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Day 617

Updated 9/28/2018 9:59 AM PDT

1/ Sen. Jeff Flake will vote "yes" on Kavanaugh's confirmation, ensuring that the Senate Judiciary Committee will advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. Flake said that he still has "much doubt" after yesterday's hearings with Kavanaugh and Ford, but he believes "our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence … absent corroborating evidence." (New York Times / Associated Press / Washington Post)

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Rachel Mitchell totally bungled the questioning regarding the July 1, 1982 gathering. See my comments about the gathering here.

To my original comments, we can now add that we know the full names of the following attendees to this gathering (this is through Kavanaugh’s own testimony): Tim Gaudette, Mark Judge, Tom Kaine, P.J. Smyth, Bernie McCarthy, Chris Garrett.

So we know the gathering was at the home where the Gaudette’s lived in 1982. This should be easy to locate. All of the individuals at this party must be interviewed by the FBI.


An interruption in the proceedings…reading lips, looking at who might be talking with Flake now - Sen Coons (DE - D), and others are going back there.

Sen Whitehouse said in his remarks he would take further actions down the line to protest any Kavanaugh nomination



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And onto Mark Judge.

People call the Brit paper, Daily Mail - The Daily Fail, but they do gather some pertinent facts about Mark Judge…


I’ve rewritten today’s update at least three times today. UGH.


Another round of tax cuts pass the House, but may get stopped in Senate.

Under the Fog of Kavanaugh, House Passes $3.8 Trillion More in Tax Cuts

By GLENN FLEISHMAN September 28, 2018
With attention fixed on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new $3.1 trillion tax cut on Friday. The vote was 220 to 191, including three Democrats.

The down-to-the-wire 2017 tax act passed in late December contained a mix of permanent and temporary changes that had to result in a net increased cost that fell within a structural limit of $1.5 trillion that allowed the Senate to approve the bill with a simple majority.

The House’s new bill takes effect starting in 2025, and would add $600 billion to the national debt within the next decade, and then $3.2 trillion in the 10 years after that, according to Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center.

Despite the House vote, it is unlikely the Senate will take up the legislation. The first round of tax cuts landed with a thud, with even a leaked Republican National Committee poll—reported on by Bloomberg News—showing American voters thought it benefited “large corporations and rich Americans” by an overall 2-to-1 margin and the same margin among independent voters.

Without special rules in place, the Senate would vote under normal procedures, which can require 60 senators’ votes to pass a bill that is heavily opposed.


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BIG WTF kind of day and the WTF details got better. :slight_smile: