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Brett Kavanaugh is angry and defiant as he faces accuser Christine Blasey Ford

Brett Kavanaugh’s performance offered the Senate and the country a stark choice between his impassioned denials of sexual misconduct and the specific, detailed allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

Analysis

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It was an uncomfortable and rare sight — a performance that seemed tuned as much to defending Brett Kavanugh’s honor as to salvaging his nomination.

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Excruciating. Offensive. Heartbreaking. And yet familiar. Many women who watched Christine Blasey Ford testify cringed through her questioning and identified with the witness more than they might have expected.

Former state senator Brian Joyce.

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Former state senator Brian Joyce found dead at his home

Foul play is not suspected, and the state medical examiner is expected to determine the cause and manner of his death. Joyce was 56.