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Kavanaugh a 'man of integrity,' Pence tells Values Voter Summit
Vice President Mike Pence praised Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a “man of integrity” and said it has been “disgraceful” how some Democrats have handled the confirmation process. Speaking at the Values Voters Summit, Mr. Pence said Mr. Kavanaugh has “impeccable credentials and a proven judicial philosophy” and said he has established a “strong record of support for limited government, religious liberty and our Second Amendment.” “He is a conservative who will interpret the constitution as written and his record and a career deserves the respect of every member of the United States Senate,” Mr. Pence said. “But honestly the way some Democrats have conducted themselves during this process is a disgrace and a disservice to the Senate and the American people.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Dems will lose big for their false allegations and foolish conduct.

Ellison grilled over abuse allegations in Minnesota AG debate
Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison was grilled Friday during a televised debate over allegations of domestic abuse, an issue that has dogged his run for Minnesota attorney general despite drawing scant national coverage. Republican candidate Doug Wardlow cited the accounts by Amy Alexander and Karen Monahan, both of whom have accused Mr. Ellison of becoming physical after losing his temper, which he has denied. “I think two credible, strong allegations of domestic abuse is enough,” said Mr. Wardlow, prompting Mr. Ellison to counter, “There’s not two. There’s zero.” Mr. Ellison said he had to take out a restraining order in 2006 against Ms. Alexander, adding she was ordered to “stop making falsehoods against me and to not contact me at all,” and that Ms. Monahan waited until last month to make her allegations, two years after he broke up with her. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems believe in a double standard.

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford tentatively agrees to testify Thursday
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has tentatively agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about her allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a source with knowledge of the talks.Earlier Saturday, Ford's attorney told the committee she agreed to testify but wanted to continue negotiating the details of her appearance. "Dr. Ford accepts the committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week," Ford's attorney Debra Katz wrote to the committee leadership staff Saturday just before a 2:30 p.m. deadline. USA Today

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Reports: Rosenstein discussed recording Trump, invoking 25th Amendment
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment, FBI memos say. Rosenstein talked about secretly recording the president using a wire in May 2017, memos written by then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and FBI lawyer Lisa Page said, according to a Washington Post report. Rosenstein also brought up the 25th Amendment, which allows a president to be removed from office when no longer able to discharge duties. UPI
VOA VIEW: Trump should not fall into any McCabe or NYT trap.

Attack on Iran military parade kills 24
 A shooting described as a terror attack killed at least 24 people at a military parade in southern Iran on Saturday, the country's state-owned news agency said. At least 53 others were injured in the attack in Ahvaz, news agency IRNA said. Press TV reported four gunmen shot at spectators watching the parade and tried to make their way to a grandstand containing officials. They were disguised as members of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and Basij, Gholamreza Shariati, the governor of Khuzestan Province, told Press TV. Two were killed and two were arrested, Shariati said. Shariati said women and children were among the dead and wounded. No officials were injured. The death toll is expected to rise. IRNA reported that a "Saudi-affiliated Al-Ahwaz terrorist group" claimed responsibility. UPI

Libya, Tripoli, which has led to the death of dozens of civilians.
Violence escalated in the city in August, with rival militias fighting and with tanks and heavy artillery deployed into residential neighborhoods. News reports indicate that, to date, over 100 Libyans have been killed in the violence and dozens more injured. The Secretary-General extended his condolences to those who have lost loved ones and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured as a result of the continuing violence.  In addition, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), hundreds have been displaced by these recent clashes. Tripoli has been at the center of Libya's seven-year conflict, following an uprising that led to the overthrowing and killing of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. On 4 September, a ceasefire agreement was signed by the armed groups in Tripoli under the auspices of UN Special Representative, Ghassan Salamé, and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). UN

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Congressional sources 'blind-sided' by Trump decision to back off FISA declassification
Three congressional sources told Fox News they were “blind-sided” and “demoralized” by President Trump's decision to back away from the immediate declassification of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) records related to former aide Carter Page. They said they hope Trump will reconsider in light of new allegations against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that have since emerged. Trump agreed on Friday to delay the release of key files related to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, urging the inspector general to review the documents on an “expedited basis” amid Justice Department concerns their publication may have a “negative impact” on the probe. Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump should have a good reason.

Pompeo says officials not backing Trump's mission 'ought to find something else to do'
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News to air Sunday that officials not on board with helping to achieve President Trump’s mission “ought to find something else to do.” Pompeo was asked by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace about a New York Times report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year suggested secretly recording President Trump to expose chaos in the White House and enlisting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. "I’m not going to comment on that in any way, other than to say this: I’ve been pretty clear since my beginning of service here in this administration, if you can’t be on the team, if you’re not supporting this mission, then maybe you ought to find something else to do,” he said. Fox

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Kavanaugh sexual assault accusation has both parties 'on a knife's edge'
The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US supreme court was meant to be a crowning achievement for Donald Trump and Republicans, as they prepare to defend their congressional majority in what is expected to be a challenging midterm election in November. But a sexual assault accusation against the judge has thrown his confirmation into turmoil – and injected an element of political peril into an already volatile campaign season, less than seven weeks before election day. Republicans have scheduled a high-stakes public hearing before the Senate judiciary committee next week, with both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s, when they were both teenagers. It is an allegation he has categorically denied. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Dems will end up like the fools they are.

Trump demands Kavanaugh vote after lashing out at accuser
Donald Trump has cast doubt on the woman who accused his supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and blamed opponents for trying to “destroy” his nominee. Trump commented as the issue of when a judiciary committee hearing on the allegations might be held remained at issue. Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers, had reportedly requested the hearing take place on Thursday. Kavanaugh, who categorically denies the allegations, said he “looks forward” to testifying as soon as possible. Guardian

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Tropical Storm Kirk moving west across Atlantic
 Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the eastern Atlantic but does not currently pose any threat to land. In a Saturday evening update, the National Hurricane Center said Kirk was 430 miles (690 kilometers) south of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west at 15 mph (24 kph) with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (64 kph). Forecasters expect some strengthening through Sunday. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Houston Chronicle

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races
Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way. As Republicans remain in overwhelming control of state legislatures, Democrats are doubling their spending for this year's state House and Senate elections. It's a renewed and increasingly urgent attempt to put a dent in the Republican ranks before it's too late to influence the next round of redistricting, which is set to occur after the 2020 Census. "To us, the next decade is on the ballot in November," said Kelly Ward, executive director of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is being aided by former President Barack Obama and led by his former attorney general, Eric Holder. Las Vegas Sun

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be deposed in census case
A judge says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be questioned under oath by lawyers challenging a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled Friday, saying Ross's testimony was necessary because his intent and credibility are directly at issue. The judge also said aggressive efforts to shield Ross from answering questions were "surprising, if not unsettling." Furman says it wasn't a close call as to whether Ross must be deposed. He said the public interest weighs heavily in favor of requiring Ross to answer questions. The judge said the deposition will be limited to four hours. Kate Bailey, a Justice Department lawyer, has said the government will immediately appeal any requirement that Ross answer questions. Las Vegas Sun

Legal immigrants who get government assistance won’t get green cards under Trump proposal
If legal immigrants in the United States receive certain public social benefits, they could lose the right to obtain permanent residence or green card, the Trump administration proposed Saturday. The new guidelines would hinder the path to a green card for immigrants who receive government assistance such as food stamps or subsidies for renting housing under the Section 8 Program. They would not affect people who already have green cards. The guidelines, published by the Department of Homeland Security on its website, would force millions of immigrants to choose between receiving financial aid or aspiring to get a green card to live and work legally in the United States.. Miami Herald

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Guterres hails late Viet Nam President as ‘Friend of the United Nations’
“He presents his deepest sympathies to the President’s family and to the Government and people of Viet Nam,” Mr. Dujarric said. According to media reports, the 61-year-old died in a military hospital in Hanoi from a "serious illness” despite the efforts of domestic and international doctors. “A friend of the United Nations and an important promoter of Viet Nam’s development, President Quang will be long remembered in his country and beyond,” he concluded. UN

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