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A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment.
The Supreme Court began its election-year term Monday by wrestling over whether states must allow criminal defendants to plead insanity.
You may, if you are old enough, recall a TV actor named Foster Brooks. He was a guest star on such classics of boomer kitsch as “The Monkees,” “The Munsters” and “The Mod Squad.” But if you do remember him, it’s likely for one thing only: his imitation of inebriation. Brooks made his slurring, stammering “funny drunk act” a TV staple, back when drunks were still considered, well … funny.
The latest smear on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a disaster for Democrats, and everyone seems to know it except the party’s presidential candidates.
Many on the left rationalize using Trump-like tactics against someone like Brett Kavanaugh on the theory that preserving Roe v. Wade justifies any means. But opposing it, or preserving it, does not justify every method.
President Donald Trump on Monday said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is under assault, following a New York Times story about a sexual misconduct allegation that was revised to reflect that the alleged victim couldn’t recall the incident.
WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday demanded that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be investigated or impeached in response to a new allegation that he exposed himself to a female classmate at a drunken dorm party years ago at Yale University. The allegation surfaced Saturday night in a New York Times report. A classmate, Max Stier, said he saw Kavanaugh with his pants down at the party, where friends pushed Kavanaugh’s penis into the young woman’s hand, The Times reported. Stier notified senators and the FBI before Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but the FBI did not investigate, The Times reported.
Several Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college.
The re-election campaigns of President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday unveiled a new T-shirt touting the duo as “Back-to-Back Supreme Court Champs,” in a reference to the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
By voluntarily subjecting itself to the same high standards of conduct applicable to every other judge in the United States, the Supreme Court would demonstrate ethical leadership by example at a time of national anguish.
Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder.
Slowly but inevitably, the two major political parties have become the party of women and the party of men – guess which is which – so that the 2018 midterms are shaping up as a climactic battle in the war between the sexes.
The existence of mirror-image thinking among conservatives doesn’t prove that the progressives’ complaints are wrong. But there are two mistakes that dissatisfied Democrats should avoid making.
In the recent Supreme Court nomination showdown, American institutions underwent a stress test. And in the media’s coverage, we saw the political equivalent of the collapse of Lehman Bros.
In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction. Collins is no conservative. She has voted in favor of abortion and same-sex marriage while toeing a more moderate line on economics. Her speech supporting Kavanaugh and denouncing the smears against him and the distortion of his judicial record was as good as any delivered by her more conservative colleagues.
The big two lessons of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and confirmation are that U.S. politics right now is party politics – and that the Republican Party has fully absorbed the style and principles of Newt Gingrich, the tea party, and other influences that tell it to never compromise and always exploit all short-term advantages as much as possible. It’s impossible to understand the Kavanaugh fight without understanding that politics goes through the parties. That’s true on a personal level: Kavanaugh was personally close to and had worked with many prominent Republicans. The key ones were White House Counsel Don McGahn, who probably had more direct influence on selecting him than anyone else, and George W. Bush, who reportedly worked the phones hard to get him confirmed, with a special emphasis on talking with Susan Collins. Parties are (among other things) networks of individual partisans, and that means that within specialized areas – such as the top lawyers and the politicians who work with them – strong personal relationships develop. That helps a lot when things go wrong.
I’m all Kavanaughed out. I hope some good will come of these past few weeks. Perhaps American men now have a better understanding of how common and how damaging sexual assault actually is. At the moment, however, it feels like the entire country has joined the Beach Week Ralph Club, and the hangover may be gnarly. Let’s look instead at something wonderful, a rare occurrence that reminds us who we are and how we got here. I’m referring, of course, to the American League playoff series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Arguably the greatest rivalry in American sports, the BoSox and Yanks battle routinely during the regular season – this year on an epic scale. But because they play in the same division of the same league, they can only meet in the postseason under very peculiar circumstances – when one team posts the division’s best record, while the other wins the wild card.
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him. The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s cultural, gender and political divides.
The swing votes in the Senate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation – Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va. – know they cannot satisfy the true believers. However they voted, they would be denounced by zealots on the other side. But, as far as I am concerned, they are the heroes of the hour – the only senators who take their duties of “advice and consent” as seriously as the Founders intended. For everyone else, Kavanaugh’s confirmation is a mindless exercise in party loyalty. Almost all Democrats would have voted “nay,” even if Kavanaugh were a combination of Oliver Wendell Holmes and St. Francis of Assisi. And almost all Republicans would have voted “aye,” even if Kavanaugh were a combination of Roger Taney (he of Dred Scott notoriety) and Jack the Ripper. I exaggerate, but only slightly.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers met with the director of Lutheran Community Services, the Spokane-based nonprofit providing support for refugees and victims of sexual assault, on Friday morning, as the Trump administration announced it would reduce the number of legal entrants into the U.S. and the Senate prepares to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid allegations of sexual violence in the early 1980s.