Speaking to Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group, Dean Cain Blasts ‘Intolerant’ Twitter Users for Objecting to His Being There: WATCH

Appearing on a panel at the Values Voter Summit,  Dean Cain blasted Twitter users who objected to the fact that he would speak before the most virulent anti-LGBTQ hate group in the United States, the Family Research Council, which hosts VVS and profits from it. As GLAAD noted yesterday, “There is no event on the calendar that is more rabidly against LGBTQ people and our rights.”

Cain had lengthy exchanges with GLAAD and gay activists on Twitter this week about why it was wrong for him to be appearing before the arch-conservative hate group.

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Asked the moderator of Cain’s panel: “Have you taken pressure on Twitter on Instagram — and I know the answer to this question but I want to hear you say it anyway.”

Replied Cain: “Yesssss. Certainly. I take that sort of heat and abuse every single day but it doesn’t bother me in the least…it doesn’t make me mad, it just shows people’s intolerance towards listening to another opinion. Just the fact that I’m here, just the fact that I’m here people were blowing me up all day long with the most ridiculous things that you could ever here. Talk about intolerance. It’s ridiculous. I take heat. It doesn’t bother me, I welcome it, because I sleep well at night. I know I’m doing something that matches my convictions and my heart and I’ll happily defend the things that I say and I stand for.”

As we noted yesterday, the Family Research Council has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which writes (follow the link for much more): ‘The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people as the organization battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.”’

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Sam Sparro Marries Partner Zion Lennox in California

Australian singer-songwriter Sam Sparro, known best for his 2008 single “Black and Gold”, married his partner Zion Lennox in Joshua Tree, California. Lennox posted a photo to Instagram on Thursday night, captioned: “So excited to be marrying the love of my life tomorrow @samsparro.”

 

Sparro announced on Twitter two weeks ago that he would soon be married.

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British singer-songwriter MNEK attended the wedding and posted a photo: “CONGRATS TO THE HAPPY COUPLEEEEEEE @samsparro @knightsofzion”

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Rod Rosenstein Discussed Secretly Recording Trump, Recruiting Cabinet Members to Invoke 25th Amendment: REPORT

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump and recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment and declare the president unfit, according to a bombshell report from the New York Times.

The NYT: “Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials. Several people described the episodes, insisting on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The people were briefed either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions and comments.”

Rosenstein denied the NYT report: “The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

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Mister Rogers, Apple Watch, Zachary Quinto, The Oath, Mitch McConnell, September, Michele Bachmann, Jane Fonda, Years & Years: HOT LINKS

GOOGLE DOODLE OF THE DAY. Celebrating Mister Rogers: ‘On this date, September 21, 1967, 51 years ago, Fred Rogers walked into the television studio at WQED in Pittsburgh to tape the very first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which would premiere nationally on PBS in February 1968. He became known as Mister Rogers, nationally beloved, sweater wearing, “television neighbor,” whose groundbreaking children’s series inspired and educated generations of young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty.’

JANE FONDA. Not proud of her plastic surgery

MITCH MCCONNELL. His vow to the Values Voter Summit: “You’ve watched the fight, you’ve watched the tactics. But here is what I want to tell you, in the very near future Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court.

MICHELE BACHMANN. Jesus sent Donald Trump. “Two years ago, I believe that the prayers that God’s people made to ask God for his provision were heard. They were heard and granted and for two years, we have lived in an unparalleled golden time in the United States. We have a president who has made the most pro-life actions of any president ever. We have a president who has been the most pro-Israel president ever in the history of the United States of America. Our president has put the United States on a pathway of blessing. We have the most pro-religious liberty president in the history of the United States, ever! Do you see what a golden day that we have been given? On every possible level, America is killing it. We are doing great in every possible metric, and I believe that’s because God’s people utilized the tool that he gave us.”

BIG DONOR. Bill Maher donates $2 million to House and Senate Democratic SuperPACs: ‘Maher, the outspoken host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”, donated $1 million each to House Majority PAC and Senate Majority PAC on August 20. Though Maher sometimes writes smaller checks to candidates, he has not made a political donation in the six-or seven-figure range since the 2012 elections. Then, he donated $1 million to a super PAC supporting President Barack Obama’s reelection, according to Federal Election Commission records.’

FORCED APART. Gay couple may have to live in separate countries after denial of visas from UK and US: “Brian Page, 41, from North Carolina, United States, has failed to get an extension to his UK visa after his latest appeal to the Home Office failed. That means he will be unable to live with his husband Benjamin Page, 36, from Milton Keynes, who is unable to move to the US after receiving a ten-year ban for overstaying.”

EARTH, WIND & FIRE. It’s the 40th anniversary of this classic, and the 21st of September. “We went through all the dates: ‘Do you remember the first, the second, the third, the fourth … ‘ and the one that just felt the best was the 21st,” co-writer Allee Willis told NPR in 2014. “I constantly have people coming up to me and they get so excited to know what the significance was. And there is no significance beyond it just sang better than any of the other dates. So … sorry!”

ON THE RAG. This week on the gay magazines

ON A LEASH. Zachary Quinto and Miles McMillan take their dog for a walk in NYC.

CELINE DION. Back in the studio

TRAILER OF THE DAY. The Oath. ‘A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal. But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris’s own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails.’

TECH REVIEW OF THE DAY. Marques Brownlee reviews Apple Watch Series 4.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Years & Years “All For You”.

FRIDAY FALL FLASH. Takarid.

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Dean Cain Battles GLAAD, Gay Activists Over Speaking Gig for Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group ‘Family Research Council’

Dean Cain doesn’t get why his speaking gig Friday night for the virulently anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council is a problem for someone who describes himself as a gay rights advocate. Cain came under fire on Twitter for his appearance at a special screening of his new film Gosnell for the FRC’s hideous Values Voter Summit, at which a variety of anti-LGBTQ speakers including VP Mike Pence, will appear. In the film, Cain stars as the detective who put abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell behind bars.

Also speaking at VVS: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Dr. Ben Carson, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, former Rep. Dave Weldon, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Oliver North, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Dr. Bill Bennett, David Daleiden, Joel Rosenberg, Dana Loesch, along with Tony Perkins, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, Dr. Paul McHugh,  Activist Mommy Elizabeth Johnston, Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, Brigitte Gabriel, David and Jason Benham, George Barna, and Gary Bauer among many others.”

The Family Research Council has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which writes: ‘The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people as the organization battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.”’

Check out Cain’s exchanges with GLAAD and gay activists below.

GLAAD tried to explain to Cain why it’s a problem to support this hate group:

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Cain replied: “I hope they ask me about my support for gay rights, and the fact that I’m pro-choice. I’m happy to have that conversation. I’m not there to do anything other than discuss the film, GOSNELL. And I’m pro-choice. That will probably take-up the bulk of the time. I’m not there to preach or to lecture—I hope they ask about my support for gay rights. I haven’t studied their record. I’m speaking there. And I support gay rights. And I’m pro-choice until viability. End of story.”

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Cain also got into lengthy exchanges about his appearance with LGBTQ activists like Matt Baume.

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Cain told Baume: “I’m discussing a film- and I’m happy to speak to any group. I don’t change my beliefs based on the audience. Perhaps it will spark a good conversation-”

Replied Baume: ‘That “perhaps” is doing a lot of work. What are you going to say to this group to advance LGBTQ equality? Anything?’

Cain: ‘I’ll state my support, and the reasons for it. And I’ll answer any question they ask—’

Baume: ‘That sounds … vague. Any plans to actually call them out for labelling your LGBTQ fans “pawns” of the “enemy”? Or for their support of ex-gay abuse? Taking a specific, loud, visible stance against a group that harms vulnerable people would be, you know, super, man.’

Cain: ‘Matt, I don’t know the views of this specific group—I’m doing a press junket for a film. GOSNELL. Im speaking to MANY different groups tomorrow. I’m there to discuss the film and answer questions. I HOPE they ask me questions about my support for gay rights- … It’s not a speaking gig. It’s press for a film. And you should be happy I’m speaking to them—especially if they don’t support gay rights, and I do. I’ll be fighting on your side—how is that a negative? Dialogue, people, dialogue—’

Baume: ‘Do you honestly think that press junketing for some movie and hoping an anti-gay group gives you permission to talk about queer people is “fighting” on our side? That’s the most timid allyship I’ve ever heard of. What good is support if you keep it a secret when it’s needed?’

Cain: ‘Sorry, Matt. I’ll do as I please. Speak where I please, and say what I please. My support for gay rights isn’t predicated on what you want me to do. Do not lecture me. Only warning.’

Baume: ‘Look obviously you don’t owe me an explanation and I’m grateful that you’re open about all this, but I can’t see how you can expect people to consider you a supporter if you won’t do anything supportive.’

Cain: ‘If you think I haven’t done anything supportive, you’re not at all aware of my life.’

Baume: ‘I’ve seen your past interviews. I know you played gay. I’m sure you’ve donated to queer groups. Seems like it should be easy for someone who supports queer folks to say that he opposes the work of one of the worst anti-LGBTQ organizations in the country.’

Cain: ‘I would need to study their work before opposing any group. I haven’t done that in this case- still doesn’t change my support for gay rights.’

Baume: ‘Queer people are telling you this is important to them. We’ve sent you the receipts. Up to you now to do what you consider to be right.’

Cain: ‘I’m going to speak tomorrow.’

Baume: ‘I hope you do.’

Another follower pointed out that Cain voted for Trump.

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Cain also got into it with activist Jeremy Hooper.

Said Hooper: “But you have to understand what sort of event this is—and what @Frcdc is all about. They are not a mere GOP org. They insist gay people can and must be changed. They have spent millions fighting us. It’s impossible to separate this press opp from the organization”

Replied Cain: “No it isn’t.”

Hooper: ‘By your own admission, you don’t know FRC. I do, very well. does, very well. People are sincerely trying to help you understand this unique situation. If you want to dig in, you can. We are only trying to help.’

Cain: ‘I think it’s better to have a dialogue and discuss. My values and my morals are clear and open. I won’t be bullied, and I won’t be peer-pressured to conform.’

Hooper: ‘Please don’t play the “bully” card. hasn’t even suggested you drop out. We are dialoguing here, and certainly hoping you dialogue there. But first you must know what FRC is. You said you didn’t, so we are helping you understand’

Cain: ‘Are you ? Do you speak for ?’

Hooper: ‘I have worked with GLAAD, and many organizations. I probably know FRC better than some who work there. But I’m speaking to you as myself.’

Cain: ‘Fair. And you seem polite and reasonable, which is why I have continued speaking with you. I don’t know that organization, but I’ll be there tomorrow speaking. You should be happy to have a supporter there.’

Hooper: ‘I’m a peacemaker, not flamethrower. Well I certainly hope you take a stand. If you just take twenty minutes to research, you will understand why people are reaching out to you. This is not a run of the mill org. This is not CPAC or the RNC, even.’

Cain: ‘Jeremy. I am who I am. I’ll speak my piece. I appreciate your words and opinion.’

Hooper: ‘Sounds good. Just one more thing then I have to go. A friend of mine used to be an exec at focus on the family (yes, really). You will notice that they do not sponsor the Values Voter Summit. That’s because, as he put it: “even we know they are extremists.” Take care.’

Cain: ‘Thanks for the info and insight, Jeremy. Be well, my friend.’

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Another user told Cain: ‘So basically, you aren’t actually an ally, you don’t pay any attention to the record of the people you involve yourself with, and you prioritize money over human beings. If those are your positions, what do you actually DO to support them, excluding throwing tantrums on Twitter?’

He replied: ‘I don’t get paid to promote the film. And I don’t care to listen to your self-righteous prattling. Adios.’

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Dean Cain Battles GLAAD, Gay Activists Over Speaking Gig for Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group ‘Family Research Council’

Dean Cain doesn’t get why his speaking gig Friday night for the virulently anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council is a problem for someone who describes himself as a gay rights advocate. Cain came under fire on Twitter for his appearance at a special screening of his new film Gosnell for the FRC’s hideous Values Voter Summit, at which a variety of anti-LGBTQ speakers including VP Mike Pence, will appear. In the film, Cain stars as the detective who put abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell behind bars.

Also speaking at VVS: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Dr. Ben Carson, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, former Rep. Dave Weldon, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Oliver North, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Dr. Bill Bennett, David Daleiden, Joel Rosenberg, Dana Loesch, along with Tony Perkins, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, Dr. Paul McHugh,  Activist Mommy Elizabeth Johnston, Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, Brigitte Gabriel, David and Jason Benham, George Barna, and Gary Bauer among many others.”

The Family Research Council has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which writes: ‘The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people as the organization battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.”’

Check out Cain’s exchanges with GLAAD and gay activists below.

GLAAD tried to explain to Cain why it’s a problem to support this hate group:

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Cain replied: “I hope they ask me about my support for gay rights, and the fact that I’m pro-choice. I’m happy to have that conversation. I’m not there to do anything other than discuss the film, GOSNELL. And I’m pro-choice. That will probably take-up the bulk of the time. I’m not there to preach or to lecture—I hope they ask about my support for gay rights. I haven’t studied their record. I’m speaking there. And I support gay rights. And I’m pro-choice until viability. End of story.”

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Cain also got into lengthy exchanges about his appearance with LGBTQ activists like Matt Baume.

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Cain told Baume: “I’m discussing a film- and I’m happy to speak to any group. I don’t change my beliefs based on the audience. Perhaps it will spark a good conversation-”

Replied Baume: ‘That “perhaps” is doing a lot of work. What are you going to say to this group to advance LGBTQ equality? Anything?’

Cain: ‘I’ll state my support, and the reasons for it. And I’ll answer any question they ask—’

Baume: ‘That sounds … vague. Any plans to actually call them out for labelling your LGBTQ fans “pawns” of the “enemy”? Or for their support of ex-gay abuse? Taking a specific, loud, visible stance against a group that harms vulnerable people would be, you know, super, man.’

Cain: ‘Matt, I don’t know the views of this specific group—I’m doing a press junket for a film. GOSNELL. Im speaking to MANY different groups tomorrow. I’m there to discuss the film and answer questions. I HOPE they ask me questions about my support for gay rights- … It’s not a speaking gig. It’s press for a film. And you should be happy I’m speaking to them—especially if they don’t support gay rights, and I do. I’ll be fighting on your side—how is that a negative? Dialogue, people, dialogue—’

Baume: ‘Do you honestly think that press junketing for some movie and hoping an anti-gay group gives you permission to talk about queer people is “fighting” on our side? That’s the most timid allyship I’ve ever heard of. What good is support if you keep it a secret when it’s needed?’

Cain: ‘Sorry, Matt. I’ll do as I please. Speak where I please, and say what I please. My support for gay rights isn’t predicated on what you want me to do. Do not lecture me. Only warning.’

Baume: ‘Look obviously you don’t owe me an explanation and I’m grateful that you’re open about all this, but I can’t see how you can expect people to consider you a supporter if you won’t do anything supportive.’

Cain: ‘If you think I haven’t done anything supportive, you’re not at all aware of my life.’

Baume: ‘I’ve seen your past interviews. I know you played gay. I’m sure you’ve donated to queer groups. Seems like it should be easy for someone who supports queer folks to say that he opposes the work of one of the worst anti-LGBTQ organizations in the country.’

Cain: ‘I would need to study their work before opposing any group. I haven’t done that in this case- still doesn’t change my support for gay rights.’

Baume: ‘Queer people are telling you this is important to them. We’ve sent you the receipts. Up to you now to do what you consider to be right.’

Cain: ‘I’m going to speak tomorrow.’

Baume: ‘I hope you do.’

Another follower pointed out that Cain voted for Trump.

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Cain also got into it with activist Jeremy Hooper.

Said Hooper: “But you have to understand what sort of event this is—and what @Frcdc is all about. They are not a mere GOP org. They insist gay people can and must be changed. They have spent millions fighting us. It’s impossible to separate this press opp from the organization”

Replied Cain: “No it isn’t.”

Hooper: ‘By your own admission, you don’t know FRC. I do, very well. does, very well. People are sincerely trying to help you understand this unique situation. If you want to dig in, you can. We are only trying to help.’

Cain: ‘I think it’s better to have a dialogue and discuss. My values and my morals are clear and open. I won’t be bullied, and I won’t be peer-pressured to conform.’

Hooper: ‘Please don’t play the “bully” card. hasn’t even suggested you drop out. We are dialoguing here, and certainly hoping you dialogue there. But first you must know what FRC is. You said you didn’t, so we are helping you understand’

Cain: ‘Are you ? Do you speak for ?’

Hooper: ‘I have worked with GLAAD, and many organizations. I probably know FRC better than some who work there. But I’m speaking to you as myself.’

Cain: ‘Fair. And you seem polite and reasonable, which is why I have continued speaking with you. I don’t know that organization, but I’ll be there tomorrow speaking. You should be happy to have a supporter there.’

Hooper: ‘I’m a peacemaker, not flamethrower. Well I certainly hope you take a stand. If you just take twenty minutes to research, you will understand why people are reaching out to you. This is not a run of the mill org. This is not CPAC or the RNC, even.’

Cain: ‘Jeremy. I am who I am. I’ll speak my piece. I appreciate your words and opinion.’

Hooper: ‘Sounds good. Just one more thing then I have to go. A friend of mine used to be an exec at focus on the family (yes, really). You will notice that they do not sponsor the Values Voter Summit. That’s because, as he put it: “even we know they are extremists.” Take care.’

Cain: ‘Thanks for the info and insight, Jeremy. Be well, my friend.’

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Another user told Cain: ‘So basically, you aren’t actually an ally, you don’t pay any attention to the record of the people you involve yourself with, and you prioritize money over human beings. If those are your positions, what do you actually DO to support them, excluding throwing tantrums on Twitter?’

He replied: ‘I don’t get paid to promote the film. And I don’t care to listen to your self-righteous prattling. Adios.’

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Trump Calls on Christine Blasey Ford to Produce Charges She Filed ‘If the Attack…was as Bad as She Says’

Donald Trump attacked Democrats on Friday morning, accusing them of wanting to “destroy and delay” his SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He also called on Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford to produce police reports.

Tweeted Trump: “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.”

He added: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

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Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting former high school classmate Christine Blasey Ford when she was 15-years-old. Republicans have resisted pursuing an FBI investigation of her claims even though Ford has begged for scrutiny from the nation’s premier law enforcement agency.

It’s unclear whether Ford will testify before the Senate next week.

CNN reports: “The chances of Ford deciding to go ahead appeared to rise Thursday after her attorneys opened negotiations with the Senate Judiciary Committee on a possible appearance next week. The requests being made by her team indicate that Ford is concerned for her safety if she agrees to an appearance that will be highly controversial and will be watched around the world. But it’s also clear that the California professor and her lawyers are concerned at the imbalance of power she would face as a single accuser taking on Kavanaugh and the committee’s Republican majority, as well as the structure and integrity of a hearing that in many ways appears stacked against her.”

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