What to look for in today’s Kavanaugh Hearing
Today marks another big day for the #MeToo movement as the hearings from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford are underway.
CBS News said there a few things to look out for that makes today’s hearing something to follow. The hearing is being held by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is the committee that considers Supreme Court Nominations.
This is the first time the Judiciary Committee called an outside lawyer to do the questioning since 1998. Arizona Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell will be handling the questioning of Ford’s testimony.
The outcome of today’s hearing could be a turning point for the balance of power on Capitol Hill, the future of the #MeToo movement, and the outcome of Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Voting is set for Friday morning.
New wave of election interference
President Trump said there’s a new source of meddling in the U.S. midterm elections, and this time it’s not Russia. Trump accused China of trying to interfere with the country’s upcoming elections because of the recent tension among trade disputes.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s response: a subtle shrug and an eye roll, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Trump’s evidence includes a four-page ad from the Chinese government published in an Iowa newspaper.
Vice President Mike Pence is set to speak next week to give details about Chinese influence attempts.
President Trump and Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to meet another day
President Trump has delayed the meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because of Thursday morning’s hearing between Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.
The meeting set to discuss Rosenstein’s comments about the 25th Amendment could be delayed a few hours or pushed until tomorrow, the New York Times reported.
Rosenstein said he was willing to resign, but both are committed to finding the best resolution.
Yale University under diversity investigation
Another investigation is underway by the Trump administration, and this time it’s directed at a university.
The Education and Justice Departments are investigating whether or not Yale University discriminates against Asian American applicants, according to the Washington Post.
The examination is focused on determining if Yale has purposely limited the number of accepted Asian American students.
Yale denied the allegations, but said the university is willing to cooperate with the investigation.
Deadliest flu season in over 40 years
The Center for Disease Control released a report stating that last year’s flu season death toll recorded the highest number of deaths in the last four decades.
BuzzFeed news reported that the death count reached more than 80,000, which is almost double what experts consider to be a bad flu season.
The outbreak included a mixture of three strains which targeted young children and the elderly.
Uber to pay security breach penalty
Ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc. reached a $148 million settlement for the allegations of violating state data-breach notification laws.
In 2016, Uber intentionally hid information regarding email addresses and phone numbers that were stolen from over 50 million riders, and the company admitted to paying hackers to conceal the information.
The settlement was reached with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Wall Street Journal reported.
That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more.