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What the Rise of Brett Kavanaugh Says About the GOP

Just out: Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party and Its Capture of the Court by Jackie Calmes. NPR: “Dissent is a remarkable work of reportage. Not only does Calmes provide a detailed, well-researched account of Kavanaugh’s life, career and ascent to become one of the country’s nine most influential judges, she offers fascinating context into the factors behind it. She writes elegantly, but without adornment, resisting the urge to editorialize or make grand pronouncements, and the book is the better for it — it’s both a riveting portrait of a particular moment in time as well as of the era that it embodied.”
Congress & CourtsSlate

Why Does Elena Kagan Keep Roasting Brett Kavanaugh?

The Supreme Court is quiet. Too quiet. It is almost mid-June, and the court has yet to release any blockbuster decisions. What’s going on?. The simple answer is also the obvious one: These cases have sharply divided the justices, who are still circulating majority opinions, concurrences, and dissents between chambers, sniping at each other in acid footnotes that belie their public claims of collegiality, civility, and mutual respect. That’s nothing new; tempers frequently flare as the court completes its work for the term (usually by late June). This anger often boils over into smaller decisions that don’t grab headlines, but provide clues of what’s coming down the pike. On Thursday, the Supreme Court released such a decision. And while the outcome is progressive, the opinions themselves hint that the liberal justices are bracing for a wipeout in the coming weeks.
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Noah Feldman: What does Brett Kavanaugh think of precedent? Here's another clue

The Supreme Court faces three major issues in our current historical moment: precedent, precedent and precedent. The big question: Will the justices limit abortion rights by overturning the 50-year precedent of Roe v. Wade or the 30-year precedent of Casey v. Planned Parenthood? To try to anwer it, court watchers like me spend a lot of our time reading the tea leaves of even relatively minor Supreme Court opinions. And on this issue, no kind of tea is more important than the one that comes in the box labeled Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Congress & CourtsThe Atlantic

For Subscribers: Is Brett Kavanaugh out for revenge?

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Is Brett Kavanaugh Out for Revenge?

The Atlantic: “While Kavanaugh’s allies insist that those comments were misinterpreted, they also say that he still privately seethes over the ‘smear campaign’ he believes he endured.”. Said one friend: “He’s made an effort to say, ‘Look, I’m not bitter about this. I’m moving forward.’ But I assume, when he’s...
Congress & CourtsThe Guardian

A question for Brett Kavanaugh: who gets a second chance?

Let me tell you a tale of two Bretts. The first is supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh. In 2018 Kavanaugh was credibly accused of committing sexual assault when he was a 17-year-old; a culture war promptly broke out. Liberals largely argued that the accusations should preclude Kavanaugh from a lifetime appointment on the supreme court. The right, meanwhile, cried “cancel culture”. Even if Kavanaugh was guilty of what he was being accused of, they argued, what you did as a teenager shouldn’t ruin the rest of your life.
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The Independent

The teenager who made a mistake Brett Kavanaugh can’t forgive

Brett Jones celebrated his fifteenth birthday 23 days before he killed his grandfather. His previous fourteen years were marked by an all too common tangle of pathology, neglect, violence and mental illness. His father was an abusive alcoholic who knocked out his mother’s teeth and broke her nose multiple times. His stepfather appeared to be worse, physically abusing Brett and his brother with switches, belts and a paddle he called “The Punisher.” He rarely called Brett and his brother by name, preferring “little motherf***ers.” Finally, at fourteen, Brett had enough: He took a swing at his stepfather and split open his...
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Brett Kavanaugh Declares Children Deserve Life Sentences

While most of us have tried unsuccessfully to forget Brett Kavanaugh’s little crybaby tantrum over the fact that a woman attempted to hold him accountable for allegedly sexually assaulting her at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, I’m afraid I must call his ruddy little possum face and spit-caked mouth as he moodily chalked his behavior up to teenage poor judgment. Because, you see, using the Supreme Court vote he was granted by the Senate after his little fit, Kavanaugh has now decided every other kid can piss off to a life sentence without parole.
Congress & CourtsVanity Fair

Brett Kavanaugh Rules Children Deserve Life in Prison With No Chance of Parole

In September 2018, in between screaming about his love of beer and crying over his love of calendars, Brett Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee: “If we want to sit here and talk about whether a Supreme Court nomination should be based on a high school yearbook page, I think that’s taken us to a new level of absurdity.” In fact, lawmakers that day weren’t deciding whether or not to confirm Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land based on “a high school yearbook page” but over credible allegations of sexual assault, which he denied. Nevertheless, Kavanaugh’s position that day was that people shouldn’t be held accountable for things they do as minors. But what he apparently actually meant was that he shouldn’t be held accountable for things he allegedly did as kid, while others deserve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Yale Law Prof Who Defended Brett Kavanaugh Claims She Is Being Targeted by University

Yale Law School professor Amy Chua, who supported Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the months leading up to his nomination to the Supreme Court, now says that she is being targeted by individuals within the university who oppose the so-called “controversial” opinions she has expressed. Chua is now calling for an independent investigation into how her personal files were leaked to the press.
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'Last Man Standing' Alum Molly Ephraim Addresses Controversial Brett Kavanaugh 'Hero' Post and ‘Last Man Standing’ Regulars Molly Ephraim, Flynn Morrison Exit Ahead of Season 7, Roles to Be Recast

'Last Man Standing' Alum Molly Ephraim Addresses Controversial Brett Kavanaugh 'Hero' Post and ‘Last Man Standing’ Regulars Molly Ephraim, Flynn Morrison Exit Ahead of Season 7, Roles to Be Recast. Last News:. ‘Last Man Standing’ Regulars Molly Ephraim, Flynn Morrison Exit Ahead of Season 7, Roles to Be Recast and...
Congress & CourtsVanity Fair

Could Brett Kavanaugh Be Booted From the Supreme Court?

On October 6, 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, making history on a number of fronts. He was the first person to sit on the court who’d mentioned his love for beer nearly three-dozen times over the course of his Senate confirmation hearing. He was the first person to sit on the court who’d specifically told the the members of the Senate Judicial Committee: “We drank beer. My friends and I. Boys and girls. Yes, we drank beer. I liked beer. Still like beer. We drank beer.” He was the first person to respond to a sitting senator’s question of whether he’d ever blacked out by asking, “Have you?” He was the first person to read aloud from a calendar entry that said, “Tobin’s House—Workout / Go to Timmy’s for [brewskis] w/ Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi.” He was the first person, very likely in not just the U.S. but in world history, to openly weep about calendars in general.
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Senator alleges FBI's Brett Kavanaugh investigation may have been "fake"

The FBI investigation into sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process may have been "fake" and compromised by politics, a senator alleges in a letter to the new attorney general, Merrick Garland. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island who sits on the Judiciary Committee, is requesting Justice Department support for a Senate review of the FBI's actions.
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Democratic senator suggests FBI background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh fake

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D- R.I.) is alleging that the FBI’s background investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was fake. Whitehouse, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland last Thursday asking him to conduct “proper oversight” into the bureau’s 2018 probe into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.