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PBC News & Comment: Manafort Takes Deal as Senate Dems Hammer Kavanaugh

As expected, Paul Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with Mueller; Dems pop late hit, surprise sex assault claim on Kavanaugh….–in reminder of late hit on Clarence Thomas, Sen. Feinstein reveals letter she’s had for months, claiming Kavanaugh was involved in sex assault in high school

–Sen. Leahy says Kavanaugh wasn’t truthful in multiple hearings under oath

The Intercept alleges that Facebook suppressed report by Ian Milhiser—offering proof he is anti-abortion—after Weekly Standard said it was false

–Manafort’s deal leaves Trump paranoid and alone, but so far we have no idea of what evidence of Russian involvement Manafort might have on Trump

–3 legal experts, including lawyer on Starr investigation who worked with Kavanaugh demand release of “Watergate road map”

–Michael Avenatti makes the case for grand jury indictments of Trump

–as Florence becomes a killer hurricane, Trump is victim of his own tweets claiming a great job in Puerto Rico after Maria and disputed death toll

–primary elections are over, as Cuomo crushes Nixon in New York governor’s race and new wave of women run for office

–pressure surge in gas lines blow up dozens of homes in northern Massachusetts

–Crown Prince Jared Kushner says punishing Palestinians for rejecting undefined peace plan strips away “false realities”

–at the Vatican, sex crimes and coverups lead to resignation of W. Virginia bishop as new charges are made about corruption in Sistine Chapel choir

–the 2 Russian men accused by Britain of Skripal poisoning say they were just tourists

–Holland expelled Russians over alleged plot to hack labs that did Novichok testing

–in Spain, Parliament votes to exhume Generalissimo Francisco Franco