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Bernie draws thousands as 2020 decision looms – POLITICO

Bernie draws thousands as 2020 decision looms – POLITICO. Bernie Sanders can still draw a crowd. Touching off a nine-state midterm election blitz here Friday, rally-goers clad in T-shirts from Sanders’ 2016 campaign cheered as the independent senator from Vermont reprised his progressive credentials on student debt, health care and the minimum wage. And they jeered along with Sanders as […]

Latino voters: Democratic outreach doesn’t look much better than it did in 2016 – Vox

Latino voters: Democratic outreach doesn’t look much better than it did in 2016 – Vox. Latino voters could make the difference in some of this year’s most competitive congressional races — particularly in places like Arizona, California, and Texas where they make up more than 20 percent of the electorate. Given high anti-Trump sentiment among Latino voters — and a […]

Massachusetts Voters Could Repeal a Ban on Discrimination Against Transgender People – Mother Jones

Massachusetts Voters Could Repeal a Ban on Discrimination Against Transgender People – Mother Jones. When Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters in May 2016 he would sign a bill protecting transgender people from discrimination in public spaces, it was a huge win for Kasey Suffredini. “We were finally successful,” says Suffredini, the co-chair of Freedom for All Massachusetts, a coalition […]

Republicans’ Saudi Arabia derangement

Republicans' Saudi Arabia derangement. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman may have miscalculated when it came to the missing (and presumed butchered) Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. New details keep coming out, most recently an alleged recording of Khashoggi being beaten, tortured, and beheaded. Many former regime apologists have turned on bin Salman, who’s looking more and more guilty of […]

Mueller Hits Snag In Russian Internet Troll Case – Talking Points Memo

Mueller Hits Snag In Russian Internet Troll Case – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Special counsel Robert Mueller has run into some skepticism from the federal judge overseeing the case he brought against Russians allegedly behind a social media campaign to influence the 2016 election — skepticism that could lead to the dismissal of the count against a company […]

Bernie 2016 alums wary of 2020 sequel – POLITICO

Bernie 2016 alums wary of 2020 sequel – POLITICO. A large contingent of his former staffers is looking to other candidates to carry the torch. Bernie Sanders has a problem as he decides whether to run in 2020: Many of his former staffers are looking elsewhere. With the Vermont senator kicking off a nine-state tour on Friday with stops in […]

Dear God, Hillary Clinton. Please, Just Go.

Dear God, Hillary Clinton. Please, Just Go.. by Liz Mair · October 18, 2018 We’re three weeks out from the 2018 midterm election, and Hillary Clinton is popping up again like a Halloween ghoul who keeps rising from the grave to terrorize the American public; only this time accompanied by the increasingly #MeToo burdened uber-villain, Bubba. The Clintons, it seems, […]

Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, the affirmative action case, explained – Vox

Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, the affirmative action case, explained – Vox. Arguments began Monday in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, a lawsuit that claims Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-American applicants. The trial is being closely watched for signs about the future of programs intended to boost the presence of underrepresented groups on college campuses across the […]

Jimmy Carter Says Brett Kavanaugh ‘Unfit’ To Serve As Supreme Court Justice | HuffPost

Jimmy Carter Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Unfit' To Serve As Supreme Court Justice | HuffPost. Former President Jimmy Carter didn’t mince words while discussing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during a visit to Emory University on Thursday. The 39th president called Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the highest court in the land “a very serious mistake” while speaking to a civil rights class, […]

A Record Number of Families Are Crossing the Southern Border Illegally – Mother Jones

A Record Number of Families Are Crossing the Southern Border Illegally – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Families from Guatemala are detained by Border Patrol agents after crossing the US-Mexico border without authorization along the Rio Grande in Texas in June. Jahi Chikwendiu/Getty Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The number of migrant families entering […]

Democrats’ bad bet on Beto

Democrats' bad bet on Beto. At least when Democrats lost their minds for Jon Ossoff in 2017, the quixotic electoral effort in Georgia had the virtue of novelty. In 2018, their massive bet on Robert “Beto” O’Rourke in Texas might cost them any chance to take control of the Senate. Ossoff was the Young Handsome Democrat Du Jour in 2017, […]

Israel’s Supreme Court Overturns Deportation Of Detained US Student – Talking Points Memo

Israel’s Supreme Court Overturns Deportation Of Detained US Student – Talking Points Memo. Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an appeals court ruling that agreed with the government’s decision to bar an American graduate student from entering the country over her alleged involvement in the boycott movement against the Jewish state. The court accepted Alqasem’s appeal, saying her desire to […]

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout – POLITICO

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout – POLITICO. The likely 2020 candidate is getting flak from the left and right after trying to defuse a Trump-driven controversy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s effort to defuse the Donald Trump-fueled controversy over her past claims of Native American ancestry seems to have done just the opposite. Twenty-four hours later, outrage on the left and […]

NYPD Detective Told Weinstein’s Alleged Victim to Delete Messages: ‘We Just Won’t Tell’ D.A.

NYPD Detective Told Weinstein’s Alleged Victim to Delete Messages: ‘We Just Won’t Tell’ D.A.. The former lead detective in the Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault investigation told a woman who accused the movie mogul of rape to delete messages and data from multiple cell phones before giving them to prosecutors, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The alleged victim did not […]

Should I even have kids in the age of climate change?

Should I even have kids in the age of climate change?. I am a 21-year-old college student who desperately wants to be a parent within the next five to eight years of my life. I am reasonably certain I can achieve this—I have a good job lined up after graduation, I’ve been dating the same person since we were 17, […]

Republicans Will Repeal Obamacare If They Get The Chance, Mitch McConnell Says | HuffPost

Republicans Will Repeal Obamacare If They Get The Chance, Mitch McConnell Says | HuffPost. Republicans could make another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act if they retain control of Congress next year, the Senate’s GOP leader said on Wednesday. The statement, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made in an interview with Reuters, came in response to a question […]

The tangled financial web between Saudi Arabia and the West

The tangled financial web between Saudi Arabia and the West. It wasn’t that long ago that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (cozily dubbed “MBS” by his elitist pals) was the toast of neoliberal political and financial circles throughout the West. Despite prosecuting a brutal war in Yemen, the crown prince’s ostensible commitment to reforming Saudi society and opening […]

Red ink horror show: Deficits are spiking, as everyone predicted – NY Daily News

Red ink horror show: Deficits are spiking, as everyone predicted – NY Daily News. by Daily News Editorial Board Just in time for the Halloween season, a ghoulish idea fit to be buried forever rises from the grave and gets a stake through the heart, surely to rise again. As it did under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, […]

Republicans aren’t running on taxes. They’re running on bigotry.

Republicans aren’t running on taxes. They’re running on bigotry.. “The tax bill is part of a bigger theme that we’re going to call The Great American comeback,” said Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, at the committee’s planning retreat in February. “If we stay focused on selling the tax reform package, I think we’re going […]

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout – POLITICO

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout – POLITICO. The likely 2020 candidate is getting flak from the left and right after trying to defuse a Trump-driven controversy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s effort to defuse the Donald Trump-fueled controversy over her past claims of Native American ancestry seems to have done just the opposite. Twenty-four hours later, outrage on the left and […]

Michael Avenatti Is Making Concrete Moves to Run for President in 2020 Against Trump

Michael Avenatti Is Making Concrete Moves to Run for President in 2020 Against Trump. Michael Avenatti, the firebrand attorney who has risen to fame representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, is taking concrete steps behind the scenes to prep for a possible 2020 presidential run. A new filing with the Federal Election Commission, shows that Avenatti’s political action committee, “Fight […]

Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz debate: Only Cruz’s attacks worked.

Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz debate: Only Cruz's attacks worked.. Rep. Beto O’Rourke made it about 13 minutes into the debate before he attempted to throw the aggressive punch at Sen. Ted Cruz that he’d been expected to throw. “Sen. Cruz is not going to be honest with you,” O’Rourke said, after Cruz suggested that the El Paso congressman’s concern […]

Study: Obama voters switched to Trump because of race – Vox

Study: Obama voters switched to Trump because of race – Vox. One of the most puzzling elements of the 2016 election, at least for a lot of Americans, was the millions of voters who switched from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016. Somewhere between 6.7 million and 9.2 million Americans switched this way; given that […]

Top Democratic Super PAC Comes To Bob Menendez’s Rescue In New Jersey | HuffPost

Top Democratic Super PAC Comes To Bob Menendez’s Rescue In New Jersey | HuffPost. The Senate Democrats’ leading super PAC is set to spend $3 million in bright blue New Jersey in an effort to save Sen. Bob Menendez, who has struggled to put away a Republican challenger after facing a corruption trial last year. Senate Majority PAC, which is […]

Heitkamp Apologizes for Outing, Misidentifying Sexual Violence Victims – Mother Jones

Heitkamp Apologizes for Outing, Misidentifying Sexual Violence Victims – Mother Jones. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who is locked in a heated reelection race with Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, ran a campaign ad in several North Dakota newspapers Sunday that listed the names of numerous women that the ad described as survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape. But it […]

Elizabeth Warren’s embarrassing self-own

Elizabeth Warren's embarrassing self-own. Of all the lunatic gestures with which one expected prospective Democratic 2020 hopefuls to try to distinguish themselves in a crowded field, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s mini-documentary about her Cherokee ancestry is among the most improbable. It is certainly going to be the most embarrassing. President Trump has long seized on Warren’s past claims of Cherokee […]

McConnell Calls For Cutting Government Programs To Deal With ‘Disturbing’ Debt – Talking Points Memo

McConnell Calls For Cutting Government Programs To Deal With ‘Disturbing’ Debt – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called on Congress to rein in major government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in order to slow America’s spiraling national debt on Tuesday, ignoring the fact the tax plan he recently passed has fueled […]

Opinion | What the Left Misses About Nationalism – The New York Times

Opinion | What the Left Misses About Nationalism – The New York Times. by John B. Judis · October 15, 2018 What the Left Misses About Nationalism The perception of a common national identity is essential to democracies and to the modern welfare state. Mr. Judis is the author of “The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization.” […]

Elizabeth Warren hits back at Trump, releases DNA test ‘strongly’ supporting Native American ancestry – POLITICO

Elizabeth Warren hits back at Trump, releases DNA test 'strongly' supporting Native American ancestry – POLITICO. Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test on Monday that “strongly support” her claims of Native American ancestry, hitting back at President Donald Trump for mocking her and showing her seriousness about a 2020 presidential run. The DNA test, conducted by […]

Democrats to Obama: Where Are You?

Democrats to Obama: Where Are You?. With just three weeks to go before one of most critical midterm elections in modern American history, the most powerful figure in the Democratic Party has kept his distance. Barack Obama’s involvement in the 2018 cycle was always bound to be limited. The former president has stressed his desire for the future generation of […]

Bill Gates talks with Ezra Klein about global progress in 2018 – Vox

Bill Gates talks with Ezra Klein about global progress in 2018 – Vox. Is the world becoming a better place? Are human beings, on average, becoming healthier, richer, safer? And if they’re not, why not? And how can we do better? Each year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases its annual Goalkeepers Report. The publication is thick with charts […]

Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels’ Defamation Lawsuit Against Donald Trump | HuffPost

Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels' Defamation Lawsuit Against Donald Trump | HuffPost. A federal judge on Monday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by porn star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump and ordered the woman to pay the president’s legal fees. U.S. District Judge James Otero said that Trump was well within his right to free speech when he tweeted about […]

Phil Bredesen Is Testing the Limits of What Democrats Will Put Up With – Mother Jones

Phil Bredesen Is Testing the Limits of What Democrats Will Put Up With – Mother Jones. As his party has continued to move further to the left, Phil Bredesen has had an increasingly uneasy relationship with it, despite being one of Tennessee’s most famous Democrats. But when the former governor and current Senate hopeful issued a statement recently that said […]

How Hillary Clinton could win in 2020

How Hillary Clinton could win in 2020. Once more unto the breach, dear friends? A Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump rematch in 2020 would be the most hyped political fight of all time. It would also be the most brutal, mind-numbing, soul-destroying election in our history. The amount of money raised by the DNC and assorted super PACs would topple all previous […]

Juan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer | TheHill

Juan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer | TheHill. President Trump could hardly do any more damage to the United States even if Vladimir Putin wanted him to do so. Having undermined trust in major American institutions, from the CIA to the FBI, last week Trump stuck a knife in the heart of the public’s trust in the Supreme Court. After […]

Opinion | Trump’s Callous Use of Kanye – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump’s Callous Use of Kanye – The New York Times. Yes, last week Kanye West went to the White House and Kanyed. The troubled rapper and Donald Trump supporter, who was invited to the White House supposedly to discuss heady, important subjects like sentencing reform, was put on display by Trump, who invited the press pool into the […]

How the liberal wish list could bite Democrats – POLITICO

How the liberal wish list could bite Democrats – POLITICO. Bold progressive promises may help the party retake the House in the midterms. But then they’ll face pressure to to deliver. A Trump-inspired resurgence on the left has even many centrist Democrats embracing an outspokenly liberal wish list as their party hopes to capture one or both chambers of Congress […]

2020 CNN poll shows Democrats like Joe Biden to take on Donald Trump – Vox

2020 CNN poll shows Democrats like Joe Biden to take on Donald Trump – Vox. While most attention right now is (rightly) on the 2018 midterm elections, that can’t totally stop speculation about the 2020 presidential election — namely, who will take on President Donald Trump. According to a new and very early poll from CNN, Democrats are pretty into […]

Americans Increasingly Predicting Trump 2020 Victory: CNN Poll | HuffPost

Americans Increasingly Predicting Trump 2020 Victory: CNN Poll | HuffPost. The percentage of Americans who believe President Donald Trump will win a second term is increasing, a new CNN poll finds. Forty-six percent of those polled think Trump will defeat his Democratic opponent in 2020, as opposed to 47 percent who think he will lose. The poll comes with a […]

Conservatism after Kavanaugh

Conservatism after Kavanaugh. The die is cast. Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court justice, and the nation is just four weeks away from a very consequential midterm election. While many liberals are clearly demoralized and disgusted by Kavanaugh’s ascension, they are also energized for November, eagerly awaiting a long-anticipated blue wave. Meanwhile, conservatives are enjoying their own transformative moment surrounding […]

Amazon owes Wikipedia more than its $1 million donation.

Amazon owes Wikipedia more than its $1 million donation.. When you ask Amazon’s Alexa, “What is Wikipedia?” it’ll tell you this: “Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia based on a model of openly editable content.” Alexa took this line directly from Wikipedia’s entry on Wikipedia, as it does with many of its answers. Perhaps what it should have said […]

Progressives are furious at Senate Democrats for cutting another deal on federal judges – Vox

Progressives are furious at Senate Democrats for cutting another deal on federal judges – Vox. In the wake of a bruising defeat over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats agreed to approve another 15 Trump-nominated judges on Thursday to allow vulnerable red-state lawmakers to return home and campaign, Politico’s Burgess Everett reports. Senate reaches deal on confirming 15 judges (3 […]

Modern-Day Witches Plan Ritual To Hex Brett Kavanaugh | HuffPost

Modern-Day Witches Plan Ritual To Hex Brett Kavanaugh | HuffPost. Dozens of witches say they plan to gather in New York City this month to hex Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in to the nation’s highest court last week despite facing several allegations of sexual misconduct. Dakota Bracciale, a Brooklyn-based witch who is organizing the Oct. 20 […]

Progressives are furious at Senate Democrats for cutting another deal on federal judges – Vox

Progressives are furious at Senate Democrats for cutting another deal on federal judges – Vox. In the wake of a bruising defeat over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats agreed to approve another 15 Trump-nominated judges on Thursday to allow vulnerable red-state lawmakers to return home and campaign, Politico’s Burgess Everett reports. Senate reaches deal on confirming 15 judges (3 […]

Lambda Legal, Which Won Key Court Victories For Marriage Equality, Is In Crisis | HuffPost

Lambda Legal, Which Won Key Court Victories For Marriage Equality, Is In Crisis | HuffPost. Lambda Legal, the impact litigation group that has played a key role in nearly every Supreme Court case advancing LGBTQ rights, is mired in chaos. The 45-year-old organization has lost about half its staff since 2016, when a new CEO, Rachel Tiven, initiated an acrimonious […]

The Saudi-U.S. alliance must end

The Saudi-U.S. alliance must end. There is no better demonstration of the moral and political rot at the heart of the American government than its increasingly poisonous alliance with Saudi Arabia. The latest atrocity is the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post columnist (and United States resident) Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish authorities have reportedly […]

McConnell Shepherds Through 15 More Judges, Senate Packs Up Until Midterms – Talking Points Memo

McConnell Shepherds Through 15 More Judges, Senate Packs Up Until Midterms – Talking Points Memo. The Senate confirmed 15 more judges late Thursday and left town until after next month’s midterm elections, as Republicans chalked up more wins days after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch […]

Don Lemon Slams Kanye’s Oval Office ‘Minstrel Show’

Don Lemon Slams Kanye's Oval Office 'Minstrel Show'. by Amy Russo CNN’s Don Lemon tore into Kanye West‘s Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump, incensed by what he called an embarrassment to the African American community and America itself. “What I saw was a minstrel show today,” Lemon said Thursday during an interview with his colleagues at the network. […]

I Listened to All Six Trump Rallies in October. You Should, Too. | The New Yorker

I Listened to All Six Trump Rallies in October. You Should, Too. | The New Yorker. by Susan B. Glasser · October 12, 2018 I’m still watching the President’s rallies, because his words—radical, dangerous, and often untrue—are still the best way to understand him. Photograph by Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty From the start of the Trump Presidency, many […]

Should progressives wage war on the Supreme Court?

Should progressives wage war on the Supreme Court?. The legal left is at a crossroads. With Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and with President Donald Trump filling appellate judgeships at a breakneck pace, the federal courts are likely to lean right for the foreseeable future. Landmark decisions such as Roe v. Wade are in peril. Laws enacted by progressive […]

Arkansas Sheriff Poses Inmates In Nike Gear To Mock Colin Kaepernick | HuffPost

Arkansas Sheriff Poses Inmates In Nike Gear To Mock Colin Kaepernick | HuffPost. An Arkansas sheriff’s office removed photos of its inmates in Nike T-shirts after they made the rounds on Twitter. The Union County Sheriff’s Office posed at least 18 of its inmates in Nike T-shirts for their mugshots, then added the images to its online jail roster. Columnist […]

The Saudi-U.S. alliance must end

The Saudi-U.S. alliance must end. There is no better demonstration of the moral and political rot at the heart of the American government than its increasingly poisonous alliance with Saudi Arabia. The latest atrocity is the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post columnist (and United States resident) Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish authorities have reportedly […]

GOP to women: Sit down, shut up, and take it – The Boston Globe

GOP to women: Sit down, shut up, and take it – The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe · by Renée Graham – Columnist · October 9, 2018 I first learned about men’s callous disregard for the well-being of female bodies from a local news weatherman. After a story about the attempted rape of a girl, this is how New York […]

Bernie Sanders sizes up California – POLITICO

Bernie Sanders sizes up California – POLITICO. When Bernie Sanders ends his midterm election campaign tour at the end of October, it’s no coincidence that his last stop will be in California. Democratic presidential contenders are quietly moving to exploit a newfound opening here, created by the state’s decision to move its primary up to March 2020. As a result […]

Trump isn’t motivating Hispanics to vote. Why?

Trump isn’t motivating Hispanics to vote. Why?. If the Democratic Party is to regain control of Congress or win back the White House, it will need the support of women and minorities. Almost 7 out of 10 women who are registered to vote disapprove of Donald Trump’s performance in office. The black vote will surely favor the Democratic Party as […]

Michael Bloomberg is a Democrat again, fueling 2020 speculation – Vox

Michael Bloomberg is a Democrat again, fueling 2020 speculation – Vox. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who has now changed his party registration three times — is a Democrat again, further fueling speculation about whether he’ll try to run for president in 2020. The billionaire business executive announced early Wednesday in an Instagram post that he had […]

Eric Holder Revises Michelle Obama’s Famed Quote: ’When They Go Low, We Kick Them’ | HuffPost

Eric Holder Revises Michelle Obama’s Famed Quote: 'When They Go Low, We Kick Them' | HuffPost. Eric Holder, the former U.S. attorney general who served in the Obama administration, doesn’t agree with Michelle Obama on how to counteract Republican partisan attacks. During a campaign event for Stacy Adams, a Democrat in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, Holder revised a famous quote by the […]

Donald Trump Has a Serious Saudi Arabian Conflict of Interest – Mother Jones

Donald Trump Has a Serious Saudi Arabian Conflict of Interest – Mother Jones. by Russ Choma President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office in March.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The grisly details of an alleged Saudi government plot to murder dissident journalist Jamal […]

Anthony Weiner to be released early from federal prison – POLITICO

Anthony Weiner to be released early from federal prison – POLITICO. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who was sent to prison after admitting to sexting with a minor last year, will be released from federal detention early because of “good conduct,” a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. Weiner was sentenced in 2017 to 21 months in prison for sending […]

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first day on the bench was disturbingly normal.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first day on the bench was disturbingly normal.. On Monday night, Donald Trump led the entire U.S. Supreme Court into an ambush. At a ceremonial swearing-in for Trump’s latest appointee, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the president launched into a political diatribe that made a majority of the court visibly uncomfortable. “On behalf of our nation,” Trump […]

Republicans ruthless on Kavanaugh: fighting dirty isn’t the problem – Vox

Republicans ruthless on Kavanaugh: fighting dirty isn’t the problem – Vox. A strange explanation for Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court emerged soon after the Senate confirmed him. Kavanaugh, the argument goes, didn’t get through because Republicans had the votes; he got through because Democrats weren’t tough enough to stop him. Very smart piece by @harrispolitico on the Dems’ […]

What Democrats must do

What Democrats must do. Four weeks out from the midterm elections, every Democrat, Democratic-leaning independent, and opponent of President Trump and the GOP needs to learn a very simple civics lesson. Protesting with likeminded partisans may feel good. Angrily pounding on the door of the Supreme Court may bring a moment or two of satisfaction. Swearing up a storm on […]

Dems Gain On Generic Ballot In Post-Kavanaugh CNN Poll, Contradicting Other Surveys – Talking Points Memo

Dems Gain On Generic Ballot In Post-Kavanaugh CNN Poll, Contradicting Other Surveys – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph House Democrats’ lead in the generic congressional ballot has slightly increased in the wake of the bombshell hearing for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to a newly released survey from CNN — numbers that conflict with some other recent polling […]

Red State Democrats Can Do Better Than Joe Manchin

Red State Democrats Can Do Better Than Joe Manchin. by Sarah Jones · October 8, 2018 Do red state Democrats really need to settle for such conservative candidates? Photo: Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg via Getty Images Last Friday Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia, separated himself not just from his party’s liberal flank, but from other conservative Democrats when he […]

Opinion | Praying for Jamal Khashoggi – The New York Times

Opinion | Praying for Jamal Khashoggi – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · October 8, 2018 Praying for Jamal Khashoggi Saudi Arabia stands accused of killing him. If it did, it will be a disaster for the regime of Mohammed bin Salman. Opinion Columnist Members of a Turkish-Arab journalists association holding posters of Jamal Khashoggi at a […]

Trumpism is winning, and that’s terrifying (opinion) – CNN

Trumpism is winning, and that's terrifying (opinion) – CNN. (CNN)To many, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court is not just a victory for President Donald Trump, but for Trumpism at large. And it is this fact that unsettles so much of the nation. Trump’s presidency is marked not by political ideology but by personality. As former Secretary of […]

Did the Trump Family Historian Drop a Dime to the New York Times? – POLITICO Magazine

Did the Trump Family Historian Drop a Dime to the New York Times? – POLITICO Magazine. A first cousin of the president kept a trove of financial records that appears to have provided evidence for a major investigation of the Trump family business. Nearly 8,000 words into its exhaustive investigation of the elaborate and allegedly illegal schemes by which Donald […]

GOP Senate nominee calls #MeToo a “movement toward victimization” – Vox

GOP Senate nominee calls #MeToo a “movement toward victimization” – Vox. Only a day after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in a deeply divided vote, Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican nominee looking to unseat North Dakota’s vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the Senate, said #MeToo is a “movement toward victimization.” In an interview with the New York Times, […]

Rep. Paul Ryan Says GOP Base ‘Activated’ By Fight Over Brett Kavanaugh | HuffPost

Rep. Paul Ryan Says GOP Base 'Activated' By Fight Over Brett Kavanaugh | HuffPost. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday said he believed the Republican base had been “activated” and “animated” by the national debate surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. “The Republican base is very much activated. I think the Democratic base was already there,” Ryan […]

Democrats Fear They’re the Wet Rag Party – POLITICO Magazine

Democrats Fear They’re the Wet Rag Party – POLITICO Magazine. Kavanaugh’s victory leaves many on the left saying it’s time to get mad—and even. Al Franken is a long-time liberal warrior accused of predatory sexual behavior who is now licking his wounds in exile. Brett Kavanaugh is a long-time conservative warrior accused of predatory sexual behavior who is now licking […]

Why the Democratic Party has to “fight dirty” if they want to beat the Republicans – Vox

Why the Democratic Party has to “fight dirty” if they want to beat the Republicans – Vox. In September 2016, an anonymous conservative writer published an essay called “The Flight 93 Election.” The title was a reference to the one hijacked flight on 9/11 that didn’t reach its destination because passengers overwhelmed the hijackers and brought the plane down. The […]

Mitch McConnell Just Called the Democrats’ Opposition to Kavanaugh “a Great Political Gift” – Mother Jones

Mitch McConnell Just Called the Democrats’ Opposition to Kavanaugh “a Great Political Gift” – Mother Jones. In advance of the Saturday’s Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the Washington Post he was grateful for the opposition to Kavanaugh from Democratic senators and protesters. “It’s been a great political gift for us. […]

The GOP will rue the Kavanaugh confirmation

The GOP will rue the Kavanaugh confirmation. On Saturday, the Senate voted narrowly to destroy the Supreme Court of the United States by confirming the profoundly compromised and nakedly partisan Judge Brett Kavanaugh with a 50-48 vote. The drama, such as it was, really ended by mid-afternoon Friday as the critical senator announced in an incredibly long and self-aggrandizing floor […]

Exposed as a Phony Businessman, Trump’s Winning as President `

Exposed as a Phony Businessman, Trump’s Winning as President `. by Matt Lewis · October 7, 2018 The bombshell report cleared up any doubt: Donald Trump is much worse at business than advertised—his whole fortune was more or less illicitly handed to him by his father, Fred. However, we also learned this week that Trump is a much more effective […]

Can Democrats Realistically Impeach Brett Kavanaugh? – Mother Jones

Can Democrats Realistically Impeach Brett Kavanaugh? – Mother Jones. by Stephanie Mencimer Protesters demonstrate against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court on October 3.Win McNamee/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. With Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh likely to be confirmed this weekend, Democrats have raised the possibility that they will […]

Opinion | The High Court Brought Low – The New York Times

Opinion | The High Court Brought Low – The New York Times. So what now? The degrading spectacle of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process is behind us; the degrading era of his service on the Supreme Court lies ahead. If senators vote as expected on Saturday, Judge Kavanaugh, with a razor-thin victory on an almost strict party-line Senate vote, will […]

If Dems Lose Again, Obama’s Legacy Is Gone Forever

If Dems Lose Again, Obama’s Legacy Is Gone Forever. It’s one of this autumn’s pleasant surprises. Two years after Donald Trump’s election as president and 10 years after his own, Barack Obama is gracefully re-entering our consciousness, reminding us of what we have lost and may yet recover. The contrast between Obama and Trump—decent vs. despicable; incisive vs. ignorant; honest […]

Susan Collins speech: a defense of Brett Kavanaugh that goes beyond reason.

Susan Collins speech: a defense of Brett Kavanaugh that goes beyond reason.. On July 10, one day after President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, reporters in the Capitol were trying to suss out Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ impressions of the judge. One asked if she was concerned that Kavanaugh might gut the Affordable Care Act’s protections for […]

Brett Kavanaugh: What happens to Roe v. Wade now – Vox

Brett Kavanaugh: What happens to Roe v. Wade now – Vox. Now that Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh has the votes to be confirmed by the US Senate, there is likely a 5-4 majority on the Court to overturn Roe v. Wade (depending on how Chief Justice John Roberts votes — more on him here and below). Kavanaugh has, for […]

Susan Collins Triggers $2 Million In Pledges To 2020 Opponent With Kavanaugh Vote | HuffPost

Susan Collins Triggers $2 Million In Pledges To 2020 Opponent With Kavanaugh Vote | HuffPost. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Friday that she will support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, all but certainly sealing his confirmation. But the decision could hurt her re-election campaign. A group of progressive activist groups, hoping to push Collins to vote against Kavanaugh, launched a […]

Vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh – The Washington Post

Vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh – The Washington Post. AS SENATORS prepare to vote this week on Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, they, and the rest of the country, must wonder: Which Brett M. Kavanaugh are they evaluating? Is it the steady, conservative jurist he was reputed to be before his confirmation saga? Or is it a partisan operative harboring […]

Opinion | A Supreme Violation – The New York Times

Opinion | A Supreme Violation – The New York Times. In the end, it didn’t really matter how many women begged them not to do this, how many times women said slow down, stop, please, no. As of this writing, it seems inevitable that Republicans in the Senate are going to shove Brett Kavanaugh down our throats. According to polls, […]

If You Dare Accuse a ‘Good’ Man, Republicans Will Put You on Trial

If You Dare Accuse a ‘Good’ Man, Republicans Will Put You on Trial. by Margaret Carlson · October 4, 2018 How do you know that white male privilege survives the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the wrenching Brett Kavanaugh hearings? Here’s how: It’s when the backlash occurs simultaneously with the frontlash; when, after a moment of worrying about […]

Brett Kavanaugh Appears To Inch Closer To Confirmation | HuffPost

Brett Kavanaugh Appears To Inch Closer To Confirmation | HuffPost. Senators whose votes could make or break Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court dropped some hints Thursday on how they intend to vote after receiving the FBI’s new report on sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), whose indecision last Friday prompted his Republican colleagues to […]

Report: Manchin Seems To Be Leaning Yes On Kavanaugh – Talking Points Memo

Report: Manchin Seems To Be Leaning Yes On Kavanaugh – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) — one of two red-state Democrats, with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), who has yet to publicly stake a position on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — seems to be leaning toward a “yes” vote, according to a Thursday Politico report. […]

Don’t be fooled: Working Americans are worse off under Trump – The Washington Post

Don’t be fooled: Working Americans are worse off under Trump – The Washington Post. by Robert J. Shapiro · September 30, 2018 Robert J. Shapiro is the chairman of the advisory firm Sonecon and a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He was President Bill Clinton’s undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs. Despite robust economic numbers during […]

Kavanaugh, Trump, and the chilling power of sexual violence – Vox

Kavanaugh, Trump, and the chilling power of sexual violence – Vox. President Donald Trump got up onstage at a Tuesday night rally and berated a survivor of sexual assault. There is no other honest way to describe the president’s performance. He performed a mocking interpretation of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate, highlighting gaps in her memory and misrepresenting […]

How Democratic Party idiocy may cost them the Senate

How Democratic Party idiocy may cost them the Senate. Democrats are drooling over the possibility of retaking not just the House, but the Senate too. But their own foolishness may cost them a decent chance at the upper chamber. The field is already slanted heavily against them. There are 35 Senate seats up for election on Nov. 6, and Democrats […]

How Democratic Party idiocy may cost them the Senate

How Democratic Party idiocy may cost them the Senate. Democrats are drooling over the possibility of retaking not just the House, but the Senate too. But their own foolishness may cost them a decent chance at the upper chamber. The field is already slanted heavily against them. There are 35 Senate seats up for election on Nov. 6, and Democrats […]

Opinion | The American Civil War, Part II – The New York Times

Opinion | The American Civil War, Part II – The New York Times. I began my journalism career covering a civil war in Lebanon. I never thought I’d end my career covering a civil war in America. We may not be there yet, but if we don’t turn around now, we will surely get where we’re going — which was […]

Alyssa Milano: We can’t let Trump and Kavanaugh be America’s face (Opinion) – CNN

Alyssa Milano: We can't let Trump and Kavanaugh be America's face (Opinion) – CNN. by Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano is an actor, activist and producer currently seen in the Netflix dark comedy, “Insatiable.” Milano is also the founder of #NoRA, a collective of over 50 artists and activists, focused on hacking the gun violence culture through art and counteracting the […]

Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Fallout: Nominee Could Be Best SCOTUS Judge | National Review

Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Fallout: Nominee Could Be Best SCOTUS Judge | National Review. After the trial by fire, he could prove to be one of the most fearless, principled justices on the Court. Conventional wisdom suggests that, if confirmed, Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh forever will be “smeared” and stained by past frenzied unfounded allegations of sexual assault. Yet the opposite […]

New York Times says it erred by assigning opinion writer to Kavanaugh story – POLITICO

New York Times says it erred by assigning opinion writer to Kavanaugh story – POLITICO. The New York Times said Tuesday that it should not have assigned a Times Magazine writer who had openly criticized Brett Kavanaugh to report a news story about the Supreme Court nominee. Emily Bazelon, a New Haven-based staff writer for the magazine, had one of […]

Chief Justice John Roberts looks poised to swing left in a major death-penalty case.

Chief Justice John Roberts looks poised to swing left in a major death-penalty case.. Vernon Madison has spent 33 years in solitary confinement awaiting execution for a crime he can no longer remember. A series of strokes have left the 68-year-old death-row inmate with severe cognitive impairment due to vascular dementia. He cannot see, or walk without aid, or recite […]

More Than 500 Law Professors Condemn Kavanaugh For ‘Lack Of Judicial Temperament’ | HuffPost

More Than 500 Law Professors Condemn Kavanaugh For ‘Lack Of Judicial Temperament’ | HuffPost. More than 500 law professors from nearly 100 law schools around the nation have signed a letter to the U.S. Senate to say that the volatile temperament Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh displayed on Thursday as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee disqualifies him […]

The Craziest Conspiracy Theories to Emerge From the Kavanaugh Hearings – Mother Jones

The Craziest Conspiracy Theories to Emerge From the Kavanaugh Hearings – Mother Jones. In one of the most contentious Supreme Court confirmation processes in recent history, mounting scrutiny of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s personal history has been met with a backlash: a growing body of conspiracy theories meant to discredit his accusers. We rounded up some of the theories that the […]

Trump: ‘It’s A Very Scary Time For Young Men In America’ – Talking Points Memo

Trump: ‘It’s A Very Scary Time For Young Men In America’ – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham President Donald Trump said Tuesday, reflecting on the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, that it was a “a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may […]

Brett Kavanaugh: what Kellyanne Conway and other defenders get wrong – Vox

Brett Kavanaugh: what Kellyanne Conway and other defenders get wrong – Vox. “I’m a victim of sexual assault,” Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. But, she said, “I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Jeff Flake or anybody to be held responsible for that. You have to be responsible for your own conduct.” Conway seemed to […]

Staffer For Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum Fired After Tweet Calling For Trump’s Execution | HuffPost

Staffer For Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum Fired After Tweet Calling For Trump's Execution | HuffPost. Manny Orozco-Ballestas, recently hired to oversee youth outreach for Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s campaign, was fired late last week due to a trove of incendiary and offensive social media posts, including ones critical of President Donald Trump. In now-deleted tweets from 2012 […]

Refuting Science, Jerry Brown Vetoes Safe Injection Plan – Mother Jones

Refuting Science, Jerry Brown Vetoes Safe Injection Plan – Mother Jones. On Sunday, Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed San Francisco to open what could have been the nation’s first supervised drug injection sites. “People will die because of his veto,” said one advocate of supervised drug injection sites. “Fundamentally, I do not believe […]

This train runs on air

This train runs on air. This train runs on air The Week Staff October 1, 2018 Each week, we spotlight a cool innovation recommended by some of the industry’s top tech writers. This week’s pick is a train that runs on hydrogen. Germany is rolling out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, said Agence France-Press. The move signifies the beginning of […]

Feinstein Attacks Cotton’s ‘Ridiculous’ Claim She’ll Be Investigated – Talking Points Memo

Feinstein Attacks Cotton’s ‘Ridiculous’ Claim She’ll Be Investigated – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) rolled her eyes at Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) “ridiculous” claim that she’ll be investigated on Monday, as many of Cotton’s GOP colleagues said they knew nothing about that claim. Cotton, a close and fierce ally to President Trump, said on Sunday […]

Opinion | Capitol Hill Ralph Club – The New York Times

Opinion | Capitol Hill Ralph Club – The New York Times. I never thought it could be as brutal. The same Republican gargoyles who once tore Anita Hill limb from limb knew they had to tread gingerly, with women at the barricades. They outsourced the estrogen to “a female assistant,” as Mitch McConnell called Maricopa County sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. […]

Kanye West’s SNL rant earns praise from Donald Trump – Vox

Kanye West’s SNL rant earns praise from Donald Trump – Vox. There was a lot President Donald Trump didn’t like about this weekend’s Saturday Night Live premiere, including, presumably, Matt Damon’s screaming and crying Brett Kavanaugh impression and Kate McKinnon’s “Ruth Bader Gins-burns.” But there was one part he did enjoy, according to his Twitter account: the performance by rapper […]

This Supreme Court battle represents American politics at its absolute worst

This Supreme Court battle represents American politics at its absolute worst. Thursday was an ugly day in American history. As the Senate hearing into the sexual assault allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh drew to a close, only one thing was clear. There will be a feel-bad ending to the tawdry tale of Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine […]

Andrew Sullivan: At Kavanaugh-Ford Hearings Everyone Lost

Andrew Sullivan: At Kavanaugh-Ford Hearings Everyone Lost. Yesterday was a spectacle I hope we do not have to experience again. We watched two human beings, Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, exposed in the rawest possible fashion to the entire world, over the gravest of accusations, with no definitive evidence apart from personal testimony to draw on, 36 years after […]

Elizabeth Warren: I’ll ‘Take a Hard Look’ at Running for President After Midterms

Elizabeth Warren: I’ll ‘Take a Hard Look’ at Running for President After Midterms. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the most high-profile progressives on the U.S. Senate, said Saturday that she will seriously consider a presidential run after November’s midterm elections. “Let’s face it, Donald Trump is taking this country in the wrong direction,” Warren told an audience member at […]

Brett Kavanaugh would be a Pyrrhic victory for Trump.

Brett Kavanaugh would be a Pyrrhic victory for Trump.. Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday an angry, vengeful man. He was belligerent and partisan, blaming allegations of sexual misconduct on a conspiracy of Democrats and “leftists” on behalf of “the Clintons.” He was curt and dismissive, shouting over Democratic committee members. And he was evasive and […]

Christine Blasey Ford Would Have Been Called ‘Hysterical’ If She Acted Like Kavanaugh: Pelosi | HuffPost

Christine Blasey Ford Would Have Been Called ‘Hysterical’ If She Acted Like Kavanaugh: Pelosi | HuffPost. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that if Christine Blasey Ford had behaved like Brett Kavanaugh did when he testified about her sexual assault allegation against him, she’d be labeled “hysterical.” Speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday, Pelosi said […]

“Infuriating,” “Devastating,” and “Absolute Madness”—Readers React to the Kavanaugh Hearing – Mother Jones

“Infuriating,” “Devastating,” and “Absolute Madness”—Readers React to the Kavanaugh Hearing – Mother Jones. Thursday’s historic hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Palo Alto University professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, was emotional and contentious: Ford stood by her claims that Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school, while the nominee continued to categorically deny Ford’s allegations as well […]

Kavanaugh FBI investigation won’t change a thing.

Kavanaugh FBI investigation won’t change a thing.. It’s almost like Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake didn’t enjoy getting screamed at by sexual assault survivors. That’s what happened as he was cornered in a Senate office building elevator shortly after announcing that he would support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, citing a lack of corroborating evidence for Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations. Over the course […]

Brett Kavanaugh, Lindsey Graham, and the angry white male backlash – Vox

Brett Kavanaugh, Lindsey Graham, and the angry white male backlash – Vox. by Zack Beauchamp · September 28, 2018 Friday morning, during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee Committee on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said probably the most honest thing about this hearing that a Republican has said during the entire process. “I’m a […]

Democrats Walk Out On Senate Judiciary Committee Before Kavanaugh Vote | HuffPost

Democrats Walk Out On Senate Judiciary Committee Before Kavanaugh Vote | HuffPost. Four Democratic senators walked out on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday morning. Democratic Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris left the floor in protest shortly after their motion to subpoena Mark Judge ― high school friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ― […]

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Move Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Forward – Mother Jones

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Move Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Forward – Mother Jones. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday voted along party lines to move Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, one day after Christine Blasey Ford gave heart-wrenching testimony detailing sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump’s pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court. […]

The rage of Brett Kavanaugh and the implosion of the GOP

The rage of Brett Kavanaugh and the implosion of the GOP. It was clear moments into yesterday’s hearing about allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that the day was going to be a Hindenburg-level public relations disaster for Republicans. Doddering Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) took the stage and droned angrily on, haltingly and seemingly […]

Opinion | Why Brett Kavanaugh Wasn’t Believable – The New York Times

Opinion | Why Brett Kavanaugh Wasn’t Believable – The New York Times. And why Christine Blasey Ford was. The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. CreditPool photo by Saul Loeb What a study in contrasts: Where Christine Blasey Ford was calm and dignified, […]

Opinion | Trump’s America: Reckless, Alone and Ridiculed – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump’s America: Reckless, Alone and Ridiculed – The New York Times. The president’s speeches before the United Nations foreshadowed his intention to ignore our greatest threats and to stoke fresh conflict needlessly. Ms. Rice was the national security adviser during President Barack Obama’s second term. President Trump speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday.CreditTom Brenner for The New […]

Kavanaugh Had a High Bar to Clear—and He Probably Did

Kavanaugh Had a High Bar to Clear—and He Probably Did. by Matt Lewis · September 27, 2018 Based on what we saw Thursday afternoon, Brett Kavanaugh will not go down without a fight. Calling it a “calculated and orchestrated political hit,” and pledging that he would “not be intimidated” into withdrawing his nomination, Kavanaugh forcefully made the case that he […]

Brett Kavanaugh’s Christine Blasey Ford hearing: Democrats blew it.

Brett Kavanaugh’s Christine Blasey Ford hearing: Democrats blew it.. Because Republicans control the Senate Judiciary Committee, and overwhelmingly want to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Thursday’s hearing over Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against the judge was structured to disadvantage Democrats at every turn. Against her wishes, Ford was compelled to testify first, allowing Kavanaugh to […]

Kavanaugh hearing: Lindsey Graham rages: “This is the most unethical sham!” – Vox

Kavanaugh hearing: Lindsey Graham rages: “This is the most unethical sham!” – Vox. by Jen Kirby · September 27, 2018 “To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics!” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) boomed during Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary hearing Thursday. It was one line in a […]

Kavanaugh Blasts Allegations as Democratic Revenge Plot Over 2016 Election – Mother Jones

Kavanaugh Blasts Allegations as Democratic Revenge Plot Over 2016 Election – Mother Jones. by Inae Oh Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. Kavanaugh was to testify in front of the panel next on Thursday afternoon, having stridently rejected the allegations of sexual abuse by […]

Brett Kavanaugh is toast

Brett Kavanaugh is toast. There is only one politically viable path forward for the White House: It must immediately withdraw Brett Kavanaugh from consideration for a seat on the Supreme Court. It’s hard to understand how any Republican office holder could come to any other conclusion after listening to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony and response to questions before the Senate […]

‘Disaster’: Trumpworld Starting to Sweat Over Brett Kavanaugh’s Mounting Sexual Assault Allegations

‘Disaster’: Trumpworld Starting to Sweat Over Brett Kavanaugh’s Mounting Sexual Assault Allegations. by Asawin Suebsaeng, · September 26, 2018 SLINK AWAY? The president is publicly running to his embattled nominee’s defense. But his team is sending out signals that all may not be well. Sam Stein 09.26.18 6:52 PM ET Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Less than an hour before Donald Trump was […]

Meet Dr. Katherine Hoover, who wrote 130 opioid prescriptions a day – Vox

Meet Dr. Katherine Hoover, who wrote 130 opioid prescriptions a day – Vox. Katherine Hoover gave more than 335,000 opioid painkiller prescriptions under her name from December 2002 to January 2010 — meaning the West Virginia doctor wrote about 130 prescriptions per day, assuming she worked seven days a week. But in a new story by Corky Siemaszko at NBC […]

Democrats Worry They’re Facing A Stacked Deck For Historic Senate Hearing | HuffPost

Democrats Worry They're Facing A Stacked Deck For Historic Senate Hearing | HuffPost. No one knows what to expect at Thursday’s highly anticipated Senate hearing into a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Although Republicans on the judiciary committee hired an outside counsel to do their questioning, the senators are now saying they may jump in and […]

Don’t underestimate Michael Avenatti 2020

Don't underestimate Michael Avenatti 2020. The only thing I dread more than the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for president again is speculation about who else might be seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020, which, in case you’re wondering, is still two years away. This is the case in spite of the fact that I have engaged in such speculation […]

Trump should leave Rod Rosenstein alone – The Washington Post

Trump should leave Rod Rosenstein alone – The Washington Post. FOR A nerve-wracking hour or so Monday morning, reports circulated that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein had resigned in anticipation that President Trump would fire him. It turned out that Mr. Rosenstein had neither resigned nor been fired, though he has a meeting scheduled for Thursday with Mr. Trump. […]

Opinion | The Many Faces of Brett Kavanaugh – The New York Times

Opinion | The Many Faces of Brett Kavanaugh – The New York Times. Brett Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley, told Martha MacCallum of Fox News: “I know Brett. I’ve known him for 17 years.” But that’s hardly his whole life. And that’s hardly the whole Brett. She knows him mainly as a husband and a father, moved by the emotional currents that […]

Red-state Democrats refuse to come out against Kavanaugh – POLITICO

Red-state Democrats refuse to come out against Kavanaugh – POLITICO. Democratic leaders need a unified caucus to put maximum pressure on a handful of holdout Republicans. Democrats have all the cover they need to vote in lockstep against Brett Kavanaugh. But a half-dozen of them have refused to go there, even after the pair of sexual assault allegations against the […]

Democrats to Michael Avenatti: You’re Not Helping in the Kavanaugh Fight

Democrats to Michael Avenatti: You’re Not Helping in the Kavanaugh Fight. On Sunday evening, just as The New Yorker revealed the identity of a second woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, attorney Michael Avenatti announced that he, too, had “credible information” about Kavanaugh and his high-school friend Mark Judge. The media-savvy lawyer told The Daily Beast […]

Kavanaugh’s Choir Boy Defense Raises Questions About His Credibility, Democrats Say | HuffPost

Kavanaugh’s Choir Boy Defense Raises Questions About His Credibility, Democrats Say | HuffPost. Senators are expected to weigh the credibility of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, when she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. But Kavanaugh, too, will be under pressure to demonstrate his credibility when […]

ISIS Isn’t Dead Yet. A Hapless Plot to Bomb Times Square Reveals the Next Phase of the Islamic State. – Mother Jones

ISIS Isn’t Dead Yet. A Hapless Plot to Bomb Times Square Reveals the Next Phase of the Islamic State. – Mother Jones. At first glance, Abdulrahman el-Bahnasawy, a Muslim kid from the suburbs of Toronto, seemed an unlikely jihadi. A soft-spoken 18-year-old with delicate features and thick curly hair, he had rejected Islam at 15, announcing to his parents, conservative […]

The shameful roar of the new masculinists

The shameful roar of the new masculinists. It once seemed like the #MeToo movement might achieve something extraordinary in our age of social fracturing and political polarization, and unite people across the lines of party and identity for genuine social reform. That hope is long gone now. You can see it in the furor over embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett […]

Iran’s President: Trump Admin’s Sanctions Are ‘Economic Terrorism’ – Talking Points Memo

Iran’s President: Trump Admin’s Sanctions Are ‘Economic Terrorism’ – Talking Points Memo. Iran’s president says U.S. sanctions against his country amount to “economic terrorism” that won’t sway Iran. Iran’s Hassan Rouhani told world leaders at the General Assembly on Tuesday that the sanctions amount to an “economic war” that’s disrupting trade and will harm people beyond Iran. U.S. President Donald […]

Brett Kavanaugh, Lizzie Borden and the storm of female outrage in America

Brett Kavanaugh, Lizzie Borden and the storm of female outrage in America. Lynn Stuart Parramore is a cultural historian who studies the intersection between culture, psychology and economics. Her work has appeared at Reuters, Lapham’s Quarterly, Salon, Quartz, VICE, Huffington Post and others. She is the author of “Reading the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt in 19th Century Literary Culture.” The #MeToo […]

Opinion | Pigs All the Way Down – The New York Times

Opinion | Pigs All the Way Down – The New York Times. Over the weekend, the controversy over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination evolved in a way guaranteed to create maximum partisan bitterness and mistrust. On Sunday, Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer published a Rorschach test of a story in The New Yorker, revealing a new accusation against Kavanaugh by […]

Kavanaugh’s Lesson For Democrats Is That It’s Always Worth A Fight | HuffPost

Kavanaugh's Lesson For Democrats Is That It's Always Worth A Fight | HuffPost. As the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court remains very much in limbo, it’s worth recalling that mere weeks ago, some members of the Democratic establishment were arguing for progressives to lay down their arms because the fight against Kavanaugh was hopeless. In fact, […]

White House, GOP point to Democratic ‘resistance’ behind Kavanaugh ‘smear’ – POLITICO

White House, GOP point to Democratic ‘resistance’ behind Kavanaugh ‘smear’ – POLITICO. They allege a sinister liberal plot to bring down the Supreme Court nominee. At first, the Sunday night publication of a New Yorker article detailing a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh looked like a disaster for the White House. But by Monday […]

Brett Kavanaugh allegations: Prep school was a sexual minefield for girls.

Brett Kavanaugh allegations: Prep school was a sexual minefield for girls.. Sunday evening, the New Yorker published a second allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But it wasn’t just the new allegation that caught my attention. There’s a paragraph that appears late in the piece in which Elizabeth Rasor, the high school girlfriend of Mark Judge—the […]

Half of 2018’s Democratic campaign ads are about health care – Vox

Half of 2018’s Democratic campaign ads are about health care – Vox. Money talks. Despite suggestions that health care won’t be a dominant issue in the 2018 midterm elections, a new analysis reveals Democrats are spending way more money on TV ads focused on health care than on any other issue. The Wesleyan Media Project analyzed outside groups’ spending on […]

Susan Collins: ‘I Do Not Believe’ Kavanaugh Would Repeal Roe v. Wade | HuffPost

Susan Collins: 'I Do Not Believe' Kavanaugh Would Repeal Roe v. Wade | HuffPost. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has once again indicated that she trusts Brett Kavanaugh would uphold abortion rights if confirmed to the Supreme Court, despite what the conservative judge has said to the contrary. “First of all, I do not believe he’s going to repeal Roe v. […]

ISIS Isn’t Dead Yet. A Hapless Plot to Bomb Times Square Reveals the Next Phase of the Islamic State. – Mother Jones

ISIS Isn’t Dead Yet. A Hapless Plot to Bomb Times Square Reveals the Next Phase of the Islamic State. – Mother Jones. At first glance, Abdulrahman el-Bahnasawy, a Muslim kid from the suburbs of Toronto, seemed an unlikely jihadi. A soft-spoken 18-year-old with delicate features and thick curly hair, he had rejected Islam at 15, announcing to his parents, conservative […]

Republicans have completely bungled the Kavanaugh fiasco

Republicans have completely bungled the Kavanaugh fiasco. The narrative surrounding embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh seemed somewhat settled: After days of bitter wrangling, Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were both in high school, had agreed to testify in an open hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Kavanaugh […]

Will Democrats Regret Weaponizing the Judiciary? – POLITICO Magazine

Will Democrats Regret Weaponizing the Judiciary? – POLITICO Magazine. Using the court system to stymie a president has backfired before. The year was 1937. Supreme Court Justice Owen Roberts had to decide which was more important: his intellectual integrity, or the integrity of the court as an institution. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s court-packing plan—which FDR billed as a measure to […]

‘When they go low, we kick ‘em in the nuts’ – POLITICO

'When they go low, we kick 'em in the nuts' – POLITICO. When it comes to beating Donald Trump in 2020, Democrats aren’t buying Michelle Obama’s battle cry anymore. LAS VEGAS — It became a hymn of the 2016 campaign: “When they go low, we go high.” Michelle Obama’s aspirational rhetoric struck a chord with Democrats at a time when […]

Brett Kavanaugh mistaken-identity theory is bad faith.

Brett Kavanaugh mistaken-identity theory is bad faith.. While refusing anything so prosaic as an actual FBI investigation (which Anita Hill’s claims received when Clarence Thomas was a nominee), Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached a tentative agreement to hear the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, via a baroque negotiation that insists on their competence to “investigate” something like […]

Kavanaugh Faces a New Accuser – Mother Jones

Kavanaugh Faces a New Accuser – Mother Jones. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces one or more new accusations of sexual misconduct. Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation against Kavanaugh dating to the 1983-84 academic year, when Kavanaugh was a college freshman, according to a New Yorker story published late Sunday evening. “Another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation.” The […]

Blasey Ford ‘Committed To Moving Forward With An Open Hearing On Thursday’ – Talking Points Memo

Blasey Ford ‘Committed To Moving Forward With An Open Hearing On Thursday’ – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team announced Sunday that she is “committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursady” before the Senate Judiciary Committee, despite several obstacles. The latest devopment, which a Judiciary Committee spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press, […]

Conservatives claim media, Dems ignoring allegations against Ellison – POLITICO

Conservatives claim media, Dems ignoring allegations against Ellison – POLITICO. After some early stories, Democratic lawmaker has lately received relatively little mainstream national coverage. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Brett Kavanaugh is ricocheting back on a Democrat who has faced his own allegations but, ostensibly, has nothing to do with the Supreme Court fight: Rep. Keith Ellison, the candidate for […]

Christine Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify Before Congress Next Week

Christine Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify Before Congress Next Week. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, her lawyers confirmed Saturday. “Dr. Ford accepts the Committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” Ford’s lawyers, […]

Rod Rosenstein Times leak: Who done it?

Rod Rosenstein Times leak: Who done it?. On Friday, the New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed invoking the 25th Amendment process for removing an incapacitated president in the chaotic aftermath of FBI Director James Comey’s May 2017 firing. The paper also says that Rosenstein, who supervises Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation of Trump-Russia connections, also […]

Christine Blasey Ford Has Agreed to Testify Before the Senate Judiciary Committee – Mother Jones

Christine Blasey Ford Has Agreed to Testify Before the Senate Judiciary Committee – Mother Jones. Christine Blasey Ford said she was willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Ford’s attorney continues to negotiate the terms of her appearance. We will update as more information is provided. Christine Blasey Ford ACCEPTS request to testify before the Senate Judiciary […]

Brett Kavanaugh and the revenge of the Democrats

Brett Kavanaugh and the revenge of the Democrats. Democrats are furious in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Plenty of that fury is grounded in Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh tried to rape her while both were high school students in the 1980s. But it’s not all about that. At least […]

Susan Collins: ‘I Was Appalled By The President’s Tweet’ – Talking Points Memo

Susan Collins: ‘I Was Appalled By The President’s Tweet’ – Talking Points Memo. by David Taintor Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a pivotal vote needed for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, denounced a tweet from President Trump that criticized a woman who has accused the judge of sexual assault. The Portland Press Herald reported Collins saying: “I was appalled by […]

Opinion | Making Tariffs Corrupt Again – The New York Times

Opinion | Making Tariffs Corrupt Again – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · September 20, 2018 In normal times, Donald Trump’s announcement of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, bringing us closer to an all-out trade war, would have dominated headlines for days. Things being as they are, it was a below-the-fold story, drowned out by […]

Opinion | We Are Not the Resistance – The New York Times

Opinion | We Are Not the Resistance – The New York Times. This is Michelle Alexander’s debut column. The resistance has once again sprung to action, this time around Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Even before we learned of the allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl during high school, progressive and liberal forces mobilized to resist […]

Grassley extends deadline on Kavanaugh accuser’s decision to testify – POLITICO

Grassley extends deadline on Kavanaugh accuser’s decision to testify – POLITICO. The president’s attacks are upending the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation. President Donald Trump and the GOP are hitting the panic button and launching into a heated defense of their Supreme Court nominee. After a week of holding back, Trump disputed the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation […]

Rod Rosenstein reportedly joked about wearing a wire to stop Trump.

Rod Rosenstein reportedly joked about wearing a wire to stop Trump.. Everyone’s out to get the president. That’s the outcry from Donald Trump’s supporters after the New York Times reported Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein once talked about wearing a wire and/or invoking the 25th Amendment to stop Trump. In a tweet about the Times story, Donald Trump […]

Kavanaugh’s Accuser Rejects GOP Deadline For Agreement on Testimony | HuffPost

Kavanaugh's Accuser Rejects GOP Deadline For Agreement on Testimony | HuffPost. by Alan Fram and Catherine Lucey · September 21, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday rejected key concessions sought by Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser if she is to testify about her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, and threatened a Monday […]

Brett Kavanaugh and the revenge of the Democrats

Brett Kavanaugh and the revenge of the Democrats. Democrats are furious in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Plenty of that fury is grounded in Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh tried to rape her while both were high school students in the 1980s. But it’s not all about that. At least […]

The Ocasio-Cortez vs. Cynthia Nixon Paradox: Can Democrats Overcome Their Political Schizophrenia by November? | Vanity Fair

The Ocasio-Cortez vs. Cynthia Nixon Paradox: Can Democrats Overcome Their Political Schizophrenia by November? | Vanity Fair. Polarization makes a lot of decisions easier, because all you have to do is pick a team and follow the rules. That’s true in matters of both culture and politics, and every week seems to reveal yet more personalities, once lively and independent, […]

Democrats fear Trump ‘October Surprise’ document dump – POLITICO

Democrats fear Trump ‘October Surprise’ document dump – POLITICO. Democrats worry that Trump and his allies are teeing up a series of document releases meant to gin up GOP voters before the midterms. Democratic operatives are growing anxious that Republicans working to undermine the FBI’s Russia probe are teeing up a series of document dumps meant to gin up GOP […]

Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh, and the frustrating science of memory – Vox

Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh, and the frustrating science of memory – Vox. by Brian Resnick · September 20, 2018 With her memory of an alleged sexual assault in the 1980s, Christine Blasey Ford has upended the Supreme Court nomination process and ignited a flurry of media attention and discussion on sexual assault, power, and politics. As we learned Sunday […]

Brett Kavanaugh’s Yale Fraternity Hoisted A Flag Made Of Women’s Underwear In 1985 | HuffPost

Brett Kavanaugh's Yale Fraternity Hoisted A Flag Made Of Women's Underwear In 1985 | HuffPost. by Mary Papenfuss · September 20, 2018 Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s fraternity at Yale has long been “notorious for disrespecting women,” including while he was a member, the Yale Daily News reported on Thursday. The campus newspaper posted a photo of smiling “initiates” of […]

Blue Wave in Texas? Not So Fast. – Mother Jones

Blue Wave in Texas? Not So Fast. – Mother Jones. On Tuesday, followers of America’s most-polled Senate race got a new toy to play with: A Quinnipiac survey gave Republican Sen. Ted Cruz a nine-point lead, the biggest margin anyone’s found for months. Then, on Wednesday morning, a new poll. This one, from Reuters and the University of Virginia, shows […]

Hog waste is scarier than North Korea

Hog waste is scarier than North Korea. Our 3-year-old is not much of a meat eater. Given her choice, she would probably subsist entirely on a diet of graham crackers, yogurt, strawberries, and jellybeans. The only way we can get her to eat animal protein is to lie and say that it’s actually “sausage,” the only meat product in which […]

Every Woman in America Is Watching

Every Woman in America Is Watching. More than a quarter century ago, a university professor named Anita Hill was abused, shamed, and ignored by the U.S. Senate—just for having the courage to go before the Judiciary Committee and describe how she’d been sexually harassed by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. I know because I was at that hearing. My organization, […]

‘We’re very confident:’ Trump, GOP growing more bullish about Kavanaugh’s survival – POLITICO

'We're very confident:' Trump, GOP growing more bullish about Kavanaugh's survival – POLITICO. Even as a political storm rages on, Trump and his allies believe his Supreme Court nominee can weather an allegation of sexual assault and win Senate confirmation. President Donald Trump is growing more confident that his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, can weather a charge of sexual […]

Republicans trap Democrats in Kavanaugh-Ford hearing fight.

Republicans trap Democrats in Kavanaugh-Ford hearing fight.. Listen carefully enough from any point within the Beltway, and you’ll hear a faint smacking sound in the distance as Senate Republican staff repeatedly exchange leaping high-fives. Their plan to pretend to vet Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is working. They said they looked forward to […]

The Kavanaugh allegations, and why victims don’t go to the police – Vox

The Kavanaugh allegations, and why victims don’t go to the police – Vox. In response to the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, some dismissive questions have popped up: Why did Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser, take more than three decades to come forward? Why didn’t she report the incident to the police immediately after Kavanaugh […]

China bets on the blue wave

China bets on the blue wave. President Trump finally did it. On Monday, he announced new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports — starting at 10 percent but eventually scheduled to rise to 25 percent. It’s a major development, but not a terribly surprising one in the context of Trump’s bottomless nationalist belligerence. What was surprising? China’s rather […]

Opinion | The Broken Pieces of Middle East Peace – The New York Times

Opinion | The Broken Pieces of Middle East Peace – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · September 18, 2018 Palestinians threw stones in response to Israeli forces’ intervention during an anti-occupation rally near the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.CreditCreditMustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images By Opinion Columnist This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Camp David accords […]

Opinion | Anita Hill: How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right – The New York Times

Opinion | Anita Hill: How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right – The New York Times. by Anita Hill · September 18, 2018 There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better. The facts underlying Christine Blasey Ford’s claim of being sexually assaulted by a young Brett Kavanaugh will continue to be revealed as confirmation […]