Monday, September 17, 2018

Fwd: What happens if Kavanaugh's accuser testifies?

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Kavanaugh and His Accuser Both Offer to Testify

Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, said in a statement that she is willing to testify to senators about the Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault of her more than 30 years ago.

Key GOP senators—including outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, outgoing Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski—have reportedly called for a delay in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings until the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Ford. (Flake sits on the committee; Collins, Murkowski and Corker do not.)

The committee is slated to vote Thursday on whether to move Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

"I've made it clear that I'm not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further," Flake told The Washington Post.

Collins tweeted that both Ford and Kavanaugh should testify:

Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee.

— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 17, 2018

All of this comes after Ford went public with her explosive revelations about the alleged assault, which the Post published over the weekend.

Kavanaugh said that he's willing to testify about Ford's allegations and again denied that he assaulted her.

Ford's allegations recall those of another professor, Anita Hill, against another Supreme Court justice nominee, Clarence Thomas, 27 years ago, with some clear differences.

The Republicans hold a 51-49 majority. Assuming all of the Democrats vote no, it would take two GOP defections to doom Kavanaugh's confirmation if it proceeds to the full Senate.

TYT's Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Jules Suzdaltsev and John Iadarola talked about Ford's allegations.

Watch TYT's live coverage of the story today at 6 p.m. ET.

Report: GOP's New Tax Cuts Would Spike Deficit, Benefit the 1%

The Kavanaugh hearings aren't the only show in town.

Republican lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill that would make permanent many of last fall's tax cuts, according to The Washington Post.

But a new report from the Tax Policy Center concludes that the new round of tax cuts would add $3.2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade. That's trillion with a "T."

The report's projection is larger than the $2.4 trillion forecast by the conservative Tax Foundation think tank.

The Congressional Budget Office said last year's tax cuts already add about $1.9 trillion to the deficit, factoring for interest costs, the Post reports.

And who would these tax cuts benefit? "The richest 1 percent of filers would see an average tax cut of $40,000, while those in the middle 20 percent of earners would see an average cut of $980," the Post reports, citing the TPC analysis.

A House committee voted on the tax bill last week; it is expected to head to a floor vote later this month. The Senate is not expected to take up the bill this year.

FCC Chair Wants to Cut Lifeline Phone Service to the Poor

First, he went after net neutrality.

Now FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is targeting subsidized phone service for the poor, according to The Center for Public Integrity.

Pai wants to remove a majority of wireless providers that participate in the Reagan-era Lifeline phone subsidy program in an attempt to eliminate "waste, fraud and abuse," the center reports.

Such a move would cause "chaos," David Dorwart, chairman of the National Lifeline Association, a trade organization that represents Lifeline businesses, told the center.

"Roughly 10.7 million Americans receive text, voice and data under the program, and 70 percent would have to look for a new service provider under the proposal, according to NaLA, if an affordable option is even available," the center reports.

The center published its story in partnership with ARS Technica.

Arkansans Lose Medicaid Coverage; Are You Next?

Thousands of Arkansas residents lost Medicaid coverage under new work requirements in what may be a harbinger for the U.S. if other states follow through on similar restrictions.

Indiana and New Hampshire are among the states getting ready to implement work requirements for Medicaid.

TYT's Cenk Uygur, Mark Thompson, Jules Suzdaltsev, and John Iadarola take a hard look at what's at stake.

5 Burning Questions

Each week, in a members-only exclusive, we ask a politician, celebrities, or TYT host to answer our five burning questions.

This week, journalist Joel Stein took the time to reveal some interesting things about himself.

To find out more about Joel Stein and other TYT guest hosts, become a member at

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