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Trump: ‘Very Hard for Me to Imagine Anything Happened’ Between Kavanaugh and Ford

President Trump criticized Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh once again on Wednesday, telling reporters outside the White House that it’s “very hard for me to imagine anything happened” between the pair. If Ford does make a “credible” showing in front of the Senate, he said, according to CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller, “that’ll be very interesting.” But he also expressed his doubt and frustration toward the senators debating Kavanaugh’s nomination: “Really, they’re hurting somebody’s life,” he said, according to the New York Times. “I think it’s a very unfair thing what’s going on.”

Trump also announced he would like to meet with Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape in 1982. “I really want to see her. I really would want to see what she has to say,” Trump said, according to McClatchy News reporter Anita Kumar. “If she shows up, that would be wonderful; if she doesn’t show up, that would be unfortunate.” He then pivoted to attack Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), noting that “what I don’t like” was that Feinstein had Ford’s letter since July. “Why didn’t Sen Feinstein bring this up in her meeting with Judge Kavanaugh,” he continued, according to another tweet from Knoller. “That doesn’t look very good.”


Trump Asks About Site of His Golf Club During Florence Briefing

While President Trump was briefed on the deadly, devastating aftermath of Hurricane Florence, he took a moment to ask an official about the condition of one particular lake—where he has a golf course nestled on the shore—according to a tweet from Los Angeles Times editor Jackie Calmes. After asking a Duke Energy representative about Lake Norman, and hearing that it was fine, Trump responded: “I love that area. I can’t tell you why, but I love that area.” He neglected to mention that Trump National Golf Club is on its shores. Hurricane Florence continues to terrorize the mid-Atlantic region, causing devastating floods and leading to at least 37 deaths.  


Mark Cuban to Donate $10 Million to Women’s Groups After Dallas Mavericks Probe

Mark Cuban will donate $10 million to organizations that promote female leadership in the sports industry and combat domestic violence after an investigation found evidence of misconduct within the Dallas Mavericks. The independent probe revealed that the team’s former CEO, Terdema Ussery, harassed 15 female employees, with behavior including “inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing.” While investigators found “no evidence” that indicated Cuban was aware of Ussery’s behavior, Cuban has acknowledged that he is “ultimately responsible” for the behavior of his employees. The report also alleges that a former ticket-sales employee, Chris Hyde, made “inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature,” and that former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed committed two acts of domestic violence—including one involving a team employee. The report claims Mavs executive leadership made “significant” errors in allowing Sneed and Hyde to remain employed. The investigation involved interviews with 215 former and current employees and a review of 1.6 million documents. The report comes after a Sports Illustrated investigation was published earlier this year that characterized the Mavericks as having a “corrosive workplace culture.”

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Wyden: Senate Staffers' Personal Accounts Targeted by Foreign Government Hackers

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to Senate leaders Wednesday claiming his office has discovered that “at least one major technology company” has warned a number of senators and their staff that their personal email accounts have been “targeted by foreign government hackers,” the Associated Press reports. “[T]he Fancy Bear attacks may be the tip of a much larger iceberg,” Wyden wrote, addressing the Russian hacking group that was found to have hacked into the personal email accounts of congressional aides between 2015 and 2016. Wyden also pushed the Senate leaders to permit the U.S. Sergeant of Arms to provide cybersecurity assistance to Senators and staff in order to “keep up with changing world realities.” He also suggested a “poll” be taken amongst Senators and their staff to see how many have been potentially infiltrated by foreign hackers. “The November election grows ever closer, Russia continues its attacks on our democracy, and the Senate simply does not have the luxury of further delays,” Wyden wrote.


Jeff Flake: Don Jr. Post Mocking Kavanaugh Accuser Is ‘Sickening’

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Wednesday blasted an Instagram post by Donald Trump Jr. that mocked Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual-assault allegations. “This is sickening. No one should make light of this situation,” the senator wrote on Twitter. On Sunday, Trump Jr. posted a meme with a photo of a crayon-written letter that reads: “Hi Cindy, will you be my girlfriend.” Underneath the question are two boxes for checking “yes” or “no,” and it’s signed “Love Brett.” “Oh boy... the Dems and their usual nonsense games really have him on the ropes now,” Trump Jr. wrote in the caption. “Finestein had the letter in July and saved it for the eve of his vote... honorable as always. I believe this is a copy for full transparency.” Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote was set for Thursday but has been cancelled. The Senate Judiciary Committee invited Kavanaugh and Ford to testify at a public hearing on Monday, but Ford’s lawyers asked the committee to conduct the hearing after a full FBI investigation into the alleged incident is complete. The committee has since indicated it is pressing forward with the hearing, giving Ford a deadline this week to submit her materials.


Urban Meyer’s Probe Didn’t Try to Recover Deleted Texts: Report

Ohio State University’s investigation into football coach Urban Meyer’s handling of domestic-abuse allegations against his longtime assistant did not include a crucial element, The Wall Street Journal reports. Meyer’s phone was never tested to determine if he destroyed evidence, despite the fact that investigators believe Meyer asked a colleague how to delete old text messages from his work phone. The investigation’s findings were released last month. According to the Journal, the team of investigators also did not try to extract deleted messages from the phone of Gene Smith, athletic director at Ohio State. His device allegedly contained no text messages.


‘Drug Llama’ Accused of Trafficking Over 50,000 Fentanyl Pills

A San Diego woman known on the dark web as “Drug Llama” has been arrested for allegedly shipping “more than 50,000 fentanyl pills throughout the country,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Melissa Scanlan, 31, is accused of selling fentanyl pills called “pressed blues” and other drugs on the dark web’s Dream Market. When authorities searched her home last month, Scanlan allegedly said she obtained the drugs through a Mexican cartel. The return address on the drug parcels she sent out linked to one of Scanlan’s old businesses, and a related PayPal account showed “thousands of transactions linked to the drug sales,” prosecutors allege. Scanlan is also being investigated for allegedly selling pills that killed a 10-month-old and a 41-year-old woman. The father of the infant, who lived in the San Diego area, allegedly left the drugs within reach of the child and was later found unresponsive. Scanlan has been arrested on charges of conspiring to distribute drugs, misbranding drugs, and being part of an “international money-laundering conspiracy.”


New York Review of Books Editor Out After Jian Ghomeshi #MeToo Essay

Ian Baruma, a top editor at The New York Review of Books, left the magazine Wednesday amid backlash over Jian Ghomeshi’s essay published online last week. “I can confirm that Ian Buruma is no longer the editor of The New York Review of Books,” Nicholas During, a publicist for the magazine, told The New York Times. It was not confirmed whether Baruma resigned or was fired. Ghomeshi, a former Canadian radio broadcaster, was acquitted of sexual-assault charges in 2016 despite allegations of abuse brought by over 20 women. Critics of Ghomeshi’s essay accused the disgraced broadcaster of downplaying the assault accusations against him and attempting to elicit sympathy. Following the essay’s publication, Baruma told Slate: “I’m no judge of the rights and wrongs of every allegation. How can I be?” Ghomeshi’s essay, along with two others under the headline “The Fall of Men,” is set to appear in the magazine’s October 11 print issue.


New York Man Exonerated After 27 Years in Prison

A 48-year-old man accused of murdering a teenager in 1991 was exonerated Wednesday after spending 27 years behind bars. Valentino Dixon’s conviction was vacated after another man, Lamarr Scott, confessed to fatally shooting 17-year-old Torriano Jackson in 1991. “It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Dixon said after his release, according to The Buffalo News. In 2012, Golf Digest published a first-person essay by Dixon, who spent most of his time in prison at Attica Correctional Facility in New York. In the essay, Dixon wrote about his love for drawing golf courses, even though he’d never stepped foot on one. He also insisted that he was innocent, and the magazine investigated the alleged crime, eventually finding witnesses to corroborate Dixon’s story. The Golf Digest piece garnered national attention, prompting Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative to get involved.