GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Let's not get too soft and gentle. Am not feelin' in no mood to play around. LET'S GO TO PRESS.
According to an autopsy, Jason Washington was shot nine times by PSU campus officers while trying to break up a fight outside of the Cheerful Tortoise. The officers were cleared by a grand jury.
A neighborhood group calling themselves "Enough is Enough PDX" (taking their name from another, already existing group) has gathered a 1,900 signature petition that calls for Mayor Wheeler to do more policing of the homeless. An important point the Oregonian makes in this article: "The petition follows an analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive of city arrest data that found 52 percent of the arrests Portland police made in 2017 were of homeless people, who make up less than 3 percent of the population."
The suspect accused of walking into the pet adoption service, Pixie Project, smoking a bowl, and stealing a kitten has been arrested... but the kitten has yet to be found.
A stalemate has been reached between the GOP, who are supporting Trump's lying SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh (who's credibly accused of attempted rape), and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who so far has smartly refused to play the Republicans game and be roped into a kangaroo court on Monday. Unless something drastically changes, however, Kavanaugh could be appointed as soon as next week.
That being said, Republicans are privately fretting that their overbearing misogyny—and refusal to hear Christine Blasey Ford's story—will murder their chances of reelection in November.
AMY CHUA & THE ENTIRE PATRIARCHY IS TRAAAASH.— Jenny Yang 👲🏼👲🏼👲🏼 (@jennyyangtv) September 20, 2018
"Amy Chua...was known for instructing female law students who were preparing for intvws w Kavanaugh on ways they could dress to exude a “model-like” femininity to help them win a post in Kavanaugh’s chambers" https://t.co/LcCqILuYPG
Trump is claiming that the FBI is unable to investigate Christine Blasey Ford's accusation. But he's lying, again. Of course they can.
Meanwhile, Trump is reportedly feeling more frustrated and vulnerable behind the scenes as the Mueller probe grows ever closer, and even his most powerful friends are refusing/helpless to stop it. HA HA HA.
Former national security adviser/Trump co-conspirator Michael Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced in December, signaling that Mueller's probe has finished with him.
Today's long read: The New York Times' interesting piece on "The Plot to Subvert an Election" which creates a timeline of all the crimes perpetrated by Russia (and a certain political campaign) to overthrow our government.
This just in: Another mass shooting, this time at a Rite Aid support center in Maryland. So far three are reported dead, and two are injured. Details are scant, stand by for more.
Texas gun activist Cody Wilson has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
OH, THIS ISN'T SURPRISING:
Here's a headline you may give a shit about (I don't, but you might): "LeBron James is officially doing ‘Space Jam 2’, a sequel to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny original."
Now how about this WEATHER we've been having: Another cool, sunny day with highs ramping up to 70.
And finally, the beloved Samantha Bee has a searing takedown of those defending Kavanaugh, just to remind you YOU'RE NOT CRAZY, and this situation is legitimately FUCKED UP.