Progressive Briefing for Tuesday, September 18

Who is Christine Blasey Ford, catastrophic and historic flooding, Trumps sets up tariffs, and more.


Who is Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault?

The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault revealed her identity Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post.

Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old California professor, accused Kavanaugh of groping her and trying to take her clothes off when they were both attending suburban Maryland high schools in the early 1980s.

In July, Ford reached out to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein with her account of the incident, but requested confidentiality. Feinstein acknowledged her knowledge of the accusation last week but kept Ford’s identity private until the Sunday Post article. Feinstein said she passed Ford’s account on to the FBI.

Warnings of ‘catastrophic and historic’ flooding as experts say worst of hurricane Florence yet to come

After tearing through the Carolinas for several days, Hurricane Florence severely damaged tens of thousands of homes, killed over a dozen people, left nearly a million households without power, and unleashed thousands of cubic yards of toxic coal ash—and authorities are warning that the worst flooding from the storm is yet to come.

“For many (most?) places, the worst of Florence’s flooding is still on the way,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus noted in a tweet on Sunday. “Still expecting record or near-record flooding across a large part of North Carolina in the days to come.”

The Senate is slipping away from Republicans as Democrats lead in Arizona and Tennessee

Two new polls show Democratic US Senate candidates leading Republican in the contests for the open Senate seats in Tennessee and Arizona.

Here are the key numbers from CNN’s polling that show Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and former Gov. Phil Bredesen leading:

In Arizona, Sinema tops Republican Rep. Martha McSally by 7 points, 50% to 43% among l

Trump initiates new tariffs on hundreds of products from China

A new set of tariffs on hundreds of products from China was announced by Donald Trump on Monday. In an escalated trade dispute between the two countries, Trump ordered “10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China,” NPR reported.

Trump also warned that if China tried to retaliate, affecting the United States’ farm industry or any other industries, he would set additional tariffs on $267 billion worth of imports. The new tariffs will go into effect on Sept. 24 at 10 percent and remain there through the end of the year and then increase to 25 percent, a senior administration official said.

“We are ready to negotiate and talk with China any time that they are ready for serious and substantive negotiations,” Larry Kudlow, White House chief economic adviser, said.



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