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Today … deep breath … Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not resign – despite reports leaked to Axios and the New York Times and the Washington Post – in what Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reports was a White House “smoke bomb” to distract the media from mounting accusations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh.

Also, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, dismissing the victims and calling their accusations “shameful” and a “smear campaign” orchestrated by “the resistance” and Senate Democrats. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh has told Senate Republicans he won’t withdraw his nomination but Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wants Thursday’s hearing with Christine Blasey Ford delayed so the FBI can investigate new accusations reported by The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer. Today Mayer told NBC she learned about the second accusation from Deborah Ramirez’s classmates in an email exchange that began in July, so of course conservatives like the National Review’s Robert VerBruggen are demanding the emails so they can concoct a conspiracy theory, while over 1000 Yale alumnae have signed a letter supporting Deborah Ramirez “because we have a shared experience of the environment that shaped not only Judge Kavanaugh’s life and career, but our own. We are committed to supporting all women who have faced sexual assault, not only at Yale, but across the country.”

And the Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department said they’ll investigate Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation if she wants to file a complaint. Meanwhile, will anyone ever get to the bottom of Kavanaugh’s murky finances?

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