Aug 31, 2018

Former Nixon White House counsel to testify in Kavanaugh hearing

Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

John Dean, White House counsel for former President Richard Nixon, is testifying as a democratic witness in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing next week, reports the Associated Press.

Why it matters: Kavanaugh has previously opined that sitting presidents should be exempt in investigations that could come with criminal implications, which means he could assume the same for President Trump in the Russia investigation, a matter Democrats trying to block his confirmation have asserted thus far. Dean notably cooperated with federal investigators and ultimately helped bring down Nixon presidency.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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