Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy said in an email Sunday evening.
- Senator Susan Collins of Maine, seen as a pivotal GOP vote for the nomination, told the New York Times that she viewed the allegations as serious and Ford needs to be personally interviewed to gain more information.
Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford is willing to testify in public, as peril grows around Trump Supreme Court pick
- Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than three decades ago, is willing to testify publicly about the alleged attack, according to her lawyer.
- This development, combined with two key Republicans calling to pause the confirmation process in light of Ford's accusation and willingness to come forward, signals peril for Kavanaugh's nomination that was unthinkable a week ago.
- After Ford came forward publicly Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post, multiple Senate Republicans — including members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this week — called for more investigation.
- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a former strident Trump critic who is now one of his most vocal supporters, also said Ford's testimony is warranted — but suggested it shouldn't slow down Kavanaugh's nomination process.
Netflix says the best thing about working there is also the worst
- Netflix opened itself up to questions about working at the company in a LinkedIn thread — and people jumped at the opportunity.
- At the time of publication, there were more than 1,000 comments on the thread, with questions ranging from "Are Netflix employees allowed to watch Netflix during work hours?" to "What do you look for in an ideal candidate?" Many were curious about what it's actually like to work at the company.
- The company is known for having an unusual culture.
- Netflix actively encourages its employees to interview at other companies, the company's former chief talent officer, Patty McCord, told Business Insider.
- She said this practice helps employees clarify their professional goals, learn how much they're worth, and realize the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Is Willing to Testify Before Congress, Says Attorney
- Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein referred information to federal investigators, related to possible sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh and a woman when they were in high school.
- On Sunday, that woman stepped forward, and now she may be willing to testify publicly.
- The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, identified herself in a report in The Washington Post on Sunday, detailing her assault.
- Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement,” the White House wrote.
- The Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination last week, but it has since been delayed.
- Several Republican senators, including Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, have have called for the vote to be postponed until Ford speaks to the committee.
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, largely seen to be a swing vote on Kavanaugh, has also said the committee “might” need to consider delaying the vote.