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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Kavanaugh Abortion Dissent Spurs Fresh Effort To Oust Senator Collins

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

After Justice Brett Kavanaugh was condemned on Thursday for declaring “war” on Roe v. Wade by dissenting against the Supreme Court’s decision to block a Louisiana anti-abortion law, reproductive rights groups quickly turned their ire toward Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for casting the decisive vote to confirm the right-wing judge—and ramped up their efforts to oust her in 2020.

“Paging Senator Collins—this is on you,” UltraViolet declared on Twitter after the high court’s 5-4 decision.

A grassroots fundraising effort to unseat Collins after her decisive vote last year to confirm Kavanaugh has already raised millions of dollars, and the advocacy group Demand Justice announced in an email to supporters on Friday morning that it will run digital ads in Maine highlighting the judge’s dissent in the Louisiana case as yet another reason the Maine Republican should be ousted in 2020.…

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Brett Kavanaugh May Face Perjury Probe In House

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


A Democratic member of the powerful House Judiciary Committee says there’s “no question” alleged attempted rapist Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury by lying to Congress during his confirmation hearings last fall — and that the Judiciary Committee is “likely to take that up.”

“There’s no question he [Kavanaugh] committed perjury during the confirmation hearings,” Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) said Friday in response to a question from a supporter about Kavanaugh.

Neguse did not offer details about which statements from Kavanaugh were lies. But Kavanaugh has been accused of lying to Congress on many, many subjects — from trivial ones, like the meaning of certain inside jokes from high school, to serious ones, like whether he knew about or used stolen emails from Democrats during his time in the George W.…

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Chief Justice Rejects Trump Demand On Asylum

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


Despite claims to be in favor of ‘law and order,’ the Trump administration has been essentially trying to change American asylum law by fiat. But on Friday, the Supreme Court blocked the administration’s attempt to jumpstart its cruel policies, which were previously blocked by a federal judge in California.

To block President Donald Trump’s policy, Chief Justice John Robert abandoned his fellow conservatives and joined with the court’s four liberals, proving that he is willing to oppose the president, at least on some key issues of executive power.

The case involved the administration’s attempt to revamp American asylum policy to automatically deny the claims of asylum-seekers who cross the border between authorized ports of entry.…

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