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Republican precinct committeeman Michael Kalny of Shawnee sent a Facebook message about Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids, who is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep Kevin Yoder for the 3rd congressional district seat in Kansas.

"The REAL REPUBLICANS will remember what the scum DEMONRATS tried to do to Kavanaugh in November. Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation."

Emily's List posted on Twitter in response: "This racist, homophobic language is totally unacceptable. We're proud to stand with her & to help elect her." They've since promoted her, and another Native American candidate Deb Haaland of New Mexico.

Davids responded that the message "doesn't represent Kansas values, and it doesn't represent the values of the Republicans we know, many who support this campaign."

On Wednesday, Kalny resigned. "He reflected an apologetic attitude and didn't want to bring negative attention on the party or candidates running in this area," Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Mike Jones said.

No word on an official apology from Kalny to Davids yet. The hateful message was sent to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women's north chapter, who had posted "hostile" messages on candidate Yoder's page in this fiery election race.

Davids, a LGBT lawyer and amateur mixed-martial arts fighter, could become the first ever openly gay member of the Kansas Congressional delegation, if she wins, as well as the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington.

She is a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation ("People of the Big Voice"), which had historically been forcibly separated and relocated out of Wisconsin several times by the U.S. government.

Kalny, when questioned about his message by local media, said he needed to talk to his attorney and hung up the phone.

He also resigned from his position on the board of directors for the Kansas City Barbecue Society citing "personal reasons."

C.J. Grover, a spokesman for Yoder, denounced Kalny's comments:

"Kevin (Yoder) doesn't believe this type of rhetoric is appropriate at all. It's unacceptable," Grover said. "These kind of nasty personal attacks are all too prevalent in politics these days, and it needs to stop."

Davids has shown up in pre-election polls as leading Yoder by as much as 8 percent. She also faces Chris Clemmons, a libertarian candidate, on Nov. 6. Voter registration ends on Oct. 17, less than one week away.

Trump's EPA Chief is a Fan of Racist Alt-Right Social Media Posts

Andrew Wheeler also joins the club of Trump's administrators who deny being racist.

Ethics violations pushed Scott Pruit, former EPA Chief to resign last year, and President Trump replaced him with Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, who likes racist social media posts about the Obamas.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic political action committee, found social media posts belonging to Wheeler that spanned defending alt-right member Milo Yiannopoulos' tweet to encourage the harassment of actress Leslie Jones, to liking Infowars tweets, to Dinesh D'Souza's discrediting of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, to an ape depiction of the Obamas.

Wheeler's response to the outing of his favorite social media posts:

"Over the years, I have been a prolific social media user, and liked, and inadvertently liked, countless social media posts," Wheeler said, in an email to The Huffington Post. "Specifically, I do not remember the post depicting President Obama and the First Lady. As for some of the other posts, I agreed with the content and was unaware of the sources."

Some racists in Trump's camp, who were outed, lost their positions. Carl Higbie of AmeriCorps stepped down after racist and sexist remarks he made on radio surfaced. Ian Smith of Homeland Security resigned after his ties to white nationalists were revealed on emails. Rev. Jamie Johnson, also of Homeland Security, resigned after his comments surfaced about Black people being lazy, and Islam being a violent religion.

For those lucky enough to stay on the White House payroll, they continue to be policy makers.

Ronald Vitiello, acting ICE director, attended an anti-immigration group's conference last month (Federation for American Immigration Reform) where an anti-Muslim group, ACT for America, honored former ICE Director Thomas Homan.

Stephen Miller, White House adviser, helped institute the Muslim travel ban, separate immigrant children and parents, and is working on plans to limit and strip citizenship of documented immigrants. He was heard saying last year in National Security Council meetings: "We must save Americans from these immigrant criminals!"

And, of course, Mike Pence lauded former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of ignoring a judge's order to stop systematic racial profiling patrols in the Phoenix area, as a "tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law." Arpaio was pardoned by Trump last year, and ran for (but lost) an US Senate seat.

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Misogynist Republican Leadership Mansplains the Absence of Women on the GOP's Judiciary Committee

"It's a lot of work — maybe they don't want to do it," said 85-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley in the aftermath of Kavanaugh and Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)

The Senate Judiciary Committee has 11 Republican members, all male, and 10 Democratic members, four of whom are women. Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) thinks the lack of women representation is no big deal. As a matter of fact, Grassley said it might be too much work for women to handle.

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Collins Says Yes to Kavanaugh: 'I don't believe that these claims need to be proved beyond reasonable doubt'

Collins commented that the MeToo movement is real, as she and Senator Manchin said they'd vote to confirm. Saturday will be the final showdown.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced on Friday, "I don't believe that these claims need to be proved beyond reasonable doubt" and "I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Kavanaugh from the court," referring to the testimony Christine Blasey Ford gave against Brett Kavanaugh last week.

Collins said Kavanaugh was clearly qualified to serve.

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Senator Warren: 'Available Documents Contradict Statements Mr. Kavanaugh Made Under Oath'

"I would like to back up these points with explicit statements from the FBI documents — explicit statements that should be available for the American people to see. But the Republicans have locked the documents behind closed doors."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had a chance to review a new FBI report into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Warren said Thursday on the Senate floor that the investigation is incomplete, constrained by the White House and that Kavanaugh lied.

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If You Don't Commit Sexual Assault, You Aren't a Man, Says NYC College Professor

After extreme backlash, Mitchell Langbert is now claiming his blog post was satire.

Students at Brooklyn College are calling for the firing of Mitchell Langbert, a long-time associate professor of business, for his inflammatory blog post regarding Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Connie Chung: I Was Sexually Assaulted By My GYN 50 Years Ago

"What made this monster even more reprehensible was that he was the very doctor who delivered me," wrote Chung.

Amid President Trump and Republicans questioning Christine Blasey Ford's remembrance of the alleged sexual assault, but not the exact details of when, women have come out sharing their vulnerable selves and accounts of assault to support Ford.

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Dean of Catholic University of America Suspended After Pro-Kavanaugh Tweet

"I offer no excuse," he wrote. "It was impulsive and thoughtless and I apologize."

William Rainford-Suspended Dean of Students at Catholic American University

William Rainford, dean at the Catholic University of America (CUA), has been suspended after tweeting in favor of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Kavanaugh Nomination Vote Set for Friday Afternoon, Democrats Walk Out

Republicans place Kavanaugh on the road to confirmation.

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UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. ET

Sen. Flake Calls for Delay of Kavanaugh Senate Floor Vote

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has a deciding vote, said he would not support final confirmation until the F.B.I. investigates accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.

"I have been speaking with a number of people on the other side," Flake said to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "We've had conversations ongoing for a while with regard to making sure that we do due diligence here. I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to, but not more than, one week, in order for the FBI to do an investigation limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there. And limited in time to no more than one week.

"I will vote to advance the bill to the floor with that understanding."

The committee voted to send the Kavanaugh nomination to the floor, 11-10.

But, it's unclear if Republican leaders — or President Trump — will support Flake's call for the investigation.

UPDATE: 1:47 p.m. ET

The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET has not yet occurred.

According to CNN, discussions are taking place outside of the hearing room about a potential FBI investigation into Ford's claims, and no more than a week delay for the nomination vote.

ORIGINAL STORY

Despite the explosive testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, and the fact there hasn't been an FBI investigation into her claims of sexual assault, Republicans are steps closer to getting him confirmed.

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Kevin Jackson, a Black Fox News contributor, was fired for his Twitter comments during the hearings about the women who accused Kavanaugh of assault and misconduct.

"#ChristineBlaseyFord academic problems came from her PROMISCUITY!" he wrote on Twitter during the Senate appearance. "Dang girl stop opening your legs and OPEN A BOOK!"

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Christine Blasey Ford Stood on the Shoulders of Anita Hill as She Testified

Black women keep watch and push forward as Ford's day in court proves to be a far cry from 1991.

For every woman of color who watched the hearing today, or has followed any of the drama up to this point, our backs are heavy.

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UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. ET

The Senate Judiciary Committee has ended their questions for Ford. The committee is now on a 45-minute recess.

UPDATE: 2:06 p.m. ET

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to Ford: "I believe you. You are a true patriot."

UPDATE: 1:55 p.m. ET

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speaks to Ford:

"This is not a legal proceeding. You're here out of a civic duty. It's more than that. You have received vicious, hateful threats, death threats.

"By your courage, you are affecting the culture of our country. There are dark elements that allow sexual assault that are affecting girls and boys and men and women from corporations, to service in restaurants, etc.

"There are hundreds of thousands of people watching. You are speaking truth that this country needs to understand. And how we deal with survivors that come forward is unacceptable. It allows for the continued [abuse] … This is a lifetime appointment."

Ford: "I wish I could be more helpful, and others could be more helpful, and that we can collaborate to get more information."

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. ET

Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor, questions Ford on behalf of Republicans. Mitchell asks questions as if it were a criminal trial. But this is not a criminal trial. This a confirmation hearing.

"Is there a political motivation in your coming forward?" she asked Ford.

"I was trying to get the information to you when there were other qualified candidates," Ford responded.

UPDATE: 1:36 p.m. ET

The hearing has resumed after a lunch break.

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. ET

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. ET

Christine Blasey Ford provided her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford testified that it's "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identity that it was Brett Kavanaugh who tried to cover her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked her how she could be so sure.

Ford answered: "The same way that I'm sure I'm talking to you right now. Basic memory functions."

Reaction on Twitter regarding Ford's testimony:


ORIGINAL STORY

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers released the prepared testimony for Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about her sexual assault allegations against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"I am here today not because I want to be," Ford will say in her statement. "I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school."

She describes her accusations in full detail:

"I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me. He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me. I yelled, hoping someone downstairs might hear me, and tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy. Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes.

"He had a hard time because he was so drunk, and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothes. I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming."

The hearing will start at 10 a.m. E.T. and Ford will testify first, after opening remarks. After the 21-member committee finishes asking their questions of Ford, theKavanaugh will go next. The proceedings are expected to last into the afternoon.

Read the text of Ford's opening statement below:

Written Testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

United States Senate Judiciary Committee

September 26, 2018

Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, Members of the Committee. My name is Christine Blasey Ford. I am a Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University and a Research Psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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