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Mike Pence warns Christian conservatives against complacency in midterm elections

Christian conservatives know they have to match the voter enthusiasm on the other side in this year's midterm elections.

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford agrees to testify about sexual assault allegation

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Ford 's lawyer agreed Saturday to testify before Congress about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

Grassley breaks news in tweet that reads like direct message to Kavanaugh

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Sen. Chuck Grassley's tweet Friday night led politicos, journalists and the twitterati to wonder: Was the 85-year-old's missive meant for the public?

Minnesota Rep. Jim Knoblach quits campaign following sexual allegations by daughter

Jim Knoblach called the allegations made by his daughter "indescribably hurtful" and said he felt he had no other choice but to drop out of the race.

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Freshman student forgets professor's name, mistakenly submits paper with awkward nickname

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Ohio University freshman Zoey Oxley used "Professor whats his nuts" as a placeholder for her professor's actual name on an essay draft. Then she accidentally submitted that draft.

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Vatican, China sign provisional deal recognizing 7 state-picked bishops previously shunned by the church

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The fate of bishops loyal to the underground church is unclear, as is the Pope's role in future appointments.

Boy protects American flag by lying on the ground in viral photo

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The photo shows Jack LeBreck, an Idaho schoolboy, lying on the ground to ensure no part of the American flag touched the earth.

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Aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley resigns amid reports he had been accused of sexual harassment

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Garrett Ventry, who served as a communications adviser to Grassley, has denied allegations of improper conduct.

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Thousands of Russians protest Putin plan to raise retirement ages

Thousands rallied across Russia on Saturday to protest the government’s plan to raise the eligibility age for retirement pensions by five years.

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At least 25 killed as gunmen open fire at Iranian military parade

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Iranian authorities blame regional countries and their 'U.S. masters' and say Iran will swiftly respond.

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Rep. Paul Gosar's siblings urge voters to support his Democratic opponent David Brill

Rep. Paul Gosar's Democratic opponent David Brill picked up some unexpected support this week: Several of the congressman's brothers and sisters.

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Frustrated Republicans offer extension to Kavanaugh accuser in standoff over testimony

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, agreed to give Dr. Christine Blasey Ford another extension to consider the terms of her testimony before the committee but expressed frustration about the delays.

Saturday, Sep 22

Trump allies want Rod Rosenstein fired after reports he discussed removing the President

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President Donald Trump allies want Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fired after reports surfaced that he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment.

Friday, Sep 21

Kavanaugh's prep school culture nurtures high achievers, fosters darker impulses, grads say

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The prep schools attended by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford foster high expectations, darker impulses.

Poll: Brett Kavanaugh faces unprecedented opposition to Supreme Court confirmation

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Poll: More Americans, especially women, oppose than support Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination amid sexual assault claims.

Kavanaugh accuser gives terms for Senate testimony, including him not being in the room

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Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford laid out her terms before testifying, including him not being in the room.

Christine Blasey Ford willing to testify on Kavanaugh allegations under 'fair' conditions

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"You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story. I sincerely hope that Dr. Ford will accept my invitation to do so," Grassley said.

Thursday, Sep 20

Rhoden family autopsy reports show 8 killings were methodical and vicious

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Authorities had previously said the family members were killed in their sleep, but the forearm wound would indicate Christopher Rhoden Sr. was awake at the time of his death.

Claire McCaskill says she's voting 'no' on Brett Kavanaugh

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Sen. Claire McCaskill had said she found the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh were disturbing but would "set them aside" when deciding her vote.

Wednesday, Sep 19

Mosquitoes are eating plastic. Why that's a big problem.

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A Biology Letters study found that when a mosquito larvae eats microplastic, that plastic can remain in the insect's body into adulthood.

'What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep,' Kavanaugh joked in 2015

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"What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep," Kavanaugh joked during a 2015 speech. "That's been a good thing for all of us, I think."

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford wants FBI to investigate incident ahead of hearing

Christine Blasey Ford has alleged that Brett Kavanaugh pinned her down on the bed in an upstairs room while they were both attending a party in 1982.

Tuesday, Sep 18

'Uncontrollable male passion': Writings of Brett Kavanaugh's classmate under scrutiny

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Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh's high school friend and alleged accomplice in an "attempted rape," has written about "uncontrollable male passion."

Flooding from Florence to swamp Carolinas for days – or even weeks; death toll hits 32

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Although the torrential rain may be ending in the Carolinas, the slow-motion disaster of river flooding will continue to wreak havoc, potentially for weeks.

Kavanaugh confirmation: Senate plans to hear Christine Blasey Ford on allegations of sexual assault

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Senators considering Judge Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court will hear Monday from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault.