‘SNL’: Matt Damon Has Blue Christmas In Holiday Video; Miley Cyrus Scores Big

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The judge, at that point awaiting confirmation for his appointment as Supreme Court Justice, had made headlines with his petulant, defensive appearance at a Senate hearing.
And here's the Kavanaugh sketch, just for fun:
Damon's episode of Saturday Night Live, with musical guests Cyrus and Ronson, airs Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11:30 pm ET/8:30 PT on NBC.
It is, Damon says, his favorite day of the year. In the video, Damon, musical guests Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson, and cast members Beck Bennett and Cecily Strong gather on the bough-decked Studio 8H stage to enjoy a Secret Santa gift exchange.
I won't spoil the secrets, but all gifts save one aren't exactly the stuff of holiday dreams. Check out the holiday episode promo above.
Whether the SNL writers can figure a way to get Damon's sputtering lunatic Kavanaugh into a topical sketch remains to be seen, but here's hoping. Sure would beat an ugly scarf.
Check out that sketch below. The episode will mark Damon's second time as host, but his stand-out appearance came a few months ago when he gave one of the highlights of the SNL season so far as an irate and weepy Brett Kavanaugh.
Matt Damon returns to host NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, and is off to a good start with the show's weekly promo video. Crushed by a lousy Secret Santa gift, Damon expresses the disappointment some of us will feel if his Brett Kavanaugh doesn't make a return appearance.

Brett Kavanaugh Headed To Supreme Court As Sen. Susan Collins Vows ‘Yes’ Vote For Tomorrow

In a speech he assured senators he wrote himself, he accused Democrats on the committee of an orchestrated "hit" against him, fueled by their anger over President Donald Trump's election and their desire to exact revenge "on behalf of the Clintons." One day before Collins announced her deciding vote, Kavanaugh attempted to clean up the mess he had made, penning an op ed in Wall Street Journal, promising he was nothing like the partisan hack Kavanaugh of last week's infamous rant before the House Judiciary Committee.
"Today, we have come to the conclusion of a confirmation process that has become so dysfunctional it looks more like a caricature of a gutter-level political campaign than a solemn occasion," Collins blasted, noting the number of senators who joined the race to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination but got beaten to the punch "by one of our colleagues who announced the opposition before the identity was even known."
Heading in to this afternoon's announcement, Collins was being reminded on social media that a crowdsourcing site already had collected $2 million toward funding her future political opponent if she votes YES to confirm Kavanaugh.
As to the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, Collins said she "listened carefully" to Ford's testimony, finding her "sincere, painful and compelling" and believes Ford to be a survivor of sexual assault.
Collins insisted Kavanaugh has assured her precedent is "not merely a practice and tradition" but rooted in the Constitution.
Collins announced her "yes" vote, giving Kavanaugh the 50th vote he needed to seal the deal, in the very last sentence of a 45-minute address on the floor of the Senate. But Collins showed her cards at the outset, eviscerating Democratic "dark money" groups who spent money opposing Kavanaugh's nomination, while not mentioning their conservative counterparts who had done same.
Brett Kavanaugh will formally be confirmed to the Supreme Court; he's got GOP Sen. Susan Collins to thank.
That gave NBC News, for instance, plenty of time to put together plans for one of its Special Reports and carry her speech in its entirety. Collins made sure of that, announcing even before this morning's procedural vote that, at 3 PM ET, she would make the big reveal on her plans for tomorrow's confirmation vote. The momentous announcement was widely carried across the TV landscape. CBS News, meanwhile, covered her long address in its entirely on CBSN. Cable news networks were, of course, glued to Collins from start to finish.
I might have been too emotional at times. I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.” /> I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad.
Kavanaugh has received rave reviews for his track "including his judicial temperament," she argued, not mentioning his wild partisan Senate Judiciary Committee outburst last Thursday, that even he felt the need to try to clean up in an op-ed published by Wall Street Journal.
At times, my testimony—both in my opening statement and in response to questions—reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character. My statement and answers also reflected my deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled.
Even so, Collins told reporters the FBI report “appears very thorough.” Collins had signaled it was game over on Thursday after seeing the FBI's report on its Brett Kavanaugh probe in which the bureau did not actually speak to Kavanaugh, nor to his accuser, Ford.
Rejecting the claim made by some Republicans that Feinstein leaked the confidential letter she had received from Ford,  Collins guessed the culprit would not be discovered and blasted that person for sacrificing Ford's well-being "in a misguided attempt to win whatever political crusade you think you are fighting."
Moments after Collins' reveal, Dem. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia tweeted he would break from party ranks and vote to seat Kavanaugh on the court.
"If you fail to stand up for the people of Maine and for Americans across the country, every dollar donated to this campaign will go to your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020. We will get you out of office,"  the Crowdpac post put her on notice.
But, she said, none of the four witnesses she named could corroborate any of the events of that evening and that her standard failed to meet even a "more likely than not" threshold. "Therefore, I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Kavanaugh from serving on the court."
Collins, was one of a few holdouts who held the keys to the kingdom for Kavanaugh, as the senate considered whether to give the judge accused of lying under oath during his confirmation process, and of sexually assaulting Ford in high school, a lifetime appointment to the country's top court.
She then walked viewers through her meetings and conversations with Kavanaugh, and most particularly about Trump's vow to appoint only Supreme Court justices who will promise to overturn Roe v Wade.
Adding it is her "fervent hope that Brett Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions of the Supreme Court so we have far fewer 5/4 decisions" and restore "public confidence in our highest court"  – without presenting any evidence he could or would –  Collins said, "I will vote to confirm judge Kavanaugh."

Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Set To Testify At Public Hearing On Thursday – Update

Ford," Katz said. "The imposition of aggressive and artificial deadlines regarding the date and conditions of any hearing has created tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress on Dr. "Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee is completely inappropriate."


"Its sole purpose is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family," Katz said in a statement. Our modest request is that she be given an additional day to make her decision." "She has already been forced out of her home and continues to be subjected to harassment, hate mail, and death threats.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, granted one final request for an extension. Late last night, Sen.
Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford asked the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday night for an additional day to make her decision to testify. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley extended the deadline for a definitive response to 10 PM. If there's no response or a rejection of the offer, Grassley said, the committee may set a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Monday.
However, as of Saturday, the testimony has been penciled in for Thursday. If no deal is solidified, Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination could move ahead on Monday as scheduled.
PREVIOUS Sept. 27. 22: Christine Blasey Ford lawyers and the Senate Judiciary Committee reached a tentative agreement Saturday for her to testify on Thursday, Sept.
Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on,” Grassley tweeted. “Dr. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) seems to be running the show. He also joked that Minority Leader Sen.
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However, the acceptance is conditional and no date or time has been set, leaving open the question on whether Ford will continue to stall the appearance. PREVIOUS:  Several news reports indicate Ford has accepted the offer to testify next week.
Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, said the 10 PM deadline was "arbitrary."  Earlier in the day, reports surfaced that Ford wanted to drive from California to Washington, DC to testify, among other alleged demands.
“With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor.”
The Grassley statement:
President Trump tweeted on Friday that Ford or “her loving parents” would surely have filed a police report if the experience was as traumatic as she described.
According to the Washington Post, Ford's legal team said that they committed to the hearing which will take place at 10 AM on Thursday. The decision came after lengthy negotiations in the past week.
Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” Trump tweeted. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place! “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr.
Reports have indicated Ford intends to drive cross-country from her California home to Washington, DC, a journey that will take a minimum of three days at best.
Grassley has indicated that a vote to support Kavanaugh’s nomination will happen on Monday if Ford refuses to testify.
Ford decides not to testify. Ford’s attorneys don’t respond or Dr. In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I’ve been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony." “I’m extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o’clock this evening," Grassley said. "I’m providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr.
Christine Blasey Ford has until today at 2:30 PM Eastern time to respond to the Senate's request for an answer on whether she will testify about her experience with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
27. Ford has committed to the public hearing next week where she and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be questioned about claims that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. 23: Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, Sept. UPDATE 11:30 AM, Sept.
EARLIER:  A Friday night deadline has passed with no word on whether the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct will testify on Monday against him.
Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, are planning to talk Sunday about the testimony. According to the New York Times, the date has not been set in stone as Ford's lawyers and aides to Senator Charles E.
The Senate had given her a 2:30 PM EST deadline to respond with a definitive answer. The Kavanaugh confirmation vote would be three days after Ford testifies,
This is the fifth extension of a deadline for Ford to respond with a definitive answer. Previous reasons for delaying include a request for an FBI investigation and time to drive to Washington, DC from California.

Alyssa Milano Comes Forward With #WhyIDidntReport Story: “It Meant Recognizing My Attacker’s Existence”

Milano has been an outspoken voice during the #MeToo and Time's Up movement as well as a supporter of Ford. The Insatiable star comes after the SCOTUS nominee in the article.
"This statement chilled me to my core," she said. In an essay written for Vox, Milano said that she wasn't much older than Ford when she was sexually assaulted. When she read Trump's tweet on Friday about how "if Ford’s words were true" she should have filed a report years ago.
She continues: "For me, speaking up meant reliving one of the worst moments of my life. Telling our stories means being vulnerable to public attacks and ridicule when our only 'crime' was to be assaulted in the first place." It meant recognizing my attacker’s existence when I wanted nothing more than to forget that he was allowed to walk on this Earth at all. This is what every survivor goes through.
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"Now, we are seeing our worst nightmares realized when we see the disbelief, pushback, hate, and death threats Ford is receiving just because she had the courage to speak up," she said.
After Trump's initial tweet, Milano did not hold back and tweeted at the former Celebrity Apprentice host: "I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell [my] parents." She then encouraged everyone to share their stories.
"And the highest court in our land is no place for an alleged sexual offender to sit." "Every person who refuses to loudly and openly reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination is telling every generation of Americans that an alleged abuser’s career is more valuable than a survivor’s humanity," she wrote.
Milano writes that victims of sexual assault don't file a report because "they know all too well that our stories are rarely taken seriously or believed." She adds that when it comes to sexual misconduct, "our justice system is broken."
Activist and actress Alyssa Milano is the latest celebrity voice to come forward to tell her #WhyIDidntReport story in the response to Donald Trump’s questioning on why Christine Blasey Ford did not file a police report regarding her sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"It took me three decades to tell my parents that the assault had even happened. I never told officials. "It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends," Milano recalls. I never tried to find justice for my pain because justice was never an option." I never filed a police report.

White House Rips Bob Woodward Book As “Fabricated Stories,” With John Kelly Calling “Total BS” On “Idiot” Claim

I'm committed to the President, his agenda, and our country. "As I stated back in May and still firmly stand behind: “I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes." "The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true," he said in a statement. Kelly is depicted by Woodward as decrying the climate in the White House as "Crazytown" and blasting the president as "an idiot." Never happened, Kelly insisted. He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS.
Were it not for the Senate Judiciary Committee's raucous confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the multiple bombshells in Woodward's book would be exploding across cable news. On Twitter, they already are.” />
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed Bob Woodward's forthcoming book as "nothing more than fabricated stories," furnishing a list of no fewer than 53 accomplishments by President Donald Trump and a vow that "no one can beat him in 2020."
"While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people. “This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad," the statement said. Sometimes it is unconventional, but he always gets results. Democrats and their allies in the media understand the President’s policies are working and with success like this, no one can beat him in 2020 – not even close.”
The Washington Post, where Woodward has been a writer and editor for decades, obtained a copy of the 448-page Simon & Schuster book, and published a report on it today. Woodward's book, Fear, depicts Kelly and others inside the Administration as knashing their teeth and lamenting Trump's incompetence, defying his orders and even stealing mail from his office in an effort to keep the country safe. Along with the general statement, the White House also put out a response from Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.

Piper Perabo Arrested While Protesting At Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

Perabo is perhaps best known for playing CIA Agent Annie Walker on all five seasons of USA Network’s Covert Affairs. She’s also starred in in such films as Coyote Ugly, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Prestige and Looper.” />
Another group of protesters at today's hearing wore outfits inspired by The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu's Emmy-winning series about a totalitarian regime that abolishes women's rights and, in an era of declining birth rates due to infertility, forces those with healthy reproductive systems to produce children for the ruling class.
"I can’t be silent when someone is nominated to the Supreme Court who would take our equal rights away.” “Many citizens before me have fought for the equal rights of women," she tweeted.


Covert Affairs alumna Piper Perabo was arrested today at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings – one of dozens of protesters who were ushered out by Capitol Police after disrupting the proceedings.
“The voices heard at today's hearing are the noise of democracy,” he said during the hearing, “and it's because we have before us a nominee to the highest court in the land whose record is being hidden from the public.” Dick Durbin (D-IL) defended the right of the protesters to speak out. Sen.