After a full day of testimony from Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused the judge of sexually assaulting her, President Donald Trump reinforced his support of Kavanaugh. In a tweet on Thursday evening, the President said, “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!” Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all of her allegations, as well as the allegations made against him by two other women. Both Ford and Kavanaugh sat through hours of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as an outside prosecutor who Republicans hired to ask questions on Thursday. Ford spoke emotionally when describing her allegations. Kavanaugh began his testimony with anger in his voice, but also became very emotional during his opening statement. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh for Friday, but Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats have called for the vote to be delayed.
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The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have agreed to delay their planned meeting on Thursday until next week, so as not to interfere with the Senate hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump had expected to meet with Rosenstein, who oversees the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, to discuss a news report that he had suggested secretly recording the president and recruiting Cabinet members to remove him from office. The meeting between the president and deputy attorney general was originally scheduled in the wake of a flurry of conflicting reports Monday, saying Rosenstein had either quit or was set to be fired. At the time, Trump was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
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Loretta Lynn will be honored with the Artist of a Lifetime award at the CMT Artists of the Year celebration, to be held at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta in 1980’s Coal Miner’s Daughter, will present Loretta with the award. This year’s Artists of the Year celebration will honor the top female country artists, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, and many more. In a statement, Lynn said: “I’m always so proud when I receive any awards for my music, but when I heard it was this year’s Artist of a Lifetime award it made me really happy. It’s an honor to be able to make music that people enjoy and I’m really excited to have a new album coming out. Thank you CMT for acknowledging me with this award and for honoring the women in country music at Artists of the Year.” Previously, Merle Haggard received the inaugural Artist of a Lifetime award in 2014, followed by Kenny Rogers in 2015 and Shania Twain in 2016. Loretta will release her new studio album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, on Sept. 28. The Artists of the Year celebration will air on CMT on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.
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The Pistol Annie, consisting of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, will release their third studio album, Interstate Gospel, on November 2nd. The 14-track offering is the follow-up to their two previous albums, 2011’s Hell on Heels, and 2013’s Annie Up. All of the songs where co-penned by the women, with the exception of “This Too Shall Pass,” which was penned by Ashley and Angaleena. Interstate Gospel is available for pre-order now, and the ladies have released three downloadable tracks now: “Interstate Gospel,” “Best Years of My Life” and “Got My Name Changed Back.” Additionally, the Pistol Annies have planned three concert events in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles in promotion of their upcoming album; and tickets go on sale on October 5. You can listen to the three new tracks from “Interstate Gospel” below.
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Major League Baseball extended Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell’s administrative leave through Sunday, the end of the regular season. Russell was placed on administrative leave by the team last Friday when a blog written by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, was made public as she detailed physical, emotional and psychological abuse made throughout their marriage. Russell’s administrative leave was initially seven days, and would have expired Thursday. But the league extended it through the end of the regular season as they continue their investigation into the domestic abuse allegations. At press time, it was not yet known whether or not Russell will be available to play in the postseason. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he does not believe the Russell situation is a distraction to his team, who are currently playing for the NL Central title.
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Tiger Woods will partner with Patrick Reed against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood in the fourth and final fourballs match when the Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday. The pairings were announced at Thursday’s opening ceremony at the course just outside Paris as France will host the event for the first time. United States captain Jim Furyk surprised many by breaking up the Reed/Spieth partnership from the last two Ryder Cups, but said he liked the chemistry between Reed and Woods. “Tiger has spent so much time with Patrick and Jordan. We looked at our options – we had one very good pairing and I think we came out of it with two very good pairings,” he said. Over 7,000 fans will be present when play gets underway, unlike anything seen in any other golf event. The United States have not won on European soil since 1993 – the year three of their current team were born.
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Freddie Gibbs confirmed he and Curren$y finished work on their Fetti EP and the collaborative project has a release date. During the “JetFlix” documentary about the making of EP on Wednesday, Fetti’s release date is scheduled to arrive on October 31, giving fans something to look forward to on Halloween. Curren$y and Gibbs originally announced the Fetti EP in January 2017, and the duo have collaborated many times in the past, including a track sharing the same title as their upcoming EP.
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Rapper Daz Dillinger was reportedly arrested at his Georgia home on Tuesday, September 25, following a drug raid. Daz was taken into custody after Atlanta police found 117 grams of marijuana inside his home. He also had 10 THC pods, THC oil, a THC vaporizer and container in his home studio labeled “Cannabis Lean,” which is described as a grape drink laced with cannabis. Daz — real name Delmar Arnaud — was booked into Cobb County Jail on 12 counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of more than one ounce of marijuana. His bond is set at roughly $16,000 and he’s currently still in custody waiting to see a judge.
Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a photo of him and Linda Hamilton in honor of her birthday, straight from the set of the upcoming sixth “Terminator” film on Wednesday. He posted the photo alongside an image of a photo of the two actors from years ago. “I’m pumped to be back together again,” Schwarzenegger, 71, wrote. Hamilton, who turned 62 on Wednesday, and her alter-ego, Sarah Connor, last appeared onscreen for the cyborg franchise in 1991′s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” directed by James Cameron. Deadpool’s Tim Miller is directing the sixth entry in the “Terminator” series. Terminator 6 was originally slated to hit theaters in summer 2019 but was recently pushed back to a release date of November 15, 2019.
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Former “Melrose Place” and “Desperate Housewives” actress Marcia Cross revealed recently she is recovering from a fight with anal cancer. In a series of Instagram posts, the 56-year-old mother of twin daughters said she was “happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out.” Cross characterized her status as “post-cancer” saying”all good now,” she wrote. “Hard journey but I am HEALTHY, and more present and grateful than ever.” The actress, whose husband, Tom Mahoney, is a cancer survivor, said that her disclosure about her disease and hair loss made her feel “liberated, deliriously free, and completely me.” Cross played Bree in the long-running “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2012) and she later had a role as a character who became president on the FBI drama “Quantico.”
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