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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Kavanaugh Least Popular SCOTUS Nominee In Polling History

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s reverse-Midas touch has struck again: Brett Kavanaugh is now the worst-polling Supreme Court nominee in the history of Gallup.

Trump’s handpicked choice to tilt the court completely to the right has just 41 percent of the electorate backing his candidacy, while 37 percent oppose him.

That results in a net support of +4. By comparison, Trump’s first Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch was at +13 in the same poll.

Kavanaugh’s poor performance puts him in line with other nominees offered by Republican presidents who were ultimately rejected. Robert Bork, nominated by President Ronald Reagan, had a +6 level of support, while George W.…

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Rep. Jordan Named In Ohio Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), co-founder of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and a top Trump defender in Congress, has just been named in a new class action lawsuit for his role in the ongoing scandal over sexual abuse at Ohio State University.

In recent weeks, nine former OSU wrestlers have come forward to allege that when Jordan worked as their wrestling coach, he knew that students were being sexually abused by the team doctor — yet stood by and did nothing.

Filed in the U.S. District Court in Ohio Tuesday on behalf of an as-yet-unnamed former OSU wrestler, the lawsuit seeks to represent hundreds of OSU student-athletes who suffered abuse over the two decades that Dr.…

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Republicans Again Running Up Massive Fiscal Deficits

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

A popular talking point in the right-wing media—from Fox News to AM talk radio to the National Review, Townhall and the Weekly Standard—is that Republicans are the party of low taxes, small government and fiscal responsibility while Democrats are the party of “tax-and-spend liberals.” But that argument is bogus for a number of reasons. First, the modern-day Democratic Party on the whole is much more centrist than liberal or progressive (apart from liberal/progressive champions like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson and various allies of the independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders). And second, fiscal responsibility is practically nonexistent in today’s Republican Party.…

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