SNL's Mitch McConnell declares Kavanaugh a historic win 'up there with Vietnam'
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SNL's Mitch McConnell declares Kavanaugh a historic win 'up there with Vietnam'8:32 a.m. ET
"There have been protests in Washington" over the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, "and several cry breaks here at CNN," Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson said in character as anchor Don Lemon. He introduces a live feed from the "GOP locker room," where Republican senators are gleefully celebrating their triumph.
"Republicans read the mood of the country, we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh," says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (a nearly unidentifiable Beck Bennett). "Everyone's pumped â" from white men over 6 0 to white men over 70." The victory, he adds, is "up there with Vietnam, for sure."
Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) giving a play-by-play of the final moments of the win, with an assist from Cecily Strong's Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the deciding pro-Kavanaugh vote. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian
SNL's Mitch McConnell declares Kavanaugh a historic win 'up there with Vietnam'8:32 a.m .
SNL imagines if Trump could text you his tweets11:14 a.m. ET
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent most cell phone owners in the United States a text message last month. It wasn't a message straight from President Trump, but it was a test of the agency's "presidential alert" system for national emergencies.
Saturday Night Live imagined how that could go wrong â" very wrong. "Puerto Rico is fine now! I guess the paper towels worked!" reads one message SNL's Trump texts out. "Warning: White men are under attack," declares another.
Fortunately, in real life, the texting system will not be an extension of Trump's Twitter feed. Though "FEM A is under control of the executive branch (the head of FEMA is selected by the president, and reports to the Department of Homeland Security)," New York magazine explains. "The agency would have a vested interest in not seeing their alert system bent toward, uh, non-emergency ends."
Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian
SNL imagines if Trump could text you his tweets11:14 a.m.
Turkish officials say a journalist was murdered inside a Saudi consulate10:56 a.m. ET
Unnamed Turkish officials have told multiple news outlets they believe Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been critical of the regime in Riyadh, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
"The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul," one official told NBC News on Saturday. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate."
The claim has not been independently confirmed. Saudi Arabian state media "strongly denounced these baseless allegations," and Saudi officials said Khashoggi left the consulate of his own volition and went to an unknown location.
"When I speak of the fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I'm from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised?" Khashoggi wrote in a 2017 column for The Washington Post. "I can speak when so many cannot. I want you to know that Saudi Arabia has not always been as it is now. We Saudis deserve better." Bonnie Kristian
Turkish officials say a journalist was murdered inside a Saudi consulate10:56 a.m.
Deadly 5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti10:42 a.m. ET
At least 12 people were killed and 162 more injured by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti Saturday night.
"Damage has been recorded mainly in the Far North. All my sympathies to the victims. The executive at the highest level is mobilized to provide appropriate answers. I call on the population to be cautious and calm," Prime Minister Jean-Henry CÃ©ant said in a tweeted statement. The death toll is expected to continue to rise.
A 7-magnitude quake in Haiti in 2010 left up to 300,000 people dead. The country has yet to fully recover. Bonnie Kristian
Deadly 5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti10:42 a.m.
McConnell says Kavanaugh's win is a 'shot of adrenaline' for the GOP10:14 a.m. ET
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Saturday predicted the controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation will be a "shot of adrenaline" to get GOP voters to the polls at the midterm elections.
Protest of Kavanaugh "has actually produced an incredible surge of interest among these Republican voters going into the fall election," he told USA Today. "We've all been perpl exed about how to get our people as interested as we know the other side is. Well, this has done it."
McConnell was equally cheerful in conversation with The Hill. "Our base is on fire," he said. "I talked to a couple of my political advisers yesterday, and this has been a shot in the arm for us going into the fall election because it underscores the importance of the Senate and our role in personnel, and of course the most important personnel decisions we make are the courts, and particularly the Supreme Court."
President Trump similarly used Kavanaugh as a campaign issue at a rally in Kansas Saturday night. Watch his comments here. Bonnie Kristian
McConnell says Kavanaugh's win is a 'shot of adrenaline' for the GOP10:14 a.m.
Pompeo says he had a 'great, great visit' in North Korea8:21 a.m. ET
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday touted the success of his trip to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"We had a great, great visit this morning. President Trump sends his regards. And we had a very successful morning, so thank you," Pompeo said through a translator after a two-hour meeting followed by a lunch. Kim responded in kind, declaring "a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries."
Pompeo's last trip to North Korea was in July, and Kim's regime denounced his "gangster-like demands" after he left. This time was "better than the last time," an unnamed State Department official told Reuters, but denuclearization negotiations still have a long way to go.
After seeing Kim, Pompeo traveled to Seoul to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. He previously visited Japan on Saturday and will head to Beijing Monday to complete this Asian tour. Bonnie Kristian
Pompeo says he had a 'great, great visit' in North Korea8:21 a.m.
Trump revels in Kavanaugh win, dubs Democrats an 'angry left-wing mob' at Kansas rally8:05 a.m. ET
President Trump headlined a campaign rally in Kansas Saturday night, an event he claimed on Twitter boasted a larger crowd than the protesters outside the Senate in Washington.
Much of his speech focused on the day's "tremendous victory," the confirmation of new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Citing protests against the judge, Trump called Democrats an "angry left-wing mob" and "the party of crime."
"The Democrats are willing to cause such destruction in the pursuit of power," Trump said, urging his audience to turn out for Republicans on Election Day. "Imagine the devastation they would cause if they ever obtain the power they so d esperately want and crave."
Addressing a possible 2020 rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the president returned to a favorite theme in mocking her inaccurate assertion of Native American ancestry. "I've got more Indian blood in me than 'Pocahontas,' and I have none," Trump said, using his nickname for the senator. "I have high cheekbones too. Hey, maybe I'm an Indian."
Watch Trump's full talk below. Bonnie Kristian
Trump revels in Kavanaugh win, dubs Democrats an 'angry left-wing mob' at Kansas rally8:05 a.m.
Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh 50-48October 6, 2018
The Senate voted 50-48 Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the United States' newest Supreme Court justice.
Kavanaugh's confirmation process has been fraught with scandal, as he was accused by three women of sexual assault and other misconduct in his high school and college years. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Kavanaugh and his primary accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, last week, and senators on Thursday and Friday reviewed the results of a week-long FBI investigation into the allegations.
The confirmation vote was mostly along party lines, though Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) crossed the aisle to support Kavanaugh, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who opposed the confirmation, voted "present" so Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), a "yes" vote, would not have to skip his daughter's wedding.
President Trump hailed the confirmation on Twitter earlier Saturday:
Kavanaugh is Trump's second Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed; the first was Justice Neil Gorsuch. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest sitting justice and a reliable member of the court's left flank, has long since indicated she does not wish to resign until a like-minded replacement is assured. Bonnie Kristian
Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh 50-48October 6, 2018