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Good Monday Morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president receives an emergency preparedness and response update
  • President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • The president has lunch with the vice president
  • President Trump participates in the inaugural meeting of the President’s National Council for the American Worker
  • The president hosts the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration
  • President Trump has dinner with supporters

Anita Hill 2.0

I question the timing.

The author of a secret letter accusing SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of some kind of sexual assault 35 years ago was revealed yesterday. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, claims that at a high school party three decades ago, Kavanaugh and a friend locked her in a room where Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes.

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

She says she feared for her life. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.” As of right now, we have no confirmation this event happened, as Ford did not tell anyone at the time or for decades after.

Does this scenario sound at all familiar?  A last-minute SCOTUS nominee sexual harassment bomb dropped? After hours and hours of public testimony and private meetings with senators on both sides of the aisle, we learn of a letter with sexual assault allegations against the nominee that the Democrats have known about since July but failed to share with the GOP or ask Kavanaugh about. And now Grassley is supposed to postpone the hearings because of the "credible allegations"? Why did the Dems sit on this information if they consider the allegations to be serious?

The Democrats have had three months to bring this forward and obtain some kind of verification and supporting evidence. But according to the new rules, a mere allegation is treated as truth... by the media and the Democrats. I reject this new paradigm and I encourage all the spineless RINOs agitating to postpone the Kavanaugh confirmation to do the same. Already the worst of the worst "GOP senators" like Flake and Corker have hoisted their surrender flag. This will be the first of every single GOP nominee getting the same treatment. Instead, the GOP should say, "TOO LATE. You had time to put up or shut up and you chose not to, so we are moving forward." The fact that the GOP has a history of caving in to the Democrats and throwing their constituents' interests under the bus is exactly why Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States.

At no time in the last 35 years did Ford feel the need to come forward with her allegations about Kavanaugh, like when he worked in the Bush White House or during his appeals court confirmation? It's all just too convenient. If Kavanaugh does get derailed after this naked display of partisan desperation, let's see what turnout for the 2018 midterms looks like. It's sad that allegations of sexual harassment and abuse are now tools in the partisan toolbox. Women who come forward will have to face an extra obstacle now.

Related:

Dems call for delay of Kavanaugh vote after accuser comes forward

Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen's wife, says adoptive mother Mia Farrow took 'advantage' of #MeToo movement

Grassley working to set up calls with Kavanaugh, accuser before vote

Kavanaugh faces his #MeToo test to reach Supreme Court

Right. Cascade of media reports prompted California woman to go public with Kavanaugh allegations

Hurricane Florence aftermath

Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday. So far, the death toll is at 17 and the region is still suffering from massive floods as many of the rivers are still rising. More than 900 people have been rescued and 15,000 are in shelters, according to North Carolina governor Roy Cooper.

Related:

Family’s tweet for help leads to rescue during Hurricane Florence

Video shows severe flooding in North Carolina

Kitten named ‘Survivor’ rescued with owner from Hurricane Florence

WAT Coast Guard removes employee from Florence duty over alleged "white power" gesture

Florence death toll at 17 after 3-month-old dies in North Carolina mobile home

Historical picture of the day:

America'’s Space Shuttle is shown in the background after it’s first showing in Palmdale, California, Friday, Sept. 17, 1976. In the foreground is the crew of the television series Star Trek, who’se ship was also named Enterprise. From left are Leonard Nimoy who portrayed Mr. Spock, George Takei who was Mr. Sulu, DeForest Kelly who was Dr. McCoy and James Doohan, who was Scotty. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Border Patrol agent jailed on $2.5M bond in killings of 4 women in Texas

John Kerry raised some eyebrows after comparing Trump to an 'insecure teenage girl'

Household disinfectants could be making kids overweight, study says

Philippines landslide: Dozens feared buried in Itogon, Benguet

Meredith Corp. agrees to sell Time Magazine for $190M

Man waves pro-police flag outside Arkansas Nike store. They respond by calling law enforcement.

This is all you need to know National Newspaper Publishers Association gives Democratic Rep Maxine Waters ‘leadership’ award

Jake Tapper Gives Up On Getting Answers From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On Health Care Funding

Nellie Ohr To Testify Before Congress About Work For Fusion GPS

Top Democratic Housing Regulator Mel Watt Refused To Participate In Harassment Probe

Nunes says House Intel will release Russia probe interviews

2,000-pound bull escapes vet clinic to avoid circumcision

Study: A Daily Baby Aspirin Has No Benefit For Healthy Older People

Newly Released Mueller Document Suggests Dem Power Broker Tony Podesta Misled Federal Investigators

Tennessee nurse wrote herself more than 100 prescriptions for 11,000 pills

Me Too, Time's Up slowly spreads from Hollywood to protect low-wage workers

What could go wrong? People in Los Angeles are offering to shelter the homeless in tiny backyard homes. It could be a solution to a spiraling homelessness crisis

Russia reportedly warned Mattis it could use nuclear weapons in Europe, and it made him see Moscow as an 'existential threat' to the US

Manafort deal with Mueller 'really good for the country,' Ken Starr says: 'We should want the truth'

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

It's happening:

 

Okay, so, if I'm getting this right, the Democrats are asserting that someone asserting that she got felt up at a high school party, over her clothes, where and when isn't quite sure, and which she didn't remember for 30 years and didn't go public with for 36, is a credible accusation of sexual assault.