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Joe Manchin a Yes on Kavanaugh Nomination and Might Be Only Democrat
West Virginia Democrat supported Gorsuch, faces tough re-election race

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and might end up the only Democrat to do so.

“I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing. And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life,” Manchin said in a statement.

Susan Collins Will Vote ‘Yes’ on Kavanaugh Nomination
Maine Republican had kept her position on the Supreme Court nomination under wraps

Sen. Susan Collins will vote “yes” on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, one of the last remaining hurdles to the high court for President Donald Trump’s nominee.

Earlier on Friday, the Maine Republican voted to cut off debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination, helping her leadership clear a key hurdle and setting up a final confirmation vote on Saturday. 

Senators Reach Deal to Delay Kavanaugh Floor Vote That Includes FBI Investigation
GOP leaders had little choice with key swing votes opposed to moving nomination otherwise

Senators have reached an agreement to delay a planned floor vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and allow for an FBI investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct against him for up to one week. 

Emerging from a meeting of Republicans in the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Majority Leader Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the next order of business will be a motion to proceed to the nomination on Saturday at noon, which could be either a voice vote or roll call vote. 

All Eyes on Senate For Signs of What’s Next On Kavanaugh
Republicans pressing for Friday Judiciary Committee vote

Senate Republicans want to press forward with a vote on Friday on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, after a marathon Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring emotional testimony from the nominee and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford.

Soon after the Judiciary Committee wrapped up for the day, key swing voters huddled with GOP leaders to discuss the way forward: Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and one Democrat, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia. 

The Ford Hearing in Photos: Kavanaugh’s Nomination Process Continues as Accuser Testifies
Thursday, Sept. 27, in photos as captured on Capitol Hill

The eyes of the world are on Capitol Hill on Thursday as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when both were in high school.

We’ll post the entire day in photos here, with the most recent appearing first:

Evan Jenkins to Resign Seat on Sunday, Head to West Virginia Supreme Court
West Virginia Republican lost Senate bid, accepted state high court nomination

White House: Rosenstein to Meet With Trump on Thursday
News reports had embattled DOJ deputy resigning, about to be fired, or resigning before he was fired

President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet Thursday in Washington to discuss his future, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories. Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C.,” Sanders said. That could make Thursday quite a busy one, with the Senate Judiciary Committee set to hear from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford. 

Game On: Grassley and Kavanaugh Accuser Continue to Play Chicken
Deadlines come and go as nomination is delayed

When — or if — Chistine Blasey Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her is very much up in the air.

But a pattern has emerged. Deadlines come. Deadlines go. In the meantime, the debate over what happened — and the fate of Kavanaugh’s nomination — continues.

D.C. Police Chief Briefs Public on Logan Circle Homicide, Arrest Made This Morning

D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham addressed the public on Thursday about the murder of Wendy Martinez, who was chief of staff for FiscalNote, Roll Call's owner. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Newsham, who said that Anthony Crawford was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. The news conference was held outside the restaurant where Martinez sought help the night of the attack....
McCaskill to Vote ‘No’ on Kavanaugh
Missouri Democrat is one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill announced Wednesday that she will not support Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. 

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Democrat attributed her decision mostly to the nominee’s positions on “dark, anonymous money that is crushing our democracy.”

FiscalNote’s Wendy Martinez Killed in Logan Circle Stabbing
Police seek suspect caught on video

FiscalNote Chief of Staff Wendy Martinez was killed Tuesday night in a stabbing near Logan Circle, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

“The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night,” CEO Tim Hwang said in a statement. “Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family and friends.”

Kavanaugh Accuser Deserves to Be Heard, Grassley Says — Leaves Out Public Hearing
Judiciary chairman issues first statement since accuser’s identity revealed

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser deserves to have her story heard, Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley said in a Monday statement.

The Iowa Republican’s first remarks after the identity of Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, was revealed over the weekend indicated the chairman would work to hear her out.

Jeff Flake: Kavanaugh Accuser ‘Must Be Heard’
Arizona Republican tells Washington Post nomination vote should be delayed

Sen Jeff Flake is urging the Judiciary committee not to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation until it hears from a woman who has accused him of a sexual assault while they were in high school.

The Arizona Republican told The Washington Post that Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist who first went public with her allegations in a Post story Sunday,  “must be heard.”

California Psychologist Goes Public With Sex Assault Allegation Against Kavanaugh
Washington Post story includes detailed account

A California professor has gone public with allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high school students in the early 1980s.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist who teaches at Palo Alto University, alleged that Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk” — corralled her in a bedroom. There, according to the account, Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and groped her while attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothes she was wearing over it.

Hurricane Recess: House Republicans Cancel Friday Session as Florence Approaches
House was already scheduled to be out next week

The House will leave the Capitol a day early, as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast on Thursday.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made the announcement to members during a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference Thursday morning. The news became official with a scheduling update from the California Republican’s office sent shortly after 10 a.m.

With Hurricane Florence Bearing Down, No Change Yet to Congressional Schedule
Meanwhile, the president says the federal government is prepared

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast and mandatory evacuations ordered up and down the Atlantic seaboard, Congress is taking a wait and see approach to the schedule and has not ordered any changes so far.

“Due to the important nature of votes expected on the Floor and in committee this week — there are no changes to the House schedule at this time. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Florence and send further updates as needed,” a statement from the office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Tuesday.

Congressional Schedule Shows a Light Week Ahead
Agenda abbreviated by Rosh Hashanah on Monday and Tuesday

Both chambers of Congress will have abbreviated schedules this coming week, largely due to Rosh Hashanah, which begins in the evening on Sept. 9 and ends on the evening on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

On Monday and Tuesday, no votes are expected in either chamber. 

Cory Booker’s Bad Company if Expelled: 14 Confederate Sympathizers and a Guy Who Wanted the Brits to Seize Florida
New Jersey Democrat ordered release of confidential documents during Kavanaugh hearing

Sen. Cory Booker would find himself in bad company if his decision to  release confidential documents pertaining to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh actually led to his expulsion from the Senate.

To date, 15 senators have been expelled — all but one for supporting the  “Confederate rebellion.”

Ryan Whistles Past Trump’s Shutdown Rhetoric
Speaker says he has an understanding with Trump about funding the government that ‘will stick’

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he isn’t worried about President Donald Trump’s public threats or inclinations toward shutting down the government in an effort to secure funding for his border wall.

“We have a very good agreement and understanding that we’re going to get our government funded,” the Wisconsin Republican said during his weekly news conference Thursday.

Senate GOP’s Tribute to John McCain

 Video courtesy of the Senate Republican Conference...