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Kavanaugh case shows how little has changed for Judiciary Committee:

As the nation awaits the resolution of another woman confronting another Supreme Court nominee with sexual allegations from the past, another similarity has emerged: the credibility of the Senate vetting process may be shot.

In 1991, after the Senate Judiciary Committee faltered in its initial handling of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment complaint against Clarence Thomas, it reopened the confirmation hearings. The result was a spectacle of senators’ charges and cross-charges as they seemed locked in their partisan views without regard for the facts.

“Anita Hill will be sucked right into the very thing she wanted to avoid most,” Sen. Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican who supported Thomas, warned when Hill’s complaint first became public. “She will be injured and destroyed and belittled and hounded and harassed, real harassment, different than the sexual kind. Just plain old Washington variety harassment, which is pretty unique in itself.”

Jessica Simpson is expecting baby No. 3:

Jessica Simpson had to set the record straight last year that she was absolutely not pregnant.

“I have two beautiful children, and I’m not having a third,” she told talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.
What a difference a year makes.
Simpson shared on her official Instagram account Tuesday that she and husband Eric Johnson are expecting their third child, a girl.

Woolworths pulls needles from shelves amid Australia strawberry crisis:

Australian retail giant Woolworths has temporarily pulled sewing needles from its stores after at least 100 reported cases of the objects being inserted into strawberries nationwide.

“We’ve taken the precautionary step of temporarily removing sewing needles from sale in our stores,” Woolworths said in a statement. “The safety of our customers is our top priority.”
Woolworths has also suspended sales of needles online, though they were still available on the website of Coles, its major competitor.

Meet the Puerto Rican sisterhood reinventing the island’s future after Maria:

A year ago, Hurricane Maria tore into Puerto Rico, obliterating power grids, decimating farms, flattening homes and wrecking the local economy.

Maria came on the heels of Hurricane Irma — sister-storms that would forever change the fate of the island.
But even as Maria churned, another sister-storm raged on. This one involved a sisterhood of Puerto Ricans, some living on the island, others part of the diaspora in the US mainland.

iPhone XS and XS Max review: Apple’s latest are the best yet. But do you need them?:

The company’s 2018 lineup, specifically the iPhone XS and XS Max, delivers on that promise: They’re the smartest, fastest, best iPhones we’ve seen to date

But at this point, buying an updated iPhone is like getting a new Ferrari — you’ll find a faster engine, a new coat of paint, and a few new bells and whistles, but beneath all that it’s still basically the same car you could have bought last year. And just like that new Ferrari, these new iPhones are going to cost you a lot of money.

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