For the duration of his time on campus, a former student recalls, the guiding principle among Georgetown Preparatory School students was straightforward: Don't be a narc. "Don't tell, don't tell," said the former student, who overlapped at the school in North Bethesda, Maryland, with current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, class of '83. It was a code of preppy omerta to which Kavanaugh himself has alluded. "But then," the former student continued, "you're getting all these 14-, 15-, 16-year-olds, 17-year-old kids doing whatever the fuck they wanted to do, with no repercussions. Drugs everywhere. Partying everywhere. Drinking -- just whatever we wanted to do. It was unbelievable, off the rails. And that's just how it was."
The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault is reporting death threats she has received to the FBI, according to her lawyer. Christine Blasey Ford has been subjected to various threats since she went on the record to detail her allegations against Kavanaugh over the weekend. In an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee negotiating possible testimony about the alleged incident, Ford's lawyer said she and her family have had to leave their home because of the threats.
Whatever becomes of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee's process for considering him has been a mockery from the start -- a mockery of lawmakers' constitutional responsibility and of the ideal that the court should be anything more than a political trophy.
President Donald Trump and his allies have long insisted that what he calls the "fake dirty dossier" was wholly "responsible for starting the totally and discredited witch hunt" by special counsel Robert Mueller. But, beginning in July 2016, that so-called "dossier" actually sat for several weeks inside an organized crime unit at the FBI's New York field office, even as counterintelligence agents in Washington, D.C. -- unaware of the new allegations -- were already investigating Russian efforts to hijack American democracy.
Trump's tariffs will make the cost of rebuilding after Hurricane Florence much more expensive -- and that will slam his voters hard. The tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods announced Monday will raise the cost of many materials and products needed for rebuilding homes. At the same time, the parts of the coastal Carolinas hit hardest by Florence voted heavily for Trump. "People should expect to find it will be more expensive to rebuild and refurnish their houses," as one trade economist told The Charlotte Observer Monday. "Whenever there's a natural disaster, there will be spikes in prices, as demand goes up. This time it will be exacerbated by the impacts of tariffs."