Progressive Briefing for Monday, September 17

U.S. Border Patrol supervisor confesses to executing four women, FEMA blames hurricane deaths on spousal abuse, Kavanaugh accused of assault, and more.


Calls grow to delay Kavanaugh vote after accuser goes public 

A vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was at risk of delay on Sunday as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee from both parties said allegations of sexual assault from 35 years ago may require additional review.

A vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled for this week, but Democrats on the committee called for the delay shortly after The Washington Post published a story naming the woman who says that Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when they were both teenagers. Democrats were joined by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who said the committee needed to examine the claims before moving forward. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), while expressing concern about the motives of committee Democrats, said he too was open to hearing more.

FEMA head blames hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico on ‘spousal abuse’

Brock Long, the administrator of FEMA, echoed Trump’s statements disputing the death toll in Puerto Rico last year on Meet The Press today, going so far as to claim some of the hurricane-related deaths may be incidents of “spousal abuse.”

Long was being interviewed in large part over FEMA efforts with Hurricane Florence, but the topic shifted to Hurricane Maria and President Trump’s accusations that the 2,975 deaths reported by the Puerto Rico government were inflated by Democrats to make the president look bad.

Initially, Long attempted to deflect, claiming the president was “taken out of context” when he said there were no lessons to learn from the response in Puerto Rico and blamed the local government and the private sector for the botched response.

U.S. Border Patrol supervisor confesses to executing four women

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) supervisor was arrested Saturday after he confessed to driving four women to desolate highway areas in and around Laredo, Texas where he was stationed and executing them with a handgun, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz.

According to Buzzfeed, authorities described Juan David Ortiz, a Navy veteran who joined Border Patrol a decade ago, as a “serial killer” who preyed on sex workers he picked up at Laredo- area bus stops and parking lots. His victims included a transgender woman.


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