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American Bar Association Calls For Kavanaugh FBI Investigation - 

The American Bar Association is calling for the FBI to investigate the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

ABA President Robert Carlson sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee last night after a day of dramatic testimony on Capitol Hill by Kavanaugh and his accuser. The letter says an appointment to the Supreme Court is too important to rush to a vote. It also says the ABA respects the rule of law and due process.

The letter noted, “Deciding to proceed without conducting an additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court.”

Committee chair Chuck Grassley has turned down previous calls for the FBI to investigate and is planning to have the committee vote on sending Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate this morning. It’s not expected that the ABA request will sway anyone.

Source: Washington Post


Dutch Police Foil Plot For Major Attack 

Dutch police claim they have foiled a major ISIS attack with the arrest of seven men overnight.

Police said the suspects were planning to use suicide vests and car bombs at a large event in the Netherlands. It appears they wanted a large number of casualties. An investigation has been underway for many months and police said they were in the advanced stages of planning the attack when arrests were made.

Two of the suspects were previously convicted for attempting to travel to an ISIS battleground in 2017. Earlier this month two American tourists were stabbed at an Amsterdam railway central by an Afghan man. 

Source: CNN


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SCOTUS Drama Is Giving More Assault Victims A Voice -

 Many women are coming forward to talk about their own sexual assaults.

While Christine Blasey Ford was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline increased 147-percent over a normal weekday. The anti-sexual violence organizationRAINN said many of the calls were from survivors who were asking for help.

For many, the questions and the events brought up memories, which some shared on social media, and it brought up the courage to call.

The group says there has been an overall increase of nearly 46-percent since Ford first made her allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh public. Two other women have made similar claims, though they have been widely dismissed. Kavanaugh has strongly denied all three allegations.

Source: Time


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