Need 2 Know: Kavanaugh Vote Forges Ahead, Flu Crisis Looms

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September 28, 2018
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These are the headlines you Need 2 Know.

  • After Testimony, Kavanaugh Vote Persists: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court Friday at 1:30 pm ET. Kavanaugh and his accuser, Prof. Christine Blasey Ford, both gave emotional testimonies on Thursday addressing an incident in the 1980s when Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted Ford. If the committee confirms Kavanaugh, his nomination will advance to the full Senate floor, and Republicans said a full confirmation vote could happen as early as Tuesday. The fate of Kavanaugh’s confirmation lies with three Republican Senators: Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). They reportedly met privately immediately following the end of Kavanaugh’s testimony to discuss the proceedings. Read more here.

  • The Hearing: Ford: Prof. Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to detail her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. In her dramatic opening statement, she alleged that judge and a friend shoved her into a bedroom at a party, tried to take off her clothes, and covered her mouth. Throughout her delivery, members of the audience, including at least one Senator, could be seen crying. Ford said she was “100 percent” certain that it was Kavanaugh who sexually assaulted her in high school, and one of her strongest memories of the incident was hearing the “uproarious laughter” between Kavanaugh and his friend. Ford said that she decided to come forward with her story because she considered it her “civic duty.” Watch the testimony here.

  • The Hearing: Kavanaugh: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh delivered a lengthy and emotional testimony on Thursday to reverse what he has called a “smear” campaign and a “political disgrace.” He emphatically and angrily denied all of his accuser's claims, saying, “I am innocent of this charge.” Republicans rallied to support Kavanaugh and his testimony. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) angrily attacked Democrats on the committee during the hearing, saying the confirmation process for Kavanaugh has been “the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.” Read more here.

  • Flu Crisis: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that the last flu season was the worst in decades, killing 80,000 people and putting 900,000 in the hospital. Of the victims, 183 were children, many of whom were unvaccinated. "It’s healthy kids out there that are dying from the flu,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams said at a news conference. Influenza activity peaked early this year, and spread across the country – usually, the flu hits in one region and then moves on to another, but this past season saw widespread, simultaneous activity. The CDC said as many as 168 million flu vaccine doses will be available this year. Read more here.

  • Elon Musk in Serious Trouble: The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk on Thursday, alleging that the CEO of Tesla ($TSLA) committed securities fraud when he tweeted about taking the company private with “funding secured” on Aug. 7. The complaint was filed in federal court in Manhattan and stated that Musk either “knew or was reckless about not knowing” that a series of statements he made were false or misleading. The SEC is seeking to bar Musk from serving as an officer or director of any public company. The Department of Justice is currently investigating whether to file criminal charges against Tesla. Read more on Cheddar.

  • Massive Mosquitoes in NC: A North Carolina city has been hit with an unexpected consequence of Hurricane Florence: aggressive mosquitoes nearly three times the size of regular ones. A meteorologist said the storm was the second-rainiest in 70 years, and the floodwater has caused eggs for the Psorophora mosquito, known for its painful bite, to hatch. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has allocated $4 million to fund mosquito-control efforts in 27 counties. One resident described the spread of the mosquitoes as “a bad science fiction movie.” Read more here.

  • Too Much Screen Time: A study published on Wednesday in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal found that only 5 percent of U.S. children meet guidelines on sleep, exercise, and screen time, while nearly 30 percent do not meet at least one category’s recommendation. About 63 percent of American kids get more than two hours a day of screen time, which is the limit recommended by the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. The study found that not enough sleep and too much screen time leads to poorer abilities in language, memory, and task completion. Read more here.

  • Major Games for College Football: This weekend marks the end of the college football’s first month, and there are two huge games that could affect which teams make it to the playoffs: #9 Penn State will face off against #4 Ohio State, and #7 Stanford will play #8 Notre Dame. Read more here.

  • Spotted: A picture of Robert Mueller visiting Apple’s Genius Bar in Washington, D.C., circulated this week on social media, spurring many internet theories about why the special prosecutor was there. See the outlandish thoughts here.

  • Car + Bike? Nasser Al Shawaf has partnered with Dutch engineering company BPO to develop FitCar PPV, a new car prototype that is part car, part bike. The PPV, or Pedal Powered Vehicle, is a car with bicycle pedals hooked up to a flywheel, as opposed to an accelerator. This allows time-crunched riders to get a workout en route to the office. The car has been patented internationally and is awaiting approval to be sold in the Netherlands. Read more here.

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