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Polls close in Pennsylvania, as voters wait for results in high-stakes special election
Senate Judiciary Committee schedules Kavanaugh vote for Friday
Republicans hire Arizona prosecutor to question Kavanaugh and Ford
Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault conviction
Trump touts American sovereignty in United Nations address
Dunkin' Donuts to re-brand as Dunkin'
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Friday morning on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. On Thursday, the panel will hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who said she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers. Under committee rules, a vote must be scheduled three days in advance, and Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said a vote might not take place. "If we're ready to vote, we will vote," he tweeted. "If we aren't ready, we won't." The committee's ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, said it's "outrageous" for a vote to be scheduled "two days before Dr. Blasey Ford has had a chance to tell her story."Source: Politico
Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor and registered Republican, will question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) confirmed Tuesday night. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. All 11 Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are men, and they've decided to bring a woman in to ask Ford and Kavanaugh questions while they are under oath during Thursday's hearing. Mitchell is a 26-year veteran of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, and is the sex crimes bureau chief.Source: The Washington Post
Bill Cosby on Tuesday was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for his conviction on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University women's basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The former comedian and TV star was declared a "sexually violent predator" and will appear as such on a sex-offender registry for the rest of his life. Cosby was convicted in April on three counts of indecent aggravated assault, after more than 60 women accused him of sexual misconduct. Defense lawyers argued Cosby was no longer a threat to the public, but Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill decided that prosecutors had presented "clear and convincing" proof otherwise.Source: The Associated Press, Buzzfeed News
President Trump addressed the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, stressing America's sovereignty and accusing other nations of taking advantage of American generosity. He remained true to an "America first" foreign policy strategy, saying he would "reject the ideology of globalism." Trump additionally criticized OPEC nations of "ripping off the rest of the world," complaining that the U.S. defends them "for nothing." Other targets of Trump's ire included Venezuela and Iran. In a notable awkward moment, the assembled world leaders audibly laughed when Trump declared that he had "accomplished more than almost any other administration" in American history.Source: CBS News
Dunkin' Donuts announced Tuesday that starting in January, it will officially be known as just Dunkin'. A tweet posted to the official Dunkin' Donuts Twitter account Tuesday said that "after 68 years of America running on Dunkin', we're moving to a first-name basis." Per CNN, the move is intended to reflect the chain's effort to re-brand itself as being "beverage-led," although the donuts are still staying on the menu. CEO David Hoffmann said the goal is to "modernize the Dunkin' experience for our customers." The name-change was first floated in April 2017, when a single location opened that was just called Dunkin'.Source: Business Insider, CNN
World leaders literally laugh at Trump when he claims he has 'accomplished more than almost any administration'