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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein walks to the stage during a Religious Liberty Summit on July 30 at the Department of Justice. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

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While You Weren’t Looking: 5 stories from the Trump administration that aren’t about Brett Kavanaugh

Relatives greet Anthony David Tovar Ortiz, center, after arriving at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on Aug. 14.
Relatives greet Anthony David Tovar Ortiz, center, after arriving at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on Aug. 14. Oliver de Ros/AP

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s delayed Supreme Court confirmation continued to dominate national headlines, particularly amid speculation over whether Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of an attempted sexual assault more than 30 years ago, plans to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

While Washington’s eyes were on the judiciary and President Donald Trump was attacking Ford on Twitter, here are five stories you might have missed this week.

Report: Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to expose Trump chaos in 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Rod Rosenstein — the deputy attorney general who has overseen the Russia probe since early 2017 — reportedly proposed wearing a wire in 2017 to covertly document the chaos Trump was wreaking on the White House.

New York City cab drivers face depression and debt amid increased competition from Uber and Lyft

Taxi drivers gather at John F. Kennedy Airport while waiting to pick up passengers in New York City.
Taxi drivers gather at John F. Kennedy Airport while waiting to pick up passengers in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Nic Hunt has been driving a taxicab in New York City for more than 30 years. Hunt’s best friend, Nicanor Ochisor, died by suicide in March. Friends and family members of Ochisor, who was also a cab driver, believe his suicide was the result of financial pressure due to increased competition for passengers with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft.

“I still have texts in my phone when he text[ed] me. ‘Half an hour I couldn’t pick up a passenger’ or ’40 minutes, I couldn’t find a passenger,’” Hunt said on Mic Dispatch.

With #WhyIDidntReport, sexual assault survivors remind Trump about the dangers of rape culture

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Sexual assault survivors and civil rights organizations are using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport to remind President Donald Trump the process of reporting assault allegations to authorities often discourages victims from speaking out.

#WhyIDidntReport began trending after Trump speculated Friday on Twitter why Christine Blasey Ford — who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault — didn’t report the incident to police when it allegedly occurred around 1982.

Can CBD oil help dogs with stress, anxiety, aches and pain? And is it safe?

A very good dog
A very good dog The Vertical View Ltd/Shutterstock

CBD — a derivative of cannabis — is an increasingly popular natural remedy people swear helps alleviate their chronic pain, anxiety and other ailments. Now, products with the same ingredient are making their way into products for your furry friends.