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Over $1 Million Raised In 24 Hours After Susan Collins Announced Support For Kavanaugh

Susan Collins opponent to get 3.2 million raised in 24 hoursIn the day after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) threw her support behind embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a crowdsourced effort to finance her eventual 2020 opponent raised more than $1 million.

The whopping sum brought the total amount raised to just about $3.2 million ― far more than Collins’ last challenger spent in total in the 2014 midterm race. More than 100,000 pledges have been made as of Saturday afternoon, with around 30,000 of those coming in the previous 24 hours.

The Crowdpac page was so popular it briefly crashed Friday afternoon. The effort is jointly led by the Maine People’s Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership and activist Ady Barkan, who co-founded the progressive Be A Hero campaign.

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Turkish investigators say lost Saudi Journalist murdered by 15-member team: Report

Saudi journalist murdered in Turkey

A prominent Saudi Arabian journalist was killed by a hit team after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this week, Turkish investigators concluded, according to a report.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, disappeared after visiting the consulate to obtain paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee, while she waited for him outside.

Investigators believe 15 people from Saudi Arabia killed the writer in a “preplanned murder,” The Washington Post reported.

Sources with knowledge of the probe said the team was sent to Istanbul “specifically for the murder,” according to the report.

FDA Bans Use of 7 Synthetic Food Additives After Environmental Groups Sue

FDA bans 7 food additives

Ever heard of these food additives? Synthetically-derived benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, methyl eugenol, myrcene, pulegone, or pyridine?

These compounds can help mimic natural flavors and are used to infuse foods with mint, cinnamon and other flavors.

You've likely never seen them on food labels because food manufacturers are permitted to label them simply as "artificial flavors."

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Confirming Kavanaugh: A Triumph for Conservatives, but a Blow to the Court’s Image

Confirming KavanaughFor President Trump and for Senate Republicans, confirming Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice will be a hard-won political victory. But for the conservative legal movement, it is a signal triumph, the culmination of a decades-long project that began in the Reagan era with the heady goal of capturing a solid majority on the nation’s highest court.

Once Judge Kavanaugh is sworn in, the Supreme Court will be more conservative than at any other time in modern history. By some measures, “we might be heading into the most conservative era since at least 1937,” said Lee Epstein, a law professor and political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Protesters gather on Capitol Hill ahead of Kavanaugh vote

protesters at Capitol before Kavanaugh voteHundreds of protesters have gathered around the Capitol and Supreme Court on Saturday in anticipation of the final vote to confirm President Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the high court.

A large group of loudly chanting protesters gathered on the East Lawn of the Capitol to protest the expected confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, with a vote scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Holding up a rainbow of different colored signs, the crowd chanted, "We don't want no Kavanaugh" and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Kavanaugh has got to go!”

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1,600 scientists rebuke Cern physicist over gender bias

Alessandro Sturmia rebuked by letter from 1600 physicists

More than 1,600 scientists have backed a campaign condemning the Italian researcher who claimed physics was “invented and built by men”.

They have signed a petition in response to comments made by Prof Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, who said male scientists were being discriminated against because of ideology.

After making the comments during a presentation at Cern, the European nuclear research centre in Geneva, on 28 September, Strumia was suspended on Monday pending an investigation for his “unacceptable” presentation.

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Dozens killed after oil tanker catches fire in DRC

Bis and oil tanker collide in RC

Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo say at least 50 people are dead and more than 100 have second-degree burns after a tanker truck caught fire.

The accident occurred on Saturday in the village of Mbuba, not far from Kisantu city and about 124 miles (200km) south-west of the capital, Kinshasa.

Witnesses say the tanker truck collided with a bus and when the fuel began to leak, villagers rushed to collect it. Then the fire broke out.

“We deplore the deaths,” the interim governor of Kongo-Central province, Atu Matubuana, said.

Officials were preparing to identify the bodies and bury them, Matubuana said.

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F.B.I. Review of Kavanaugh Was Limited From the Start

FBI probe of Kavanaugh limited from the startAn exasperated President Trump picked up the phone to call the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, last Sunday. Tell the F.B.I. they can investigate anything, he told Mr. McGahn, because we need the critics to stop.

Not so fast, Mr. McGahn said.

Mr. McGahn, according to people familiar with the conversation, told the president that even though the White House was facing a storm of condemnation for limiting the F.B.I. background check into sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a wide-ranging inquiry like some Democrats were demanding — and Mr. Trump was suggesting — would be potentially disastrous for Judge Kavanaugh’s chances of confirmation to the Supreme Court.

It would also go far beyond the F.B.I.’s usual “supplemental background investigation,” which is, by definition, narrow in scope.

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Christine Blasey Ford’s Attorneys Reveal Statement From Corroborating Witness

Chrisrine FordChristine Blasey Ford’s legal team has released a statement from her friend Keith Koegler, who provided an account that appears to corroborate Ford’s testimony accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, but the FBI did not interview him.

In a letter to the Senate, Koegler expressed concern over its decision to rush Kavanaugh’s confirmation process without hearing from Ford’s corroborating witnesses, including himself.

The letter was obtained by Fox News anchor Shannon Bream and MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin.

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