Attacks on Feinstein backfire on California challenger

Kevin de León, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s November opponent, accused her last week of “gross misconduct” for waiting months to flag a sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh — seizing on the Supreme Court firestorm to jump-start his long-shot campaign.

Now de León is facing a backlash for his own handling of sexual harassment on his watch in the California legislature, which has been rocked by allegations of pervasive sexual misconduct.

Allies of Feinstein in California’s Democratic establishment have rallied behind the state’s senior senator, repudiating de León’s critiques as acts of political opportunism from a trailing candidate looking to build his profile.

“She’s trustworthy, calm, deliberate, and gets all the facts before she acts. Because of that, she’s simply more credible than someone who puts out a press release first and figures out what’s happening on the back end,” Dana Williamson, a senior adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, said in Continue reading “Attacks on Feinstein backfire on California challenger”

How the U.S. Senate Became a Campus Kangaroo Court

Christine Blasey Ford deserves a hearing, although at the moment it’s not clear if she really wants one. What she doesn’t deserve is to be believed automatically just because she’s a woman making an accusation.

When our system of justice is at its best, it judges each individual—the accuser and the accused—fairly, on the basis of the evidence, and with an adversarial process that has proved over the centuries the best way to ascertain the truth.

Ford’s charge is serious by any standard, and despite the shameful way it was handled—Senator Dianne Feinstein sat on it for weeks, until it leaked out at the eleventh hour—Republicans appropriately agreed to delay a committee vote and hear from both Ford and Kavanaugh at an open hearing.

The problem is that Ford’s accusation doesn’t seem particularly provable—an alleged incident 36 years ago, with few details to check against—and the Democratic-media complex isn’t very Continue reading “How the U.S. Senate Became a Campus Kangaroo Court”

Internal poll shows tax law backfiring for GOP

A poll commissioned by the Republican National Committee found that President Trump’s tax law is backfiring for the GOP, with most voters saying it benefits corporations and wealthy individuals more than the middle class….

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski Just Got Even More Pressure To Vote Against Brett Kavanaugh

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (D)  announced their opposition to the Supreme Court nominee.

The Trailer: How Texas Republicans beat the blue wave

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Dems: We’ll probe Kavanaugh allegations if we win in November

Congressional Democrats are threatening to investigate sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh from the highest bench in the land should he be confirmed without a probe and the party reclaim Congress.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said that “as soon as Democrats get gavels,” the party will vet the FBI’s handling of Ford’s claim against the Supreme Court nominee — even if Kavanaugh is already seated on the high court by that time.

Rep. Eric Swallwell (D-Calif.), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, also said in an interview that the party could probe Kavanaugh’s denials of the allegations against him.

"If they ramrod this nomination through, and we win the majority, we can still investigate this on the House side, and certainly the question as to whether a Supreme Court justice committed perjury is something you could look at,” Swalwell said in an interview. "Hopefully it doesn’t Continue reading “Dems: We’ll probe Kavanaugh allegations if we win in November”

Trump Made DeSantis In The Florida GOP Primary But Could Sink Him In November

Florida’s Republican nominee for governor is already learning the pitfalls of being so closely tied to the president.

Former Student: Brett Kavanaugh’s Prep School Party Scene Was A ‘Free-For-All’

"It’s just a bunch of kids just going off the rails."

FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment

By John SolomonOpinion ContributorFor most of the past two years, the U.S. intelligence community has presented a united front on all the key conclusions in the …

Republicans threaten to subpoena Nellie Ohr

Conservative House Republicans are calling on their colleagues to subpoena Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, after a deal fell apart this week that would have led to her voluntary testimony….

GOP congressman jokes about Ruth Bader Ginsburg being groped — by Abraham Lincoln

Former Capitol Hill Staffers Call Out Congress’ Inaction On Sexual Abuse Policies

Lawmakers have stalled on sexual misconduct reforms, as they try to rush through Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) warned Melania Trump’s spokeswoman over a tweet found to be in violation of the Hatch Act, according to a letter sent to a Democratic senator.Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) on Thursday…

GOP Congressman Uses Alleged Kavanaugh Sexual Assault To Crack A Joke

Quite a stand-up routine from Rep. Ralph Norman!

U.S. blacklists Russian entities tied to election meddling

The Trump administration on Thursday blacklisted 33 Russian individuals and entities, including a billionaire and several companies accused of interfering in American politics, limiting their ability to conduct business internationally.

The Treasury Department also slapped penalties on a Chinese military department for purchasing jets and missiles from a Russian arms export entity that had been previously blacklisted.

The Trump administration made the move as part of a bill Congress passed last year to punish Russia for its 2016 election interference and military intrusions in Ukraine. The 33 individuals and entities will be added to a State Department list of blacklisted Russian military and intelligence operatives, meaning that anyone who partakes in "significant transactions" with the companies will now be hit with sanctions.

The actions follow up on a slate of sanctions that the Treasury Department imposed in March over election meddling, and a round of sanctions the State Department announced Continue reading “U.S. blacklists Russian entities tied to election meddling”

Cohen questioned for hours in Mueller probe about Trump’s dealings with Russia: report

President Trump’s former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen has reportedly been questioned about Trump’s dealings with Russia by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in a series of interviews in recent weeks….

South Carolina lawmaker jokes about sexual assault amid Kavanaugh allegations

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) on Thursday mocked the sexual assault allegation a California woman made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, joking that the latest update had brought new allegations against Abraham Lincoln.

"Did y’all hear the latest, late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings?" Norman said, joking that was the reason he was running late for a candidates’ debate. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”

The South Carolina lawmaker’s comments were made during opening remarks at the debate in Rock Hill, S.C.

Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school. Ford said Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and pinned her down on a bed while a friend watched during a house party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Norman’s comment comes as Republicans are aiming to continue with confirming Kavanaugh. Continue reading “South Carolina lawmaker jokes about sexual assault amid Kavanaugh allegations”

Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of committing sexual assault when they were in high school, has hired Democratic operative Ricki Seidman to help navigate a potential…

These Teens Don’t Know Brett Kavanaugh. They Do Know About Rape Culture.

Despite coming of age in the Me Too era, most kids HuffPost spoke to said misogyny and harassment are ubiquitous in their schools.

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