See how the senators voted below.

Voted to advance:

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri
Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas
Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana
Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada
Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Mississippi
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma
Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin
Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona
Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky
Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska
Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska
Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi
Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana

Voted against advancing:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut
Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware
Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California
Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii
Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida
Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan
Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire
Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minnesota
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana
Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon
Bye, NAFTA. Hello, USMCA. The newly revamped trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada is not easier to shorthand, but it is something that President Donald Trump is very jazzed about. Almost as jazzed as the internet was about Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s transition lenses.
Another thing the President is jazzed about? Hard hats! And electrical contracting, apparently. He sported yet another hard hat at a National Electrical Contractors Association gathering, otherwise known as another missed opportunity to find someone reliable to consult about rewiring my kitchen.
Meanwhile, the other Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, showed up in Texas. He even made her get up on stage. I hope they discussed this ahead of time, because normally one of the rules of relationships is not to pull the other person into the spotlight without permission. Oh, Sen. Ted Cruz, the candidate for whom this event was held, was also there.
And in objectively the cutest Trump family news of the week, first lady Melania Trump almost got her hair pulled by a baby! Mrs. Trump is on a solo visit to Africa.
But what about literally everyone else in politics? The people without the surname “Trump”? Those people, including Sen. Kamala Harris, all seemed to be at the Atlantic Festival. Strong “Is everybody hanging out without me?” vibes. Honestly, it seems like my kind of “festival.” Indoors. Climate controlled. Indoor plumbing. Noticeable lack of flower crowns. Yes, please.
Cabarrus County Republican Chair Lanny Lancaster shared the photo, which portrays a young blond woman with a flowy 80’s haircut, glasses and braces on Monday night, the Raleigh News and Observer reported. Lancaster appears to have since deleted his post.
The photo has been used in memes and online jokes since at least 2012 and has recently been circulating in conjunction with actual yearbook photos of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The individual post shared by Lancaster has been shared nearly 13,000 times.
“I didn’t say anything. I just said this is her picture. Basically, the media is distorting the facts on this lady. Everything she’s said is made up. She has no evidence whatsoever. I support that theory,” Lancaster told the Raleigh News and Observer.
“The media wants you to think she was a beautiful young lady who was on her way home from the tennis courts,” Lancaster added to the News and Observer. “I just wanted you to see the real person. I wanted people to see that this is really her.”
Lancaster and the Carrabus County GOP did not immediately respond to requests for comment from CNN Friday morning.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when the two were in high school, which he denies.
That vote was a massive boost for Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, who had privately fretted since allegations of sexual assault against the judge were revealed two weeks ago that he might not make it to even this point.


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And to be clear, “this point” is not the end point. Voting for an end to the endless debate that defines the Senate is not the same thing as voting for Kavanaugh’s final confirmation.
But, make no mistake: The cloture vote was seen as an absolutely key test of Kavanaugh’s strength among the four undecided Senators — Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia — who had (and have) the ability to make or break the nomination.
In the end, three of those four undecideds — Collins, Flake and Manchin — voted to end debate. Murkowski opposed it.
So what does that mean? Well, given that a vote for cloture ≠ a vote for confirmation, we should all be wary of drawing too many conclusions.
BUT, here’s what the cloture vote suggests:
Most obviously, that Murkowski is almost certainly a “no” on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. As the lone Republican to vote against cloture, it would be very strange for her to then vote for his confirmation. (Worth noting: Murkowski told a local radio station last week that she had experienced her own #MeToo moment — although she provided no further details.)
Flake’s “yes” vote — combined with his comments Thursday that the FBI’s supplemental investigation had been thorough and provided no corroborating evidence of the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez — suggest he will almost certainly be a “yes” on final confirmation.
Those two votes would put the vote count on Kavanaugh’s confirmation at 49-49, meaning Republicans would need one more “yes” vote to put Kavanaugh on the Court. (Vice President Mike Pence would break a 50-50 tie in Kavanaugh’s favor.)
Which leaves Collins and Manchin. Collins is expected to announce her final decision in a speech on the Senate floor at 3 p.m., ET. And Manchin has said little about how he was leaning prior to supporting cloture.
Some sharp observers have noted that Collins has voted for cloture and then against confirmation before — most notably in the case of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And there is some sense that Manchin, despite the fact that Trump won his state by 43 points and he is up for reelection in 32 days, wouldn’t be willing to be the 50th (and deciding) vote on Kavanaugh.
Which, maybe! As I said above, nothing is official until the final confirmation vote happens on Saturday. But remember a few things here:
* Collins hasn’t opposed any Supreme Court nominee since she was elected to the Senate in 1996.
* Manchin is currently ahead in his race against state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and would be loath to hand his GOP opponent such a major issue — that is so important to the state’s conservative base — this close to an election.
Plus, on top of those realities is this one: Collins and Manchin both voted for cloture. That’s not conclusive evidence of what they will do on Saturday, but it sure looks better for Kavanaugh’s chances than if they had voted against ending debate on the nomination.
The Point: The cake isn’t baked yet. But it’s getting very, very close to being done.
In America, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been accused by Professor Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her in high school. She said during her testimony on Capitol Hill that she believed he was going to rape her.
He has also been accused by fellow Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez, of exposing his penis to her while at college. Kavanaugh has angrily denied the accusations.
Cristiano Ronaldo — one of the world’s most famous and highest-paid sports stars — has been accused of rape by teacher Kathryn Mayorga.
As vote looms, Kavanaugh makes final argument

Ronaldo has also denied the accusations, calling rape “an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
Allegedly, both men’s careers now hang in the balance. Judge Kavanaugh may lose the privilege of a lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court, having instead to settle for the lifetime appointment he already holds to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who has a few years left of being a top-flight footballer, will not play in Portugal’s next four internationals.
These are heavy prices indeed for a little alleged sexual assault and rape, but luckily for both Kavanaugh and Ronaldo, it looks like the closing of ranks is already well in progress.
Asked if Kavanaugh’s nomination would be withdrawn, Politico reported that a White House lawyer said, “No way, not even a hint of it. If anything, it’s the opposite.”
Meanwhile, the President of the United States, who thinks that “it’s a very scary time for young men in America,” said Ramirez “admits that she was drunk.” Admits.
Following a hearing in which Kavanaugh, according to some of his former classmates, blatantly misrepresented his drinking and peddled in hyperpartisan conspiracy theories about the Clintons — both of which should surely be a bar to a seat on the Supreme Court — The Wall Street Journal saw fit to give him space for an op-ed headlined, without a hint of irony: “I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge.”
Nike and EA Sports, both of which have contracts with Ronaldo, have assured the public that they are “closely monitor(ing) the situation,” with Nike saying it’s “deeply concerned,” which will be a great relief to rape victims everywhere.
The soccer club Juventus has thrown its support behind their man, tweeting on Thursday that he “has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus,” and that, “The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.” For good measure, they followed up with a fawning video of the player scoring a goal in training, showing that he is getting on with things just fine at this difficult time.
As for Fernando Santos, the Portuguese national coach, he has cited Ronaldo’s summer move from the Spanish to the Italian championships as a reason for leaving him out of the Portugal squad, saying that he “always” supports his players and that he believes Ronaldo, according to the Guardian.
“In the future, nothing prevents Cristiano from giving his contribution to the national team,” he tweeted. At least he’s honest.
Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski were arrested in Kavanaugh protests

Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski were arrested in Kavanaugh protests

And let’s be honest about this. For a brief moment, institutions may make sad faces about tough decisions and the abstract horrors of rape. But then institutional muscle memory will take over, and they will revert to type.
Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite his clear unfitness for the bench, irrespective of whether you believe Ford and Ramirez (and I do).
Ronaldo will carry on playing soccer and earning millions of euros flogging sportswear.
There is no reason for the men of America, or indeed anywhere, to be scared.
And the women? Well, we’ll just have to carry on talking about what these men have done to us in the face of disbelief, mockery and threats.
And we’ll just have to carry on hoping that one day, in the face of all the evidence, you’ll start listening to us.
Meng was not on French soil when he was last seen, according a senior French law enforcement official, who declined to say if he was in China.
Meng’s wife went to Lyon police Thursday night to report his disappearance, the source said.
Meng’s wife last heard from him 10 days ago, a spokeswoman for Interpol told CNN. The spokeswoman, who declined to give her name, refused to say if Meng was on official business in China when he was last heard from.
“Interpol is aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei. This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China,” Interpol said in a statement. “Interpol’s General Secretariat headquarters will not comment further.”
CNN is awaiting a response from the prosecutor’s office in Lyon, France, where the international crime fighting and police cooperation agency is based.
French national police and the French Interior Ministry declined to comment on the story.
CNN has also sought to contact Chinese authorities, but it is a public holiday in China.
Meng, who is China’s vice minister for public security and a former head of Interpol China, was elected president of Interpol in November 2016.
He was the first Chinese official to become Interpol president, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said at the time. The secretary-general of Interpol is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization.
Fan Bingbing: China says missing actress fined for tax evasion

This is not the first high-profile disappearance involving a Chinese national to hit the headlines in recent weeks.
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing mysteriously disappeared from public view in June and has not been seen since.
On Wednesday, Xinhua reported that she had been fined tens of millions of dollars for tax evasion after she misreported how much money she had received for certain film projects.
Fan’s disappearance from public view sparked widespread speculation she had been detained by the authorities. Xinhua said she had been under investigation by tax authorities in Jiangsu province, near Shanghai but didn’t provide any details on her current whereabouts.
In a letter posted on social media, Fan, 37, apologized profusely and repeatedly to the public and government.
The two tech companies compete aggressively in high-end smartphones, but Samsung also provides key parts for Apple’s (AAPL) devices.
The South Korean electronics maker said Friday it expects to pull in as much as 17.6 trillion won ($15.6 billion) in operating profit for the three months ended in September. That’s a jump of more than 20% from the same period a year earlier and Samsung’s highest quarterly earnings ever.
The company didn’t provide a detailed breakdown of results yet, but analysts are ready to fill in the blanks. The bumper profit haul was likely driven by strong sales in memory chips and higher earnings in Samsung’s display and consumer electronics business, according to SK Kim, an analyst with investment bank Daiwa Capital Markets.
The higher margins for flexible screens Samsung is supplying for the new range of iPhones helped boost earnings, Kim said.
Business from Apple accounts for 25% to 30% of sales at Samsung’s display division, he added. The unit generated about 10% of the South Korean company’s 54 trillion won ($48 billion) profit last year.
Analysts expect Samsung to report disappointing smartphone sales despite the release of its new Galaxy Note 9.

There are doubts about how long Samsung’s profits can keep hitting new highs.
Analysts have been warning about slowing demand and a subsequent drop in prices for some memory chips, the business that drove a year-long streak of record profits at Samsung.
And despite the blockbuster earnings Samsung forecast Friday, analysts expect the company to report disappointing smartphone sales for the third quarter, despite the release of a new flagship device, the Galaxy Note 9, in August.
Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, is suffering “a slowdown in many markets” compared with the same quarter last year, said TuanAnh Nguyen, an analyst at research firm Canalys.
Competition from Apple and Huawei’s new flagship phones mean Samsung faces “tremendous challenges to remain strong” in the high-end market, he added.
Samsung will report full results at the end of this month.
Beyond smartphones and memory chips, another reason Samsung’s earnings were so hot last quarter was because South Korea was so hot — literally.
A sweltering summer in the country fueled an increase in air-conditioner sales for Samsung’s consumer electronics division, according to Kim.
Samsung shares closed flat in Seoul on Friday. The stock has fallen about 12% so far this year, weighed down by concerns about future demand for memory chips.
The chain said it plans to remain in business, but it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to get out of about 700 unfavorable leases. Mattress Firm said it will quickly close 200 underperforming stores and make decisions about whether to close or maintain the other 500 locations in the coming weeks. There are more than 3,300 Mattress Firm stores in the United States.
Mattress Firm plans to exit bankruptcy in about two months. It hopes that the liquidity gained from the bankruptcy allows it to expand into more favorable markets and even open some new stores in existing markets.
“We will continue to provide unmatched value to our customers by offering the best quality beds at prices that fit any budget today, tomorrow and into the future,” said CEO Steve Stagner.
Its parent company, Steinhoff International, is dealing with major problems including accounting irregularities forcing its CEO to resign in December 2017.
Like many retailers, the 32-year-old chain has struggled with overexpansion, including its purchase of Sleepy’s in 2016 and Mattress Giant in 2012. The company has many stores in close proximity to one another, cannibalizing sales. It’s also grappling with increasing competition from online retailers, including Casper and Amazon.
Casper plans to open 200 stores across the United States in the next three years as part of an ambitious growth plan. The four-year-old company wants to gain exposure with shoppers who prefer trying out a mattress at a store first — and increase impulse buys that can only come from browsing physical locations.
Stores could help Casper stand out in a crowded mattress market. Digital rivals, such as Purple, Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and Yogabed, have cropped up, while legacy retailers have taken a page from Casper, introducing delivery in a box.
Amazon quietly rolled its own in-house brand of foam mattresses that cost a fraction rivals’ beds. For example, an AmazonBasics queen mattress costs $229, compared to $600 at Tuft and Needle and nearly $1,000 at Casper.
A search for a similar bed on Mattress Firm’s website yields dozens of results, potentially overwhelming customers. That could push them to online rivals, most of which only offer two or three different kinds of mattresses.
Protesters flood the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington on Thursday, October 4, to protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Updated 10:14 AM ET, Fri October 5, 2018

Protesters flood the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington on Thursday, October 4, to protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Protesters gathered Thursday, October 4, to challenge the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

Hundreds turned up to voice their opposition at a US Senate building in the nation’s capital, while lawmakers reviewed an FBI report on allegations against Kavanaugh. Three women have accused him of sexual misconduct, which Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied.

There were also anti-Kavanaugh rallies in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

Comedian Amy Schumer was among more than 300 people arrested in the Hart Senate Office Building atrium after Capitol Police barricaded the front of the Capitol.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s VP of global public policy, is a personal friend of Kavanaugh’s, and they worked together during the last George W. Bush administration. Kaplan sat behind Kavanaugh, among the judge’s family and friends, throughout Kavanaugh’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday.
Kaplan’s presence took Facebook colleagues by surprise, including those who work with him at the company’s office in Washington, according to a person familiar with the internal strife caused by Kaplan’s attendance at the hearing. “No one knew,” the person told CNN Business.
Facebook's VP of Public Policy Joel Kaplan (wearing a blue tie) sat near Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's friends and family at last week's Senate confirmation hearing.

“Let’s assume for a minute that our VP of Policy understands how Senate hearings work,” one Facebook employee wrote in an internal message board posting seen by The New York Times. “His seat choice was intentional, knowing full well that journalists would identify every public figure appearing behind Kavanaugh. He knew that this would cause outrage internally, but he knew that he couldn’t get fired for it. This was a protest against our culture, and a slap in the face to his fellow employees.”
Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s chief operating officer, weighed in on the issue in an internal post Friday, a day after the hearing.
“I’ve talked to Joel about why I think it was a mistake for him to attend given his role in the company. We support people’s right to do what they want in their personal time but this was by no means a straight-forward case,” Sandberg wrote in an internal post seen by CNN Business. Details of the post were first reported by The New York Times.
“As a woman and someone who cares so deeply about how women are treated, the Kavanaugh issue is deeply upsetting to me — as I know it is to many women and men in our company and around the world,” she wrote.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Kaplan.
A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, “Sexual assault is an issue society has turned a blind eye to for far too long — compounding every victim’s pain. Our leadership team recognizes that they’ve made mistakes handling the events of the last week and we’re grateful for all the feedback from our employees.”
Kaplan has a prominent role at the company, and was by Mark Zuckerberg’s side when the Facebook CEO appeared before Congress last April.
Silicon Valley companies have been criticized by some on the right who say the social media giants are biased against conservatives.
Kaplan’s attendance at the hearing came a day before Facebook announced it had suffered its largest ever security breach, affecting at least 50 million users.