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Kavanaugh Confirmation Still Unclear

Solemnly swearing he is up to no good? (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s, may testify in front of the Judiciary Committee after all, her attorney said yesterday.

Ford is seeking security measures, according to a report by the Associated Press, and prefers to testify on Thursday without Kavanaugh in the room. A final decision hasn’t been reached on what would be a dramatic testimony that would throw Kavanaugh’s once-certain confirmation into doubt.

President Trump said yesterday on a Fox News appearance that “I think it’s a very sad situation. Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago? … What’s going on?”

That question is likely to be answered next week.


CMN Vibes: Joy

Between Hurricane Florence and the current political climate, things have been feeling pretty gloomy lately. This week’s playlist is full of sunshine, but doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of life. Stream the full playlist by Mackenzie Dineen here. 


Harvard University to Honor Colin Kaepernick With W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

Harvard University announced yesterday that NFL athlete turned activist Colin Kaepernick will be among eight honorees to receive a medal of honor for noted contributions to African-American culture and history. The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal is awarded by the university to major figures who help give an intercultural understanding to the world at large.

Among other famous nominees are comedian and actor Dave Chappelle, known best for his work on “Chappelle’s Show,” and psychologist and fiction writer Florence C. Ladd. The ceremony will be held Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge.


Today in a Tweet: Peace, Friends

Today is International Peace Day, and the beloved Forest Whitaker has some wise words for us. 

Last But Not Least: Immigration Officials Are Denying Green Cards and Visas Whenever They Want

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services is making it harder for both undocumented and documented immigrants to extend their stay in the country, thanks to new policies from the Trump administration. Correctable errors and missing information can now get someone’s application completely rejected, a harsh turn from the Obama administration’s policy.

Find out why this matters in Meaghan Lanctot’s report. 


This Friday Morning Scoop was made possible by Meaghan LanctotMackenzie Dineen, and the CMN Staff. Keep your eyes peeled for tons of music news coming through today on the website, courtesy of our music course students. Where did that phrase come from? Bananas? Do they have eyes?

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