Sep 26, 2018

Arizona sex crimes prosecutor tapped to question Kavanaugh and Ford

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Senate Judiciary Committee has selected Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford this week.

The details: Mitchell is currently on leave as Deputy County Attorney in Phoenix, and the Division Chief of the Special Victims Division, according to the committee. She is an expert on the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes. The committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to hear testimony from both Ford, who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault in high school, and Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegations. A vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is currently scheduled for Friday.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.