414-Page Report Concludes No Evidence to Support Allegations Against Justice Kavanaugh
Mit Kavanaughs Ernennung beginnt eine neue Ära im Supreme Court. Der 53-Jährige ist auf Lebenszeit ernannt, die Altersstruktur des Gerichts dürfte den Republikanern nun auf Jahrzehnte eine konservative Mehrheit sichern. Politisierung und institutionelles Gewicht des Supreme Courts haben in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten auch deshalb zugenommen, weil die Arbeit an Gesetzen und lagerübergreifenden Kompromissen im US-Kongress praktisch eingestellt wurde.
The Kavanaugh confirmation, playing out against the backdrop of a midterm election where control of Congress is at stake, gave Republicans what they believe is momentum to ensure that they keep their slim Senate majority.
Republicans are now painting Democrats and their activist allies as angry mobs. Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, delivered a speech on Saturday assailing what he called “mob rule,” while the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told reporters that “the virtual mob that has assaulted all of us in this process has turned our base on fire.”
A final vote is expected late Saturday afternoon.
Judge Kavanaugh’s ascent to the nation’s highest court is a huge victory for President Trump, Senate Republicans and their conservative allies, who have mounted a decades-long campaign to remake the Supreme Court in their image. He will replace the court’s swing vote, the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, with a committed conservative who is likely to push the court to the right for decades.
Flake said he will back Kavanaugh unless something changes. Asked how he will vote, he said „yes, unless something big were to change. I don’t see what would.“ The Arizona Republican had forced a one-week delay and an extended FBI investigation into Kavanaugh.
The 51-49 vote saw one defection from each party, canceling each other out and giving the judge enough leeway to clear the procedural hurdle. A final confirmation vote now looms on Saturday, and that remains in doubt.
An image from Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony as he denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford went viral.
The image shows several women behind Kavanaugh scowling as he became visibly angry during his hearing on Thursday.
Many saw it as a wider symbol of how women were reacting to Kavanaugh and to the visible emotion Ford displayed during her testimony earlier in the day.
But people sitting behind Kavanaugh were his friends, family, and allies.
President Donald Trump ordered a limited, week-long FBI probe of the allegations against his Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. It was a 180-degree turn from his previous statements about making such a move.
In Orwell’s world of 1984 Oceania, there is no longer a sense of due process, free inquiry, rules of evidence and cross examination, much less a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Instead, regimented ideology — the supremacy of state power to control all aspects of one’s life to enforce a fossilized idea of mandated quality — warps everything from the use of language to private life.
Senator Diane Feinstein and the other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee had long sought to destroy the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. Much of their paradoxical furor over his nomination arises from the boomeranging of their own past political blunders, …
Ramirez ist die zweite Frau, die Kavanaugh eines sexuellen Übergriffs beschuldigt: Christine Blasey Ford aus Kalifornien hatte in einem Interview mit der „Washington Post“ berichtet, der damals 17-jährige Kavanaugh habe versucht, sie am Rande einer Schülerparty Anfang der Achtzigerjahre zu vergewaltigen. Kavanaugh hat diese Vorwürfe mehrfach vehement zurückgewiesen.
(20.9.2018) Both parties have every incentive to fight to the finish: Democrats see an opportunity to galvanize their already furious base, while Republicans, who’d hoped to put a big election-eve win on the board, fear discouraging theirs.
(23.9.2018) Totenberg broke the Anita Hill story, and is covering the replay.
„This is an election year, after all,“ Totenberg said. „Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats want to look insensitive. But it is a very political proceeding. A great deal of what we see on camera will be, and has been, role-playing.“
In The New York Times last week, Hill wrote that the Senate Judiciary Committee appears to have „learned little from the Thomas hearing, much less the more recent #MeToo movement.“
(2.9.2018) With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh pending, NPR’s Michel Martin interviews David A. Kaplan about his new book, The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court’s Assault on the Constitution.
Brett Kavanaugh had a rough day… Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
Unless something dramatic happens at this week’s Senate confirmation hearings, Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s choice to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, is bound to repeat history. Not just because he and Rehnquist, whom he’s called his “judicial hero,” are cut from the same partisan mold — shaped by the ways of Republican politics and conservatives’ dogged pursuit of judicial supremacy. It’s also because there are millions of records from his time in the White House under George W. Bush that the Trump administration is determined to keep a secret.
Die Nominierungsanhörung des stramm konservativen Kandidaten hat mit Tumulten im Senat begonnen. Senatoren der oppositionellen Demokraten forderten lautstark eine Verschiebung der Anhörung.
Sie begründeten dies damit, dass ihnen das Weiße Haus nicht genügend Dokumente zu Trumps Richterkandidat Kavanaugh zur Verfügung gestellt habe.
Chuck Schumer says he’s going to fight Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court with “everything I’ve got.” To do so, he’ll need to get centrist Democrats to hold the line.
The minority leader’s problem? Those Democrats say he can’t tell them what to do.
“I’ll be 71 years old in August, you’re going to whip me? Kiss my you know what,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) when asked if Schumer can influence his vote.