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The city council in Palo Alto, California, is honoring Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychology professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were in high school, for testifying against the recently-confirmed Supreme Court justice.
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Guantanamo set the stage for the Kavanaugh hearings. Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary. It’s not the end result alone — his addition to the highest bench in the land where he will sit for life — that promises to damage the country, but the unprofessional, procedurally irresponsible way his circus-like hearings were held that dealt a blow to the possibilities for justice in America, a blow from which it may prove hard to recover.Senator Susan Collins acknowledged the damage the hearings wrought, even if she misunderstood the cause. Delivering her massively disappointing decision to vote yes on Kavanaugh, Collins reflected on what she saw as the passion that overrode the presumption of innocence and expressed “worry” that such behavior would lead to “a lack of public faith in the judiciary.” Though wrong in blaming the Democrats for those passions, her...
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When Christine Blasey Ford said she could not remember certain details about her alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster could relate.
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Florida's governor and GOP Senate candidate could be facing his own scandal over sexual misconduct. On Thursday, POLITICO delved into a pending lawsuit against the state of Florida by Lucille Alford, a 64-year-old former state disability examiner who claims she was sexually harassed in 2014 — and Gov. Rick Scott did nothing about it.Alford, who filed her suit in April of last year, alleges that her boss, Charles Fete, held her in a "bear hug" in his office and whispered innuendo in her ear as she struggled to free herself. She reported the incident to another supervisor, local law enforcement, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and Scott's office, and the matter was not pursued because she did not offer eyewitnesses to the incident. The suit is scheduled to be heard in February in Leon County court.This week, Alford spoke out publicly about the incident for the first time, speaking with POLITICO reporters. "I tried to get the governor's attention," she said. "I fel...
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When Christine Blasey Ford came forward last month to accuse Judge Brett
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A radio ad supporting Rep. French Hill goes completely over the line in trying to target black voters. On Thursday, an ad aired on radio stations geared toward African-Americans in support of Rep. French Hill (R-AR) and generated immediate outrage. The ad, paid for by a group calling itself Black Americans for the President's Agenda, essentially said that "white Democrats'" opposition to Brett Kavanaugh and desire to investigate his sexual assault allegations prove they could start lynching black people next."What do you think about what's happening in Washington?" says the narrator. "Our congressman, French Hill, and the Republicans, know that it's dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to a presumption of guilt, especially for black men. If the Democrats can do that to a white Justice of the Supreme Court, with no evidence, no corroboration, and all of her witnesses including her best friend say it didn't happen? What will happen to our husbands, our fathers, or our s...
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"This wasn’t a hand to be played." Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) rose to national prominence for grilling Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh about his teenage drinking — and she appeared on “The View” to discuss one particularly dramatic moment.Kavanaugh lashed out at the Minnesota Democrat during a hearing about sexual assault allegations made against him by a former acquaintance, and Klobuchar said the federal judge would never have tolerated the same conduct from her.“My first thought was, if I was appearing before him in court, he would have thrown me out of the courtroom,” the senator said.Klobuchar said the nominee’s partisan record should have disqualified him, and she praised Christine Blasey Ford for coming forward with sexual assault allegations — and co-host Meghan McCain asked whether Democrats miscalculated with her testimony.“Is it conceivable that Democrats may have misplayed their hand or handled anything differently in that hearing in g...
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Why let a little murder get in the way Of business? The one thing we can conclude from the Saudi involvement in the death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in its Turkish embassy is that this is one of those we-don’t-believe-anyone moments.We don’t believe the Saudis, the White House, or even the various senators who think they finally have discovered a safe way to disagree with the president, who seems to be going out of his way to proclaim the innocence of the Saudi Crown Prince.That said, it is a wonder indeed to learn that Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, S.C., or Marco Rubio, Fla., finally have located their outrage button to push back against a president whom they have chosen time after time to follow into the political gutter.For openers, the Khashoggi affair is proving to be an over-there moment, not a death that we are taking personally across our country. Who knows? The explanations change every ten minutes, and along with it, the level of concern abou...
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The United States Senate was never really interested in holding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh accountable after multiple women accused him of sexual assault and harassment. The witches of America are. Catland Books, an occult bookshop and community space in Brooklyn, has organized not one but two mass hexes on Kavanaugh. According to an Eventbrite page for the hex, the organizers say they plan to target the newly appointed justice as well as "all rapists and the patriarchy which emboldens, rewards and protects them." SEE ALSO: Brett Kavanaugh's use of the word 'emotional' exposes a gross double standard "We will be embracing witchcraft's true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and it's[sic] history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him," the organizers wrote. The first of the two events, scheduled for October 20...
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“Your affiliations and associations should bring you a sense of pride." The list of long-time conservatives who have left the GOP in response to Donald Trump’s presidency is a long one, ranging from journalists George Will and Max Boot to former congressmen such as David Jolly and Joe Scarborough (who now hosts “Morning Joe” on MSNBC). And that list continues to grow with the announcement that Stephen Kent, a spokesperson for Young Voices (an organization of conservative Millennials), is now an ex-member of the GOP.In an October 17 commentary for USA Today, Kent explains that for him, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court was the straw that broke the camel’s back. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kent asserts in his article, have been incredibly divisive—and the battle for Kavanaugh’s confirmation was an especially ugly example.Kent wrote, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s success in getting...
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Even amidst a glutted field of racist markers, the Harpers Ferry monument stands out. The Heyward Shepherd memorial is an overtly pro-slavery monument erected in 1931 in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In recognition of John Brown Day, please check out an article of mine published in the Spirit of Jefferson, adapted below, about the many reasons the marker should come down.Also below are photos from the protest of the Confederate plaque on the Charles Town, West Virginia, courthouse on Friday, October 12. Among the protesters was the group of women whose joint letter launched the campaign for removal last year. Members of the West Virginia Women’s March were also involved in the demonstration, titled “Let’s Make It Right: Remove the Plaque.”The following is adapted from “Heyward Shepherd ‘Tribute’ Is a Racist Relic That Must Come Down”:The inscription on what’s now known as the Heyward Shepherd memorial in Harpers Ferry...
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"ou don't have to belittle her, you don't have to do that," she said. "For me, it's worse than high school to see an adult do that. Especially the leader of the free world. It's sad."
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  Donald Trump has questioned whether climate change is “man-made” and suggested that world temperatures could start falling in the future.  The US president said during an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes show that he does not think climate change is a “hoax”, reversing his previous position.  However Mr Trump claimed that some scientists have a “very big political agenda” and suggested there is no consensus about the cause of global warming.  “I think something's happening. Something's changing and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference,” Mr Trump said.  “But I don't know that it's man-made. I will say this: I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't want to lose millions and millions of jobs. I don't want to be put at a disadvantage.”     The comments come just days after the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
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The president also claimed he treated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford with "great respect" despite openly mocking her at a campaign rally Straight from the mouth of the President of the United States."I'm not going to get into it.""It doesn't matter.""We won."Asked if he believes he treated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford with "great respect" by openly mocking her at a campaign rally and suggesting she lied about the allegations she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Sunday night said that none of that matters because Kavanaugh was confirmed and that's all there is to it.Watch:Trump on mimicking Christine Blasey Ford: "It doesn't matter. We won." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/lDxuWixA6U— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2018Of course whether it matters or not is an opinion, not a fact. And if Congress decides to force an investigation into the credible claims by Ford against Kavanaugh—in addition to the possibility...
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President defends mocking woman who accused his Supreme Court nominee of attempted sexual assault
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Donald Trump has brushed off his mocking of Christine Blasey Ford, saying that had he not attacked her in a speech "we would not have won". In an interview on US TV show 60 Minutes, the president said without his jeering remarks about Ms Ford's allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee would not have been approved. At the now infamous rally in Mississippi – which took place after Ms Ford's testimony before the Senate and before Mr Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court – the president mockingly imitated Ms Ford.
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President Donald Trump defended his treatment of Christine Blasey Ford, the
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President Trump said he believes he treated Christine Blasey Ford with respect even though he admitted mocking her inability to remember many of the details of the night when she said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982. Asked during an interview Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he seemed to suggest...
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President Trump in an interview aired on Sunday said Republicans never would have "won" on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination had he not made a speech in which he mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the woman ac...
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Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said President Donald Trump comments about Christine Blasey Ford during the battle to confirm Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh “energized a lot of Democrats.” Van Hollen said, “When you have the president of the United States at big rallies belittling Dr. Ford, he is belittling all those survivors of sexual assault and I don’t think people like what they see.” He added, “I don’t think Democrats overreached. Democrats wanted a thorough FBI investigation, in the end, it was Mitch McConnell who really cut that short did not allow a full investigation. What I’ve seen, actually, is that the Kavanaugh hearings have actually energized a lot of Democrats, especially younger voters and women voters, yes, they energized some Republicans. Just goes to show that turn out to really important in these midterm elections.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pa...
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Amal Clooney reportedly took aim at President Trump on Friday for his previous controversial remarks about Christine Blasey Ford, who accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
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In regard to the letter about the need for funding for rape kits in the state of Washington, the letter writer is 100 percent correct. However, the contention that the Republicans in the Senate discount and ignore the abuse of women is plain wrong. The Senate Republicans treated Christine Blasey Ford with dignity. The Democrats […]
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The part of this latest charade that really got me thinking was the fact that some of the senators who were involved in the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas hearings were still dispensing justice — if you can call it that — in the Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh hearings. I cannot think of […]
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An English professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill has nominated Christine Blasey Ford for a distinguished-alumna award for “speaking truth to power.”
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An illegitimate president appointed an illegitimate justice. Show him the contempt he deserves Not so long ago, if a journalist working for a major American news organization was murdered by the government of one dictator, inside the country of another dictator, the United States of America would have taken action, or at least had something to say about it. Those days are gone.There was a time, not so long ago, when the United States would not have ordered that children be separated from their families and be held in tents in concentration camps inside the borders of this country. Gone.It was only two years ago that a president of the United States nominated a judge from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court who was not an accused sexual abuser and a drunk. That president, and that Supreme Court nominee are gone.There was a time not so long ago that the Department of Justice voting rights division would have filed lawsuits challenging state laws like those in Nor...
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Kavanaugh began his first week as a Supreme Court justice on Monday. Chief Justice John Roberts referred judicial misconduct complaints about newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Colorado, the Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon.The 15 complaints refer to Kavanaugh's behavior after Christine Blasey Ford made her allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh public.  The Post cited sources who said the complaints addressed Kavanaugh's alleged dishonesty and a lack of judicial temperament.While some of the complaints against Kavanaugh were dismissed, the remaining allegations have been passed on because they were deemed "substantial," according to the report.However, the article notes that it's unlikely anything will come of the complaints:It is unclear what will come of the review by the 10th Circuit. The judiciary’s rules on misconduct do not apply to Supreme Court justices. The 10th Circuit will...
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At a Mississippi campaign rally, President Donald Trump delivered a sarcastic, extended riff on the Senate testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school. His mockery of Ford turned into a rant about how all […]
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Judicial temperament is one of the most important qualities of a judge. Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the US Supreme Court has not only raised questions about his moral suitability for this prominent role, but also to his emotional suitability.Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of his confirmation to answer questions about accusations that he assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when the two were in high school, Kavanaugh came across as belligerent, confrontational, lacking in self-control and rude. When senator Amy Klobuchar asked him if he had ever drunk so much he forgot events that occurred, he replied, “I don’t know, have you?” He cried when talking about his family and friends: his ten-year-old daughter wanting to pray for Blasey Ford, his trail-blazing prosecutor mother, his father’s organisational skills, cringing with his friends at the stories in the news about him and when talking about all the female friends who have shown support for him.All...
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Melania Trump has said she supports victims of sexual assault but they need to provide "really hard evidence" when going public with their accusations. The first lady discussed the #MeToo movement after Brett Kavanaugh's contentious Supreme Court confirmation battle, in which the 114th justice was accused of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. The US Senate voted to confirm Donald Trump's second nominee to the nation’s highest court after numerous Republicans said a week-long FBI probe failed to yield conclusive evidence against him.
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Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton is a smart guy. Harvard undergrad. Harvard Law School.
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Founder of the Me Too movement Tarana Burke, along with other advocates, wrote
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A group that identifies itself as “the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization” said that following Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, its hotline call center saw a record jump in calls from sexual assault survivors.
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In an open letter to Dr. Blasey on Wednesday, #MeToo activists called her a “hero” and promised that her words would have a lasting impact.
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Idolized by both sides, Maine’s “moderate” Republican reveals herself to be just a partisan flunky after all. Back in February of this year, Axios reported that Donald Trump had a plan for the midterms:A source close to the White House tells me that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting for Republicans in midterms, the president this year will be looking for "unexpected cultural flashpoints" — like the NFL and kneeling — that he can latch onto in person and on Twitter. The source said Trump "is going to be looking for opportunities to stir up the base, more than focusing on any particular legislation or issue."I think we can accurately observe that the confirmation of the right-wing political operative and accused attempted rapist Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court counts as just such an "unexpected cultural flashpoint." And as predicted, Donald Trump is taking full advantage of it. Since it happens to be the same "cultural flashpoint" that hit his...
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Even in the darkest of times we have the right to some illumination. -- Hannah Arendt The threads of a general political and ideological crisis run deep in American history, and with each tweet and policy decision Donald Trump pushes the United States closer to a full-fledged fascist state. His words sting, but his policies can kill people. Trump’s endless racist taunts, dehumanizing expressions of misogyny, relentless attacks on all provisions of the social state and ongoing contempt for the rule of law serve to normalize a creeping fascist politics. Moreover, his criminogenic disdain for any viable sense of civic and moral responsibility gives new meaning to an ethos of selfishness and a culture of cruelty, if not terror, that has run amok. Yet it is becoming more difficult for the mainstream media and pundits to talk about fascism as a looming threat in the United States in spite of the fact that, as Michelle Goldberg observes, for some groups, such as "undocumented immigran...
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With just 30 hours’ notice, a dozen influential female executives — founding members of the Time’s Up organization — gathered Tuesday evening in Hollywood to introduce their newly hired president and chief executive, Lisa Borders, to ten members of the media. Borders will take up that post next...
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Brett Kavanaugh didn't buy a domain with his name in it. So now, if you go to BrettKavanaugh.com, .org or .net, you won't find an official site for the contentious Supreme Court Justice, sworn in on Monday after an FBI investigation into multiple accusations of sexual assault.  Instead, you'll find a website that links to resources for sexual assault survivors.  SEE ALSO: Trump declares Kavanaugh 'proven innocent', internet calls him out The page is emblazoned with a simple, but strong message that was echoed throughout Kavanaugh's confirmation saga: "We believe survivors." The domains were purchased by an organization called Fix The Court, which pushes for accountability and transparency in the Supreme Court.  https://t.co/hDgi8V1Vdk links to various resources for sexual assault survivors: “We believe survivors”. pic.twitter.com/LS3PTI9S7R — Gabe #DreamActNow Ortíz (@TUSK81) October 9, 2018 Executive director Gabe Roth said in a stat...
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) got the “lock her up!” treatment – her first – from President Trump’s Iowa crowd Tuesday night. Trump reminded his audience how Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, had been blamed for leaking professor Christine Blasey Ford’s letter alleging she had been sexually assaulted by Supreme...
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Trump accuses Feinstein of leaking a letter written by California professor Christine Blasey Ford
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Andrew Wheeler pleaded ignorance when confronted. On Tuesday, the Huffington Post reported that Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has a history of posting and interacting with horribly bigoted and incendiary content.Among the interactions, which were first discovered by American Bridge: a "like" of a Facebook image depicting former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama being offered a banana by a white person; a remark on another Facebook image that Hillary Clinton is "mentioned in the Book of Revelations….right after the Four Horsemen"; a retweet of "Pizzagate" conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec that depicted comedian Bill Murray attacking "Democrat identity politics"; a like of a tweet by far-right filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza casting doubt on Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford; and a like of another tweet by InfoWars editor Paul Joseph Watson claiming actor James Woods was being censored from Twitter."Over t...
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At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republicans, Trump called the Democrats' attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court "a national embarrassment, a national disgrace," without mentioning the sexual assault accusation raised by Christine Blasey Ford when she and Kavanaugh were high school students in 1982. Of course, they want to destroy me too," Trump told a cheering crowd at an arena in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a city near Omaha, Nebraska. Trump staged a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Kavanaugh on Monday night at the White House, apologizing to him and his family for the contentious confirmation process.
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Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” co-host Juan Williams said in light of President Donald Trump apologizing to Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his swearing-in ceremony, he should also apologize to Christine Blasey Ford for the controversy during Kavanaugh confirmation process. Juan Williams said, “There was a different tone for Sotomayor swearing-in versus last night. Last night was revenge of the Republicans. Republicans in the end zone doing a dance. So to me, the apology—out of line totally. Remember, the poll we showed a moment ago, gosh, we didn’t show you but guess what, most Americans disapproved of the way Republicans handled it as well.” He continued, “The bottom line is 51 percent of Americans did not approve of this man’s confirmation. In addition, a majority of Americans believed Professor Ford, not Justice Kavanaugh. This is going to go on for some time, and if you want to get into women, wow Amer...
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Dr. Christina Blasey Ford has been nominated for a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Distinguished Alumna Award for "speaking truth to power" by going public with sexual assault allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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"Jared [Kushner] is such a hidden genius that no one understands," Nikki Haley claimed. Donald Trump broken with his usual means of deposing of a cabinet member—dropping a note on their desks while they’re out of town and letting them find out by tweet—to have send UN Ambassador Nikki Haley out the door with a White House event. Haley gave a brief speech in which the most notable moments were likely her claim that she would support Trump in his 2020 effort, and her praise for the sadly unsung heroes of the Trump White House: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.Haley: Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands.For his part, Trump repeatedly praised Haley as making the UN Ambassador role “glamourous,” which seems at least half a notch better than Orrin Hatch saying that Christine Blasey Ford was an “attractive” witness. And while Haley claimed that the main reason she wanted to depart was simply to get some time away after eight years in government ser...
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During an interview that aired Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) revealed she was prepared to vote “yes” to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court up until she watched his Senate testimony responding to Christine Blasey Ford — a second time, with the sound off. Heitkamp told CNN’s Dana Bash that she had already prepared a statement saying she was voting for Kavanaugh, but she saw anger and “rage” in Kavanaugh’s body language as he defended himself and she claimed “that changed everything.” “We communicate not only with words, but we communicate with body language. We communicate with demeanor,” said Heitkamp. Bash asked, “And what did you see in his body language?” Heitkamp replied, “I saw somebody who was very angry, very nervous, and I saw rage.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday challenged media to investigate how the Democrats handled Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Scarborough argued Ford’s “unsubstantiated allegations” that leaked would “most likely not have made print” five or 10 years ago. “What New York Times reporter, what Washington Post reporter was assigned a story by their editors to go see what really happened with Dianne Feinstein, and asked Dianne Feinstein and her staff the sort of questions that would have happened if the Republican Party had done the same thing. Not one,” stated Scarborough. He added, “I challenge New York Times … editors, I challenge Washington Post editors, I challenge Wall Street Journal editors, I challenge editors across America, write that story. What happened with Dr. Ford’s agreement with a congresswoman, with Dianne Feinstein? Why...
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The Wing's newest co-working space is equipped with a lactation room, a library, a cafe and a conference room named for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
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Tuesday on the Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) discussed the leak of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s letter alleging sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh over 30 years ago. Hewitt asked Cotton if he believed there was something behind the timing of Ford’s letter, which was sent in July and leaked just days before the Senate Judiciary Committee planned to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which the Arkansas senator affirmed. “Hugh, I believe the Schumer political operation was behind this from the very beginning,” replied Cotton. “We learned last week that a woman named Monica McLean was Ms. Ford’s roommate, and she was one of the so-called beach friends who encouraged Ms. Ford to go to Dianne Feinstein and the partisan Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. Well, it just turns out, it just so happens that Monica McLean worked for a Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, now a virulent anti-...
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“Good and Mad” Rebecca Traister explains why it's okay for women to be angry. After all the protesting, crying, calling and suffering in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford testifying that Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, had sexually assaulted her, the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the court anyway over the weekend. The rage levels of feminist women, which had already been explosive after the election of the pussy-grabber himself, reached nuclear levels in wake of yet another reminder that, in the eyes of Republicans anyway, women have no value outside of objects to be used and discardedThe time couldn’t be more perfect for Rebecca Traister’s book, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.” In it, the New York magazine journalist explores the history and continuing power that women’s anger can have to cause change — which is why men are so afraid of it.For those feeling helpless in the wake of another instance of...
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After by far the biggest political victory of the Trump era, all Republicans want to do is whine and cast blame. If the bruising battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court cemented one new truism of American politics in the Trump era, it is that Republicans have grown insatiable.Since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory nearly two years ago, the president and his followers have suffered from a "sore winner" syndrome that finds them locked in a perpetual search for a fight in which they can declare themselves the true victims — even after a clear and dominant victory. Their complaints have only grown louder the further away from real-world harm they move.Even after managing to lock in a conservative Supreme Court by confirming the least popular nominee since Robert Bork, Republicans have reveled in rubbing their victory in the faces of sexual assault survivors everywhere, apparently to gin up their base ahead of the midterm elections.Senate Judici...
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It was almost 5:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Sen. Susan Collins, once a swing vote, had just announced her plan to confirm Kavanaugh, all but guaranteeing his lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Jess Morales Rockett, political director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) — who you might recognize from a video where she confronted Sen. Ted Cruz with her own sexual assault story — was on the ground, surrounded by other exhausted, restless protesters. SEE ALSO: How to cope when the country is debating whether to believe Christine Blasey Ford "I'm literally sitting on the steps of the Capitol Building as I talk to you," she said on the phone, voice cracking under the weight of a burden too many survivors were made to shoulder throughout the hearing. But there was something else, too.  Read more...More about Politics, Social Good, Supreme Court, Activism, and Sexual Assault
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CNN's Brooke Baldwin slammed President Donald Trump's comments that the sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford were "a hoax set by the Democrats."
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Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) on Monday suggested that a male Democratic lawmaker or staffer leaked the confidential letter from Christine Blasey Ford detailing sexual...
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Monday on CNN’s “Newsroom,” network chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump knew “what mob rule and mob tactics look like because he encourages them.” Acosta said, “It’s pretty remarkable what he’s saying, Brooke. We should point out, a few minutes before you came on the air, he was making additional comments at this law enforcement speech that he’s giving down in Orlando, Florida. He was talking about the battle over Brett Kavanaugh and some of the allegations that were brought forward. And he said, quote, ‘It was a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil.’ So the president is putting this in some very stark — I mean just the most pointed terms possible. It is unclear, Brooke, whether or not the President is lumping in the accuser in that Brett Kavanaugh saga, Christine Blasey Ford, into that comment when he says that this was brought forward by people who are evil. If you talk t...
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"This vote is a complete betrayal of Maine voters, of the women who have called her offices, and written letters, and organized phone banks, and attended rallies, and told their very deeply painful stories to her and her staff." Despite the fact that Mainers protested at and called her offices for several months and signed letters demanding that she vote against Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday claimed she's received a positive response to her decision to back the right-wing extremist.The senator told the Associated Press that the local response has been "overwhelmingly positive," claiming, "Many people have thanked me for my vote and have said that they were very pleased that I did the right thing."But constituents in Maine have told a different story since Collins' speech last Friday, in which she suggested that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford incorrectly remembered Kavanaugh as the person who assaulted her when...
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He added that Christine Blasey Ford is likewise "the victim of a process." Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina cast Brett Kavanaugh as the "slut whore drunk" victim of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged to have been sexually assaulted by President Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee more than three decades ago.When asked whether he thought sexual assault survivors would be less likely to come forward with their stories because Kavanaugh was confirmed to the nation's highest court despite facing allegations of sexual misconduct by three women, Graham said he didn't think so because Ford was "treated well" by the Senate Judiciary Committee."I think the roles were reversed: The slut whore drunk was Kavanaugh," Graham said as he was leaving Capitol Hill after the Senate voted to confirm the judge to the Supreme Court on Saturday, NBC News reported.He dismissed certain claims against Kavanaugh as "outrageous," "anonymous" and making "no se...
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Social capital and class prejudice are central to the sense of entitlement and protection from consequences that men like Trump and Kavanaugh project and enjoy. Brett Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court justice. The FBI's limited investigation of the sexual assault accusations against him was clearly inadequate. Numerous leads were ignored and dozens of potentially important witnesses were not interviewed. Moving beyond a political cover-up to a level of gross malfeasance, the FBI -- at the direction of Donald Trump's White House -- did not interview either Christine Blasey Ford or Julie Swetnick, two of Kavanaugh's three known accusers.It was clear from the beginning that this "reopened" background check was used by Donald Trump's White House to provide a fig leaf and an excuse for those Republicans whose consciences were "troubled" by the numerous and credible allegations by multiple people that Brett Kavanaugh actively participated in a culture of excessive drinking, sexual...
www.alternet.org
2 weeks ago
As women rallied at the U.S. Capitol to protest Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court on Saturday, activist Linda Sarsour flew from Washington to Texas with her eyes on the next challenge: the Nov. 6 congressional elections. Sarsour, a leader of the Women's March organization, said it was time to harness women's furor around Kavanaugh to galvanize voters in races that will soon determine which party controls Congress. Women's March, which grew out of the massive January 2017 demonstrations protesting Donald Trump's presidency, mobilized thousands of women during Kavanaugh's confirmation process over concerns about how the conservative judge would vote on issues such as abortion, and allegations that he sexually assaulted university professor Christine Blasey Ford when they were teenagers in 1982.
www.yahoo.com
2 weeks ago
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) on Monday accused Democrats of "having used and abused" Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during his nominat...
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