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April 27, 2018

President Trump called into Fox & Friends on Thursday morning, and "this interview was insane," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show. "It was rambling; it was so loud, it sounded like he was shouting the whole time." Colbert joked his way through the interview, from Trump's birthday present for Melania to his musings on Michael Cohen's business, how he definitely didn't collude with Russia (just ask Vladimir Putin), his threat to maybe fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and his complaints about NBC and CNN while insisting "he doesn't watch the thing he spends every waking moment complaining about."

"Neither Fox nor Friend could get in a word edgewise," Colbert said. "The whole time this is going on, the curvy couchlings just sat there stunned, mouths slacked, glassy-eyed, wondering what to do. And we at The Late Show have obtained exclusive recordings of the Fox & Friends' inner monologues while they listened to Donald Trump unravel."

"After 30 minutes, the hosts gently reminded the president that he has a job," Colbert laughed. "But in their defense, the Fox & Friends had to rush the leader of the free world off the phone to get to their actual next news segment, 'Buck's famous scrambled eggs!' The secret ingredient is: changing the subject."

While Trump was on Fox & Friends, White House physician Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination for VA secretary. Colbert wasn't shocked. "Today we learned that his on-the-job alcohol use was so routine that there was a standing order to leave rum and Diet Coke in Dr. Jackson's hotel room on official travel," he said. "Oh, he's not just drinking — he's freshman-spring-break-in-Cancun drinking." Jackson denied all this, saying he's bowing out because his nomination had become "a distraction for this president." "To be fair," Colbert said, "jangly keys are a distraction for this president."

The Late Show also had a brief reaction to EPA chief Scott Pruitt's congressional testimony. Watch below. Peter Weber

9:58 p.m. ET
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Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday, giving the golfer his 80th career PGA Tour victory and his first since 2013.

Woods won by two shots over Billy Horschel, and with this win, is now second in the FedEx Cup standings, behind Justin Rose. He will receive $3 million for his second place finish, and on Monday, will enter the top 15 in the world rankings.

"I had a hard time not crying on the last hole," Woods told reporters. "I just can't believe I pulled this off. It's been tough. Not so easy the last couple years. I've worked my way back, and I couldn't have done it without the help of everyone around me." In April 2017, Woods had spinal fusion surgery, and was arrested for DUI a month later. Catherine Garcia

9:24 p.m. ET
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Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The New Yorker reported Sunday night.

Deborah Ramirez, 53, was one of Kavanaugh's classmates at Yale University, and told The New Yorker that during their freshman year in the early 1980s, they were at a party where both were inebriated. Kavanaugh allegedly put his penis in Ramirez's face, causing her to touch it without consent as she pushed him away. She also remembers him laughing and someone yelling in the hallway what Kavanaugh did. Kavanaugh told The New Yorker this "did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so."

At least four Democratic senators received information about the allegations from a civil rights attorney, and at least two have started investigations, The New Yorker reports. Ramirez was contacted by the magazine, and said she was reluctant to discuss the alleged incident because she could not fully remember the party, as she had been drinking. Ramirez spent six days going over her memories and speaking with an attorney, then shared her story with The New Yorker. The magazine contacted dozens of classmates, and one, who asked to remain anonymous due to the controversy surrounding Kavanaugh, said he heard about the incident after it happened and was "100 percent sure" he was told it involved Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's roommate freshman year, James Roche, was one of Ramirez's close friends, and said she was "exceptionally honest and gentle. I cannot imagine her making this up." He said he never saw Kavanaugh engaging in sexual misconduct, but he was "frequently, incoherently drunk," and it is "definitely" believable that Kavanaugh could be part of a "group of guys who thought it was funny to sexually torment a girl like" Ramirez. One of the classmates Ramirez said was at the party told The New Yorker he didn't think the incident happened and another said, "I have zero recollection." Other Kavanaugh friends from Yale released a statement saying "with confidence" the incident did not happen because "we would have heard about it." Read more at The New Yorker. Catherine Garcia

1:47 p.m. ET

Christine Ford isn't expected to testify about her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until Thursday — but Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) already seems to have made up his mind.

"You can't bring [her allegation] in a criminal court; you would never sue civilly; you couldn't even get a warrant," Graham said on Fox News Sunday. "What am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation?"

"Unless there's something more, no I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this," Graham continued, before adding that Ford "should have her say" and will be "respectfully treated." Watch Graham's full interview below. Bonnie Kristian

1:17 p.m. ET

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley broke with President Trump and many of his supporters Sunday to argue that Christine Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, "deserves respect and deserves to be heard."

"Accusers go through a lot of trauma. Some handle it one way and some handle it another way," she said on CNN's State of the Union, answering a question about Trump's tweeted response to Ford. "Regardless, it's not something we want to do to blame the accuser or try and second-guess the accuser. We don't know the situation she was going through 35 years ago. We don't know the circumstances."

Haley argued for a responsible but swift examination of Ford's claim by the Senate for the sake of both families involved. Watch an excerpt of her comments below, or read them in full here. Bonnie Kristian

12:51 p.m. ET

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox News Sunday to talk trade war, Iran, and Friday's report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has proposed ousting President Trump from office using the 25th Amendment.

"To the extent one wants to call this a trade war, we are determined to win it," Pompeo said of Trump's escalating tariffs on Chinese imports. He ignored a question from host Chris Wallace about how long the administration would maintain this course, repeating, "We're going to win it. We're going to get an outcome which forces China to behave" in accord with "fundamental principles of trade around the world, fairness, reciprocity."

Though Pompeo, like Trump, has cast U.S. tariffs as a punishment for poor behavior from Beijing, the cost of the taxes is absorbed by American consumers, not Chinese producers. China's trade surplus with the United States has hit record highs since Trump's tariff scheme began.

Turning to Iran, Pompeo pushed back on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's angry response to Saturday's attack on an Iranian military parade. "When you have a security incident at home, blaming others is an enormous mistake," Pompeo argued, calling for Tehran to focus on domestic security "rather than causing insecurity around the world."

And he slammed those, allegedly including Rosenstein, who have considered undermining the Trump administration from within. "If you can't be on the team, if you're not supporting this mission," Pompeo charged, "maybe you've got something else to do."

Watch Pompeo's full interview below. Bonnie Kristian

10:55 a.m. ET

At least 44 people have died since Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas more than a week ago, and though the catastrophic rains have finally ceased, flooding continues to hit North Carolina especially hard.

As some rivers continue to rise, tens of thousands remain without power, and many roads are still submerged or covered in debris. "I know we sound redundant, but it bears repeating," tweeted South Carolina's emergency management department. "Turn around, don't drown!"

Floodwaters have receded from Interstate 40, leaving behind a glut of dead fish. See firefighters hosing fish off the blacktop below. Bonnie Kristian

10:24 a.m. ET

A new ad for Democrat David Brill, who is challenging Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) for his seat, features six people in diverse occupations arguing Gosar is "absolutely not working for his district." The twist: They're all Gosar's siblings, and they're encouraging Arizonans to vote their brother out of office.

Gosar responded on Twitter Saturday:

On a lighter note than linking his siblings to a genocidal dictator, Gosar joked he must be "Mom's favorite," as his mother supports his campaign. Thanksgiving is gonna be so awkward this year. Bonnie Kristian

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