Updated Sep 17, 2018

Graham, Flake, Corker want to hear from Kavanaugh accuser

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Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker said Sunday that they would like the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s.

The big picture: Flake was more forceful with his request, telling the Washington Post's Sean Sullivan that the committee "can't vote until we hear more." Corker told Politico it "would be best for all involved." Meanwhile, Graham issued a statement that he would "gladly hear" from Ford, but indicated his support for an earlier joint Republican statement from Chairman Chuck Grassley's office that said it was "disturbing" that Democrats would sit on these allegations until the eve of Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

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Democrats lay out demands for coronavirus funding

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Thursday outlining their demands for coronavirus funding, including a guarantee that the eventual vaccine is affordable.

The big picture: Pelosi criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it "chaotic" and chiding President Trump for "name-calling" and "playing politics." She added at a press conference that bipartisan congressional leaders are nearing an agreement on emergency funding.