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    The founder of the #MeToo movement is behind Christine Blasey Ford Thursday, sitting in the hearing room as Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    Tarana Burke tweeted from the Dirksen Senate Building and shared a photo of her view from the audience. Using the hashtags #WeBelieveDrFord and #WeBelieveSurvivors, she expressed support for Ford during her emotional opening statement

    “Listening to this women’s voice shake as she pushes through this moment…my heart,” the New York-based activist wrote. 

    “This is hard,” Burke wrote in a separate tweet as questioning began. 

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    Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation is in jeopardy after Ford accused the judge of sexually assaulting her when they were teens in the 1980s. Burke is one of many public figures who has said she believes Ford’s claim. 

    Burke launched the #MeToo movement about a decade ago to show solidarity with those affected by sexual assault and to help empower them. The hashtag and movement has gained monumental steam this year as men and women come forward with their own experiences of sexual misconduct. 

    Burke specifically referenced committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who apologized to both Ford and Kavanaugh in his opening statement “for the way you’ve been treated.” Ford and Kavanaugh have both said they’ve faced attacks on their character, past and credibility after Ford’s claim was made public. Grassley also blamed Democrats for making Ford’s allegation public so late in the confirmation process. 

    “I didn’t come here for civil disobedience but Grassley is wearing me thin…” Burke tweeted.

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    Actress Alyssa Milano was also sitting behind Ford. She tweeted photos from the hearing room and wrote, "I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford."

    Milano has has helped propel the #MeToo movement into the national spotlight this last year and has shared her own stories of sexual assault. After President Donald Trump questioned why Ford didn't report her assault at the time she said it happened, Milano offered herself an example of other women not reporting assaults. She tweeted details of an attack she said happened as a teen and said it took her 30 years to tell her parents. Many others used the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport at the time as well.

    As Kavanaugh testified after Ford, Milano could be seen on camera sitting behind the judge. She tweeted another photo of her viewing and commented on Kavanaugh's emotional and fiery statements.

    "I will say this...if a woman were to yell, interrupt and cry while being questioned, people would call her unhinged or say she had a melt down," she wrote.

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    Though not in the room with Ford, other celebrities rallied behind Kavanaugh's accuser on social media.

    Actress Ashley Judd, who accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and claimed he hurt her career after her rejections, tried to support Ford's testimony that she does not remember how she got to or from the party where she said the assault happened.

    "I do NOT know how I got home after I was raped at 15. No memory of it. Neither does she. #ChristinaBlaseyFord," Judd wrote on Twitter.

    And actress Busy Philipps stood as another example of a person who is assaulted as a child and doesn't speak out for years. She shared a photo of herself at 14, the age she said she was raped.  

    "It's taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago. Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us. I'm scared to post this. I can't imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now," Philipps said.

    Sally Field, who revealed in her recently published memoir that she is a survivor of sexual abuse, wrote, "Out of the blue, a hero steps up and I'm in awe. I know the pain of these kinds of memories, Dr. Ford. Memories that are indelibly imprinted on your brain no matter how many years go by. I, like millions of women across America, are behind you and thank you profoundly."

    Mariska Hargitay, whose character on "Law and Order: SVU" investigates sex crimes, also created the Joyful Heart Foundation, which offers resources to survivors of sexual violence. She wrote on Twitter that she is "sending strength and courage and self-care to survivors today, as I carry you and your stories in my heart."

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 provides people in distress, or those around them, with 24-hour support. The Crisis Text Line allows people to text 741-741 to connect with crisis counselors.



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    In this April 13, 2018, file photo, activist Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, is seen in New York.In this April 13, 2018, file photo, activist Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, is seen in New York.

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    Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her opening statement Thursday, recounting her allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party.


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    The home crowd at Chicago’s Wrigley Field were left rooting for an unexpected underdog — or under-rat — at Wednesday night’s game.

    Dubbed "Wrigley rat," the rodent with serious determination won over Cubs fans’ hearts as it tried several times to leap from fencing above the ivy onto a wall in the outfield.

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    Video of the scene posted to social media showed the rat trying to make the leap at least three times as onlookers cheered it on. 

    "You can do it!" one person can be heard saying in the video.

    Eventually, to the excitement of many fans, the rat narrowly made it over the ledge and onto the grass between stands. 

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    Go, Wrigley rat, go! 

    The Cubs clinched a playoff spot Wednesday night and their 10th-inning win preserved their slim lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the Central Division.

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    Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked how certain Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was the one who assaulted her in high school. Ford replied she was “100 percent” certain.


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    In a long and emotional day of testimony, senators considering Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court heard for the first time on Thursday from the woman who has accused him of sexual assault and then from a fiery Kavanaugh denying the allegations.

    Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee that his family and his name had been ruined, and he accused Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee of lying in wait to upend his nomination.

    “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace,” he said in his opening statement. “The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced ‘advise and consent’ with ‘search and destroy.’”

    Kavanaugh had been on what seemed to be a sure path to the U.S. Supreme Court when Christine Blasey Ford alleged that he had sexually assaulted her while they were teenagers in the Washington, D.C., area. Since then he has been accused of sexual misconduct by three other women, which he denies. One accusation from 1998 is anonymous.

    Speaking in a loud, angry voice, and at times tearing up, he said Ford’s allegation had unleashed a long series of last-minute smears that he repeatedly said were untrue.

    Earlier Ford recounted the alleged attack on her, telling senators that she remembered Kavanaugh and another boy laughing with each other while she feared that Kavanaugh was going to rape her at a gathering at a suburban Washington, D.C., home.

    Democrats questioned Ford themselves but Republicans on the committee, all men, had hired a lawyer to do the questioning for them: Rachel Mitchell, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor.

    Here are some notable moments from the hearing, which has threatened to derail Kavanaugh's nomination.

    “This Is a Circus” 
    Kavanaugh insisted that he had never assaulted Ford or any other woman and accused Democrats of trying to destroy him and his family. In the 10 days it took for hearing to be held, his name had been ruined, he said.

    “As was predictable, and as I predicted, my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations,” he said. “The 10-day delay has been harmful to me and my family, to the Supreme Court, and to the country.”

    Kavanaugh said he had wanted to address the allegations immediately and launched into an unusually partisan attack, for a Supreme Court nominee, against Democrats on the committee. He accused them of trying to derail his nomination as they did Robert Bork’s in 1987 and, when that failed, of bringing forward Ford’s allegations after keeping them secret.

    “This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election,” he said. “Fear that has unfairly been stoked about my judicial record. Revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups. This is a circus.”

    During the investigation of President Bill Clinton by the independent counsel, Ken Starr, Kavanaugh wrote extremely explicit questions intended to force Clinton to describe his sexual relations with then-intern Monica Lewinsky.

    “I’m never going to get my reputation back,” Kavanaugh said later in the hearing.

    Blacking Out From Alcohol?
    Asked about his drinking, which some have described as exceptionally heavy, he denied he had ever passed out, but he conceded, “I've gone to sleep.”

    He said that he had never woken up with his clothes disarranged or failed to remember something that occured.

    One of his college friends, Liz Swisher, told the Washington Post, “Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him. I watched him drink more than a lot of people. He’d end up slurring his words, stumbling,” Swisher said.

    Kavanaugh said the description was unfair, and referred instead to a comment from another friend from Yale University, former NBA center Chris Dudley, who told the Post: “I went out with him all the time. He never blacked out. Never even close to blacked out.”

    Questioned about how much alcohol was too much, Kavanaugh referred to blood alcohol levels, typically used to determine drunk driving charges.

    Later, when Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota who had talked about her father's alcoholism, again asked if he had ever blacked out, he responded, “Have you?” After a break, he apologized for the quip.

    “I'm sorry I did that,” he said. “This is a tough process. I'm sorry about that.”

    “I appreciate that,” Klobuchar said. “I would like to add, when you have a parent that's an alcoholic, you're pretty careful about drinking.”

    Who Is Bart O'Kavanaugh?
    Kavanaugh also did not directly answer a question about whether he was “Bart O'Kavanaugh” in a book written by a former school mate Mark Judge, whom Ford identified as having been in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her.  

    In the book, “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk,” “Bart O'Kavanaugh” was described as vomiting and passing out in a car. 

    Kavanaugh described Judge as a friend who developed a serious drinking problem and who wrote a fictionalized book as part of his therapy to come to grips with his sobriety.

    “So you don't know whether that's you or not,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Democratic senator from Vermont, asked.

    “We can sit here and make fun of some guy who has an addiction, but I don’t think that really --” Kavanaugh said.

    “I’m not making fun of anybody,”  Leahy said. "I’m trying to get a straight answer from you under oath.” 

    An FBI Investigation
    Democrats repeatedly pressed Kavanaugh to request an FBI investigation, but without success.

    Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin urged him to turn to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, seated in the front row, and ask for an investigation to clear his name.

    “I’ve got a suggestion for you,” Durbin said. “Ask him to suspend this hearing and nomination process until the FBI completes its investigation of the charges made by Dr. Ford and others.”

    The Republican chairman of the committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, broke in to say, “This committee is running this hearing. Not the White House. Not Don McGahn. Not even you as a nominee.”

    Kavanaugh said that the FBI would not offer conclusions, a point repeatedly made by Republicans, and staring at Durbin in silence refused to answer whether he thought a FBI investigation would be the best step for the committee.

    Throughout the hearing, Kavanaugh would say only that he would do whatever the committee wanted him to do. The Republican majority on the committee has declined to call for an investigation.

    A Tweet From the President
    As soon as the hearing concluded, President Donald Trump tweeted his continuing support for Kavanaugh.

    “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,”  the president wrote. “His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”

    An Angry Sen. Graham
    In a body once known for its collegiality, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina shouted at his fellow senators and accused Democrats of wanting “to destroy this guy’s life.”

    “This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics,” he said. “If you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy!”

    “Uproarious Laughter”
    Earlier in the day Ford described the alleged attack in her opening statement, and then was asked for her strongest memory of what had happened at the gathering.

    “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two and their having fun at my expense,” she answered.

    “They were laughing with each other,” Ford said of Kavanaugh and Judge, the second man she said was in the bedroom when Kavanaugh pushed her onto a bed, began grinding his body against her, tried to undress her and covered her mouth to stifle her screams.

    “And you were the object of the laughter?” Leahy asked.

    “I was underneath one of them while the two laughed — two friends having a really good time with one another,” Ford said.

    Ford is now a 51-year-old professor of psychology at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

    Meeting Mark Judge Again
    Ford testified that she encountered Judge, now an author and journalist, after the attack while at the Potomac Village Safeway with her mother. Because she was a teenager, she wanted to enter through a different door than her mother, she said.

    “I chose the wrong door,” she said, and she met Judge, then a store employee, arranging the shopping carts.

    She said hello and noted that he was very uncomfortable saying hello back.

    “His face was white,” she said.

    Ford, whose account has been criticized because of a lack of some details, said she thought she could better try to determine when the attack occurred if she knew when Judge had worked at the Safeway.

    Democrats on the committee have demanded that Judge testify before the committee but they have been rebuffed by the majority of Republican members.

    “Mark Judge should be subpoenaed from his Bethany Beach hideaway,” Durbin, the Democrat from Illinois, said.

    A Washington Post reporter this week tracked down Judge to a friend’s house in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

    “How’d you find me?” Judge asked the reporter.

    Judge’s lawyer told the Post that Judge was a recovering alcoholic under unbelievable stress who for the sake of his health needed to get away and take care of himself.

    Charges of a Cover-Up
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat, asked Ford about her assessment that she could better determine when the gathering took place if she knew when Judge worked at the Safeway grocery store.

    “Would you like Mark Judge to be interviewed in connection with the background investigation and the serious credible allegations that you make?” he asked.

    “That would be my preference,” she said. “I’m not sure it’s really up to me but I certainly would feel like I could be more helpful to everyone if I knew the date that he worked at the Safeway so I could give a more specific date of the assault.”

    “Well it’s not up to you,” Blumenthal said. “It’s up to the president of the United States and his failure to ask for an FBI investigation in my view is tantamount to a cover-up.”

    Taking a Lie Detector Test 
    Ford took a polygraph as part of her allegations against Kavanaugh and the location for the test, the Baltimore Washington International Airport, became the subject of one line of questioning.

    “Why was that location chosen for the polygraph?” Mitchell asked.

    “I had left my grandmother's funeral at Fort Lincoln Cemetery that day and was on tight schedule to get a plane to Manchester, New Hampshire,” Ford answered. “So he was willing to come to me, which was appreciated.”

    “So he administered a polygraph on the day you attended your grandmother's funeral?” Mitchell asked.

    “Correct,” she answered. “Or it might have been the next day. I spent the night in the hotel so I don't remember the exact day.”

    Her lawyers said that they had paid for the polygraph, as was routine, and were working pro bono, but Ford could not say whether costs would be eventually passed on to her.

    “I'm not sure yet,” Ford said. “I haven't taken a look at all of the costs involved in this. We've relocated now twice so I haven't kept track of all of that paperwork, but I'm sure I have a lot of work to do to catch up on all of that later.”

    She said as part of another exchange with Mitchell that she was aware some GoFundMe accounts had been created but did not know how to access them.

    “Several what?” Mitchell asked.

    “GoFundMe sites that have raised money primarily for our security detail so I'm not even quite sure how to collect that money or how to distribute it yet,” Ford said. “I haven't been able to focus on that.”

    “When we left off…”
    The hearing’s format was less than conducive for smooth questioning by Mitchell. Initially all Republican senators had turned over their five minutes to Mitchell, but because Republicans and Democrats alternated, Mitchell had to repeatedly break off to allow a Democrat to go. Democrats, meanwhile, stressed repeatedly that the hearing was not a trial.

    At the end, Mitchell asked Ford if she was aware of the best way to interview victims of trauma.

    “Would you believe me if I told you that there’s no study that says this setting, in five-minute increments, is the best way to do that?” Mitchell asked to laughter.

    Mitchell said that the recommended approach was one-on-one with a trained interviewer in a private setting, and asked whether anyone had advised such an interview. Ford said no one had.

    “Instead, you were advised to get an attorney and take a polygraph, is that right?” Mitchell asked.

    “Many people advised me to get an attorney,” Ford said. “Once I had an attorney, my attorney and I discussed using the polygraph.”

    “And instead of submitting to an interview in California, we're having a hearing here today in five-minute increments, is that right?”

    “I agree that's what was agreed upon by the collegial group here,” Ford said, and with that the questioning came to a conclusion.

    Emilie Mutert contributed to this article.



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    Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept, 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept, 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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    Rachel Mitchell, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor hired to ask questions of Christine Blasey Ford on behalf of Republican senators on the judiciary committee, began by expressing sympathy for Ford, who’d said she was “terrified” to testify. “I just wanted to let you know, I’m very sorry. That’s not right," Mitchell said. 


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    Sen. Richard Blumnethal, D-Conn., told Christine Blasey Ford, “I believe you,” in regards to her testimony that she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh during a high school party. He said that President Donald Trump's failure to ask for an FBI probe into Ford's claims is "tantamount to a cover up."


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    The La Jolla Playhouse world-premiere musical centered around Princess Diana's life has found its star. 

    British actress Jeanna de Waal will take on the role of the beloved Princess of Wales, Diana, in the musical, which opens February 2019 at La Jolla Playhouse. 

    “To bring Diana to life onstage is obviously a huge privilege,” de Waal says in a new video released by La Jolla Playhouse. De Waal has starred as Lauren in "Kinky Boots" and as Heather in "American Idiot."

    “I feel very daunted by the prospect, but I hope people who didn’t know about her and weren’t aware of her journey leave the theater with an idea of what she did for the world," de Waal said in the video. "She made everyone feel special, from the highest person to the lowest-ranking person, and I think we want to celebrate her.”

    Tony Award-winning Director and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley is set to direct the musical. Ashley most recently won a Tony Award for directing "Come From Away," a La Jolla Playhouse-born musical playing on Broadway.

    Bon Jovi keyboardist and composer David Bryan and composer/lyricist and Joe DiPietro collaborated on the book, lyrics and music. The pair is best known for Tony Award-winning "Memphis", a La Jolla Playhouse-born musical that later made its way to Broadway.

    The show, set in 1981, will focus on the royal marriage of the Princess of Wales and what comes next for the 20-year-old bride, beloved by many.

    The musical will run at La Jolla Playhouse from February 19 to March 31, 2019.

    To learn more about the musical, click here



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    Jeanna de Waal as Princess Diana.Jeanna de Waal as Princess Diana.

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    Christine Blasey Ford said the person who administered her polygraph met her at a hotel instead of his office because she was on a tight schedule after having attended her grandmother’s funeral. While she said she was unsure of who paid for the test, her lawyer later said that Ford’s attorneys paid for it and were working pro bono.


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    A head-on crash that split a car in half in unincorporated Lakeside left two people dead Thursday morning, according to California Highway Patrol. 

    The two cars collided on Wildcat Canyon Road near Willow Road at about 6:30 a.m., CHP Officer Travis Garrow said.

    A Honda Accord carrying a 53-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, both from El Cajon, was speeding southbound at the same time a Porsche with a 43-year-old Santee woman inside was heading northbound, CHP said.

    The Honda veered to the road's outside curb and the driver appeared to over-correct, driving into the path of the Porsche, Garrow said. It was not clear who was behind the wheel in the Honda at the time. 

    "The force of the collision was so great it caused the Honda to be cut in half, basically right down the middle," Garrow said.

    The crash ejected both people out of the car where they landed in the street, he said. 

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital in a helicopter where she died from her injuries, Garrow said. 

    The woman in the Porsche was transported via ambulance to Sharp Memorial Hospital with major injuries. She was expected to survive, Garrow said. 

    Garrow said everyone was believed to have been wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.  

    It was not clear if drugs or alcohol were factors. 

    CHP is continuing their investigation into the crash and is looking for possible witnesses. Anyone with information can call 619-401-2000.


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    Christine Blasey Ford testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party 36 years ago.


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    A middle school student from Oceanside was arrested Wednesday night for making a threat towards other students online, police said.

    A school official with Scholarship Prep Charter School in Oceanside reported to police that a juvenile student had posted online about bringing a weapon to school and "killing students," according to Oceanside Police Department Lt. Kedrick Sadler said. 

    OPD went to the juvenile's home and determined there was enough evidence to place the student under arrest. There was no search warrant executed and no weapons recovered, Sadler said. 

    The student was taken to juvenile hall. It is not clear what charges he is facing. 

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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    Nearly a year after her disappearance, authorities have renewed the search for a Vista mother who went missing under "suspicious" circumstances.

    Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova, 38, was last seen leaving her home on North Santa Fe Avenue the night of Oct. 13. Her family reported her missing the following day.

    Her family joined the San Diego Sherrif's Department at a press conference Thursday to call for a renewal in the search for the missing mother. 

    Investigators said Guzman-Cordova was on foot when she was last seen on October 13, and did not take her cell phone or wallet with her. The woman’s family told investigators she suffers from depression and doesn’t have her medication.

    Deputies have searched surrounding neighborhoods for the mother and checked local hospitals, to no avail. Her family has also searched all over San Diego but, still, no sign of Guzman-Cordova.

    On Thursday, SDSO Lt. Rich Williams said in the near-year since her disappearance, their department has had no leads.

    "It’s odd that someone would go missing under these circumstances, without taking a phone without taking their personal belongings, we’re definitely concerned, Maria’s family is concerned," Williams said. 

    San Diego County Crime Stoppers and homicide detectives with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) have offered up to $1000 in cash for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

    Cordova is described as 5-feet-tall and 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a black shirt.

    Anyone with information on Guzman-Cordova’s whereabouts was asked to call SDSO Homicide Detail at (858)974-2321. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477, or online at crimestoppers.org. The case number is 17153719.


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    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday asked Judge Brett Kavanaugh if he would be open to having the FBI investigate the allegation that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in high school. Kavanaugh said he would be willing to do whatever it takes to clear his name.


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    On Thursday morning, Americans across the country tuned in to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony about an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were high school students more than three decades ago.

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    University of Pennsylvania Law students watch Dr. Ford's testimony.University of Pennsylvania Law students watch Dr. Ford's testimony.

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    Judge Brett Kavanaugh forcefully denied the allegations against him Thursday in his opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.


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    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the nomination process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been "the most unethical sham since I've been in politics," in an explosive attack on Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.


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    After Republicans ceded their questioning of Christine Blasey Ford to an outside counsel, a visibly angry Sen. Lindsey Graham claimed his time with Brett Kavanaugh and used it to attack his Democratic colleagues for wanting to "destroy this guy’s life."

    Shouting from his seat at the front of the room, Graham accused Democrats of prioritizing the upcoming midterm elections, as well as the 2020 presidential election, over a fair proceeding for Kavanaugh, who is accused by Ford of sexually assaulting her when they were teens in the 1980s.

    "This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics," said Graham, his faced reddened. "If you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy!"

    His outburst seemed to break from the measured tone set by the rest of the Judiciary Committee. As Graham raised his voice and widened his eyes, other senators looked seemingly surprised. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake looked down and Sen. Thom Tillis was wide-eyed.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who was the senator to receive the initial allegation from Ford in July and received backlash for not making the accusation public at the time, looked away. Other Democrats kept their eyes down and some looked directly at Graham. 

    Soon after his moment of fury, the White House praised Graham. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said he "has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined. God bless him."

    "You want this seat; I hope you never get it," Graham said to his colleagues across the aisle.

    Graham occasionally spoke to Kavanaugh directly, at one point telling him, "You’ve got nothing to apologize for."

    Graham continued: "This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap. Your high school yearbook. You have interacted with professional women all your life. Not one accusation. You're supposed to be Bill Cosby when you're a junior and senior in high school. And all of a sudden, you got over it. It's been my understanding that if you drug women and rape them for two years in high school, you probably don't stop. Here's my understanding. If you lived a good life, people will recognize it."

    At the closing of his time, Graham assured Kavanaugh that his mind had not been changed in regards to his vote, which was still planned for Friday.

    "I wish you well. And I intend to vote for you," Graham said, adding later 



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    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham addresses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington, DC.U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham addresses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington, DC.

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    The San Diego Treasurer-Tax Collector's unveiled a new website Thursday where property owners can view and pay their tax bills online.

    The major overhaul of the website — sdttc.com — was based on analytics and taxpayers feed, the agency said.

    Taxpayers no longer to have to wait for their bills to arrive in order to pay their taxes. 

    The only method to pay online is with a credit card, which will incur a two-percent processing free.

    Property owners can also sign up for alerts to remind them when their bill is due.

    The Treasurer-Tax Collector's office will mail out the bills this week with the first tax installment due Nov. 1 but won't become delinquent until Dec. 10.

    The second installment is due Feb. 1 and becomes delinquent after April 10.


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    More and more people turn to the internet when looking for a new job. But with the convenience of opening your web browser while looking for a new gig comes dangers. NBC 7 Responds has some tips on how you can keep your identity and your information safe.

    First and foremost to keep in mind is uploading your resume to employment and social media websites often means your resume is made public. That means be aware of which information, whether that means an address, phone number, email address, that you put on your resume.

    Also, make sure that when you do post your resume to a website that the website is reputable.

    And, when companies do contact you be sure to vet them before agreeing to anything or sending any additional information. Search for the company online, read reviews to be sure. Look at the email address that the company representative is using. Is it a personal email server or does it have the name of the company in it?

    Most of all don't get discouraged. If one turns out to be a scam then keep trying.

    "If you want to work, this is the time to jump in the job market," says Phil Blair, executive officer for Manpower West, an online job placement website.

    He advises against adding your home address to applications or on your resume.

    And, he recommends against using your personal email address even if that means you'd have to create a new one for that specific job.

    "There's a lot of information that you don't need to share until you're very serious about accepting a job," adds Blair. "Be careful, have your radar on, and if it sounds fishy then move along."



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