US Politics in Trump era Public date: 29.08.2019 01:16:39

12 Mar 2019

Georgia GOP Introduced Bill to Criminalize Abortion Post-Roe

When Brett Kavanaugh was named a Supreme Court justice last fall, a world in which access to abortions would be significantly limited, if not downright illegal, became more likely. Late last month, Georgia joined a handful of Republican-led states positioning themselves to lead the charge if Roe v. Wade, the seminal Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, were to be overturned.
When Brett Kavanaugh was named a Supreme Court justice last fall, a world in which access to abortions would be...
18 Feb 2019

Brett Kavanaugh’s Dishonest Anti-Abortion Dissent

Kavanaugh's first Supreme Court dissent is a mess of omissions and misrepresentations. What is perhaps less obvious, at least at first glance, is the level of intellectual dishonesty baked into a four-page dissent penned by the court’s newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh voted along with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch to deny the stay, but was the only justice to try to explain his thinking in writing. If he wanted to maintain the fidelity-to-precedent fiction he peddled at his confirmation hearings, it probably would have been better if he had stayed silent. The document is a mess of omissions and misrepresentations dressed up to appear anodyne.
Kavanaugh's first Supreme Court dissent is a mess of omissions and misrepresentations. What is perhaps less obvious, at...

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19 Dec 2018

Dozens of complaints against Brett Kavanaugh are dismissed

Federal judges reviewing complaints lodged against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said Tuesday that the allegations against the former federal appeals court judge are "serious" but that they must dismiss them without determining their merits because of Kavanaugh's October confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Federal judges reviewing complaints lodged against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said Tuesday that the...

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4 Dec 2018

George H.W. Bush’s presidency: what it says about Trump and Kavanaugh

The 41st and 45th presidents may have differed greatly in their approach to politics. But when it comes to their legacies, one thing is exactly the same: Both nominated men to the Supreme Court who would be accused of sexual misconduct, and both stood behind those men in their confirmation battles. Clarence Thomas has now served on the Supreme Court for 27 years, his decisions affecting Americans long after Bush, a one-term president, left office. Brett Kavanaugh is also likely to serve on the Court for decades, long outlasting Trump’s presidency no matter what happens in 2020.
The 41st and 45th presidents may have differed greatly in their approach to politics. But when it comes to their...
10 Oct 2018

Obama’s Resistance to Investigating the Bush Administration Allowed Brett Kavanaugh to Skate Onto the Supreme Court

With full Democratic control of the federal government, calls came for an investigation into the scandals of the Bush administration, including torture, mass surveillance, and war profiteering. While some called for criminal prosecutions, others wanted hearings or an independent investigation that would — at minimum — put into the public record the details of who did what and when.
With full Democratic control of the federal government, calls came for an investigation into the scandals of the Bush...
7 Oct 2018

D.C. Circuit sent complaints about Kavanaugh’s testimony to Chief Justice Roberts

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has received more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints in recent weeks against Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice Saturday, but has chosen for the time being not to refer them to a judicial panel for investigation.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has received more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints in recent weeks against...
6 Oct 2018

How rightwing conspiracy theorists attacked Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony

Conservatives did not stand idle while the FBI completed its limited investigation on Brett Kavanaugh. While this unfolded, Dr Christine Blasey Ford has been subjected to a full-frontal personal attack, which has been taken up by all segments of rightwing media. But while most ostensibly respectable outlets contented themselves with attacks on her credibility, others have leapt headlong into conspiracy theory.
Conservatives did not stand idle while the FBI completed its limited investigation on Brett Kavanaugh. While this...

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4 Oct 2018

FBI Said to Lack White House Approval to Talk to Kavanaugh, Ford

The FBI hasn’t interviewed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford because it doesn’t have clear authority from the White House to do so, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Instead, the White House has indicated to the FBI that testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford, who has accused him of attempting to rape her when they were in high school, before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week is sufficient, said the people, who asked to not be identified discussing the sensitive matter.
The FBI hasn’t interviewed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford because it doesn’t have...
2 Oct 2018

Kavanaugh clerk hire casts light on link to judge forced to quit in #MeToo era

Last year, before he became a supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh hired the son of a close friend to serve as his clerk, even though the clerk had not earned a spot on the Yale Law Journal, as almost all Kavanaugh’s previous Yale clerks had. The decision to hire Clayton Kozinski, son of the now disgraced judge Alex Kozinski, smacked of the kind of cronyism that is rife in federal courts. It was especially common for Kavanaugh, who not only had a reputation for hiring “model-like” female clerks, but also the children of powerful friends and allies.
Last year, before he became a supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh hired the son of a close friend to serve as his...
29 Sep 2018

Kavanaugh vote: Flake, Murkowski back FBI investigation; Senate committee advances nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh after securing a key vote from Sen. Jeff Flake, who asked for a delay of up to a week before the full Senate votes. Flake (R-Ariz.) said the delay would allow a limited FBI investigation of allegations of sexual assault while Kavanaugh was a teenager.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett M....

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27 Sep 2018

Kavanaugh hearings: Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley has filed an injunction to stop the Kavanaugh vote

Merkley is alleging that the Trump administration is violating the separation of powers by not releasing hundreds of thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh’s time as a lawyer in President George W. Bush’s administration, charging that this knowingly prevented senators from doing their constitutional duty to advise and consent the president by vetting Kavanaugh.
Merkley is alleging that the Trump administration is violating the separation of powers by not releasing hundreds of...
26 Sep 2018

Trump attacks second Kavanaugh accuser, saying she ‘has nothing’ and was ‘totally inebriated’

President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, dismissing her account because she was “totally inebriated and all messed up,” and accused Democrats of playing a “con game” in an attempt to derail his Supreme Court nominee.
President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct,...

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22 Sep 2018

Brett Kavanaugh: Trump nominee facing new scandal after Ed Whelan tweets

On Thursday night, conservative legal operative Ed Whelan sent a series of tweets suggesting that the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh were likely a case of mistaken identity. His evidence was that a high school classmate of Kavanaugh’s kind of looked like him, and lived in a childhood home that sounded similar to the home where Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, described the assault taking place.
On Thursday night, conservative legal operative Ed Whelan sent a series of tweets suggesting that the sexual assault...
22 Sep 2018

‘Kavanaugh will be on the U.S. Supreme Court’: McConnell just erased any doubt about Republicans’ intentions to hear Ford out

A big reason Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s accuser says she doesn’t want to testify in the Senate without first having her claims investigated by the FBI is she doesn’t think she’ll be treated objectively and fairly by politicians. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just thoroughly justified Christine Blasey Ford’s concerns. In comments Friday, he laid plain his intention to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, apparently no matter what Ford has to share.
A big reason Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s accuser says she doesn’t want to testify in the Senate without first having...
21 Sep 2018

‘No accident’ Brett Kavanaugh’s female law clerks ‘looked like models’, Yale professor told students

A top professor at Yale Law School who strongly endorsed supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a “mentor to women” privately told a group of law students last year that it was “not an accident” that Kavanaugh’s female law clerks all “looked like models” and would provide advice to students about their physical appearance if they wanted to work for him, the Guardian has learned.
A top professor at Yale Law School who strongly endorsed supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a “mentor to...

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18 Sep 2018

Attorney Sent Letter to Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein Claiming Federal Court Employees Willing to Speak About Brett Kavanaugh

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were both approached in July by an attorney claiming to have information relevant to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The attorney claimed in his letter that multiple employees of the federal judiciary would be willing to speak to investigators, but received no reply to multiple attempts to make contact, he told The Intercept.
The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were both approached in July by an attorney claiming...

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8 Sep 2018

I knew Brett Kavanaugh during his years as a Republican operative. Don’t let him sit on the Supreme Court.

I used to know Brett Kavanaugh pretty well. And, when I think of Brett now, in the midst of his hearings for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, all I can think of is the old "Aesop's Fables" adage: "A man is known by the company he keeps." And that's why I want to tell any senator who cares about our democracy: Vote no.
I used to know Brett Kavanaugh pretty well. And, when I think of Brett now, in the midst of his hearings for a lifetime...

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6 Sep 2018

Senate Republicans get caught in a major lie about the missing documents on Brett Kavanaugh

It’s objectively unprecedented for the Senate to be provided such a small fraction of the documents related to a Supreme Court nominee’s past work, as in the case of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. During Wednesday’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) caught Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in an apparent lie about why that is.
It’s objectively unprecedented for the Senate to be provided such a small fraction of the documents related to a...

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