All eyes on Congress as Kavanaugh’s vote nears


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Time to vote?

Thursday morning’s story features: the upcoming vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.

“This is it. They’re going to vote,” Chris Cuomo said Wednesday night on CNN. “The FBI report is done. Will it change votes? Probably not. Why? The timing, the tactics, the tenor of the whole process. This has never been a truth campaign — about ‘getting to the bottom of the allegations.’ It’s about getting Kavanaugh out at all costs. Always it’s been”.

According to CNN’s latest, senators will be able to read the FBI’s findings Thursday morning. Mitch McConnell made the allegation Wednesday night, setting Senate Republicans up for a Friday vote to end debate on the nomination. The final vote will not take place until Saturday.

Meanwhile, here are the headlines…

— “The Situation Room” Wednesday afternoon banner: “White House denies Trump mocked whistleblower Kavanaugh after Trump mocked whistleblower Kavanaugh.”

— Ronan Farrow tweeted Wednesday night: “The FBI refused to interview key witnesses related to the Kavanaugh allegations they were tasked with reviewing. Some of them resorted to submitting unsolicited affidavits.” Jane Mayer and Farrow are out with a new story…

— CNN.com right now: “Yale roommate says Kavanaugh lied under oath about drinking and yearbook.” James Roche spoke via an op-ed for Slate and an “AC360…” interview

— An example of conservative criticism of news coverage: “You Idiot Reporters Are Making It Worse,” by NRO’s Jonah Goldberg…

Thursday planner

— Anti-Kavanaugh protests to take place in DC and elsewhere…

— Justice Stephen Breyer will speak at The Atlantic this morning…

— Trump has an afternoon fundraiser in Minneapolis and an afternoon rally in Rochester…

“His Lasting Influence”

That’s the cover story for this week’s TIME: It will be officially unveiled Thursday morning.

“Using words and phrases from Ford’s testimony, San Francisco artist John Mavroudis recreated his likeness by hand-drawing each letter,” says TIME…

FOR DISCUSSION, FIRST PART

— Concerns are growing over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday “to obtain paperwork related to his future marriage” and “has not been heard from since…” (WaPo)

— Nicaragua has deported the Austrian-American journalist Carl David Goette-Luciak, who had been reporting on the anti-Ortega protests for months… (The Guardian)

— The latest from Eli Rosenberg: “Facebook blocked many gay-themed ads as part of its new advertising policy, angering LGBT groups…” (WaPo)

Connie Chung: “I was sexually assaulted too, and it’s etched in my memory forever”

Julia Waldow’s Emails: Broadcast news legend Connie Chung publishes a powerful letter to Christine Blasey Ford about her 50-year experience with sexual assault. She writes that her attacker was her family doctor. “Christine, I too am terrified as I expose this publicly,” Chung wrote. “I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. Can’t you? If you can’t, I understand. I’m scared, I’m scared, I can’t even cry.”

The letter was published by the WashPost. “I wish I could forget this true fact, but I can’t because it’s true,” he wrote. “I am writing to you because I know that exact dates, exact years are insignificant. We remember exactly what happened to us and who did it to us. We remember the truth forever…”.

IN FACT, PART TWO

— Two Fox News personalities now have books on Amazon’s top ten list: Tucker Carlson’s “Ship of Fools” is No. 2 and Steve Doocy’s family cookbook is No. 4. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” No. 4. “The staff remains steadfast at No. 1…

— Meanwhile, the weekly NYT bestseller list came out Wednesday, and Bob Woodward’s “Fear” is No. 1 for the third week in a row…

Read more in Wednesday’s Reliable Sources newsletter… And subscribe here to get the next editions delivered to your inbox…

— NYT opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss is writing a book: “The New Seven Dirty Words.” Holt will publish in winter 2020…

Barnes & Noble can sell itself

B&N fired its CEO a few months ago. Now its board has appointed a special committee to consider a sale. It’s a troubled company, CNN’s Nathaniel Meyersohn writes: “Sales have fallen at Barnes & Noble over the past four years. New tactics, such as smaller store formats and a kitchen concept, have struggled to win back shoppers. “. More here…

Bianna joins “CBS This Morning.”

The CBS morning show has always had a three-person format … until now. Bianna Golodryga was introduced as host on Wednesday morning, adding a fourth host chair to the lineup. The move makes a lot of sense: Golodryga is on the show all the time as host and/or correspondent…

BTW: “He will continue to work as a contributor to various CNN programs,” Variety’s Brian Steinberg notes…

CNNMoney (New York) First published on October 4, 2018: 12:43 pm ET