A Scary Time For Men

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Trump apologized “on behalf of America” to Brett Kavanaugh last night at his induction ceremony. It marked the end of one of the ugliest chapters in Supreme Court history — ugly in the sense that this asshole got on the court despite his obvious lying and political manipulation, made worse by Trump’s victory lap. Trump framed this as a victory … Read More

Kavanaugh Pens Op-Ed; Tensions Fly [UPDATE: It’s done]

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who last week accused Democrats of plotting a political hit job against him on behalf of Bill and Hillary Clinton to smear his good name as he faces sexual assault allegations, wants America to know he is an impartial judge. Kavanaugh wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal published last night with the self-serving headline: “I … Read More

Kavanaugh Supplemental Investigation Is Over: Report Being Read

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Guess what?  The White House has found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI’s latest probe into the judge’s background.  Neither has the GOP majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee. This leaves senators in much the same position as last week—faced with two witnesses providing mutually exclusive … Read More

FBI Report On Kavanaugh Will Be Kept Secret (For A While)

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Greg Sargeant: As early as today, the FBI may conclude its renewed background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — and predictably enough, Senate Republicans are already insisting that the report will never see the light of day.The FBI’s report will be given to all Senators, but it will not be released publicly, because, as Republican Senate Majority Leader … Read More

Is It Any Wonder Women Don’t Come Forward With Sexual Assault Allegations?

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Even though Trump himself said that Dr. Christine Ford’s allegations were “credible”, he somehow managed to attack her last night at a rally. BREAKING: President Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, during a rally in Mississippi. https://t.co/yjrqDceYv6 pic.twitter.com/iv22aHRwhn— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 3, 2018 What do you do?  … Read More

People Reaching Out To FBI Don’t Seem To Be On Team Kavanaugh

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NBC News: In the days leading up to a public allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to a college classmate, the judge and his team were communicating behind the scenes with friends to refute the claim, according to text messages obtained by NBC News.Kerry Berchem, who was at Yale with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Deborah Ramirez, … Read More

Is The Fix In?

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Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow talk about this FBI investigation: As the F.B.I. began its investigation this weekend into allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, several people who hope to contribute information about him to the F.B.I. said that they were unable to make contact with agents. President Trumphas promised to give the F.B.I. “free rein” in … Read More

And Now The Committee Vote [NOPE! An FBI Investigation!]

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SEPT. 28, 2018. The front pages. pic.twitter.com/LxSjyD0eaS— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 28, 2018 With the embarrassingly empty Kavanaugh hearings behind us, and a nation left wrecked by the he said/she said testimonies, the Senate is going ahead with the votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. After a closed-door meeting of the Republican conference late last night … Read More

This Is It: The Kavanaugh Hearings

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Two more allegations last night, although they were anonymous and went to the Senate Judiciary Committee. They were released last night in an effort by Republicans, I suspect, to show that there are many loony accusations.  Also two men came forward to take “credit” for the Kavanaugh assault on Dr. Ford, which actually does not HELP Kavanaugh. I will not … Read More

Kanavaugh Hearings Update

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The hearings are a sham.  The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee (all older white men) will not question any witnesses, but will cede their power to a woman named Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor. Mitchell is the chief of the special victims division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which deals with sexual assault cases, among others. A registered Republican, … Read More

More Women Accuse Kavanaugh

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From The New Yorker: As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The claim dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University. The offices of at least four Democratic senators have … Read More

Kavanaugh Spokesman Resigns Because He (Oh, Dear) Sexually Assaulted A Woman

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You can’t make this stuff up: A communications adviser to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) during the Supreme Court confirmation fight has abruptly resigned after an accusation of sexual harassment — an allegation he denies. Garrett Ventry submitted his resignation Friday night, he said in a brief phone interview Saturday morning. He said he denies the allegation but … Read More

The Insane Theory of Mistaken Identity In The Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegation

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Ed Whelan floats a trial balloon pic.twitter.com/qjc6QmEhtz— Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (@goddamnedfrank) September 21, 2018 I watched this unfold in real time on Twitter.  it was bizarre: Ed Whelan, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and the president of a think tank called the Ethics and Public Policy Center, took this theory to a new, wildly irresponsible place … Read More

Breaking: Ford Says She Is Willing To Testify If “Fair”, But Monday Is Impossible

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NY Times: The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault has told the Senate Judiciary Committee, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” so long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” according to an email her lawyers sent to committee staff … Read More