Dire Consequences for Blacks, Others Groups Expected with Supreme Court Pick

Of all of President Donald Trump’s demagoguery against free speech, the press, religious rights, due process, and women’s control over their bodies, no decision carries such far-reaching and lasting consequences for women, people of color, and other groups, over generations than his Supreme Court pick of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

“This Supreme Court nomination is the most consequential to be taken up in decades. Since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement from the court, Justice (Anthony) Kennedy has been a critical swing vote on some of the most important civil rights issues to come before the court. This nomination stands to change the balance on the court for generations to come,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

On a press conference call on Tuesday, Clarke said it was time for Senate Democrats to carry out their constitutional duty of fully and properly vetting Kavanaugh’s records. Trump, throughout his campaign for president, has publicly stated that he’d like to see Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortions nationwide, overturned. Last October, during the last presidential debate, he was asked his opinion on the issue.

“Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be—that will happen,” Trump said at the debate. “And that’ll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this: It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination.”


So far, the president has been able to get Neil Gorsuch, a conservative, on the Supreme Court bench. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, whose votes helped swing decisions to the left on issues like abortion, affirmative action, and gay rights, Trump now has a pathway to select a second conservative justice onto the Supreme Court. This means civil rights cases will be some of the most monumental cases that will be brought before the Supreme Court for years to come, Clarke said.

If there is any doubt about what kind of long-lasting damage Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court bench could do to black and brown people’s civil and human rights, one need not look past Gorsuch’s record since being on the bench for only 11 weeks. The court struck down a law that treated LGBTQ couples differently on their children’s birth certificates. The court refused a challenge to the Department of Veteran Affairs’ system for evaluating disability claims. A challenge to California’s law limiting who can carry a concealed firearm in public was declined by the court. All of which Gorsuch dissented on, according to USA Today.

Kavanaugh, 53, has a dangerous track record of protecting the privileges of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working people, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. When asked about what his personal opinion on abortion was during his 2006 confirmation hearing for the D.C. Circuit Court, Kavanaugh declined to answer, saying: “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to give a personal view on that case.”

On Abortion Rights: While the Appeals court in Washington allowed a detained undocumented immigrant minor to seek an abortion last fall, Kavanaugh, who dissented said the majority who voted “yes” had “badly erred” and created a new right for undocumented immigrant minors in custody to “immediate abortion on demand” according to the Washington Post.

Religion: A part of the Obamacare Act required insurers to cover contraception, but some employers objected on religious grounds. To avoid paying a fine, “employers can bypass the requirement by submitting a form to their insurers, which then cover the workers’ contraception at no expense to the employers.” Forcing employers to submit the form violated their religious liberty, Kavanaugh wrote, siding with religious organizations who contended that “even submitting the form made them complicit in providing contraception.”

Consumer Rights: Consumer advocacy groups are worried about Brett Kavanaugh, especially because of the history that he has with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) arguing that the financial regulatory entity’s mere existence was unconstitutional. In 2014, CFPB alleged that mortgage company PHH Corp. had “harmed consumers through a mortgage insurance kickback scheme that started as early as 1995.” A year later, the company was ordered to pay $ 109 million in fines. PHH sued to have the fines vacated, and Kavanaugh was on a three-judge panel that ruled in favor of the company, taking issue with CFPB’s organizational set up.

Second Amendment/Gun Rights: In a 2011 case in which the DC Circuit court “upheld a ban that applied to semiautomatic rifles in the District of Columbia” Kavanaugh, who dissented from a majority opinion wrote that the Supreme Court had previously “held that handguns—the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic—are constitutionally protected because they have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens.”

Voting Rights: When South Carolina first tried to implement its now passed Voter ID law that required voters to present government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot in the 2012 elections, Kavanaugh was one of three panel judges who ruled to block its enforcement. The court, however, ruled that the state may put the law in effect in the future “to allow time to educate voters about the requirement.”

“At first blush, one might have thought South Carolina had enacted a very strict photo ID law,” wrote Kavanaugh. “Much of the initial rhetoric surrounding the law suggested as much. But that rhetoric was based on a misunderstanding of how the law would work.” The law, as construed by South Carolina officials, “does not have the effects that some expected and some feared,” the judge wrote.

Rev. Al Sharpton, who was on the press call on Tuesday said Kavanaugh’s confirmation process was moving too fast. Before Kavanaugh’s records are examined, Senate Democrats need to ensure that the “McConnell Rule” which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put in place and used to derail former president Barack Obama’s pick to the court a couple of years ago be applied at this go, he said.

“Not only are we very much concerned that we may now have a right-wing jurist given his record. We’re also concerned that the process itself is going through and no one is raising the fact that when Barrack Obama as president had nominated Garland, McConnell went ahead and very directly and openly changed the rules and they are allowing them to change the rules back,” said Sharpton. “Democrats are to stall and really wait until after the election because this is a premise that was set by McConnell and others in the last election, nomination process with Judge Garland.”

“The McConnell Rule” states that Supreme Court Justices will not be considered in an election year with McConnell saying, “the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

“We are calling on every Democrat to not leap with Kavanaugh. We are calling on them to bring the argument to the American people before we get to his credentials or anything else. The process itself is being politicized, which is opposite of what the court is supposed to do,” Al Sharpton said.

Since the court was established in 1789, there have been 153 nominations to the US Supreme Court, 30 of which were unsuccessful in their first try, and Clarke said Senate Democrats need to ensure Trump’s pick wait till the November elections are over.

“The Senate should not rubber-stamp the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. It’s time for them to carry out their constitutional duty of fully and properly vetting him (Judge Kavanaugh),” she said.

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Stephen Colbert played a little game or two watching Trump’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court.

During Tuesday night’s monologue on The Late Show, Colbert revealed his winning “Trump nomination bingo” card, after the president named Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy.

Pulling the card from of his pocket, Colbert said, “You see, all the squares say ‘white guy’.”

After calling Kavanaugh a “cover model for Generic Dads Monthly,” Colbert said he also played a drinking game during the nomination event. 

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By picking Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee, President Trump showed that credentials and connections still matter — when backed up by results. One of the most scholarly members of the judiciary, Kavanaugh’s more than 300 opinions are read widely and influence courts across the country — including the one that he now hopes…
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Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to join the US Supreme Court, setting the stage for a dramatic confirmation battle over a stalwart conservative who could shape the direction of the court for decades to come.


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Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court

President Donald Trump announced Brett -Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, in a primetime televised event. Judge Kavanaugh, a U.S. Circuit Court judge for Washington, D.C., would fill the vacant seat left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his departure in late June.

Calling Trump’s Supreme Court nomination an “honor and privilege,” Kavanaugh addressed a crowd in the White House’s East Room alongside his wife and two daughters. “A judge must interpret the law, not make the law,” Kavanaugh said. If approved by the Senate, he would become the fifth conservative justice on the nation’s highest court.

On the issues, Kavanaugh seems to tick many of the boxes of interest to Trump, who included him on a list of potential Supreme Court picks published by the White House in November 2017.

Age was an important factor in making Trump’s Supreme Court list; Kavanaugh is 53 years old, which would guarantee a measure of longevity on the court, if he is approved by Congress.

Kavanaugh’s views on impeachment could be controversial and of interest to Trump. The Supreme Court nominee argued in the past that President Bill Clinton could have been impeached for lying to and misleading both his staff and the public at large. But after working in the George W. Bush administration, Kavanaugh’s stance has softened, reports The Washington Post. Kavanaugh now reportedly believes court proceedings against a sitting president should be deferred until after he or she is out of office.

“The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas,” Kavanaugh wrote in a 2012 piece titled “Separation of Powers During the FortyFourth Presidency and Beyond” for the Minnesota Law Review.

In addition to opposing abortion rights, Kavanaugh is also reportedly against net neutrality, according to an article from Motherboard.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh will become Trump’s second Supreme Court appointment. Justice Neil Gorsuch was Trump’s Supreme Court pick in 2017.

Kavanaugh was among four potential nominees Trump interviewed for the lifetime appointment. The list also included Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar and Raymond Kethledge. Thomas Hardiman, a runner up for Gorsuch’s seat, also reportedly met with Trump, reports TIME.

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Feminists Can and Must Demand a Supreme Court Justice Who Answers on Roe

Donald Trump will soon announce his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat Justice Kennedy will vacate later this month—and women’s rights are at stake.

Abortion rights activists outside of the Supreme Court. (Victoria Pickering / Creative Commons)

Trump ran on a platform of outlawing abortion and even once said women who obtain them should be “punished,” and his nominee will come from a list hand-picked by the anti-feminist, right-wing Federalist Society. Trump himself has said that he wouldn’t be asking his nominee about Roe—but his commitment to appointing anti-abortion and otherwise anti-woman judges to the bench at every level of the judiciary is apparent. It is not Trump and his associates or the Republican party members in the Senate who need Justices to disclose and be accountable to their views in hearings—it is the Americans impacted by their regressive interpretations of the law.

Trump has already successfully appointed one far-right Justice: Neil Gorsuch last year assumed the vacated seat of the late Antonin Scalia, which was left open due to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s outright refusal for an entire year to hold hearings on then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merick Garland. Gorsuch, who had a record of ruling in favor of corporations and against women’s rights, has already proven to be a staunchly conservative vote on the Court. In hearings, he refused to commit to a stance on Roe or even on Brown v. Board of Education.

A GOP-fostered lack of transparency in Supreme Court candidates has now become the norm—even as the rights of women, people of color and LGBT communities hang in the balance. Linda Greenhouse, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism and lecturer at Yale Law School, argued last week in the New York Times that Justice Gorsuch’s refusal to disclose his stance on past Supreme Court rulings was abnormal—and implores Democrats and Republicans to challenge rhetoric that inquiries about the views of Supreme Court nominees are somehow invasive.

With the future of the court—indeed, of the Constitution as we know it—now at stake, it’s urgent for the senators and the public to understand that Justice Gorsuch’s stonewalling of the Judiciary Committee was not consistent with historical practice and should not be viewed as a norm. Rather, it should be called out for what it was: a derogation of the democratic principle at the heart of Article III of the Constitution, the judiciary article that places the confirmation of life-tenured judicial nominees in the hands of the people’s representatives. Until recently, the modern confirmation process has assumed at least a modicum of substantive engagement between those representatives and the nominee.

Justice Gorsuch and his senatorial enablers based the claim that it would somehow be unethical for him to discuss his own views about the Constitution on something he and others referred to as the “Ginsburg rule.” Supposedly, during her 1993 confirmation hearing, then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg refused to give meaningful answers to the senators’ questions. That is a myth. As the current documentary film “RBG” reminds us, she fully embraced the constitutional right to abortion. She was confirmed by a vote of 96 to 3.

Not only is there no “Ginsburg rule,” but the two Republican nominees who came after her, John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito, were both more forthcoming than Justice Gorsuch. While both fenced with the senators about Roe v. Wade and refused to be pinned down, they each accepted the holding in Griswold v. Connecticut, the crucial pre-Roe decision recognizing a right to privacy that gave married couples the constitutional right to contraception. “I feel comfortable commenting on Griswold and the result in Griswold,” then-Judge Roberts told Senator Herb Kohl, a Wisconsin Democrat, during his 2005 hearing, “because that does not appear to me to be an area that is going to come before the court again.” (Let’s hope that’s still the case.)

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Anna Lipton is an editorial intern at Ms.

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If the lead-up to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination announcement feels like reality-TV drama, it’s because that’s exactly how it was designed.

But instead of a one-year contract as Trump’s errand boy, the “winner” on Monday night will likely nab a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land and a chance to reshape American law and jurisprudence for generations.

The high stakes of the announcement were nevertheless preceded by a day of wild speculation and tea leaf-reading, designed, some conservatives briefed on the nomination process believe, to prevent a leak of Trump’s decision by flooding the zone with contradictory information. It’s characteristic of a president who revels in the political press spinning its wheels, and is naturally inclined to the sort of primetime TV drama that he helmed as host of NBC’s The Apprentice.

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President Donald Trump is expected to finalize his choice for the Supreme Court by Thursday or Friday, two people familiar with the search say, allowing aides in a newly-minted White House war room to spend the weekend preparing for a summer confirmation fight.


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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Announces Retirement

In a move that could allow President Donald Trump to reshape the nation’s highest court for years to come, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement. Kennedy sent a letter to Trump on Wednesday revealing his decision to retire as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, effective July 31st.
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Trump Has Already Interviewed These 4 Possible Replacements for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

President Donald Trump has spoken to four potential replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to people familiar with the matter.

The four, all federal appeals court judges, are Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Amul Thapar and Raymond Kethledge, said the people, who were granted anonymity to discuss the interview process. They were the first candidates interviewed for the nomination, which the president said he’ll announce July 9.

Kethledge has impressed those within the White House, the people close to the process said. He was considered for the last Supreme Court vacancy, but didn’t meet with Trump then. On Monday, Trump expressed strongly favorable opinions about him, triggering talk that he’s not a candidate to be ignored.

“I had a very interesting morning,” Trump told reporters at the White House. The “person that is chosen will be outstanding.”

White House Counsel Don McGahn will oversee the nomination and confirmation fight, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement earlier. Trump said again that he’ll name his nominee on July 9. The White House aims to have Kennedy’s replacement confirmed in time for the court’s next session in October.

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The president spent the weekend at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, where he had “extensive” conversations with McGahn about the nomination, an administration official said. He studied up on the backgrounds of potential nominees but didn’t interview anyone in person.

Sanders’s top deputy, Raj Shah, will take a leave from his current role to oversee communications, strategy and “messaging coordination” with allied lawmakers, Sanders said Monday. The director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, Justin Clark, will be in charge of outreach to interest groups and other outside allies.

Trump has said he’s narrowed his search to about five finalists, including two women. Abortion has rapidly emerged as the critical issue in the nomination: Kennedy’s replacement could be a fifth vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supports abortion rights, said Sunday on ABC’s This Week that she wouldn’t support someone who would overturn Roe. Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate and need at least 50 votes to confirm Trump’s pick.

Another person familiar with the process said Friday the White House was focusing on Kavanaugh, Barrett, Kethledge and Thapar, as well as Thomas Hardiman, another appeals court judge.

When Barrett was confirmed in 2017 for her appellate court judgeship, she drew the support of all Senate Republicans and three Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Tim Kaine of Virginia.

“Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the president has all the information he needs to choose his nominee,” Sanders said. “The Department of Justice is fully engaged to support the nomination and confirmation efforts.”

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Kennedy’s retirement from Supreme Court could clear path for Trump’s environmental rollbacks

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was often a decisive vote on issues like climate change and water pollution. Trump now has the power to appoint someone that shares his views on environmental issues, the New York Times reports. 
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Why You Must Let Your Voice Be Heard On Trump’s Supreme Court Replacement

The most recent action involving the Supreme Court that’s expected to impact the nation for a generation or more has not been the result of a major decision but rather a resignation.

On Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he would step down from the nation’s high court—a move that presents President Trump with the opportunity to ideologically remake the bench by solidifying a predictably conservative majority to rule on a range of issues critical to American life.

Why should you be concerned?

The effect on the legal landscape will be seismic. it will affect every case that comes before the court—from immigration status and reproductive rights to workplace inclusion and voting rights—for decades to come. It’s evident from the response to this development that it serves as a political windfall for Republicans as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately stated that the GOP “will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor” in advance of the midterms, making the declaration even before Trump has reviewed a possible replacement.

A Reagan appointee who served for 30 years, Kennedy was considered a swing vote on a number of key cases. For example, he disappointed archconservatives for positions that tended to place him closer to the center. For example, he wrote the ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, joined opposing justices against the death penalty in 2005 and was among those who upheld Roe v. Wade in 1992. However, don’t overlook the fact that he sided with conservative justices on the court’s 14 most recent decisions.

Judging by his lower court selections, Trump will most certainly pick a hardline conservative to fill the vacancy and join Chief Justice Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch, the president’s first appointment to the Supreme Court. As observers have noted Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, both consistent liberals on the court, are 85 and 79, respectively, and potentially represent near-term successor opportunities for the administration to significantly diminish any progressive dissent within chambers.

Justifiably, progressives view the scenario as a means to erode the current civil rights agenda as well as a judicial fiat of the continuation of Trump’s largely unchecked presidential authority. As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 14th amendment, which guarantees all citizens “equal protection under the law” and has served as the basis for landmark Supreme Court decisions to ensure basic rights, one only has to look to the Supreme Court decisions this month to realize the further rollback of rights that will leave all Americans unprotected, especially people of color. In this month alone, the high court’s current conservative-leaning configuration engaged in a series of restrictive rulings that included allowing Ohio to employ aggressive policies to purge voting rolls and open the door for other states to impose similar measures; validation of the redrawing of electoral maps in Texas and North Carolina that critics argue will serve to discriminate against minority voters; weakening public sector labor unions and, in turn, disproportionately hurting large numbers of black workers when it deemed unconstitutional a requirement for non-union workers to pay collective bargaining fees; and permitting the Trump administration to continue its anti-Muslim travel ban that limits entry from seven countries including Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Venezuela.

So what can you do?

NAACP Legal Defense Fund President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn A. Ifill provides an answer.

In a statement, Ifill cited that Kennedy proved to be “an important moderating force on issues ranging from LGBT rights to abortion and affirmative action” whose presence on the Court will be missed. She further asserted that “we can have no confidence that President Trump will present a nominee with a record of commitment to racial equality and justice. And so every American must invest themselves in ensuring that Congress does its job—which in this case, means not considering any nominee this year, and voting down any nominee who does not represent the ideals of our democracy or is otherwise unqualified to serve on the highest court in our nation.”

To ensure that the Senate engages in its “advise and consent” power to ensure Kennedy’s successor will “uphold the rule of law and equal rights for all Americans” she advocates that you contact U.S. Senators and demand that the incoming Senate—those for whom Americans will vote for in the midterms—gain the opportunity to vote for the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice.

I agree that we cannot sit on the sidelines. We must take action. It will not be easy but we must constantly prod our representatives and make our voices heard.

To take a chapter from history, in 1987, Reagan nominated Robert Bork, considered an “ideological extremist” replacement for Lewis F. Powell Jr., another retiring, swing-voting justice. The nomination of Bork, who was considered unqualified and had derided judicial redress to racial discrimination as being “wrong,” ignited a firestorm of protest among civil rights organizations, women’s groups, and students, among others, as well as full-throated condemnations from Democrats and other progressive politicians. The result was that the nomination was rejected in committee, political support had evaporated and the confirmation was ultimately scuttled.

The replacement nominee for the Supreme Court: Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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The Supreme Court set government workers free at last

Rank-and-file government workers won big over union bosses Wednesday, when the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus, an Illinois state worker who refused to join the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The court struck down an Illinois law that allowed the union to deduct fees from Janus’ paycheck…
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Democrats Want to Fight Trump’s Supreme Court Pick. They Just Have No Power to Do It.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday vowed to hold a vote on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor this fall, setting up a contentious political battle ahead of the critical midterm elections.

But while Democrats insisted that Kennedy’s replacement should not be considered until after voters have their say in November, many members of the party acknowledged the ominous political reality they now confront. Democrats are powerless to stop President Donald Trump from getting his second justice on the nation’s highest court.

“They hold all the cards,” said Jim Manley, a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “There’s not really anything left to say.”

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How the Supreme Court Ruling on Labor Unions Will Affect Black Workers

Dealing a major blow to public sector labor unions, conservatives on the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that it is unconstitutional for public employee unions to require non-union workers to pay fees that go toward collective bargaining.

According to the Washington Post, the 5-4 decision “overturned a 40-year-old precedent and said that compelling such fees was a violation of workers’ free speech rights.” 

“It is hard to estimate how many billions of dollars have been taken from nonmembers and transferred to public-sector unions in violation of the First Amendment. Those unconstitutional exactions cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely,” Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority, joining Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch.

Those who are pro-labor were quick to point out the adverse effects the ruling would have on labor unions and the working class.

“Unions will always be the most effective force and vehicle to propel working people into the middle class. Despite this unprecedented and nefarious political attack—designed to further rig the rules against working people—nothing changes the fact that America needs unions now more than ever,” said Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Many feel that anything that weakens labor unions will disproportionately affect black workers.

“The aggressively activist decision today by five members of the Supreme Court in Janus is an attack on unions and working families that will further rig our economy and democracy in favor of corporations and billionaires. Today’s decision further threatens the economic security of working people, including women and people of color, by weakening the ability of public sector union members like firefighters, teachers, social workers, and police officers to earn a decent living,” Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said in a statement.

“We must continue to organize, hold our elected leaders accountable, and fight back against efforts to weaken America’s middle class. Unions play a critical role in securing higher wages, improved access to health care, anti-discrimination policies, and equality in the workplace,” Nanda continued.

The National Black Worker Center Project (NBWCP), a national organization focused on addressing the multi-dimensional job crisis for black workers, said the ruling, “would have allowed public employee unions to … cover the costs of collective bargaining and enforcing contracts that protect all workers.”

“To be clear, African Americans have as much at stake in maintaining strong unions as anyone with regards to economic security, affordable healthcare and retirement benefits. But, the union advantage disappears with Supreme Court decision and changes the landscape for the 20% of African Americans who work in public sector jobs. The implications of the Supreme Court siding with Janus in this case means that workers will face the uncertainty of stagnate or diminished wages, job insecurity and the possibility of retiring into poverty.”

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[Breaking] Al Sharpton Blasts Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Muslim Travel Ban

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled to allow the Trump administration to continue a travel ban restricting entry from seven countries including Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Venezuela, reports CNN and other news outlets.

Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the ruling through a statement released by the National Action Network:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision marks another outrageous step backwards for religious and racial justice around the world. The Supreme Court’s decision to the anti-Muslim bias clearly apparent in this policy is unfathomable—the ban is rooted in islamophobia and has been phonily sold to the American public for the sake of ‘security.’

“Trump has made it clear time and time again he wants a migration ban on individuals from all Muslim countries. We at NAN have no patience for the ongoing efforts by this administration to undermine religious freedom, a basic building block of our nation. We will push back at every step and every available juncture on any whiff of intolerance and prejudice.”

Since early 2017, the administration has attempted to enact a travel ban against mostly Muslim nations, several times. Each time, the action was struck down by federal judges, reports ABC News. The latest ban, which is the one the court upheld, was the result of a signed Executive Order in September.

The ruling comes on the heels of a week of outrage and protests over the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The administration began prosecuting as many people crossing the border as possible. Many of these migrants cross the border with children. The Washington Post explains, when the adults are prosecuted, they are taken into Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. The children are separated from the adults, their parents, in most cases, and are placed in internment centers or “tender age” shelters since children cannot be detained by DHS.

With much of the public outraged over the detainment of children, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order to stop the separation of children and parents but said zero-tolerance would continue.

 

 

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up its second big partisan redistricting case of the term amid signs the justices could place limits on drawing maps for political gain.

The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday in an appeal filed by Republicans in Maryland. They complain that Democrats who controlled the state government in 2011 drew a congressional district for the express purpose of ousting the Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Democrat.

In Wisconsin, Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Republicans statewide. Those districts gave Republicans a huge majority in a state that otherwise is closely divided between the parties.

The Supreme Court has never struck down districts for being too partisan.

A decision in favor of opponents of partisan gerrymandering could cut into the political power of the dominant party in states in which one party controls the state government.

The court is expected to issue decisions in both cases by late June.

Maryland’s 6th Congressional District had been centered in rural, Republican-leaning northwestern Maryland and had elected a Republican to Congress for 20 years. Incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett won re-election in 2010 by 28 percentage points.

But in the 2011 redistricting, Democrats altered the district to take in some Democratic suburbs of Washington, D.C. The new district had 62,000 fewer Republicans and 33,000 more Democrats. Bartlett lost the 2012 election by 21 percentage points.

Republican voters who sued over the changes said the state violated their First Amendment rights.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, is defending the district as competitive for both parties. Frosh said the district has elected a moderate Democrat, and in 2014, a friendlier year for Republican candidates, the victory margin of Democratic Rep. John Delaney dropped to less than 2 percentage points, though it rose again in 2016.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is siding with the voters who sued, saying partisan gerrymandering results “in real and concrete harms to our democratic republic.” Hogan has proposed a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

Over the past 16 months, courts struck down political districting plans drawn by Republicans in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Federal judges threw out a state legislative map in Wisconsin and a congressional plan in North Carolina. In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court invalidated the state’s congressional districts and replaced them with a court-drawn plan.

The Supreme Court has put the drawing of new maps on hold in North Carolina and Wisconsin, but refused to block the Pennsylvania court’s adoption of revised congressional districts for this year’s elections.

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The King Reigns Supreme: ‘Black Panther’ Up To $1B, Tops ‘Wrinkle In Time’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — T’Challa still rules the box office four weeks in, even with the fresh rivalry of another Walt Disney Studios release in “A Wrinkle in Time.”

“Black Panther” took the No. 1 spot at the North American box office with $ 41.1 million according to studio estimates Sunday, leaving another newcomer in its wake. The Marvel and Disney phenomenon crossed the $ 1 billion mark worldwide this weekend and became the 7th highest grossing domestic release with $ 562 million. Not accounting for inflation, it’s now passed “The Dark Knight.”

With a marketplace still dominated by “Black Panther,” Disney faced some stiff competition from its own studio in launching Ava DuVernay’s adaption of “A Wrinkle in Time,” which opened in second place with $ 33.3 million from 3,980 locations. The PG-rated film, which cost around $ 103 million to produce and stars Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, received mixed reviews from critics (it’s currently at a “rotten” 44 percent on RottenTomatoes) and audiences who gave it a B CinemaScore.

In gauging “A Wrinkle in Time’s” long-term prospects, a somewhat similar comparison could be Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” a PG-rated sci-fi pic with middling reviews and a B CinemaScore which opened to $ 33 million in the early summer of 2015 and went on to gross $ 93 million domestically. “Tomorrowland,” however, notably cost nearly twice as much to make as “A Wrinkle in Time.”

But the “Black Panther” effect is the x-factor here. For Disney, it’s a “win all around.”

“When you think about having two films at the top of the box office, it’s definitely a win all around,” says Disney’s worldwide theatrical distribution president Dave Hollis. “We’re feeling good about this start … We’re feeling good about what, for us, is a little family competition between now and (the Easter holiday).”

Hollis says he doesn’t think the studio would have done anything differently regarding “Wrinkle’s” release had they known the scope and longevity of “Black Panther’s” prospects.

“There’s always going to be competition in the marketplace,” he says. “With a tentpole strategy like ours, four weeks of separation is about what we can expect.”

Still, “Black Panther” has devoured the marketplace for a month straight now, leaving all other newcomers in the dust.

The new horror film “The Strangers: Prey At Night,” with Christina Hendricks, took third place with $ 10.5 million. The Jennifer Lawrence thriller “Red Sparrow” landed in fourth in its second weekend with $ 8.2 million and the comedy “Game Night” placed fifth with $ 7.9 million in weekend three.

Hardly any of the new releases, which also included the thriller “The Hurricane Heist” (8th place, $ 3.2 million) and the dark action comedy “Gringo,” (11th place, $ 2.6 million) were well-reviewed going into the weekend, save for the limited release independents like “Thoroughbreds,” which made $ 1.2 million from 549 locations, and Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin,” which opened in four theaters to $ 181,000.

It also left room for the Academy Award best picture winner “The Shape of Water,” which is also available on home video, to capitalize on its post-Oscars stature. The Fox Searchlight film added 720 theaters and took in in $ 2.4 million from 1,552 locations, bringing its domestic total to $ 61 million.

But even though “Black Panther” has helped boost the year to date box office significantly, it’s also proving to be a continued challenge for any other wide release hoping for a piece of the market.

“Every movie that has opened in the wake of ‘Black Panther’ has had its work cut out for it,” says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “We keep underestimating this film and it just shows no sign of slowing down.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Black Panther,” $ 41.1 million ($ 100 million international).

2.”A Wrinkle in Time,” $ 33.3 million ($ 6.3 million international).

3.”The Strangers: Prey At Night,” $ 10.5 million ($ 140,000 international).

4.”Red Sparrow,” $ 8.2 million ($ 15.7 million international).

5.”Game Night,” $ 7.9 million ($ 5.4 million international).

6.”Peter Rabbit,” $ 6.8 million ($ 4.8 million international).

7.”Death Wish,” $ 6.6 million ($ 3 million international).

8.”The Hurricane Heist,” $ 3.2 million ($ 1.9 million international).

9.”Annihilation,” $ 3.2 million.

10.”Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $ 2.8 million.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Black Panther,” $ 100 million.

2. “Operation Red Sea,” $ 23.8 million.

3. “Red Sparrow,” $ 15.7 million.

4. “Tomb Raider,” $ 14.1 million.

5. “The Shape of Water,” $ 11.3 million.

6. “Detective Chinatown 2,” $ 11.2 million.

7. “Une Jolie Ch’tite Famille,” $ 8.8 million.

8. “Amazing China,” $ 8.1 million.

9. “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” $ 8 million.

10. “A Wrinkle in Time,” $ 6.3 million.

 

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Who Is Supreme Leader Snoke? (UPDATED with ‘The Last Jedi’ Trailer)

Everybody loves a good villain. Whether it’s Darth Vader, Darth Maul, or Emperor Palpatine himself, villains have a way of captivating us even when they scare us. It’s no surprise, then, that fans latched onto Supreme Leader Snoke when he was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

We know Snoke leads the First Order and is the master of Kylo Ren. His deformed face and ghastly demeanor suggest he could be ancient and incredibly powerful in the dark side of the Force, but we know nothing more beyond that. This leaves fans wondering: who is Supreme Leader Snoke? And will we learn more about him when he appears in the flesh in Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

There are a lot of fan theories circulating that answer these questions. Some we can be fairly certain aren’t true — is he Mace Windu or Darth Maul? Probably not. But here are some of the more compelling rumors about Snoke’s identity.

Is Snoke Darth Plagueis?


Many fans would love it if Snoke was Darth Plagueis, Emperor Palpatine’s Sith master.

Let’s start here, since Darth Plagueis has been the most popular fan rumor for Snoke’s identity. Plagueis was the Sith master of Emperor Palpatine and briefly mentioned in Revenge of the Sith.

Chatter about Plagueis and Snoke being one and the same started after the announcement that Andy Serkis would play the character using motion capture technology, and he was described as tall, thin, and ancient-looking. These are all words that could describe the alien Darth Plagueis.

Serkis was quick to say that Snoke is a new character, and even at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015 when a fan asked Lawrence Kasdan, the co-writer of The Force Awakens, about a connection between the two characters, he responded with a bewildered “Darth Vegas?”

There were even rumors that Rey’s quarterstaff weapon was the staff of Darth Plagueis, once referenced in the non-canon novel Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

In the film itself, Kylo Ren says that “the Supreme Leader is wise.” Perhaps this is a reference to Darth Plagueis the Wise, the story told to Anakin Skywalker when Palpatine seduced him to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith?

Odds are, Plagueis will not be making a comeback in the sequel trilogy. Though there is something intriguing about the idea of Palpatine’s master, spoken of only in legend, being the true architect of evil all along.

Is Snoke Gallius Rax?


Gallius Rax intended to use the Battle of Jakku to give rise to a better, stronger Empire.

Star Wars novelist, Chuck Wendig, introduced Gallius Rax in the Aftermath trilogy, which tells the story of how the New Republic defeated the Empire in the year after Return of the Jedi. Rax was Palpatine’s protege ever since the Clone Wars and had the responsibility of carrying out Palpatine’s Contingency orders. The Contingency was created in the event of the Emperor’s death and had one central idea: if the Empire cannot protect its Emperor, it doesn’t deserve to survive and had to be destroyed.

Rax planned to use the Battle of Jakku as a way of destroying the Empire and the New Republic, and then lead the few chosen surviving Imperials into the Unknown Regions to start again. The Empire had been charting the Unknown Regions for years, using the knowledge of Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Emperor’s scouts.

However, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane killed Rax and prevented him from fully enacting the Contingency, and the Republic won the battle, but Sloane led the surviving Imperials into the Unknown Regions. It was there that they founded the First Order, which is why some fans have wondered if Rax, the architect of what became the First Order, could be Snoke. But unless he’s just faking his death, we can assume it’s not him.

Is Snoke the Ancient Sith Emperor?



Fans of the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic have wondered if the Sith Emperor, known as Vitiate and Valkorion, could be the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke. This ancient Emperor lived during the first war between the Jedi and the Sith and rebuilt the defeated Sith into an empire that brought the Old Republic to its knees. His true goal, however, was to live forever and reshape the galaxy how he wanted it to be.

The Old Republic is a non-canon storyline, so it’s doubtful we’ll see its primary villain revealed as Supreme Leader Snoke, but with the transmedia storytelling involved at Lucasfilm, it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility. There have also been hints that Snoke has lived for a very long time and has seen everything that transpired during the previous six films, suggesting he could be ancient. In the novelization of The Force Awakens, Snoke tells Kylo Ren about how he watched the Empire rise and fall and that he wants to create something stronger than the Empire ever was.

Is Snoke A New Power From Beyond the Galaxy?

The Aftermath trilogy also revealed that the Emperor was obsessed with the Unknown Regions. It called to him. Yupe Tashu, an advisor to Palpatine before the Emperor’s death, was a dark side historian and argued that the future of the Empire was in the Unknown Regions, where the First Order ultimately came to power. He said that Palpatine believed his power came from beyond the known galaxy, and so the Emperor sent teams into the unknown to learn more about it. Tashu argued that the Empire should “seek the source of the dark side like a man looking for a wellspring of water.” Only Palpatine sensed his power. Not even Darth Vader could, suggesting it was an extremely powerful force.

All of the Aftermath trilogy’s talk about the Unknown Regions and its powers suggests that these are not off-hand comments or meant only for the rebuilding of the Empire into the First Order. If there was a power beyond the known galaxy, a power that had been there throughout the events of the previous films, could that be Supreme Leader Snoke? He is from or influenced by the source of the dark side itself, so will we learn more about this in The Last Jedi?

This would fit with Serkis saying Snoke is a new character, and it would mean that the seeds for Snoke’s arrival and true nature have already been planted in the post-Return of the Jedi storyline. It’s for these reasons that this is the most credible Snoke theory so far.

Who do you think Supreme Leader Snoke is? Join the discussion on Wookieepedia!

NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect new information about Aftermath and The Last Jedi, and to remove debunked theories.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi:’ Supreme Leader Snoke Unveiled

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Supreme Leader Snoke — the big baddie of the First Order — is featured prominently in the just released trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Snoke made a brief appearance in The Force Awakens, giving instructions from the shadows.

The new trailer opens with him seemingly addressing his apprentice Kylo Ren, “When I found you, I saw raw untamed power. And beyond that … something truly special.”

However, later in the trailer, Snoke has captured Rey, ordering her to “fulfill her destiny.” So perhaps the opening line is addressing her instead of Kylo.

One thing is for sure; he has formidable powers, causing his captive to tremble and scream (even Kylo Ren couldn’t break Rey in The Force Awakens) via telekinesis.

So what do we know about the Supreme Leader of the First Order?

He is humanoid, but disfigured. And while he appears physically frail, he has mastery over the Force. He was able to lure Kylo Ren (the son of Leia and Han Solo) over to the dark side. Whereas the Emperor, Darth Vader, and Kylo Ren all have a penchant for wearing black, Snoke is seen wearing an ornate golden robe.

Will Snoke be able to do the same with Rey? Only time will tell.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15.

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What the Supreme Court Says About Sitting Out the National Anthem

When the president uses what used to be called his "bully pulpit" – but now is called "Twitter" – to attack a person or an issue, of course it has much broader consequences. For instance, it's no surprise that after campaigning on a travel ban focused on Muslims and selectively bringing attention to terrorist attacks only when perpetrated by Muslims, 

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The New, More Conservative Supreme Court Is Wreaking Havoc

The new Supreme Court term hasn't even begun, but that hasn't stopped the Court's newly minted conservative majority from wreaking havoc on the country. In two actions this week, the justices toed a far-right line by thumbing their noses at

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The Louis Vuitton x Supreme Collection Is Finally Here

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The Walk-Out Music For All 9 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, RANKED!

Neil Gorsuch has officially been confirmed as the newest member of the United States Supreme Court. So many pressing questions linger regarding the future of the nine-person body — and, more important, the law of the land.

But what about the justices’ walk-out songs? You know: When they emerge from their chambers and take the bench, what songs are blasting out over the audio system?? And whose walk-out song is the best???

Well, because of the millions of letters we received from you asking us, we’ve ranked the nine songs that each individual justice walks out to. 

F**k yeah!

 

9. Justice Stephen Breyer

“MMMBop” by Hanson

Breyer bop, ba du dop. 

 

8. Justice Samuel Alito

“Wannabe” by The Spice Girls

If you wanna be Alito, you gotta get a J.D.

 

7. Justice Neil Gorsuch

 “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard

Oh, in the name of law. 

 

6. Justice Clarence Thomas

“Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

 Please, speak. Don’t know what you’re thinking.

 

5. Chief Justice John Roberts

“Barbie Girl” by Aqua.

Come on, Robbie, let’s go party.

 

4. Justice Sonia Sotomayor

“Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

Soooonia So-to-mayooo-oor, Soooonia So-to-mayooo-oo-oo-or.

 

3. Justice Elena Kagan

“Damn it Feels Good To Be A Gangster” by Getto Boys 

 Damn, it feels good to be a justice.

 

2. Justice Anthony Kennedy

“Enter Sandman” by Metallica

Exxxxxxit cameras! Ennnnnnnter sketch artist!

1. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

“Get Ready For This” by 2 Unlimited

Y’all ready for Ruth?

 

Editor’s Note: The United States Supreme Court justices don’t have music that they walk out to. You should have known this by the time you arrived at this disclaimer. If you didn’t … well, the internet isn’t for everyone. Good luck on your future endeavors.

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Can’t Wait to Get Your Hands on the Louis Vuitton x Supreme Collaboration? Try This Under-$100 Outfit in the Meantime

If you haven’t been able to focus on anything since you saw the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration hit the runway earlier today, we can imagine you’re very anxious to get your hands on a piece (or 10!) and we’re here to help.

The storied Parisian fashion house teamed up with the legendary N.Y.C. skateboarding brand for its fall 2017 menswear collection of pieces all donning the “LV x Supreme mashup” monogram pattern. And what you saw on the runway isn’t even everything in the collection. There are full outfits (pants, shirts, jackets), staple accessories (sneakers, wallets) plus some very specific finds (fanny packs, cardholders).

Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Kim Jones, told Vogue the plan is to “drop the bags in different colors in different places at different times.” While it’s not clear when pieces will become available, what we do know is that you can start evoking the style of the collab right now, with these very inexpensive buys. (Hey, you’ll want to save up all the money you can for the second it hits stores!)

First, start sporting jean jackets with a faded light blue two-tone effect until you can snag one with the coveted light blue “LV x Supreme” logo pattern.

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Next, embrace the handy accessory of the ’90s because the fanny pack is back! But instead of wearing it on your waist, it’s meant to be worn as an ultra-mini crossbody these days.

Buy It! Thaoya multifunction outdoor travel sports waist pack, $ 10.90; amazon.com

Getting a chunky knit sweater that matches the vibe of the ribbed sweaters Louis Vuitton included in the collection will be a good stand-in until the monogram version hits stores.

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