Early Friday, as negotiations continued for a potential Senate hearing on accusations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when they were in high school, Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination looked increasingly uncertain. Not necessarily imperiled, but far from the slam-dunk it seemed before Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, stepped forward with the allegations last week. Ford may or may not testify next week. It might be in public or in private. It might not happen at all. (Ford's attorneys are trying to arrive at agreeable terms with the Senate Judiciary Committee.) Kavanaugh may or may not testify about the allegations, with or without Ford's participation. Even the most experienced Washington insiders can't draw a bead on what might happen in the next few days. But most agree that anything could happen — it's still conceivable that Kavanaugh might step out of the running, or the White House could pull the nomination, to avoid the spectacle of a … [Read more...] about What happens if Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is blocked?
By ROGER BROWN September 20. 2018 11:10PM THE ANNUAL football game between Londonderry High School and Pinkerton Academy is special every season, but there are some years when the game fits into the extra-special category. This appears to be one of those years.Not only is the Londonderry-Pinkerton rivalry the equal of any in the state, tonight’s game at Lancer Park will have an atmosphere as good as an NHIAA venue can provide. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 fans could be in attendance to watch the Lancers tangle with the Astros.What gives this year’s game a little more juice than most Pinkerton-Londonderry contests is the fact that both teams are 3-0. Pinkerton is the No. 1 team in the Union Leader Power Poll, and Londonderry is in the No. 5 spot.“No matter whose field you’re playing on you’re playing in front of about 5,000 people,” Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly said. “That gives you the intensity factor you want.”Jimmy … [Read more...] about Roger Brown’s H.S. Football: Rivalry gets dialed up a notch
By DEROY MURDOCK September 20. 2018 11:09PM Brett Kavanaugh, a judge of the highest caliber, now finds himself being judged, although in the decidedly lawless court of public opinion. As such, Kavanaugh, 53, confronts Lady Justice and her pair of scales.On one side rests Palo Alto University professor of clinical psychology Christine Blasey Ford, 51. She claimed in the Washington Post and in a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that in the summer of 1982, she attended a party at a home in Montgomery County, Maryland. That evening, Ford said, a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh, then 17, threw the then-15-year-old on a bed, mounted her, groped her, and tried to yank off her bathing suit.“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.” Ford said that she tried to scream, but Kavanaugh’s hand muted her mouth.Ford added that Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s schoolmate, jumped on the bed … [Read more...] about Deroy Murdock: Scales of justice weigh heavily against Kavanaugh accuser
By MONA CHAREN September 20. 2018 11:09PM IN THE WAKE of the revelation of Christine Blasey Ford’s identity, some have suggested that her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh will be handled more sensitively than such accusations once were thanks to the #MeToo movement. That may turn out to be true, but only if at least one other woman comes forward with similar charges.#MeToo gave courage to women, and some men, to speak up about sexual harassment and abuse. It helped to clarify that gross sexual misconduct is not a perk of power. It revived a sense of shame. Whereas for too long, many women felt powerless in the face of this abuse, the movement offered strength in numbers. Once one victim of a brutish man found her voice, others summoned the courage to come forward.And there were always others. The high-profile men felled by #MeToo: Harvey Weinstein, John Conyers Jr., Louis C.K., Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Bill O’Reilly, Kevin Spacey, Roger Ailes, and others faced … [Read more...] about Mona Charen: Kavanaugh in the #MeToo era
So far this year, more than 16 billion spam robocalls have pestered people across the country. So what's a person to? David Hunt has had it with the calls. "I run a small business from my home," said Hunt. "It is imperative that I have phone access. I get robocalls beeping over actual customers." He's complaining, and so are millions of other people sick of hearing telephone recordings. Incessant, unwanted, automated calls are the Federal Communications Commission's top consumer complaint and the top complaint to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. While handing out meals to Hurricane Florence victims in New Bern, North Carolina, President Donald Trump got a special request — a hug from a young boy who was helping out. Trump obliged (Published Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018) "I get robocalls all the time," Healey said. "I get robocalls right to the office." Healey says she is working with other attorneys general to stop criminal hackers. "We want to protect … [Read more...] about What to Do About Robocalls