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Senators: Kavanaugh vote scheduled for Friday

Two key GOP senators tell CNN that a committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is scheduled for Friday, September 28, one day after the hearing on sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

Posted: Sep 28, 2018 11:39 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2018 11:39 PM

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1. Brett Kavanaugh

Emotional. Surprising. Upsetting. Illuminating. However you describe it, yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing felt like history. Over more than four hours, Christine Blasey Ford recounted in harrowing detail the evening 36 years ago when she said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "got on top" of her and tried to take off her clothes. When it was Kavanaugh's turn yesterday to speak, he launched into an emotional and angry defense, denying the claims and calling the process "a circus" and a "national disgrace."

The proceedings struck different chords with different people. Ford's allies called her testimony credible, and women around the country were reportedly moved by her openness. Backers of Kavanaugh defended his emotional outburst, characterizing it as righteous anger over erroneous claims.

Either way, it all comes down to a vote today. The Senate panel is due to meet at 9:30 a.m. ET, and so far, a small group of Republicans remains publicly undecided on Kavanaugh's confirmation. If he does get enough votes, the process could roll on quickly, with a procedural vote Saturday at noon.

2. Elon Musk 

Elon Musk has been served. The Securities and Exchange Commission sued Tesla's CEO yesterday for making "false and misleading" statements to investors. This goes back to a tweet he sent in August about taking Tesla private. The SEC says Musk was essentially bluffing to goose stocks -- he never had the means or plans to take the company private at all. Tesla stock sank 12% after the suit was announced, but the real shocker is the SEC wants a judge to bar Musk from serving as an officer or director of a public company. That would be a serious punishment for a very serious accusation.

3. Venezuela

Five South American countries and Canada want Venezuela investigated for possible crimes against humanity. The leaders of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Canada signed a joint statement asking the International Criminal Court to look into claims of extrajudicial murder, torture and the arbitrary detention of political opponents and protesters. Not surprisingly, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro called the humanitarian crisis in his country a "fabrication" and slammed the critical nations and the US, which just sanctioned his wife. Venezuela has grappled with food shortages, inflation and political turmoil under Maduro's rule.

4. Storms 

Two serious storms are keeping the world on edge this weekend. Typhoon Trami is headed toward Japan, and while it has weakened a lot, meteorologists say it could pick up speed and hit the country's main islands with the force of a Category 3 hurricane. Meantime in the eastern Mediterranean, a powerful and rare storm is poised to hit. It's unofficially called a "Medicane" (Mediterranean + hurricane), and it's like a hurricane and a typhoon combined. The storm triggered flash floods across Northern Africa in the past few days and is now aiming for parts of Greece and Turkey with strong winds and heavy rain.

5. Water landing

What could have been a disaster in the western Pacific instead ended as a miracle. A Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 47 people crash-landed into the sea off a small island in Micronesia after the pilot missed the runway while trying to land. All aboard the Air Niugini flight -- 35 passengers and 12 crew members -- managed to escape. Photos from the scene show the plane partially submerged, about 1,600 feet from the runway.

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IT'S THE WEEKEND BABY

Need to relax and escape? We don't blame you. Take in the new animated movie "Smallfoot" -- CNN's Brian Lowry says the clever story about a group of Yetis and a human "carries a big message that feels particularly timely." Or check out "The Old Man and the Gun," a "classic cat-and-mouse tale" about a trio of aging bank robbers. It stars Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek.

TOTAL RECALL

Quiz time!

According to the CDC, 80,000 Americans died last winter as a result of what common illness?

A. The common cold

B. Pneumonia

C. The flu

D. Hepatitis-B

Play "Total Recall: The CNN news quiz" to see if you're right.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 312712

Reported Deaths: 7223
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DeSoto21445257
Hinds20264414
Harrison17785308
Rankin13548278
Jackson13401246
Madison10055217
Lee9959173
Jones8361163
Forrest7638152
Lauderdale7191240
Lowndes6361144
Lamar620686
Lafayette6164118
Washington5318133
Bolivar4796132
Oktibbeha460698
Panola4550105
Pearl River4493145
Marshall4393103
Warren4371121
Pontotoc419372
Monroe4089133
Union408876
Neshoba4022176
Lincoln3944110
Hancock376886
Leflore3487125
Sunflower335590
Tate332084
Pike3290105
Scott314973
Alcorn311268
Yazoo310269
Itawamba299277
Copiah296065
Coahoma293979
Simpson293888
Tippah287468
Prentiss278960
Marion268780
Leake265573
Wayne262241
Adams261882
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Covington256281
George246748
Newton246161
Winston226881
Tishomingo225467
Jasper220748
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Holmes188672
Clay184654
Stone181833
Clarke177879
Tallahatchie177840
Calhoun169732
Yalobusha162936
Smith162134
Walthall133845
Greene130333
Lawrence128323
Montgomery126742
Noxubee126734
Perry125838
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Carroll121728
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Benton99025
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Choctaw76018
Wilkinson66830
Jefferson65428
Sharkey50217
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 529446

Reported Deaths: 10930
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Mobile40850804
Madison34622501
Tuscaloosa25701451
Montgomery24289585
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Lee15822169
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Morgan14266279
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Dallas3543151
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Geneva247676
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Henry188744
Cherokee184145
Randolph179241
Monroe177040
Washington167039
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Clay155156
Crenshaw151957
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