National News at a Glance
Posted September 23, 2018 11:41 p.m. EDT
Updated September 24, 2018 12:00 a.m. EDT
Blasey Reaches Deal to Testify at Kavanaugh Hearing
The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers has committed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, setting up a potentially explosive confrontation unlike any seen in decades with the future of the Supreme Court at stake. However, Kavanaugh’s prospects were further clouded Sunday when The New Yorker reported on a new allegation: A woman who went to Yale with Kavanaugh said that, during a drunken party their freshman year, he exposed himself, thrust his penis into her face and caused her to touch it without her consent.
Kavanaugh to Give Senate Calendars From 1982 to Back Up Denial
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has calendars from the summer of 1982 that he plans to hand over to the Senate Judiciary Committee that do not show a party consistent with the description of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, according to someone working for his confirmation. The calendars do not disprove Blasey’s allegations, Kavanaugh’s team acknowledged. But his team will argue to the senators that the calendars provide no corroboration for her account of a small gathering at a house where he allegedly pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothing.
Petition Scandal Imperils Virginia Congressman, Adding to GOP Woes
Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., was expected to have a relatively easy time winning re-election in November. But he is facing accusations that his campaign was part of an improper effort to help an independent candidate get on the ballot and siphon voters from his Democratic challenger. The allegations were serious enough to warrant the appointment of a special prosecutor. Taylor’s race is emblematic of an emerging problem for Republicans: A seat once considered relatively safe is imperiled because of scandal, expanding an already broad field of Democratic opportunity.
A Watchdog Who Can’t Stand ‘Cheating Landlords’
In New York City, landlords wanting to renovate are supposed to tell the Buildings Department whether tenants are protected by rent regulations. The idea is to prevent owners trying to force renters out. But the department does not always check. Aaron Carr, however, does. Carr founded a startup watchdog agency, the Housing Rights Initiative, and he searches public records to expose what he calls a broken system of tenant protections. On Monday, Carr’s latest report is to be released. According to HRI’s research, on more than 10,000 building permits filed over the past two years, landlords lied about rent-regulated tenants.
FBI and Expert Reports Cast Doubt That Celebrated Stovepipe Hat Was Lincoln’s
At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois, an iconic stovepipe hat has become a symbol in a public relations effort to save an expansive collection of Lincoln artifacts. But a question looms large: Was the hat even Lincoln’s? Over the past five years, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, a private nonprofit that owns the $25 million collection, has commissioned studies by the FBI and independent historians to determine whether the hat actually belonged to Lincoln. The reports concluded that the evidence of Lincoln’s ownership was uncertain. The hat’s origin has been clouded since at least 2012, when The Chicago Sun-Times called it into question.
He Ran for New York Attorney General. Will Voters Still Want Him in Congress?
Three-term Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., has just come off an unsuccessful run for state attorney general, only to resume his suspended campaign for re-election to Congress. But Democratic voters in the 18th District might be forgiving, especially in a year when they are eager to wrest control of Congress. Maloney, 52, would seem to be well positioned to defeat his opponent, James O’Donnell. The district is solidly Democratic, with registered Republicans outnumbered by more than 20,000. If O’Donnell is to win, Republicans must swing enough voters, and they are trying to do so by portraying Maloney as an opportunist.