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PostSubject: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:30 am

One of the many long-ranging and fundamental changes being drowned out by the daily "Reality-TV" chaff & noise generated by this administration, is the radical remaking of the federal courts.

When Obama took office, there were 53 open judicial appointments.  By blocking Obama's appointees, refusing to hold hearings, and delaying votes, the Senate Republicans managed to have more than twice that number, 112 bench vacancies, open for Trump to fill.

They have been filling them as fast as possible (68 confirmed so far, 73 more awaiting hearings), drawn entirely from Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society recommendations: and they are young, radically-conservative, white, male, and a good many of them rated "unqualified."

And their lifetime appointments will last well beyond Trump's troubled presidency.

During the campaign Trump took the unprecedented step of releasing a list of eleven SCOTUS candidates (drawn up by The Heritage Foundation) and saying he would be sticking with this list during his administration, should he be elected.

However, it was reported on Rachel Maddow's show last night that after The Mueller probe was launched, a few other names were quietly added to the Heritage Foundation list, including Brett Kavanaugh.  Kavanaugh's "qualifications" are that he believes sitting presidents cannot be indicted, cannot be charged, and cannot even be investigated.  He believes presidential power is absolute, and above the law.

And when Justice Anthony Kennedy was blackmailed into retiring, Kavanaugh shot straight to the top of the list.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:47 am

Eerie echoes of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill.

Will the outcome be different now?  Has Congress evolved since 1991?
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:13 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:16 pm

Another woman has come forward with accusations.

Either this is a very well-orchestrated smear campaign — or this Kavanaugh fellow is a real pig.

I’m putting my money on the latter.

Oh well, at least he and Clarence will have stuff to talk about.  

Meanwhile, a failed Republican candidate in Florida named Gina Sosa said on a CNN panel, “What boy hasn’t done this in high school?”  I can tell you at least one: me.

And it’s about time we stopped normalizing it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:26 pm

Avanati says he has a third accuser about to come forward.

If Mitch rams this guy through, the GOP will lose every race in November.  Maybe he doesn’t care.  SCOTUS is forever.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:41 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:42 pm

And the Republicans are going to confirm Kavanaugh on Friday.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:11 pm

Wow, the Kavanaugh hearings are SO REMINISCENT of the Clarence Thomas hearings -- he said, she said.  Both seem credible.

In Thomas's hearing, the committee (including three of the same members as today) would not allow three other accusers to testify.

In today's hearing the committee will not allow an FBI investigation of the allegations.

How far have we come since 1991?  Not very damn far.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:48 pm

Just rewatched the Thomas hearings on YouTube. Even some of the language was identical.

I thought Dr. Ford's testimony was excellent: credible, moving, thoughtful.

Kavanaugh OTOH was obviously following a script. He'd been rehearsing for two weeks at the White House, and even his phraseology sounded like what they give Trump to read. He was overrehearsed, insincere, dodged important questions, deflected uncomfortable questions, and altogether reminded me WAY too much of Clarence Thomas.

I guess we'll find out in the next few days if the Senators have grown any ovaries.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:58 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:42 pm

Okay, so the Confirmation Committee has recommended (do they have the power to compel?) an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh before his confirmation vote.  One of three things will happen:

  1. Mitch McConnell will refuse to get the FBI involved (or Trump will, since he already distrusts the FBI) and the vote will move ahead anyway.  If this is the case, Kavanaugh's vote will be a one-vote margin.  (A) If he's confirmed, Republicans will lose every seat they're up for in November.  (B) If he's not confirmed, he will withdraw his name (or Trump will withdraw it) and Republicans won't be able to get another candidate queued up before the midterms.  After that, no matter WHO they nominate he or she won't be confirmed by a majority-Democratic Senate.  The 9th seat will remain open for the remainder of Trump's troubled presidency.  The activist court will be deadlocked 4-4 and unable to advance their agenda.  At the same time they'll be unable to strike down anything controversial out of the Trump White House.

  2. The FBI will conduct an investigation and find Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker in high school and college, but no credible allegations of sexual abuse.  He'll be confirmed by the Senate before the mid-terms.  He'll join the Court as the second bitter and vituperative Justice.

  3. The FBI will find probable cause for the sexual abuse allegations, and he'll either withdraw or be withdrawn.  The result is the same as #1B.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:54 pm

Trump has ordered an FBI investigation - not to exceed one week. Can you say "scam"?
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:22 am

Bill Clinton impeachment, redux.

As a member of the Ken Starr investigation, Kavanaugh was involved in writing the questions to Bill Clinton when he testified under oath.  He intentionally gave him 'squirm-inducing questions.'  Everything Clinton had done was 100% legal -- his sex was consensual -- but his answers to the committee weren't 100% truthful (the whole truth and nothing but the truth) and THIS, rather than his behavior, is what got him impeached.  Little white lies.

So, it is with considerable irony that we discover the drinking age in Maryland was 21 when Kavanaugh was 17, not 18 as he claimed.  His illegal drinking may not be a disqualifying factor, but his lying about it should be.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:03 pm

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His illegal drinking may not be a disqualifying factor, but his lying about it should be.

He has repeatedly lied under oath, the drinking being the least of it. He should be charged with perjury, not promoted.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:13 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:54 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:24 am

Kellyanne Conway wrote:
Conway also lashed out people comparing Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior with that of comedian Bill Cosby who was sentenced to prison last week for sexually assaulting women.

“This is not Bill Cosby. Those comparisons I hear on your network are a disgrace and the anchor should have called them out, this is not even Bill Clinton,” she said, referring to the former president’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s.
She's right you know. Clinton's affairs were consensual.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:40 pm

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He has repeatedly lied under oath, the drinking being the least of it. He should be charged with perjury, not promoted.

A list of all the lies Kavanaugh told under oath.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:59 am

You know all the press recently about video faking, and Russian attempts to stir up dissent within the US? If Lindsay Graham wasn’t already well-known as a hypocritical moron I might think this was fake:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lindsey-graham-brett-kavanaugh-merrick-garland_us_5bb31447e4b00fe9f4f9f4da
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:32 pm

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[2]The FBI will conduct an investigation and find Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker in high school and college, but no credible allegations of sexual abuse.  He'll be confirmed by the Senate before the mid-terms.  He'll join the Court as the second bitter and vituperative Justice.
Looks like this will play out as early as tomorrow, Wednesday.
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Oh well, at least he and Clarence will have stuff to talk about.
Yay for them. Maybe the Supreme Court Bar will install a keg tap.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:24 am

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The FBI reportedly wasn’t able to corroborate the allegations of sexual misconduct, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. According to The New York Times, the bureau ended up reaching out to 10 people and interviewing nine of them.
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On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for a Friday vote ― before the findings were even released ― to end debate on the Kavanaugh issue, with a final vote on his nomination as early as Saturday. The committee will review the FBI’s findings on Thursday.

It’s likely that Republicans will largely vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination, although Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) said they haven’t yet made up their minds.
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GOP Sen. Jeff Flake said being confronted by two sexual assault victims in a Capitol elevator and the testimony from the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh combined to make him realize the confirmation process was “tearing the country apart.”
They ain't seen nothin' yet.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:31 am

You gotta give credit to the Republicans for playing the long game.
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If Trump's nominee is seated, however, the court will attempt to overturn every precedent since 1934. Possibly even earlier, to women's suffrage in 1920.
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:38 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:44 am

This is freaking astonishing:
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Ratification was completed on August 18, 1920, and the following states subsequently ratified the amendment:

   Connecticut (September 14, 1920, reaffirmed on September 21, 1920)
   Vermont (February 8, 1921)
   Delaware (March 6, 1923, after being rejected on June 2, 1920)
   Maryland (March 29, 1941, after being rejected on February 24, 1920; not certified until February 25, 1958)
   Virginia (February 21, 1952, after being rejected on February 12, 1920)
   Alabama (September 8, 1953, after being rejected on September 22, 1919)
   Florida (May 13, 1969)[26]
   South Carolina (July 1, 1969, after being rejected on January 28, 1920; not certified until August 22, 1973)
   Georgia (February 20, 1970, after being rejected on July 24, 1919)
   Louisiana (June 11, 1970, after being rejected on July 1, 1920)
   North Carolina (May 6, 1971)
   Mississippi (March 22, 1984, after being rejected on March 29, 1920)
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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:38 pm

Robert Reich wrote:
Dear fellow MoveOn member,

This must be said: Donald Trump and his Republican enablers want to take over our nation's highest court, with Brett Kavanaugh as their guy to do it. And we've got to stop them.  Will you chip in $3 right now to MoveOn’s emergency campaign to stop Brett Kavanaugh?
It's too late bud.  We lost.  We never actually had a chance.

And there's NOTHING you could do with my $3 to change that.  So, no.  And I don't appreciate you using this national disaster as a fund-raising opportunity, KNOWING there's absolutely nothing MoveOn could do to stop this slow-motion trainwreck, with or without a buttload of money.
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