Kavanaugh controversy spills into congressional midterms

The harrowing allegations of an attempted sexual assault, and Republicans’ defense of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, are reverberating in battleground congressional districts.

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

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Alan M. Dershowitz

6 rules for Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

No one should compromise the basic rules of fairness and due process that have long been the hallmarks of the rule of law.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Eric MacLeish

Ensuring a safe hearing for Christine Blasey Ford will be tough, but not impossible

After 25 years of representing victims of sexual abuse, a lawyer offers guidance to safely structure Christine Blasey Ford’s hearing.

COMMENTARY

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President Trump insinuated if Christine Blasey Ford’s assault was that bad, it would have been reported. Today survivors and their supporters walk out on that kind of shaming and blaming.

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Yale Law School students are demanding an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denounced new allegations against him as President Trump said he stands with his pick.

Michael A. Cohen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/28/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/881166912.jpg The Republicans bet on the tax cut — and lost

The GOP’s top legislative accomplishment has become an albatross around the party’s neck.

Opinion | Michael E. Porter

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Data from the Social Progress Index, the first-ever rigorous measurement of social performance, reveals that the quality of life and opportunities for many Americans is lagging.

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The teen said he ran out of food within a week and survived on fish and seawater he squeezed from his clothing.

JIM McBRIDE | PATRIOTS FILM STUDY

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Detroit won all the battles in the trenches and balanced its offense well between runs and passes.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper1-22412.jpg When opponents take away Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady is left with nothing

The Patriots haven’t provided Brady with other weapons, and asking him to do more with less isn’t working.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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Their subpar performance can be traced to self-inflicted wounds, including Tom Brady skipping offseason workouts.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Should a Mass. highway remain elevated or come back to earth? Yep, we’re debating this again

The biggest question around Boston’s most significant highway project since the time of the Big Dig sounds like a debate from that era.

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The White House delayed until at least Thursday a decision on the fate of Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation, following reports anticipating his imminent departure.

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The new Boston Police bureau aimed at enhancing the city community policing strategy that will be led by a veteran of the department.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/greenhouse_22campaignnotes-1_metro.jpg Health care watchdog to weigh in on costs of nurse staffing ballot question

The analysis by the Health Policy Commission will be the first independent look at the polarizing issue.

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Dallas police say a white officer accused of fatally shooting her black neighbor inside his own apartment has been dismissed.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/25maineisland_001.jpg You may have just missed your chance to own this historic Maine island

At $950,000, the next owner is close enough to the mainland, but far enough out to enjoy some peace and quiet.

A screen capture of the SunSetter Retractable Awnings commercial, which has been airing nationally every spring and summer for 14 years.

SunSetter

NESTOR RAMOS

How a small company in Malden created the Greatest TV Commercial Ever Made

It did not involve Clydesdales or polar bears or Michael Jordan. It’s an ad for retractable awnings. And it has been seen hundreds of millions of times.

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A forum will be held Thursday night to “discuss how we as a community deal with sharks in the waters off our coast.”

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The Comerica Park food service worker was arrested after a video was posted online allegedly showing him spitting on a pizza.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Margery Eagan

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Despite #MeToo, we don’t just doubt sex crime victims, we eviscerate them.

Special reports

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/RinaldiDrama33.jpg The world, the stage, the way ahead

Lost and alone, Deb made a decision to reclaim the only home she’d ever had, whatever the risk.

Newsletters

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The Big Picture

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Big picture

A drama unfolds in Peabody

Deb was still new to this high school in Peabody, and had found her way to the vaunted theater program, establishing a foothold in a realm that felt magical.

STAT

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Screening practices and the extent of collaboration with mental health providers vary widely from one clinic to the next.

Love Letters: The Podcast

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In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and “Wet Hot American Summer” creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic

 

Real Estate

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Slightly more than a third of all home purchases were made by millennials over the past year.

Globe event

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Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she’s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.

Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/FlfQGTy9_585.jpg More about Last Seen: The Largest Unsolved Art Heist ever

A true-crime podcast about the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: the theft of 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Crossword

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Puzzled? Keep trying your hand at our interactive crossword and see if you can triumph.