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The allegations of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have an obvious historical parallel: sexual harassment accusations made by another professor, Anita Hill, against another Supreme Court nominee, Justice Clarence Thomas.

But the parallels run deeper than is obvious.

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As if subpoenas issued to North Carolina election officials seeking massive amount of voting records were not enough controversy for Trump’s Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney of Eastern North Carolina also sent a similarly broad subpoena to state DMVs seeking voting registration records, including those “completed in a language other than English.” So far it’s not clear whether the DMV will comply; North Carolina’s Board of Elections has already authorized state Attorney General Josh Stein to fight the subpoenas sent to the election officials. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation referred me to the attorney’s general office, whose spokesperson said they were reviewing the subpoenas and were “concerned about the scope.”

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A State Department spokesperson argued on Twitter Sunday that “The assertion that @StateDept is ‘racist’ is disgusting and false—a brazen attempt to create division for domestic political gain,” an apparent reaction to a letter from House Democrats and a CNN editorial arguing that a senior department official had improperly worked to remove anti-racism rhetoric from a UN document.

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