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the woman accusing bred kavanaugh of sexual assault works to prevent his nomination. and a deadly attack at a military parade. and japan's space agency makes history at the dropping of tiny robots onto an asteroid. we'll talk to a former astronaut about that. >> just a spaceship landing on an asteroid. welcome to viewers on the u.s.
and on asteroids. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. "newsroom" starts right now. and we begin with a potential break through in the bitter confirmation battle of supreme court nominee judge brett kavanaugh. the woman who accused kavanaugh of sexual and physical assault has agreed for now to testify in a senate committee hearing on thursday. >> i'm talking about christine blasey ford. a research psychologist who accuses kavanaugh of assaulting her said it happened during a house party when they were teenagers. kavanaugh firmly denies the allegation. >> now democrats fear the 11 republican men of the senate judiciary committee will not treat professor ford's allegations fairly. >> in the meantime, republicans are trying not to lose more women voters in the midterm elections. again, the midterms are just 44 days away. this confirmation battle is in part a battle of public opinion.
that's important because, look, it's going to be negotiated in the coming hours whether the hearing should be public or private. >> either way, ms. ford's testimony will captivate the u.s. political world very likely at nothing less than the ideological balance of the highest court of the land at stake. cnn's supreme court reporter ariane de vogue has more. >> reporter: while ford alleges that kavanaugh assaulted her several years ago, there are still details to be worked out from ford and the judiciary committee. they plan to talk later on sunday to hammer out remaining issues. lawyers for ford, for instance, believe the republican senators should question ford.
some want to hire an outside counsel, maybe a woman to do the questioning. also, ford thinks other witnesses should be called. for instance, they want to call mark judge who ford has said was in the room where the alleged assault happened. judge has said he has no memory of the party. the senate judiciary chairman chuck grassley says there will only be two witnesses, ford and kavanaugh. ariane de vogue, cnn. we'll bring in scott lucas who is a professor at the university of politics. scott, good to have you. we have a very important issue coming ahead. ford has accepted an invitation to speak. this plays out in several ways. first, we'll talk about the pressure from republican senators. upon hearing the testimony, there are three republican senators who could vote either way on confirming brett kavanaugh, depending on what she has to say.
could her story break past political solidarity? >> well, if this goes ahead, and right now it's on agreement of principle, whereas politics will overtake the legal considerations. the republicans who support kavanaugh want to turn this into a he said/she said episode. and indeed, some of kavanaugh's supporters including those working at the white house have been spreading stories such as, kavanaugh was not at the party, he was mistaken for someone else. and president trump has sort of denounced christine ford and said, in fact, she's not reliable. now, on the other side, democrats quite clearly at the least want a full hearing, which is not just simply he said versus she said, but it is something that might go on and take this beyond november's elections. how the us this affect the republican swing votes? well, you know, if a day is a long time in politics, a few
weeks could seem like an eternity. but do watch jeff flake of arizona. see if he supports the democrats to say this is a process that is full rather than rushed through. and beyond that, when this gets through committee, we're looking at murkowski of alaska and collins of maine. how they get confirmation will turn out from the testimony we eventually get over the next week, but on the reactions to the testimony, for example, susan collins was quite unsettled last friday when donald trump sought to derive ms. ford as credible. >> to your point about the he said/she said, it's important to point out as of this moment, no other witnesses allowed and no fbi investigation, which dr. ford would have wanted to be part of this. let's also consider the negotiations that are ongoing now as to whether this will be a public or private hearing. that's the very highly
significant issue because on whaund, republicans are concerned about the optics around dr. ford and how she's being treated, but there's also this. scott, take a listen. >> you watched the fight, you watched the tactics, but here's what i want to tell you, in the very near future, judge kavanaugh will be on the united states supreme court. so, my friends, keep the faith, don't get rattled by all of this, we're going to plow right through it. and do our job. >> plow right through it, he says. clearly, scott, some would prefer this to remain private, not a public hearing. >> well, first of all, just a reminder, that is the first priority should be professor ford's security. this is a woman who at risk of
herself has come forward to make these allegations. she's received abuse and death threats over this. and the hearing should be tailored. but as you heard in the clip, i'm afraid first priorities give way to politics. let's be honest, whatever you think about judge kavanaugh, the republicans have wanted to rush think there and everything else is incidental. they have withheld thousands of documents, they have raised questions about judge kavanau kavanaugh's statements on con a contraceptiv contraceptives. for example, let's say he was involved in the obtaining of documents several years ago. what you just heard from that clip is, it doesn't matter what professor ford says. it doesn't matter what the truth is here. you know, judge kavanaugh could have gone out, torn apart washington, d.c., single handedly. the politics behind this is the
republicans want him on the court for life. and that's the starting point that we get, whether that is eroded or whether there is push-back on this of the substance of professor ford's claims, we'll find out later this week. >> any facade this is not political is certainly a false facade because you do have both sides looking to have their different outcomes from this, scott. i want to talk a bit about that as well. all this playing out in advance of the midterm elections, it is mored a vantages you -- advantageous for brett kavanaugh to be a supreme court justice at all costs, or should they focus more on the long view here to make sure they don't alienate moderate women voters come november and, scott, come 2020? >> well, i'm going to talk about what should happen first. when folks get married, they're supposed to be married for life.
you're supposed to have a chance to raise an objection before the process goes through. now, this is a supreme court justice who is on the court for decades, for life. and questions should be raised and should be heard. and you shouldn't just rush everybody out of the room and say, nothing to see here. what the republican gamble here is right now, it doesn't matter how quickly they do this, they believe that they can still win a lot of women voters by running arguments such as, it's unfair how he's being treated, this is all a democratic plot. and if you watch the line, that has come out not only from donald trump's tweets last friday, but from the rally appearance in nevada, for example, or indeed from the white house, that's what they're saying. they actually believe that they can gain more votes many the midterm elections from women even playing politics with kavanaugh. i actually think that's a huge gamble. in fact, i think they're wrong, but we won't know until six weeks from now. >> there are -- it does come down a divided electorate.
there are women, we have done stories on people who have a certain view on kavanaugh who support him and certainly others who disagree with seeing him move forward. we'll have to wait and see. scott lucas, thank you so much for your time today. >> thank you, george. another story we're following, iran launching new accusations after a deadly terror attack. the state media reports that guns opened fire on saturday at a military parade in southwest iran. at least 29 people were killed. officials blame separatists, but they also say the attackers had support from countries like the united states and saudi arabia. for more, sam kylie is following this from abu dhabi. sam, what do we know about how this played out and who possibly is behind it? >> reporter: well, we know that during this anniversary parade for what we call the end of the iran/iraq war back in the 1980s,
several gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons on a crowd of not only members of the iranian revolutionary guard group, but also the civilians and even we reportedly have a child that was caught up many this terrorist attack. now, this attack was spectacular in its nature and the need to generate a lot of international publicity. iran is not a stranger to terrorist attacks. there are a number of organizations and groups, movements, within and out of the country that have used violence in the past against the regime or to embarrass the regime. the difference is the context of when this is occurring. the iranian government has blamed typically the united states, the long-time rivals of saudi arabia, the regional rival, is israel with the dynasty entity in the
background. at this time when the trump administration and the saudis have been openly talking about members of the trump administration supporting groups within iran to topple the regime, that's a point made by rudy giuliani who is the u.s. president's personal lawyer, but also john bolton prior to him becoming the national security advi adviser who gave speeches to the formerly terrorist organization that is dedicated to regime change. in iran the saudis say they are going to start twitching their efforts to stablizing regime change inside iraq. that gives a bit of credibility to what the iranians are saying. now, that is not to say at all that there is any kind of causal link between the terrorist attack and what is happening in iran, but it is not surprising that the iranians would
highlight these links and all be the merely philosophical propaganda leaks. >> have we heard from the government in tehran about this? >> yes, the iranians are saying that this is part of a plot orchestrated by what it said is regional puppets of the united states. i think that is clearly what they mean by that is saudi arabia. the saudis earlier in the year have said that they would be switching efforts to bring pressure on iran over iranian support of who the militants in yemen and particular are, but also the stabilization efforts in syria and iraq and south leban lebanon. as a consequence of that, the saudis are subject to the military efforts by the european unionans and particularly by the trump administration, the iranians saying the trump administration created the
context for this attack, natalie. >> we'll continue to watch it to see how it unfolds and how the united states responds as well. sam, thank you. and the drama playing out on the high seas to save an injured sailor taking place in the golden yacht race. >> naval command er sent an s.o.s. 100 miles southwest of perth, australia. he told rescuers his back was severely injured after his racing boat lost its map in the weather. >> the soonest they could reach tommy is monday. hurricane florence has come and gone but the impact is lingering. ahead, the latest on the flooding in south carolina. also, a year after threats and insults to the u.s. and north korea, they learn to be
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the indonesian volcano that has erupted at least 44 times this week alone. >> how about that picture right there? despite erupting that many times, george, there are no reports of problems for airlines or tourists. but this volcano erupted back in 1883. and that resulted in the death of 35,000 people. much different situation there today. just a pretty picture. a dire situation in south carolina from what was hurricane florence. the rain is gone, but runoff from the storm still swelling rivers. >> this the scene in conway that has already reached in this river more than 19 feet. and this is likely to increase in the coming days. nick valencia has more from south carolina. >> reporter: i think the best way to describe this is the
water just slowly but surely creeping into the homes. it's the same community that president trump visited earlier this week with flash flooding after hurricane florence made landfall. that receded long enough for the residents to get their belongings and get out of here, but some decided to stick it out not heeding the warnings of officials. they have been warning all week long this would happen and now the result is here. it's the runoff from all the rains dumped on the community by hurricane florence. well, they have to drain somewhere and are coming through the wachima river. this is not a flood zone typically, so many don't have flood insurance and will have to deal with the rising water in the days ahead. nick valencia, cnn. that really tells the story. our meteorologist karen mcginnis is here. what a mess, and the floods will
continue for some time. >> yes, they will, until the end of september at least. most rivers have crest. some of the rivers have recede. but here's what we're seeing in north carolina and south carolina. this is a firefighter. and if you're wondering what it is that he is blowing off of the road, they are dead or dying fish. this road, which is a portion of interstate 40, about a 45-minute drive from wilmington, north carolina, filled up with water. and these fish were trapped there. as a result, they died in this area. and this is what they have had to do to clean up the interstate. we'll go to south carolina, an hour's drive to the northwest of myrtle beach. all right, they do have the coast guard task force, which is in place. and it is catastrophic in this region. all of that river shed your near the petey river and the wackima river, a lot of people are going back to hair homes to salvage
whatever it is they can, that includes their pets. now, in dallas, texas, this has nothing to do with florence, but yesterday there was a huge rain event. and these are neighborhoods that have been flooded around the dallas/ft. worth area, in particular, the white rock creek. it set an all-time record high. it damaged homes. and there were numerous high water rescues across the area. and over the next 24 hours, there's about a 50/50 chance of some more showers. and then to tell you about what is going on across the pacific, here's a typhoon that continues to move to the west. it is moving very quickly now and gradually moving more to the west/northwest and increasing in intensity. and as it does, it will edge closer to taipei. or will it? the computer graphics are showing it move more to the north and northwest. but it will be a much stronger system within the next 72 to 96
hours some we'll carfully watch that. at least the folks in the philippines and georgia, natalie, won't have to worry about this one moving well to the north. >> thankfully so. they have been through enough. all right, karen, thank you. well, the world leaders are gearing up for a high-level debate at this year's u.n. assembly in new york. >> and the geopolitical landscape couldn't be more different than last year's assembly. here's the view from seoul, south korea. >> reporter: there are a few days leading up to the denuclearization of south carolina. he will be heading to washington to speak with donald trump and putting the ball back in the u.s.'s court. the white house said they are open to it.
the president will be reinforcing that message. he said that kim jong-un really told him he wants another summit as soon as possible to continue with denuclearization very quickly. there are plenty of critics in the u.s. including the trump administration that believe that mr. trump should not be rewarding the north korean lead we are a second summit when there haven't been tangible results on the steps towards denuclearization. now, the other tangible results that president moon believes he will be going to the u.s. with is that kim jong-un agreed to shut down the key missile site. and he will be allowing international experts, he says, into verify that process. in addition to that, if the u.s. has corresponding measures, then north korea will agree to shut down its nuclear facility. now, president moon did have a press conference with journalists as soon as he got back to seoul from the summit, and he effectively said it was to end hostilities against north
korea, which means an end to the korean war, which was signed by an armistice, not a peace treaty, back in 1953. and this is something both north korea and south korea have been clear about. they both want to end the korean war, to have that declaration and to have a peace treaty. now, certainly, so far the u.s. response appears to have been positive to this three-day summit, so president moon will be heading to the u.s. and also to the united nations general assembly knowing there's a positive response, that the u.s. is willing to restart negotiations. but the issue remains the same, it is all about timing and order. the u.s. wants denuclearization and will follow that with a declaration against the korean war. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. and thousands of people share why they did not report
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the attack. and i want to tell you about a rescue mission underway to save an injured sailor taking part in the golden globe yacht race. naval command er tomey was injured when he lost his map 300 miles southwest . the coast guard is looking to save him. and brett kavanaugh's accuser has agreed to appear in a committee hearing on thursday. they are trying to decide whether or not this should be public. judge kavanaugh has denied the allegations. and kavanaugh's research psychologist christine blasey ford, says he assaulted her at a house party more than 30 years ago. she says there was another person in the room who witnessed the alleged attack and wants him to testify.
>> and that person we're talking about, this man. kavanaugh's high school friend, mark judge. now, he does not want to speak publicly. and the republican majority in the senate judiciary committee is unlikely to force him to testify. >> in a letter to the committee, judge wrote this, quote, i have no memory of this alleged incident. i do not recall the party described in dr. ford's letter. more to the point, i never saw brett act in the manner dr. ford describes. >> we looked a little closer into it, who exactly is mark judge? our randi kaye had this report. >> reporter: his name is mark judge and he was brett kavanaugh's high school friend and classmate. in this yearbook photo, that's judge in the white t-shirt, kavanaugh next to him in the baseball cap. that photo taken long before judge made a name for himself, albeit controversial, as a conservative writer and journalist contributing to public cases like "the cally
caller" and "the american spectator." judge writes about his heavy drinking when he was a student at georgetown preparatory school, describing how once he had a beer, he found it impossible to stop until he was completely annihilated. he said his high school was positively swimming in alcohol. judge also reference edd a bart kavanaugh who once bar offed in his class and passed out. it is unclear if this is brett kavanaugh. in 2006, he asked on politicalmavens.com whether gay people are perverts. and later in 2012 in "the daily caller," he wrote that the odds were very high that a black person had stolen his bike. in a 2013 piece for "the daily caller," he denounced president barack obama writing that he doesn't have just a streak of the feminine in him, he seems to be a woman. and a feminist one at that with
a streak of a man in him. since being named in this latest political firestorm, mark judge has deleted much of his presence in social media, including shutting down his twitter account. but enough of his writings are still out there to get a sense of how he views women. in that 2013 piece in "the daily caller," judge compared michelle obama to laura bush writing, michelle is actually more man than her husband. oh for the days when president george w. bush gave his wife laura a loving but firm pat on the backside in public. the man knew who was boss. two years later in 2015, judge wrote in "splice today" about something he called damseling, which is making a woman a passive damsel in distress. this quote included, certain women should be struck regularly
like gongs citing sir noel coward. more recently, judge wrote this in the online magazine, there's never an excuse to rape. a crime almost akin to murder because the rapist kills a part of the human soul. and yet what women wear and their body language also sends a signal about their sexuality. now suddenly all these years later, a lawyer for mark judge says his client has nothing to say publicly. randi kaye, cnn, orlando. >> well, he has had things to say in the past, has he not? well m are asking why christine blasey ford didn't report the alleged sexual assault sooner? president trump said as much this past week. >> why didn't somebody call the fbi 36 years ago? i mean, you could also say, when did this all happen?
what is going on? to take a man like this and -- with that being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out. >> in the wake of the comments there and mr. trump's tweet on friday saying that if the attack had been as bad as ford said, charges would have been filed immediately. well, many assault survivors are now speaking out on why they never came forward before along with the #whyididntreport. here are some of the tweets. here's one, my mom said she would kill anyone who hurt me and at 9 years old i believed her. i was afraid she would go to jail. another person tweeted, because he was a friend of my parents and i knew they would never believe me. i was 12 or 13. years later when i did tell them, they didn't believe me. and this, i was 15 and it took years for me to even understand that it was not my fault. #whyididntreport.
i want to talk more about this with a criminalologist. we appreciate your insight. #whyididntreport. sex abuse victims are having their say. and the fact that this came out after brett kavanaugh's accuser came out. why didn't she report back then? >> well, these are heartbreaking stories online. sometimes people who have never spoken out publicly about being a survivor and choosing now to say the very reasons why they didn't report. and the reasons which are coming through on twitter and other forms of social media do backup with evidence of media from research in the u.k. and the u.s. and all over the world, but
there are so many barriers to people reporting sexual violence that actually the question of why didn't they report would be better for us is the question, why does anybody report? >> well, right. that's a good look at it. it takes tremendous courage. and it takes support. and the law is varying country to country if anyone does come forward, what would happen then? and now we are in the era of metoo, more victims are coming forward. but here's an accomplished woman, a professor who boldly comes forward, makes the claim deemed credible. how do you gauge the response from the politicians in washington. let's look at the example from mitch mcconnell indicating friday that he was going to, quote, plow right through it. he wrote in the very near future, judge kavanaugh will be on the united states supreme court. we're going to plow right through it and do our job. what is your assessment of whether he's taking this
seriously? >> well, obviously, it's very aggressive, masculinist language being used. a up the idea that you can just get to the facts of the issue and sweep it somehow under the carpet without listening to both sides of the story. i mean, it reminds me very much of the metoo compound that started around celebrities and what was said in the early days of that, but they declared such good character and did work for charity, they did this and that. the idea is if you did good things in your life, you cannot have done something that involved the sexual violation of another person. because we know that's not the case, we know that there are a lot of men and women out there who in many other areas of their life have done hugely positive things. in the u.k., we have the case of jimmy supple when people started
talking about him. he had done this, he had run a marathon, he worked with children, he cannot sexually hurt these people. it turned out that he had and also was a good person in terms of raising money per charity. >> that's a very good point. we'll talk to you about what we may see in washington. we may see a public hearing. how will it get to the truth? what will it be beyond a he said/she said without an investigation? >> i think what makes this case particularly difficult soul of politics going around it and all the publicity around it happening within this case. and in the u.k., it would have been a criminal offense to amend the accuser, the complainant in the case. so that to some extent would have stopped the picking away from the details, sort of the social media response. and it would have allowed the
private healing to have been held so that it wasn't the kind of trial by public that we often see in the big political or celebrity cases happening today. obviously there's politics that complicates the matter, but at the end of the day, we need the right questions to be asked. asking a question like, why didn't you report this at the time is not a useful question for finding out whether it happened. there is no evidence that suggests that people genuinely reported at the time or people are liars. that's not a useful starting point for the question. more useful questions would be, at what point did you realize that this actually was a violation? was it straightaway at the time or as time has gone on? what is the impact of this on
welcome back. for those of you following the media titans, comcast versus 21st century fox. we now know the outcome. >> comcast came out on top, but now the ball is in the sky shareholders' court. here's lana stewart in london. the battle is over with comcast emerging victorious. now it's taken 21 months, multiple bids, and at the end, a panel in the u.k. and the regulator called an end to the
saga by announcing a rare event, an auction. this is like a penalty shoot-out of the u.k. world. this was three rounds of bidding over some 26 hours. comcast emerged as the winner at $22.57. and 21st century fox was at $20.46 a share. this means that comcast is valuing sky at nearly $40 billion, which is actually far more than its current market cap of $35.6 billion. now, the reason for all this, both disney, which is in the process of buying fox and comcast, wanted to buy sky to help diversify a wave in the united states. increasingly, it is hard to grow there against online streaming. that means they have new rivals like amazon, netflix and hulu. and sky would have enabled them to do just that with a huge european network. 23 million customers as well as
content, very valuable things like premier league football and its own online streaming service now on tv. now, comcast may have won the bid, but it is not quite signed, sealed and delivered. next, comcast and fox both have to officially announce their final bidding before 7:00 a.m. on monday before the market opens. then they publish a document to that effect by thursday. and then it is over to sky. now the board will recommend one of the offers, which will likely be comcast, and they have until october to approve it. anna stewart, cnn, london. next here, we are off to an asteroid. japan's tiny robots have hopped their way onto it's a ride. it is an amazing feat that we'll talk about with a former nasa as two naught after this. -- nasa astronaut after this.
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it's thought to have gone down between the late 1500s and early 1600s while on its way to lisbon from yaind. divers discovered it 40 feet be below the sea. and the space agency made history. this with two of the unmanned rovers successfully landing on what you see there, an asteroid. the agency says they are in good condition and transmitting images and data. >> that gives you a sense of how fast both were going. the tiny robot separated from the spacecraft and landed on the asteroid entitled ryugu, which is between earth and mars. japan hopes the spacecraft will be able to bring asteroid samples back to earth in 2020.
joining me to talk about this is retired astronaut roy chow. good to have you here. >> good to be with you, thanks. >> we'll talk about landing the rover on the asteroid. how far out in space is the asteroid and what is inside? >> well, they are -- both pieces are going pretty darn fast. the orbit ranges between one astronomical unit and 1 1/2. roughly the distance between the sun and the earth and then mars, which is half as far away from the sun on average. so the spacecraft itself is about the size of a very large refrigerator. and the rovers are a little smaller and deployed successfully as you saw in the news and have gone down to the surface, which is pretty incredible because the ryugu
itself is only 1 kilometer in diameter. and the gravity level on the asteroid is about 1/80 thousandths from earth. they go up to 15 meters off the surface and stay up in above it for up to about 15 minutes. and what they are looking for, they are looking for organic compounds and other measurements in addition to the great pictures that they're sending back. so it is exciting because, you know, a few years ago, the european space agency sent rosetta to comet 67p. and the lander that went down on the comet found signs of organic chemicals, including the existence of one of the amino acids, a basic building block to dna, which is a basic building block to life.
>> so people think, oh, what is the big deal, it's a ride -- the asteroid seems to be a big deal. so they are going to dig into what they find on the asteroid? >> correct. they will fire an impacter, basically almost a missile onto it's a ride to kind of blast down into the surface, make a crater, and then kind of then thus exposing fresh material underneath the surface. and so these rovers are going to go into that crater, pick up some of the raw samples or protected samples, and then actually bring some of the material back to earth in 2020. so very exciting mission. >> and what does this say for japan's space agency, the fact that japan has done this? >> well, japan, they have a very successful hiabusa 1, the first
mission several years ago that had technical problems but they were able to get some science. this is their second effort and they have been able to do it. they have launched probes to the moon. of course, the japanese space agency has been very active with nasa as far as putting astronauts aboard space shuttle and then aboard the international space station. and so japan has been a very good partner with the united states for space flight. and it's been very impressive in both the human space plant side as well as the unmanned probes. >> that picture that it sent back is really remarkable, isn't it, from an asteroid. where are we in space exploration, leroy? how would you characterize it? the u.s. has a probe spiralling to the sun, japan just landed on an asteroid to pick up samples to figure out what is it all mean and where did we come from? where are we in space
exploration? >> well, it's been exciting, over the last two to three years, the mission to 67prosetta was exciting, and the nasa mission studying jupiter. and the horizon found out fascinating things about pluto that we had no idea of. so a lot of really cool things are happening. and we have very exciting things happening with the companies like spacex and boeing about to launch the u.s. astronauts on commercial vehicles to iss. and then all the talk of the exploring the moon and one day mars. elon musk, in particular, wants to go and explore and colonize mars. >> it is very exciting times. leroy choy, thank you for coming to talk to us. >> fascinating. our top stories are around
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