US Vice President Mike Pence sparked outrage on Monday when the "rabbi" he invited onto the stage to say a prayer for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre turned out to be a Messianic Christian, who invoked "Jesus the Messiah" at the event. However, a spokesperson for Pence later said he did not know Rabbi Loren Jacobs of the Messianic congregation Shema Yisrael, when he called him onto the stage to offer a prayer for the victims during a Michigan campaign stop.
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens suggested Thursday he believes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should not sit on the nation's highest court. Stevens said during an event in front of a small crowd that Kavanaugh's performance last week during his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee caused him to change his mind about Kavanaugh's suitability for the court. The retired Supreme Court justice said there is "merit" in the criticism that Kavanaugh "has demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential (litigation) before the court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities."
Text messages suggest that Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and members of his team contacted friends from the judge's college days about Deborah Ramirez's sexual-misconduct allegations before her story became public in The New Yorker, according to a report from NBC News. The network reports that text messages between Kerry Berchem and Karen Yarasavage indicate that Kavanaugh personally asked Yarasavage to "go on the record in his defense." Two other messages reportedly show Kavanaugh's team getting in touch with the nominee's former classmates "in advance" of The New Yorker story being published. read more
he New Yorker magazine is reporting that Senate Democrats are investigating a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from his teenage years.
In a story posted Sunday night on its website, The New Yorker reports that the claim dates to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh's freshman year at Yale University. read more
Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, authorized a secret media operation on behalf of Ukraine's former president featuring "black ops", "placed" articles in the Wall Street Journal and US websites and anonymous briefings against Hillary Clinton. The project was designed to boost the reputation of Ukraine's then leader, Viktor Yanukovych. It was part of a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort carried out by Manafort on behalf of Yanukovych's embattled government, emails and documents reveal. read more