News Clips 10/8/18

  1. A huge Republican victory. At a cost.

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to a lifetime appointment as a justice of the Supreme Court after being confirmed by a 50-48 vote in the Senate on Saturday. His arrival swings the court to the right for what could be a generation.

The partisan fight over his confirmation triggered #MeToo fury and rage at white male entitlement, and President Trump encouraged a sharp backlash. The battle has left the Senate and the country bruised, divided and raw, and the Supreme Court tarnished. (The court hears arguments on Tuesday.)

Democratic anger may move Congress to the left in midterm elections, just four weeks away, that will determine Mr. Trump’s prospects for the last two years of his term. House Democrats have already promised to investigate the accusations of sexual misconduct and perjury against Judge Kavanaugh should they retake the chamber.

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2.  Jason Van Dyke is guilty.

The white police officer who killed Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, became the first Chicago police officer convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting in nearly 50 years.  

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald. Go deeper.

3.  The U.S. economy added 134,000 jobs in September, fewer than the 185,000 economists were expecting, but the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.7%, the lowest level since 1969. Wages rose 2.8% from a year earlier. Go deeper.

4.  The Nobel Peace Prize went to two activists for their campaigns against sexual violence.

The winners are Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi woman who escaped harrowing imprisonment by the Islamic State; and Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecological surgeon who has treated thousands of women in a country once called the rape capital of the world.  

They were recognized by the Nobel committee for using their stories “to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Read their stories, in their own words, here.




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