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Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years, by His Yale Classmate Deborah Ramirez | The New Yorker
Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years
As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The claim dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University. The offices of at least four Democratic senators have received information about the allegation, and at least two have begun investigating it. Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote. The Democratic Senate offices reviewing the allegations believe that they merit further investigation. “This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated,” Senator Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, said. An aide in one of the other Senate offices added, “These allegations seem credible, and we’re taking them very seriously. If established, they’re clearly disqualifying.”
The woman at the center of the story, Deborah Ramirez, who is fifty-three, attended Yale with Kavanaugh, where she studied sociology and psychology. Later, she spent years working for an organization that supports victims of domestic violence. The New Yorker contacted Ramirez after learning of her possible involvement in an incident involving Kavanaugh. The allegation was conveyed to Democratic senators by a civil-rights lawyer. For Ramirez, the sudden attention has been unwelcome, and prompted difficult choices. She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident. In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty. After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I. to investigate Kavanaugh’s role in the incident. “I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted,” she said.
In a statement, Kavanaugh wrote, “This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name—and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building—against these last-minute allegations.”
The White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said the Administration stood by Kavanaugh. “This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man. This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.”
Ramirez said that, when both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale, she was invited by a friend on the women’s soccer team to a dorm-room party. She recalled that the party took place in a suite at Lawrance Hall, in the part of Yale known as Old Campus, and that a small group of students decided to play a drinking game together. “We were sitting in a circle,” she said. “People would pick who drank.” Ramirez was chosen repeatedly, she said, and quickly became inebriated. At one point, she said, a male student pointed a gag plastic penis in her direction. Later, she said, she was on the floor, foggy and slurring her words, as that male student and another stood nearby. (Ramirez identified the two male onlookers, but, at her request, The New Yorker is not naming them.)
A third male student then exposed himself to her. “I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she said. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.” She recalled remarking, “That’s not a real penis,” and the other students laughing at her confusion and taunting her, one encouraging her to “kiss it.” She said that she pushed the person away, touching it in the process. Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic, in Connecticut, said that she was shaken. “I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” she said. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. “Brett was laughing,” she said. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.” She recalled another male student shouting about the incident. “Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face,’ ” she said. “It was his full name. I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’ And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.”
Ramirez acknowledged that there are significant gaps in her memories of the evening, and that, if she ever presents her story to the F.B.I. or members of the Senate, she will inevitably be pressed on her motivation for coming forward after so many years, and questioned about her memory, given her drinking at the party.
And yet, after several days of considering the matter carefully, she said, “I’m confident about the pants coming up, and I’m confident about Brett being there.” Ramirez said that what has stayed with her most forcefully is the memory of laughter at her expense from Kavanaugh and the other students. “It was kind of a joke,” she recalled. “And now it’s clear to me it wasn’t a joke.”
By his freshman year, Kavanaugh was eighteen, and legally an adult. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh swore under oath that as a legal adult he had never “committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature.”
The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party. The magazine contacted several dozen classmates of Ramirez and Kavanaugh regarding the incident. Many did not respond to interview requests; others declined to comment, or said they did not attend or remember the party. A classmate of Ramirez’s, who declined to be identified because of the partisan battle over Kavanaugh’s nomination, said that another student told him about the incident either on the night of the party or in the next day or two. The classmate said that he is “one-hundred-per-cent sure” that he was told at the time that Kavanaugh was the student who exposed himself to Ramirez. He independently recalled many of the same details offered by Ramirez, including that a male student had encouraged Kavanaugh as he exposed himself. The classmate, like Ramirez, recalled that the party took place in a common room on the first floor in Entryway B of Lawrance Hall, during their freshman year. “I’ve known this all along,” he said. “It’s been on my mind all these years when his name came up. It was a big deal.” The story stayed with him, he said, because it was disturbing and seemed outside the bounds of typically acceptable behavior, even during heavy drinking at parties on campus. The classmate said that he had been shocked, but not necessarily surprised, because the social group to which Kavanaugh belonged often drank to excess. He recalled Kavanaugh as “relatively shy” until he drank, at which point he said that Kavanaugh could become “aggressive and even belligerent.”
Another classmate, Richard Oh, an emergency-room doctor in California, recalled overhearing, soon after the party, a female student tearfully recounting to another student an incident at a party involving a gag with a fake penis, followed by a male student exposing himself. Oh is not certain of the identity of the female student. Ramirez told her mother and sister about an upsetting incident at the time, but did not describe the details to either due to her embarrassment.
Mark Krasberg, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico who was also a member of Kavanaugh and Ramirez’s class at Yale, said Kavanaugh’s college behavior had become a topic of discussion among former Yale students soon after Kavanaugh’s nomination. In one e-mail that Krasberg received in September, the classmate who recalled hearing about the incident with Ramirez alluded to the allegation and wrote that it “would qualify as a sexual assault,” he speculated, “if it’s true.”
One of the male classmates who Ramirez said egged on Kavanaugh denied any memory of the party. “I don’t think Brett would flash himself to Debbie, or anyone, for that matter,” he said. Asked why he thought Ramirez was making the allegation, he responded, “I have no idea.” The other male classmate who Ramirez said was involved in the incident commented, “I have zero recollection.”
In a statement, two of those male classmates who Ramirez alleged were involved in the incident, the wife of a third male student she said was involved, and three other classmates, Dino Ewing, Louisa Garry, and Dan Murphy, disputed Ramirez’s account of events: “We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale. He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place. Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale. We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever … [more]
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Re: Bloomberg: Opinion | Trump Learns the Cost of One-Way Loyalty
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Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like : NPR 081018
MIKKELSEN: Looking at the continental U.S., I'd say we have under 10 places left that would be considered, you know, really, truly quiet places with a noise-free interval of more than 15 minutes. And 10 is probably an overestimation.
THURAS: That's what counts as a silent place - 15 minutes where you can listen and hear only the sounds of nature. But even the One Square Inch of Silence, chosen for its remoteness from flight paths and roads, is under threat. Navy Growler jets, among the loudest jets in the world, are flying over the park with increasing regularity. There's currently a court case attempting to stop the flights.
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6 weeks ago
How To Build A Safe High-Yield Retirement Portfolio Part 2: 10 Blue Chips To Start With | Seeking Alpha
Dividend Sensei: Part 1 of this series explained how to go about planning to construct a safe high-yield dividend growth portfolio to help you reach your retirement goals.
Part 2 looks at the mechanics of actually building the portfolio.
Specifically, that means showing how to analyze stocks to ensure they are capable of generating: generous, safe, and growing income over time.
I also include two model blue chip portfolios, with 10 top quality blue chip names that can get you started in your own high-yield income growth portfolio construction efforts.
While this series is far from the definitive guide to building a safe high-yield income growth portfolio, it's a great starting point to helping you achieve a prosperous retirement.
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6 weeks ago
NextEra Energy: An Undervalued Tech Company (In Disguise) - NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE) | Seeking Alpha 081018
DoctoRx: NEE is the world's most highly-valued utility.
The growth has come partly from its determination to improve, then expand, its Florida operations.
The biggest contributor to its sustained growth and high current P/E has been its early effort in renewable energy production.
NEE operates nationally and is the world's largest producer of electricity generated from wind and sun.
The thesis of this article is that NEE is best viewed as a high-tech, knowledge-based company with strong, high ROIC secular growth characteristics.
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6 weeks ago
BuzzFeed News: Company At Center Of Flint Water Crisis Is On Shortlist To Serve Millions In Africa
BuzzFeed News
“They have a history of poisoning black communities in the US, and they should not be poisoning the largest African city on the continent,” one activist said. Read the full story
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6 weeks ago
Forbes Magazine: The 8 'Dogs of The Dow' Ended July Positive This Year, Here's How To Trade Them Now
Forbes Magazine
The ‘Dogs of the Dow’ for 2018 ended July with an aggregate year-to-date gain of 0.9% versus a decline of 3.2% at the end of June. Here's how to trade these stocks now. Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
Retirement: Earn 6% Income With Half The Risk | Seeking Alpha 080418
Financially Free Investor: Once you have reserved the cash bucket, we should divide our investible cash into two or three parts or buckets, as we like to call it. Even though this article is about the 6% Income Risk-adjusted portfolio, but we recommend that as a part of a 3-bucket system.
- DGI Bucket (35% of the capital)
- Risk-Adjusted 6% Income Bucket (40 % of the capital)
- High Income 8% Income Bucket (25% of the capital).
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7 weeks ago
MarketWatch: From U.S. Steel’s $1 billion market cap to Apple’s $1 trillion: a brief history of valuation milestones
MarketWatch
As Apple becomes the first $1 trillion U.S. company, what were the first companies to reach the $100 billion and $500 billion milestones? Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
CNBC: Stocks could set new highs in week ahead, if market shrugs off trade wars
CNBC
The S&P 500 could take a run at a new all-time high in the week ahead, barring a nasty escalation in trade threats. Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
MarketWatch: Cybersecurity stocks savaged for a second week as Symantec results disappoint
MarketWatch
Cybersecurity stocks fall for a second week in a row as earnings beats and raised outlooks did little to boost prices in a competitive sector that some believe is overpriced. Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
Axios: Beach reads: The top books to read this summer
Axios
Each Friday in Axios PM this summer, I'm sharing a book I've just finished, or am excited to start. Check out the books I've read below, and sign up for Axios PM to get my picks for the rest of the season delivered directly to your inbox. "The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius," by Zach Schonbrun, one of the most refreshing bylines in the N.Y. Times sports pages (Dutton): "All my life I had admired athletes, fantasized about being one myself. ... All my life I Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
Esquire: Paul Manafort Is Living Proof That Money Can't Buy Style
Esquire
Do not shop like this man. Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
Vanity Fair: So When Was Paul Manafort Wearing All This Sweet Leather Anyway?
Vanity Fair
We’ve seen pictures of Paul Manafort’s $15,000 ostrich coat, but curiously, we haven’t seen pictures of Paul Manafort in his $15,000 ostrich coat. What gives? Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
Vanity Fair: Porn Stars, Playmates, and Prayer Circles: How the Christian Right Traded Family Values for the Cult of Trump
Vanity Fair
Trump may not be a model Christian, but he’ll happily fight the “war on Christmas” if he thinks it will move supporters from the pews to the polls. As Sean Spicer recently summed up the relationship between evangelicals and Trump, “That’s between him, his wife, and his God.” Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
Vox: #QAnon, the scarily popular pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained
Vox
How a conspiracy theory that Trump and Robert Mueller are secretly working together got from Reddit to Trump rallies. Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
CNBC: Vanguard Group begins an investing experiment that pushes free ETF trading to its limit
CNBC
Vanguard Group is known for long-term, low-cost index fund investing. But in moving to a completely free ETF trading brokerage platform starting August, the Vanguard philosophy will be put to the test. Experts fear that making all ETF trading free will spur investors to bad behavior. Read the full story
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7 weeks ago
Energy Transfer Equity to acquire Energy Transfer Partners - Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) | Seeking Alpha 080118
Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE) agrees to acquire Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP) in unit-for-unit exchange the partnerships say will simplify the corporate structure and strengthen the balance sheet of the combined entity.
Under the deal terms, ETP unitholders will receive 1.28 common units of ETE for each common unit of ETP they own.
The partnerships believe the completion of major capital projects currently in progress will continue to generate strong distributable cash flow growth for the combined entity following the transaction.
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7 weeks ago
Royal Dutch Shell declares $0.94 dividend - Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) | Seeking Alpha 072618
RDS-A Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) declares $0.94/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 5.35%. Payable Sept. 17; for shareholders of record Aug. 10; ex-div Aug. 9.
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8 weeks ago
Table-Pounding Buy For This 15.4% Yielder, Midstream Exposure With No K1s, Strong Sector Recovery Underway - ETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN Series B (NYSEARCA:MLPQ) | Seeking Alpha 072618
Rida Morwa: Master Limited Partnerships (‘MLPs’) are an asset class which we frequently write about and for good reason: their enticing combination of predictably high distributions and steady cash flows make them important income generators for any dividend portfolio. We believe that valuations for MLPs are very attractive and this coupled with a strong outlook may lead to strong returns moving forward. We are recommending shares of ETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN Series B (MLPQ) which is an exchange traded note (‘ETN’) tracking the return of 2 times the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index (AMLP) - or tracking AMLP at 200%. We believe that shares have the potential to provide strong capital appreciation in addition to a high level of income.
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8 weeks ago
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