But a few exchanges stood out. President Donald Trump loomed large, prompting questions about executive power and whether Kavanaugh would hold the sitting president accountable if he broke the law. An exchange about a decade-old cyberhack seemed to momentarily throw Kavanaugh off his polished game. But the federal judge was well-rehearsed. … [Read more...] about The Five Biggest Moments on Day Two of the Brett Kavanaugh Hearing
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“Anybody who thinks these kinds of tactics work doesn’t know Senator Collins,” Annie Clark, Collins’ communications director, told The Daily Beast. “This crowdfunded money to pressure Senator Collins is based on a quid pro quo… It is basically a bribe. These tactics will not work—Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination.” … [Read more...] about Group Raises Nearly $1M for Susan Collins’ Nonexistent Opponent if She Votes to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh
But by Thursday, the firm released a statement saying none of its employees discussed the Robert Mueller investigation with Kavanaugh. And Kavanaugh himself was ready with an answer when Grassley asked him, point blank, if he has made any commitments to the White House on how he would decide on matters related to the investigation. … [Read more...] about Democrats Go Nuclear for Kavanaugh Documents
Incels is a shortening of the phrase “involuntarily celibate.” It is a group of sexually frustrated men who gather in internet forums to complain about their lack of social status and the women they blame for it. And in various internet forums over the past few days, they’ve expressed interest in Kavanaugh after he claimed, in a Fox News interview Monday, that he never had sex in high school or for years after. Kavanaugh did so to dispute accusations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that he had sexually assaulted her during the summer of 1982. … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh Has Become a Hero to the Incel Community
So why the significant change between Gorsuch’s popularity and Kavanaugh’s? There’s a pretty simple explanation for at least some of the drop that doesn’t depend on the idea that regular folks are following confirmation hearings with a fine-tooth comb and SCOTUS blog: the president who appointed both men isn’t as popular as he was early in February 2017. On February 2, when CNN had Gorsuch at 49 percent, it had Trump’s approval rating at 44 percent. Most recently, CNN placed Trump’s approval rating at 36 percent, two points below Kavanaugh’s at 38 percent. Stands to reason that Trump’s SCOTUS selections, like so many other things in American politics, would borrow quite a bit of his public opinion assessments. … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh’s Problem Isn’t What He Said in His Hearings. It’s Trump.