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President Trump Says He Would Accept A “Delay” On Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

President Trump on Monday defended his latest nominee to the Supreme Court as “somebody very special” but said “we want to go through a full process … and hear everybody out” regarding the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Said Trump, “if it takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay. I’m sure it will work out very well.” Trump has not spoken to Kavanaugh about the allegation but called a question about whether the judge has offered to withdraw from consideration “ridiculous.” On Monday, Kavanaugh responded to an allegation by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school in Maryland in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denied the woman’s allegation, saying in the statement released by the White House that “this is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.” He continued, “I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.” Some senators meanwhile called for both Kavanaugh and Ford to address the matter before lawmakers. ...Read more

Rep. Chris Collins To Remain On Ballot Despite Indictment

Republican Rep. Chris Collins will remain on the ballot in November despite suspending his re-election bid last month, his attorney confirmed Monday.  Mark Braden, Collins’ attorney, cited possible legal challenges that could result from efforts to remove Collins from the ballot. Collins faces charges of securities fraud, wire fraud and false statements related to alleged insider trading. Collins has rejected the charges as “meritless” and vowed to fight them. However, he last month announced that he would suspend his re-election campaign, saying he believed his decision was in the “best interests” of his constituents. National and state Republican officials had hoped to replace Collins on the ballot in light of his legal troubles,, but now his decision to move forward with his re-election could put his solidly Republican seat in jeopardy. ...Read more

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz Cleared To Start Week 3 Against The Indianapolis Colts

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was cleared for contact Monday and will start the team’s Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Coach Doug Pederson made the announcement at his day-after news conference. Wentz suffered a multi-ligament knee injury on Dec. 10 against the Los Angeles Rams, tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee. ACL recovery typically takes nine to 12 months. The nine-month mark from the date of Wentz’s surgery was last Thursday. Nick Foles, who helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl while filling in for Wentz late last season, has not played at a Super Bowl MVP level in his two games this season, but the team is in good shape at 1-1. Wentz was a regular-season MVP candidate in 2017 before getting injured. He finished second in the NFL with 33 touchdown passes despite missing the last three-plus games. ...Read more

Minnesota Vikings Cut Rookie Kicker Daniel Carlson After 3 Missed Field Goals In Game Against Packers

The Minnesota Vikings have cut ties with kicker Daniel Carlson one day after he went 0-for-3 on field goals against the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota is replacing the rookie with veteran kicker Dan Bailey. The Vikings also announced the signing of wide receiver Aldrick Robinson Carlson missed field goals from 48, 49 and 35 yards out in the Vikings 29-29 overtime tie against the Packers. After his first field goal attempt in OT sailed wide right, Minnesota went back to Carlson to kick a 35-yard would-be game-winner. Postgame, Carlson hinted that nerves likely played a role in missing his final kick. “It feels terrible. Obviously I let my team down,” Carlson said. “That last one was probably more just confidence after missing twice early. That’s frustrating. That shorter one I should never miss like that.” ...Read more

Dylan Farrow And Ronan Farrow Slam Soon-Yi Previn Interview With New York Magazine

Dylan Farrow and Ronan Farrow publicly responded to a profile published by New York Magazine with Soon-Yi Previn that featured Previn’s version of how their mother, Mia Farrow,  treated them as children. In the interview, Previn, the adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow and wife of Woody Allen, disputed allegations that Allen sexually abused Dylan Farrow, another of Mia Farrow’s adopted children, and called them “so unjust.” Previn also said Mia Farrow took “advantage of the #MeToo movement” and was “never kind” to her.  In response, Dylan Farrow in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday night said “Shame on New York Magazine.” Allegations thatAllen had molested Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, when she was 7 first surfaced in the ’90s. Dylan Farrow wrote again of the alleged abuse in 2014. Allen has denied these claims.Ronan Farrow also shared a statement on Twitter about the profile, defending both his sister and mother. You can see both Dylan and Ronan Farrow’s full statements in the link below. ...Read more

Joaquin Phoenix’s First Look As “The Joker” Revealed

The Joker is currently filming in New York City and director Todd Phillips gave us the first official look at Joaquin Phoenix in character. While the picture doesn’t show Phoenix in full makeup, we get a sense of the direction Phillips is taking with the character, and we get a name. According to Phillips’ post, the character will be called Arthur. Additionally, leaded videos from the film show “Arthur” having an animated discussion with a large man dressed up like a clown, taking them to the streets — and we can see Arthur laughing and smoking a cigarette. The film is the first solo movie that will center around the popular Batman villain, and is being executive produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese.  ...Read more

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Accuser Comes Forward About Alleged Sexual Assault

The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during their teenage years has identified herself in a report from The Washington Post, speaking bout the allegations publicly for the first time. Her account of the situation was detailed in a confidential letter sent to Democratic lawmakers. On Sunday, the Post identified Kavanaugh’s accuser as Christine Blasey Ford, 51, a research psychologist in northern California. After the report was published Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to delay the confirmation vote “until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated.” Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., also called for the vote to be postponed. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wrote Sunday, “I support Mrs. Ford’s decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation. This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee.” The Judiciary panel is currently scheduled to hold a vote to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination on Thursday. GOP leaders have been aiming to have him confirmed as a Supreme Court justice before high court’s new term begins in October. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, saying in a statement, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.” ...Read more

5 People Arrested For Looting In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Florence

Police in North Carolina arrested five people Saturday night as looters began to break into stores in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Wilmington Police confirmed the arrests on Twitter but did not immediately release the identities of the five individuals. “Charges are pending and those details will be released as they become available,” police said. Police later posted on Twitter saying they were working to identify the thieves and would “will charge them to the fullest extent of the law.” The city of Wilmington, in response to looting reports, extended its curfew for the affected area, issuing a citywide curfew running from 10 pm until 6 am. The National Hurricane Center said that “catastrophic flooding” is expected in certain parts of the Carolinas as Florence remained stationary over the region. At least 11 deaths have been linked to this storm, so far. ...Read more

Fourth-Quarter Comeback By New Orleans Saints Bring Them A 21-18 Win Over The Cleveland Browns

The New Orleans Saints spent most of their game on Sunday trailing the Cleveland Browns (who haven’t won a game since Christmas Eve of 2016.) until Michael Thomas and Marcus Williams brought the Saints back. New Orleans overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Cleveland 21-18 on Wil Lutz’s 44-yard field goal with 26 seconds left. New Orleans (1-1) spent most of the game giving Browns fans hope that their losing streak would end. Cleveland hasn’t won a game in its last 18 tries, and the Browns have not come away with a road win in their last 22 games in total. ...Read more

‘The Predator’ Wins The Box Office With $24 Million This Weekend

“The Predator” took the top spot at the box office this weekend, beating “The Nun” at the domestic box office. Shane Black’s “The Predator” launched with mediocre $24 million from 4,037 North American locations. That was enough to top the weekend box office, but not enough to land a franchise-best debut, which 2010’s “Predator” still holds with $24.7 million (not including the two “Alien vs. Predator” crossover films). Overseas, “The Predator” earned $30.7 million for a global start of $54.7 million. “The Nun” dropped to second place, picking up $18 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $85 million, and “A Simple Favor” debuted at No. 3 with $16 million on 3,102 screens. Matthew McConaughey’s “White Boy Rick,” along with “Crazy Rich Asians” rounded out the top five. ...Read more