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Rifts Break Open at Facebook Over Kavanaugh Hearing

He also said, “Laura and I felt it was important to be with them at the hearing to express our love and support for our friends during a very difficult time for all involved. I took a personal day to be there.”Some Facebook employees noted that according to the company’s internal human resources software, Mr. Kaplan had not taken a personal day to attend the hearing. Only later last Thursday did someone at Facebook update the system to say Mr. Kaplan had taken a personal day, said the current and former employees.At last Friday’s staff meeting, Mr. Zuckerberg defended Mr. Kaplan’s appearance as a personal decision that…

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Factbox: Witnesses in the Kavanaugh FBI probe

(Reuters) - The FBI completed its probe of sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after speaking with nine witnesses. Below is information on the six people known to have been interviewed, as well as 20 additional people who may have relevant information but who were not known to have been contacted by the FBI. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Professor Christine Blasey Ford, testify in this combination photo during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg PEOPLE WHO WERE INTERVIEWED BY THE FBI MARK JUDGE: A high school friend of…

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Trump likely to win whether or not Kavanaugh is confirmed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ugly partisan brawl over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation remains undecided, but President Donald Trump appears likely to come out on top regardless of the outcome. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks with his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, at his nomination announcement in the East Room of the White House in Washington, July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File PhotoIf Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate in a vote planned on Saturday, Trump will have succeeded in placing his second justice on the top U.S. court and fulfilled his pledge to solidify its conservative majority. Even if Kavanaugh…

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Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans gained confidence on Thursday that his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an FBI report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge. The report, sent by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the middle of the night, was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses. Thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court and entered a Senate office building, holding signs such as “Believe Survivors” and “Kava-Nope.” But Republicans moved forward with plans for…

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Kavanaugh does not belong on Supreme Court, says retired justice Stevens

(Reuters) - Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the high court, the Palm Beach Post reported. Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens departs the funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaSpeaking to an audience of retirees in Boca Raton, Florida, Stevens, 98, said Kavanaugh’s performance during a recent Senate confirmation hearing suggested he lacks the temperament for the job. Stevens, a lifelong Republican, praised Kavanaugh and…

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Pence accuses China of ‘malign’ campaign to undermine Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence intensified Washington’s pressure campaign against Beijing on Thursday by accusing China of “malign” efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s congressional elections and reckless military actions in the South China Sea. In what was billed as a major policy address, Pence sought to build on Trump’s speech at the United Nations last week in which he accused China of trying to interfere in the vote that will determine whether his Republican Party will keep control of Congress. Neither Trump nor Pence provided hard evidence of meddling by China, which last week rejected the president’s allegation. Pence’s…

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Wall Street stumbles as bond yield climb continues

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street stocks stumbled on Thursday as U.S. Treasury yields continued their ascent to multi-year highs on the latest round of strong economic data, building concerns for an acceleration of inflation. The Dow suffered its first decline in six sessions, while both the S&P and Nasdaq had their worst day since June 25. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note US10YT=RR climbed to a seven-year high of 3.232 percent, marking its largest daily jump since the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Data on jobless claims and factory orders were the latest in a round of strong economic reports this week, putting the focus…

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Tesla’s Musk, ordered to defend fraud settlement, takes aim at SEC

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Thursday mocked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, hours after a federal judge ordered him and the regulator to justify their settlement of securities fraud charges. FILE PHOTO: Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk stands on the podium as he attends a forum on startups in Hong Kong, China January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo“Just want to [sic] that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work,” Musk, a frequent critic of investors betting against the electric car company, wrote on Twitter. “And the name change is so on point!” The settlement last Saturday was intended to resolve charges…

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Tesla’s Musk appears to mock SEC on Twitter after settlement

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk appeared to mock the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a tweet on Thursday by calling it the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission” days after settling fraud charges it brought against him. FILE PHOTO: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk talks at the Automotive World News Congress at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoA federal judge is still considering the settlement of the SEC lawsuit. “Just want to (say) that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!,” Musk said in the tweet. Reporting by Ismail Shakil…

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Republican Sen. Collins says Kavanaugh probe appears thorough: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Thursday she believed the FBI probe of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was thorough. U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) arrives to read the FBI's report on their investigation into sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas“It appears to be a very thorough investigation,” Collins told reporters. Collins was one of the moderate Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who pushed for a supplemental background check to investigate sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David…

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