NYT uncovers new allegation against Brett Kavanaugh that the FBI ignored

So remember Brett “Bart O’Kavanaugh” Kavanaugh? He’s on the Supreme Court now because he screamed a lot at one of his hearings and the FBI did at most a 1/16th-ass investigation of the sexual assault and attempted rape claims against him. Today, in a feature on Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez, who claimed Kavanaugh thrust his penis in…

Barr claims he sees legal path for census citizenship question

We all thought this was over, but Donald Trump’s consigliere, William Barr, is determined to pave the way for a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Because … Donald Trump says so, apparently. Yup, that’s it. No other reason. Honestly, what other reason could there be? The Hill: Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he believes the…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 127)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1448. Continued separating migrant families at the border 1449. Drastically reduced enforcement of financial…

Harvard constitutional law professor calls Mitch McConnell a 'flagrant d*ckhead'

Laurence Tribe is a Harvard constitutional law scholar, co-founder of the American Constitution Society, a former judicial adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and, evidently, a man of unparalleled perspicacity: x Hypocrisy is McTurtle’s middle name. And his first and last name too. What a flagrant dickhead! https://t.co/17vKziC2eJ — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 30,…

CBS poll: An overwhelming majority of Americans favor keeping Roe v. Wade

Just more evidence that we’re ruled by a tyrannical minority who have gerrymandered, suppressed, obstructed, and otherwise cheated their way to their current political hegemony.  CBS News: Two-thirds of Americans want Roe v. Wade left in place, and most who hold that view would be disappointed or angry if the ruling were to be overturned…

McConnell brags about obstructing Merrick Garland nomination 16 days after whining about obstruction

Fuck you, Mitch McConnell. Fuck you in your scurfy chelonian exoskeleton. ThinkProgress: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday ignored his past condemnations of Democratic obstruction, releasing a three-minute campaign kickoff video for his 2020 re-election bid, centering on his successful 293 day blockade of Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. ……

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 115)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1313. Said wind power doesn't work because “wind only blows sometimes” 1314. Pushed for larger…

This Mitch McConnell tweet will make you spit coffee, nails, what-have-you

Mitch McConnell, ladies and gentlemen: x As I’ve said time and time again: Mindless obstruction is unacceptable. The only way this divided Congress will be able to choose greatness and deliver significant legislation is by focusing on — as President Trump put it — “cooperation, compromise, and the common good.” — Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) February…

Dozens of witches to put hex on Brett Kavanaugh

I don’t believe in magic, miracles, curses, hexes, horoscopes, Ouija boards, the power of prayer, or much of anything supernatural. I believe in technology and phenomena solidly backed by the scientific method, like vaccines, Xenu the evil Galactic Confederacy overlord, and the fact that I can’t wear my Green Bay Packers socks on game days or the Packers…

One more for the road. Kavanaugh allegedly vandalized truck in drunken rage

Most people are already pretty indignant about Republican senators putting a supervillain from a raunchy ‘80s campus comedy on the Supreme Court, so maybe you don’t need more evidence that the process was rigged. (And it was, despite what our gaslighter-in-chief may have said.) Then again, maybe Republicans think judicial temperament includes vandalizing personal property in…

Trump: Women are 'extremely happy' about Kavanaugh's confirmation

What was that old Goebbels quote? Something like “Fuck you, Donald Trump, you rancid fuck-faced smegma golem”? Remember when Christine Blasey Ford said she was 100 percent certain that Brett Kavanaugh had tried to rape her? Well, you can throw that out now because the most dishonest person on the planet says it’s not true. In fact, the…

Feel powerless? So does a single bee in a colony. Time to swarm

It’s official. The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday, ending an ugly, painful, weekslong Senate fight over whether women’s sexual misconduct allegations against him were credible and mattered. Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed, 50-48. Every Republican but one, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), voted for him. Every Democrat but one, Sen. Joe Manchin…

So What Do the Voters in Maine and West Virginia Think?

I don’t live in either Maine or West Virginia.  I got married and vacationed in Maine once, and I have been through West Virginia multiple times.  But despite all the opinions and diaries I have read about Collins and Manchin on Daily Kos, what do the people in Maine and West Virginia think about their…

More than 900 law professors sign letter saying Kavanaugh unfit for SCOTUS

The list includes eight professors from Yale, THE NUMBER ONE LAW SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY! From HuffPo: More than 500 law professors [now more than 900; see update] from nearly 100 law schools around the nation have signed a letter to the U.S. Senate to say that the volatile temperament Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh displayed…

Does Kavanaugh friend's yearbook entry help confirm Swetnick's story?

It’s difficult to see unless you click on the tweet below, but the entry the little yellow hand is pointing to says “Killer Qs and 151.” It’s from the Georgetown Prep yearbook entry of Brett Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate Donald Urgo. Seems pretty cryptic, but there’s a possible (and surprisingly compelling) explanation that ties directly…

NYT: Kavanaugh was questioned in connection with bar fight in 1985

Another day, another trove of evidence proving that Brett Kavanaugh was (is?) an out-of-control, angry drunk. The New York Times is reporting that Kavanaugh was questioned by police in connection with a bar fight when he was a weak-stomached, moderate-drinking fart-virgin at Yale: As an undergraduate student at Yale, Brett M. Kavanaugh was involved in an altercation…

Sen. Flake: If FBI finds Kavanaugh lied to committee, nomination is over

Hint: He did.  From CNN: Sens. Jeff Flake and Chris Coons said in an interview that aired Sunday that if the FBI investigation into sexual assault and misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh finds that the judge lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his testimony on Thursday, his nomination likely would not…

Dem candidate recruiter: 'The GOP has no idea what they've done'

Amanda Litman is the co-founder of Run for Something, a political action committee that helps young progressives interested in running for office. The PAC launched on inauguration day in 2017, clearly as a response to the toxic orange gas cloud that was seeping into homes across the country. Well, something happened over the past few days that…

Yup, he still sucks — George W. Bush whipping votes for Kavanaugh

I don’t care how many Werther’s Originals he hands Michelle Obama like a half-in-the-bag Wilford Brimley. He’s George W. Bush, and he’s terrible. How do I know? ISIS used to be a schlocky Saturday morning TV show that aired after Shazam! And before he took over, my 401(k) was worth more than my Subway Club Card….

Fox News contributor calls Christine Blasey Ford a 'lying skank'

From NBC News: Fox News on Thursday fired contributor Kevin Jackson after he called Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and other women “lying skanks” for accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Jackson, who has 67,000 followers on Twitter, posted a string of highly offensive tweets over a period of hours as the Senate Judiciary…

One of the 64 women who backed Kavanaugh in open letter now appears to be backing off

Brett Kavanaugh is having quite a week. The latest? One of the 64 women who signed onto the (in)famous letter of support for Kavanaugh that appeared almost instantly after Christine Blasey Ford made her allegations against the beleaguered SCOTUS nom is more or less backing away from her endorsement. According to The New York Times, the woman, Renate Schroeder Dolphin, who…

UPDATE: w/ story — Ronan Farrow just dropped another Kavanaugh bombshell

UPDATE: And BOOM goes the dynamite. The story is here: www.newyorker.com/… And here’s an excerpt: Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she…

Orrin Hatch: 'Dr. Ford is mixed up' (takes off invisible glasses)

As Laura Clawson noted in her diary earlier this week, Sen. Orrin Hatch has suggested Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is simply “mixed up” when it comes to her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. One problem with that: x x YouTube Video Actually, there are plenty of problems with that: It’s despicably patronizing. It’s based on the absurd premise…

Kavanaugh gets key endorsement from still very creepy Roy Moore

It’s a little like Jeffrey Dahmer giving your new restaurant a five-star Yelp review, but still. At least Kavanaugh is rounding up supporters. From The Washington Post: Moore first came to the nominee’s defense Monday — a day after a California professor told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh had tried to rape her in high school —…

Mitch McConnell claims Dems not playing fair on SCOTUS confirmation

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccckkkkkkkkkk you, Mitch McConnell: McConnell complains that Democrats aren’t following “standard bi-partisan process” and “regular order” on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court — John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 17, 2018     “Uh …” *** Yo! Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump by Aldous J. Pennyfarthing is now available at Amazon! Buy there (or at one…

Are some of the 65 women Kavanaugh didn't try to rape backing off their support?

Somehow, Republicans managed to produce a letter supporting Brett Kavanaugh almost instantly after attempted rape allegations against the Supreme Court nominee surfaced. Gee, it’s almost as if they’d heard this accusation before … and anticipated the reaction. Anyway, the letter proved that there are at least 65 women on the planet whom Kavanaugh didn’t try to rape…

There is no precedent for reversing Roe v. Wade

Sen. Lindsey Graham said the other day that a Justice Kavanaugh could reverse Roe v. Wade, like any other precedent: “Here’s what I hope [Kavanuagh] will do: If there’s a case before him that challenges Roe v. Wade that he would listen to both sides of the story, apply a test to overturn precedent,” Graham…

The real answer to Supreme Court power politics that no one acknowledges

I’ve been as outraged as anyone about the Republicans’ theft of J. Scalia’s former Supreme Court seat — and now President Trump’s appalling opportunity to compound the damage with a second appointment.  And I have read the numerous pleas for Dems to extract justice, including this reasonable and provocative Kos diary calling on Dems to eventually expand the number…