Christine Blasey Ford, accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, agrees to Senate testimony

Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor at the center of a sexual assault accusation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has agreed to testify to representatives of the Senate Judiciary Committee sometime next week.
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Dozens of Feminists Protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Were Arrested on Capitol Hill

“We believe Christine Ford!”

Dozens of feminist activists blocking the entrances to Senate offices yesterday chanted in support of the courageous woman who came forward late last week with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Over 50 protestors were arrested during the action opposing the D.C. Circuit Judge’s nomination—but feminists demanding justice for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the wake of her harrowing revelations refuse to be silenced.

Senator Chuck Grassley, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee that has been holding preliminary confirmation hearings with Kavanaugh, initially delayed a vote scheduled for this Thursday for the body on whether to advance his nomination to the full Senate floor. He scheduled Blasey Ford to testify Monday before the body, but she is demanding a full investigation into her allegations is conducted by the FBI before she speaks to the lawmakers. Feminists standing in support and solidarity with Blasey Ford have been speaking out on social media and in the streets to demand a trauma-informed path forward in the confirmation process that shows respect for survivors and upholds the integrity of the Court.

“Women are not going to allow this to happen again,” an activist named Lauren declared at the Capitol Hill protest. “What happened to Anita Hill then was not okay. What’s happening to Dr. Ford now is not okay.”

Since coming forward, Blasey Ford has become a target for vicious harassment and debasing personal attacks. She and her family have relocated due to death threats she’s receiving from strangers, and her online accounts have been hacked. Kavanaugh and his supporters, including some Congressional lawmakers, have attempted to call the allegations a case of “mistaken identity” and insinuated that she was fabricating the story or is “mixed-up.”

Even President Trump has weighed in, declaring that Blasey Ford should have come forward 30 years ago—an ignorant remark that led users across Twitter to share their stories of silence with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport. Their heartbreaking stories illustrate the obstacles survivors like Blasey Ford confront in coming forward and the consequences they face speaking their truth.

“It took me years to come forward,” an activist explained at yesterday’s Senate protest. “I understand why women take so long to come forward. The treatment Christine Ford is experiencing right now proves it. It’s the exact reason survivors don’t feel safe to come forward.”

Grassley, who has stated that he feels he is giving Ford a chance at a fair hearing, instructed Blasey Ford to make a decision by 10 p.m. today about whether she would testify next week, despite the failure of lawmakers to launch an investigation. She has not yet responded to the request.

As the controversy continues to unfold, feminists don’t plan to stop fighting for Blasey Ford—and all of the survivors like her who are too often silenced and shamed in their pursuit of justice. Women’s March has tweeted that they will resume protests Monday.

“You only come forward when you have no other choice, because the alternative is too terrifying to imagine,” Christine, one of many survivors who shared her own story at yesterday’s protest, declared defiantly to the crowd. “Chuck Grassley, you don’t know me—but you know hundreds of women just like me who have never said a word.”

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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Brett Young Reveals He Will ‘100 Percent’ Cry at His Upcoming Wedding to Taylor Mills

Brett Young can’t wait for his November wedding to fiancée Taylor Mills.

“She’s the must-have,” the country star, 37, tells PEOPLE Now when asked about what requests he’s made for his upcoming black tie Southern California nuptials.

“We wanted the location to be somewhere where both of our families could make it. When your grandparents get older, you want to make sure that they can be there. We wanted somewhere warm and have our whole family there,” adds Young, who proposed to Mills, 31, in February with a custom ring he designed featuring their initials.

As for the moment that will make him break into tears, the “Mercy” singer reveals he gets emotional whenever he imagines his partner of 10 years walking down the aisle.

“One hundred percent — I cry when I think about it,” Young says. “You’ve heard my music; I’m a mess!”

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While the wedding is just weeks away, the couple has been thinking about kids in their future. “The older I get the number gets smaller,” Young tells PEOPLE, admitting he originally wanted four kids. “I think two or three though, God willing.”

Ahead of his wedding, the crooner has been touring with Thomas Rhett on the Life Changes Tour.

“They’re cool and awesome as people and a family as social media projects,” Young says of the musician and his wife Lauren Akins. “He’s been great to learn from not only on stage but off stage — the person that he is and how he runs his camp and the way that trickles down and affects an opener, in my case. He’s a good dude — what you see is what you get.”

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Along with traveling on the road and learning from Thomas Rhett, Young reveals another country icon who inspired his love for music.

“I started listening to country in the early ’90s. I heard Tim McGraw‘s ‘Don’t Take the Girl’ and I fell in love with the story,” he recalls. “Then the more I listened to country, the more I learned country music is all about the story. I’ve been a nerdy country music fan ever since.”

Young’s sophomore album, Ticket to L.A., is scheduled for a Dec. 7 release.


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Brett Kavanaugh is willing to answer questions on allegations, has hired an attorney

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not opposed to sharing his point of view, answering more questions or providing more information about a recent allegation of physical and sexual assault, whether it be through congressional committee staff interviews or closed or open testimony, two sources close to the process have told CNN.


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Why Lisa Graves is Calling for Brett Kavanaugh’s Impeachment

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, has been credibly accused of lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings and during previous hearings regarding his prior appointments.

Many of these claims center on Kavanaugh’s having received stolen memos from GOP Senate aide Manuel Miranda that included confidential memos, letters, talking points and research documents. In the years that followed, Miranda was ultimately forced to resign for stealing the documents, and the U.S. Seargant-at-Arms lauched a bipartisan investigation into the incident.

Kavanaugh denied ever receiving stolen materials from Miranda before the Senate in 2004 and again in 2006, but newly released documents to the chamber members show otherwise. The full extent of what Kavanaugh did or did not receive still remains a question, because many of his documents are being withheld from the committee—even now.

Lisa Graves, however, is quite familiar with the documents we now know Kavanaugh received—because she wrote some of them. And now, the former chief counsel for nominations for the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice is speaking out about Kavanaugh’s deception.

Protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. earlier this month to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. (Ziggyfan23 / Wikimedia Commons)

In an explosive op-ed published by Slate, Graves doesn’t mince words in calling not just for Kavanaugh to be rejected by the committee for his current nomination, but for him to be impeached from his current seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals bench.

Even if Kavanaugh could claim that he didn’t have any hint at the time he received the emails that these documents were of suspect provenance—which I personally find implausible—there is no reasonable way for him to assert honestly that he had no idea what they were after the revelation of the theft. Any reasonable person would have realized they had been stolen, and certainly someone as smart as Kavanaugh would have too.

But he lied.

Under oath.

And he did so repeatedly.

Significantly, he did so even though a few years earlier he had helped spearhead the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for perjury in a private civil case. Back then Kavanaugh took lying under oath so seriously that he was determined to do everything he could to help remove a president from office.

Now we know that he procured his own confirmation to the federal bench by committing the same offense. And he did so not in a private case but in the midst of public hearings for a position of trust, for a lifetime appointment to the federal judiciary.

His actions were dishonorable and dishonest.

This week, as part of his efforts to be elevated to the highest court in the land, he has calmly continued to deceive, falsely claiming that it would have been perfectly normal for him to receive secret Democratic letters, talking points, and other materials. And if this absurd notion were somehow true, it would not even be consistent with what he testified to 12 and 14 years ago. Back then, he didn’t state it would have been normal for him to receive secret Democratic strategy materials.

Instead, he explicitly and repeatedly went out of his way to say he never had access to any such materials. These objectively false statements were offered under oath to convince the committee of something that was untrue. It was clearly intentional, with Kavanaugh going so far as to correct Sen. Kennedy when the senator described the document situation accurately.

That’s why—without even getting into other reasonable objections to his nomination—he should not be confirmed.

In fact, by his own standard, he should clearly be impeached.

Read the full piece at Slate. When you’re done, call 202-224-3121 and request to be connected to your Senators—and urge them to reject Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. and Contributing Editor and Co-Founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle, where she was previously Community Director and Feminism Editor. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Where Brett Kavanaugh Stands on Five Major Feminist Issues

This post is modified from a letter submitted by the Feminist Majority Foundation to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary leadership. You can read the original letter here.

Nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court must meet the highest standards of character and integrity. The decisions made by the Court impact almost every aspect of our daily lives, and the public must be secure in knowing that the nominee is willing to protect the rights of all people, not just the powerful, and uphold the rule of law.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not meet these requirements.

Protestors at a #WeObject rally against Trump’s Supreme Court nominees. (NARAL Pro-Choice America)

Kavanaugh has been nominated to a lifetime appointment on our nation’s highest court, yet neither the Senate Judiciary Committee nor the public has had access to the full record of his time as White House staff secretary to President George W. Bush. But what we do know of Kavanaugh’s record shows that he is hostile to reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act—and has a pattern of putting the concerns of corporations, the wealthy and the powerful over the interests of everyday people, with damaging consequences for women, workers, people of color and other vulnerable communities.

This nomination comes at a critical time for our democracy. Our President is the subject of a special investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. At least five people associated with President Trump have been found guilty of, or have pled guilty to, various federal crimes, including former national security advisor Michael Flynn, former Trump policy advisor George Papadopoulos, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and, most recently, the President’s former attorney Michael Cohen. In addition, several current and former members of the Trump Administration have been under scrutiny for behavior the average American would consider inappropriate, including misuse of taxpayer money, alleged swindling of business associates, domestic violence and sexual harassment and misconduct.

The Supreme Court has the ability to shape our rights, our laws and our democracy for generations to come; we therefore need a justice who will uphold the rule of law, for everyone, and has demonstrated the willingness and ability to be an independent check on presidential power. Now more than ever, the public needs a Supreme Court Justice who will uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of all people.

Brett Kavanaugh is not that judge. Below, we explore just five ways his confirmation would impact women’s lives—and endanger their equality.

Access to Abortion and Birth Control

The right to access a full range of reproductive healthcare services, including abortion and birth control, is central to the lives of millions of women in the United States. The availability of affordable modern contraception has contributed to tremendous gains in women’s educational and economic advancement in the U.S. and has had positive impacts on both infant and maternal health. Birth control has allowed women to participate more fully in the social and economic life of the nation and has given women the ability to more freely determine their destinies by allowing them greater control over whether and when to have a child; access to safe, legal abortion has given women greater ability to make personal life and health decisions that are best for them—and often, their existing families.

Before the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which decriminalized abortion throughout the country, illegal abortions were common. According to the Guttmacher Institute, in the 1950s and 1960s, estimates of the number of illegal abortions were as high as 1.2 million per year.

Although not all illegal abortions ended in death, the number of deaths from illegal abortion was high. In 1965, for example, illegal abortion accounted for 17 percent of all deaths attributed to pregnancy and childbirth that year. That number, however, only includes those deaths that were officially reported as related to abortion; the real number is likely higher. Women forced to receive care clandestinely also suffered serious health consequences, and hospital admissions for incomplete abortion or infection were also quite common. Women for whom pregnancy is a life-threatening health condition are also at grave risk when legal abortion is unavailable or restricted. Since Roe, however, the number of maternal deaths in the U.S. has plummeted.

Despite the right to abortion, access to abortion is still severely restricted for many people, and abortion rights are under constant threat in this country, putting women’s lives, their economic security and their health at risk. Poor women and women of color, for whom access to health care is already limited because of structural and other barriers, are disproportionately impacted by lack of abortion access.

In this climate, President Trump has consistently indicated that he would only nominate a Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe. Kavanaugh’s record both on and off the bench clearly demonstrates that he could be the justice to do it. Just last year, Kavanaugh gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute in which he strongly implied that Roe should be overturned. During the speech, Kavanaugh, while praising former Chief Justice William Rehnquist for “stemming the general tide of free-wheeling judicial creation of unenumerated rights that were not rooted in the nation’s history and tradition,” noted that the former Chief Justice had been unsuccessful in curtailing these rights in Roe. Other unenumerated rights, of course, include the right to use birth control and the right to marriage equality.

In his only case addressing abortion rights, Garza v. Hargan, Kavanaugh twice tried to block a young immigrant woman in Texas from obtaining an abortion. Although the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals eventually allowed Jane Doe to have the abortion, Kavanaugh would have continued to delay the procedure, threatening to push Jane Doe pass the 20-week limit on abortion in Texas. In his dissent, Kavanaugh claimed that the court had created a right “to obtain immediate abortion on demand,” ignoring that Jane Doe had to jump through numerous hoops to access abortion—including a judicial order allowing her to consent to the abortion on her own—and that the government had unnecessarily delayed the procedure for weeks.

As a judge on the Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh is bound by Roe, even though he tried to undermine its promise. If he is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh would not be bound; he could provide the fifth vote to overturn Roe. But even if he did not overturn Roe outright, his record of hostility to abortion rights in Garza is a dark sign. Kavanaugh could rubber stamp so many abortion restrictions that Roe and the right to abortion would become meaningless.

If Roe were overturned, the right to privacy and personal liberty would be severely jeopardized, including the right to birth control. In particular, Griswold v. Connecticut and Eisenstadt v. Baird—two landmark Supreme Court cases that made birth control legal and accessible nationwide through the right to privacy—would be at stake, and Kavanaugh’s record is hostile to birth control access. In Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kavanaugh argued in dissent that an employer’s religious beliefs should override an individual’s right to access birth control, a position that would allow rampant discrimination against women.

The Affordable Care Act and Access to Health Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has allowed millions of people to gain access to health insurance coverage, making critically-needed healthcare services more available and ensuring coverage for certain care. The ACA requires that insurers provide essential health benefits, including maternity and newborn care, mental health treatment, prescription drug coverage, preventive services, chronic disease management, pediatric care and more. It has also ensured that people with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable coverage and provides protections against discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

The ACA has been particularly beneficial for women. After passage of the ACA, uninsured rates for women of color, who face numerous healthcare disparities, dropped dramatically. The ACA also prohibits charging women more for the same health plans as men and has stopped insurance companies from treating women as pre-existing conditions, ending the practice of charging women more or denying coverage for prior pregnancies, Cesarean sections, or domestic or sexual violence.

Despite these benefits to everyday people, the ACA has been under constant attack. During his election campaign, President Trump promised that he would repeal the ACA and criticized Chief Justice John Roberts for not striking down the law. In a 2015 tweet, Trump wrote: “If I win the presidency, my judicial appointments will do the right thing unlike Bush’s appointee John Roberts on ObamaCare.”

As a federal appeals court judge, Kavanaugh has twice dissented in decisions upholding the ACA. These decisions suggest that if he were confirmed, Kavanaugh would repeal or otherwise undermine the ACA, putting the health of millions of people at risk. One of Kavanaugh’s former law clerks even wrote that Kavanaugh had provided a “roadmap” to the Supreme Court on finding the ACA unconstitutional.

Right now, a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions is making its way through the federal courts. The next Supreme Court justice may be the deciding vote on whether millions of people, including those with pre-existing conditions, continue to receive coverage and care.

Overturning the ACA would be disastrous for women’s health, leave the LGBTQ community vulnerable to healthcare discrimination and jeopardize treatment coverage for transgender individuals, people suffering from substance use disorder, as well as people living with HIV and other serious health conditions. Insurers could, once again, impose annual and lifetime caps on coverage, and healthcare would be out of reach for many, including those most in need of care.

Civil Rights and Equitable Workplaces

The Supreme Court plays an essential role in helping to ensure fairness in the workplace—something that is critically important for women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals, all of whom have been historically marginalized in the public sphere. Kavanaugh’s record, however, reflects hostility toward both workers’ rights and basic civil rights.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly ruled against employees asserting claims of racial discrimination and has tried to make it more difficult for employees to have their cases heard in court. In one case, he would have blocked an African-American women fired from her job from having her day in court; in another, he would have prevented a black Muslim FBI agent of Jamaican descent from pursuing a retaliation claim. Although Kavanaugh has, on occasion, recognized the availability of racial discrimination claims—including in a concurring opinion in which Kavanaugh noted that a single incident of a supervisor calling an employee “the n-word” could create a hostile environment—his record suggests that he has adopted a narrow view of what constitutes racial discrimination that does not reflect the reality of people’s lives.

In a 1999 interview with the Christian Science Monitor, Kavanaugh remarked: “I see as an inevitable conclusion within the next 10 to 20 years when the court says we are all one race in the eyes of government.” The adoption of colorblindness theory, however, only hides the ways in which racism manifests in our institutions, systems and structures. Far from creating a more just society, colorblindness theory erases the experiences of people of color and prevents implementation of the remedial measures that would affirm the dignity, worth and constitutional and civil rights of all people. Such a perspective also suggests an inability to appreciate how racial discrimination intersects with sexism and other forms of discrimination.

Gun Violence

Gun violence is a deeply feminist issue, and a uniquely American crisis. According to a 2016 research study, about 4.5 million women in the U.S. have had an intimate partner threaten them with a gun and nearly 1 million have been shot, or shot at, by an intimate partner. Around 50 women per month in the U.S. are shot to death by an intimate partner, and domestic violence victims are five times more likely to be killed when their partners have a firearm. Women of color are at particular risk. Black women, for example, are twice as likely to be fatally shot by an intimate partner as white women. Overall, women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a firearm than women in any of our peer nations.

Mass shootings are also often linked to violence against women. In at least 54 percent of mass shootings between 2009 and 2016, the shooters killed intimate partners or other family members. Reporting also shows a large number of mass shooters with a history of violence against women or girls, including the Virginia Tech shooter, the Isla Vista shooter and the Pulse Nightclub shooter.

Kavanaugh’s record suggests an extreme view of the Second Amendment that would block common-sense gun laws designed to keep people safe. In the 2011 case District of Columbia v. Heller, a panel of three judges ruled 2-1 that a D.C. ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was constitutional. Kavanaugh dissented, reasoning that there was “no meaningful or persuasive constitutional distinction” between assault weapons and handguns, the latter of which were found to be constitutionally protected in a 2008 Supreme Court case brought by the same plaintiff.

It is deeply concerning that Kavanaugh does not appreciate a distinction between assault weapons and handguns—especially given that in the 2008 Heller case, the Supreme Court cautioned that even though it had overturned D.C.’s handgun ban, the Second Amendment “is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

Sexual Harassment and Assault

The growing #MeToo movement in the U.S. has forced the country, once again, to reckon with our nation’s high rates of sexual harassment and assault. Though research on the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace is scarce, a recent online survey found that 81 percent of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime. Of that number, 77 percent had experienced verbal harassment, 51 percent had experienced unwelcome sexual touching and 27 percent had experienced a sexual assault. Looking specifically at workers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) determined that as many as 85 percent of women have been harassed at work.

Workplace sexual harassment can have multiple, cascading effects on women’s economic advancement and also causes emotional and psychological distress. Most people do not report sexual harassment at work. Reviewing the available data, the EEOC determined that between 87 to 94 percent of individuals do not file a formal complaint. These percentages may reflect the high levels of retaliation against those who do report. Up to 75 percent of employees who report sexual harassment face workplace retaliation, and many workers report that their claims were trivialized or that they faced hostility after speaking up.

The issue of workplace sexual harassment and assault are important in this context given Kavanaugh’s relationship to Judge Alex Kozinski, who left the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in disgrace in late 2017 after former clerks, law students and a fellow judge made over a dozen allegations of sexual harassment against him. Those allegations included unwanted sexual touching, asking for sex and asking clerks to watch pornography with him in chambers.

Kavanaugh clerked for Judge Kozinski and has reportedly remained close to him; Kozinski’s son even clerked for Kavanaugh in 2017-2018. The White House has claimed that Kavanaugh “had never heard any allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment” by Kozinksi before the Washington Post reported on the allegations, but many in the legal community have indicated that Kozinski’s behavior was an open secret. It is therefore extremely important for Kavanaugh to speak fully on exactly what he knew about Kozinski’s behavior, whether he recommended people to clerk for Kozinski knowing of his behavior and what, if anything, he has done to help the women who were harassed.

Senators should also ask whether Kavanaugh knew of, or was part of, Kozinski’s “Easy Rider Gag List,” which he used to share tasteless and sexually explicit “jokes” and material. The “gag list” reportedly included law clerks, federal judges, attorneys and journalists; clearly, engaging in this type of conduct would show incredibly poor judgment and would not demonstrate the type of character required for a member of the highest court in the nation.

Eleanor Smeal is president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and publisher of Ms.

Gaylynn Burroughs is policy director at the Feminist Majority Foundation.

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The Supremacist Court? What Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Could Mean for Communities of Color

Is your armor on? (You know, the armor you put on when watching the news these days.) Mine is—because I knew that I couldn’t miss a second of the coverage of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, which started today.

There are a lot of reasons we should be paying close, vigilant attention to Kavanaugh’s record and his hearings. Reproductive health, rights and justice groups have been sounding the alarm on Kavanaugh’s nomination since June, and with good cause—and when media coverage in August was dominated by President Trump’s legal woes, so, too, was it rife with discussions about Kavanaugh’s stated belief that a sitting President should not be able to be prosecuted. But lost in the ongoing uproar against Kavanaugh’s nomination are a slew of cases winding their way up to the Supreme Court that will have enormous impacts on communities of color.

In 2013, activists rallied for voting rights outside the Supreme Court. Attacks on them have persisted, and Kavanaugh’s nomination could be a boon for voter suppression efforts. (SEIU / Creative Commons)

At least three different cases in 2018 will put issues of tribal sovereignty in front of the Supreme Court. In Herrera v. Wyoming, the justices will hear a case from the Crow tribe; this case tests whether treaties signed by the federal government in the 1800s are still valid. (The U.S. still has all the land, so the answer is a pretty clear yes that we think the treaty is still valid—but we’ll have to see what the court says.) In Public Service Company of New Mexico vs. Barboan, a utility company has been trying to condemn land on the Navajo Nation in order to keep operating a power line on the reservation. Navajo landowners haven’t been paid for the use of their land for nearly 20 years, and big energy companies like Edison Electric Institute, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines and the American Gas Association have filed friend of the court briefs to get in on the action; unfortunately, siding with corporate interests and against tribal sovereignty in this case seems like an obvious outcome for Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court.

Sanctuary status is also on the docket. In early 2018, the Trump Administration sued the state of California about its passage of three “sanctuary laws.” One of the three laws restricts state and local officials from sharing information about immigrants with federal agencies—and although normally, conservatives would be all for states’ rights, a series of battles are lining up in federal court between state governments making efforts to protect immigrants and a hostile federal government that wants to push them to fall in line through aggressive financial and legal bullying.

This year, the Supreme Court also punted on two cases of gerrymandering, the pernicious practice of politicians drawing election lines in ways that benefit a specific party. With a weakened Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court gutted in 2013, there are far fewer legal guarantees that prevent states from creating new barriers to voting— “second-generation barriers to ballot access” like racial gerrymandering, laws requiring at-large voting in places with a sizable Black community or new and onerous voter identification laws that disproportionately impact immigrant communities. The Supreme Court left the door open for future challenges to gerrymandering—and now, even moreso, there’s little assurance that it will take any action to stop the practice.

President Trump has picked his last two Court nominees from a list of names approved by the Federalist Society, of which a key litmus test is whether judges will commit to interpreting the Constitution as written and enforce limits on government power outlined in the Constitution. But “interpreting the Constitution as it’s written” is concerning for women, people of color and indigenous communities—because we’re not in the original constitution, and neither are demands for our basic human rights. Government powers outlined in the Constitution also didn’t include healthcare, environmental safeguards, a functional and fair public education system or any other roles that a modern national government must contend with.

This new Supreme Court justice will make generational decisions—likely interpreting the laws passed by Congress and states until my two sons, who are currently seven and ten, are in their thirties. Brett Kavanaugh is only 10 years older than me; he will likely sit on the court for the rest of my life.

We can and must make sure that Kavanaugh isn’t confirmed. There is too much at risk to sit on the sidelines.

Kalpana Krishnamurthy is the Policy Director at Forward Together. She’s not a lawyer, and has not been inside of a courtroom, but she has protested outside the Supreme Court. Forward Together works nationally to ensure that all families have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive.

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Environmental Record Looks Like Scott Pruitt’s

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Not surprisingly, most of the coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has focused on social issues like abortion, LGBT equality, and contraception.

But while Kavanaugh’s record on those issues is sparse and unclear, his record on economic and environmental issues is as clear as a smog-free day: Judge Kavanaugh is like the Scott Pruitt of the federal judiciary.

This assessment is based on a long string of Kavanaugh’s rulings as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, most of which rely on the premise that, contrary to prevailing Supreme Court doctrine, administrative agencies have very limited discretion to act in the absence of congressional instructions.  

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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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Week 7: Feeling Kinda O.K. About Brett Hundley, That Time the Falcons Fooled Tom Brady, and Someone Please Sign Dwight Freeney

Also, Mike McCarthy’s chance to shine, the problem with the Browns rebuild, why Cam should play nice with beat reporters, and a bad cartoon. Plus, musical guest, The Stink!

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New Yankees starter Sonny Gray describes his Brett Favre game

New Yankees hurler Sonny Gray, acquired in a trade with the A’s last week, takes a swing at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: What is your mound mentality? A: I think guys know I’m gonna kind of try and come right after ’em. Even in games like [Thursday], where I’m struggling and…
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See Brett Eldredge’s Tender ‘The Long Way’ on ‘Fallon’

Brett Eldredge has been making the rounds supporting his recently released new self-titled album, and on Wednesday he stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform his new single "The Long Way."

The crooner takes a simple approach to his performance, standing in place and letting the song's heartfelt lyrics take center stage. It's not his first time performing the

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See Brett Young’s Somber ‘Like I Loved You’ Video

Southern California native Brett Young's influences from the Golden State are all over his self-titled debut album. Now he's taken one of those influences – Laurel Canyon in particular – pretty literally in a new music video for his single "Like I Loved You."

Directed by Phillip Lopez, the scenic clip finds Young gazing out across the famed Los Angeles enclave, known for its breathtaking

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Watch Brett Eldredge Sing Melancholy New Song ‘No Stopping You’

With an August 4th release date for Brett Eldredge's new self-titled album just around the corner, it's time to debut the final video in the country crooner's three-part Airwaves Sessions. For the final installment of the series, Eldredge takes on new track "No Stopping You."

"'No Stopping You' is very much about my travels and about how sometimes you you fall out of love, or you

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