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Kavanaugh battle gets darker and weirder: Will bizarre conspiracy theories save him?

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks after Donald Trump announced his nomination at the White House on July 9, 2018. (Getty/Mandel Ngan)

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch and GOP operative Ed Whelan want to blame someone else for 1982 assault. Will Trump go along?
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Heather Digby Parton, Salon

September 21, 2018 | Donald Trump held a rally in Las Vegas for Sen. Dean Heller. R-Nev., on Thursday night. (Heller faces a tough re-election fight against Rep. Jacky Rosen, a moderate Democrat well liked in Nevada.) His crowd was as ecstatic as usual, lustily chanting "lock her up" and booing energetically when Trump asked sarcastically, "What about our Justice Department, huh?" It's still jarring to see a president ginning up citizens to demand that his former politicalrivalbe put in prison, but this new disgust for federal law enforcement is downright disorienting.

Trump was introduced by Wayne Allen Root, author of "Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon Is Changing America." Root claimed that Trump had specifically requested him, which is probably true. They are both conspiracy theorists, having originally bonded over the "birther" craze that first put Trump on the wingnut radar. If they had a chance to chat last night in Vegas it is almost certain they talked about this.

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh

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The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is different from its predecessors in many ways.

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The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is different from its predecessors in many ways. USA Today

How he’d reshape the court New York (NY) Times

His jurisprudence and potential impact Congressional Research Service

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The Trump administration withholds vast trove (of information) from Senate review on eve of hearing. Associated Press

White House cites executive privilege to justify decision. Buzzfeed

Senators get 42,000 pages of documents last night. No chance to read them in time, Schumer says. Washington (DC) Post

More: What does Kavanaugh’s paper trail, such that it is, say about him? Washington (DC) Post

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Why White Amerikanz Don’t Believe in ‘Personal Accountability’ for Police

  • Whatever the explanation, there is a bewildering disconnect between white tolerance of police misconduct—including homicides—and the call for “personal accountability” that has long permeated our national policy discussions.
  • Recent protests have showcased American military might on domestic soil.
  • Related: ‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern onexcessive police force

Michael Gould-Wartofsky, In These Times

 

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2015/05/14 | Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers’ Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school students was planning to march on the Mondawmin Mall. In response, the BPD did what any self-respecting police department in post-9/11 America would do: it declared war on the protesters.

Over the course of 24 hours, which would see economically devastated parts of Baltimore erupt in open rebellion, city and state police would deploy everything from a drone and a “military counter attack vehicle” known as a Bearcat to SWAT teams armed with assault rifles, shotguns loaded with lead pellets, barricade projectiles filled with tear gas, and military-style smoke grenades. The BPD also came equipped with “Hailstorm” or “Stingray” technology, developed in America’s distant war zones to conduct wireless surveillance of enemy communications.  This would allow officers to force cell phones to connect to it, to collect mobile data, and to jam cell signals within a one-mile radius.

Michael Gould-Wartofsky is the author of the new book The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement (Oxford University Press). He is a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Nation, Salon and Jacobin, and his research has been featured on PBS and NPR.

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  • Liberty activist and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been released by New York police, after spending hours behind bars. Joins RT to tell everyone what happened.
  • Part 1: Ray McGovern describes brutal arrest at Petraeus event
  • Part 2: Petraeus Spared Ray McGovern’s Question

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U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, demand answers to these questions — before it’s too late.

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  • Part 1: There’s So Much You Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh.
  • And you probably won’t until it’s too late.
  • Part 2: U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, ask these questions — and demand answers.
  • No more softball. Political handlers have taken the wrong message from past confirmation hearings. 
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America.

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Part 1: There’s So Much You Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh

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And you probably won’t until it’s too late.

The Editorial Board, New York (NY) Times

July 9, 2018 | So what can the American people hope to know in the days ahead about Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s latest candidate for the Supreme Court, who will very shortly hold one of the most powerful unelected jobs in government and wield profound influence over their daily lives? An awful lot, and yet, at the same time, so alarmingly little.

First, the awful lot: Judge Kavanaugh would shift the balance of constitutional jurisprudence to the right, creating a solid right-wing majority on the court possibly until the second half of the 21st century. While the somewhat unpredictable Justice Anthony Kennedy once served as the fulcrum for the court, that role will now go to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., a far more ideological conservative.

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Part 2: U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, ask these questions — and demand answers

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_153117634683146.jpg?w=525News crews set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building Monday morning, preparing for President Donald Trump’s announcement of his nominee to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. J. David Ake • Associated Press

  • Americans who care about the court’s future and its role in the American system of government need to turn to the political process to restore the protections the new majority will take away, and to create an environment where radical judges can’t be nominated or confirmed.
  • No more softball. Political handlers have taken the wrong message from past confirmation hearings.

Jeffrey Peck, Washington (DC) Post / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

July 10, 2018 |  ‘My job is to apply and enforce the law.” “I will approach any case with an open mind.” I will give “no hints, no forecasts, no previews.” These nice-sounding bromides from nominees — those selected by both Republican and Democratic presidents — tell us next to nothing. Maxims and slogans leave senators entirely in the dark.

To make an informed decision, senators must understand the nominee’s judicial philosophy and views on basic constitutional principles. Otherwise, they would be mere rubber stamps and violate their constitutional duty.

Jeffrey Peck was general counsel and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1992. He worked for then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden on the Bork, Kennedy, Souter and Clarence Thomas nominations to the Supreme Court.

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  • No one expected Kennedy to allow Donald Trump to pick his successor. But he has. And it should forever taint his legacy as a jurist.
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Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America

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  • No one expected Kennedy to allow Donald Trump to pick his successor. But he has. And it should forever taint his legacy as a jurist.
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing!

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02 July 2018 | It’s been a few days now, but the shock of Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement hasn’t abated a bit. This is partly because of the ghastly coming ramifications, more on which later. But it’s also because I honestly didn’t think Kennedy would allow Donald Trump to name his successor.

I thought he had more respect for the United States of America than to allow this corrupt gangster who’s almost certainly never read a Supreme Court opinion in his life to name his successor. Yes, Kennedy is conservative, so to that extent it makes sense that he’d want a Republican president to make the call, and maybe it’s just that simple. But whatever his motivation, Kennedy has altered and destroyed his legacy.
The Daily Beast special correspondent Michael Tomasky <https://www.thedailybeast.com/author/michael-tomasky>is also editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.

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Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing! Tom Hall, LA Progressive

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Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing!

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  • He is, in fact, a standard Reagan era, corporatist, racist, misogynist judge, who happened to write a couple of opinions that reflected one small area of decency in his work.
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America.

Tom Hall, LA Progressive

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Sunday, 1 July 2018 | It’s time to stop saying Anthony Kennedy was a “swing justice” on the United States Supreme Court. He told students at Harvard Law School, years ago, that he didn’t see himself as a “swing justice.” And any review of his decisions bears that out. He is, in fact, a standard Reagan era, corporatist, racist, misogynist judge, who happened to write a couple of opinions that reflected one small area of decency in his work.

Anthony Kennedy did deserve respect for the opinions he wrote on gay rights and same sex marriage. But giving that respect also means understanding the context in which those opinions and his underlying views were formed. Kennedy went to law school when many law schools still resisted admitting non-whites and women. He went from law school to private practice in San Francisco and Sacramento, and then on to the bench in San Francisco. His brief private practice was with all white Republican power brokers while Reagan was governor.

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Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America. Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast / Reader Supported News

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Outraged By Kids In Cages? Look At Our Entire Juvenile Justice System.

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  • How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
  • Related: America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools

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https://global.oup.com/academic/covers/pdp/9780190605551 6/24/2018 | Last week, the nation witnessed an abrupt reversal from the White House. After claiming for days that he did not have the authority to address the family separation crisis at the border, President Donald Trump appeared to do just that with the stroke of a pen.

Trump has purportedly put an end to the family separation policy, but he has also created a host of new issues to resolve. How and when will nearly 2,500 migrant children be reunited with their parents? How and where will families be detained together going forward? Even as these legal questions are being resolved, there is a persistent sense of outrage among most Americans.

Cara H. Drinan, Guest Writer, HuffPost, is a Law Professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and author of The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way.

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America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools, Naveen Kumar, Vice

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  • We spoke with Anna Deavere Smith about Parkland, the school-to-prison pipeline, and her new HBO film, 'Notes from the Field.'
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