The Kavanaugh Effect: Republicans Relish a Redux

In Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s final speech on the chamber floor before the vote confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, he exhorted Americans angry over the fierce partisan confirmation warfare to vote in the midterm elections. “Our country needs to have a reckoning on these issues, and there is only one remedy. Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box,” Schumer said. “So to Americans, to so many millions who are outraged by what happened here, there’s one answer: vote.” He and other Democrats awoke the day after Election Day 2018 to… Read More

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Worker Party; Court Packing; Freedom's Crucible; Attend Our Virtual Briefing

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. On this date 158 years ago, a wartime president changed the course of American history. Using the carnage on the battlefield at Antietam as a pretext, Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation. On the first day of the coming year, Lincoln’s Sept. 22, 1862 order proclaimed, “all persons held as slaves within any State … in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” The measure was carefully constructed to avoid turning public opinion against the federal government in… Read More in Real Clear Politics

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Third Parties Could Play a Lesser Role in 2020 Campaign

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – In close elections, it doesn’t take much for third-party candidates to play an outsize role – as Democrats learned the hard way in 2016. President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes that year while left-leaning Green Party candidate Jill Stein netted over 51,000 and Libertarian Gary Johnson won 172,000. In Wisconsin, Trump won by about 23,000 votes, fewer than Stein’s 32,000. And in Pennsylvania, Stein’s 49,000 votes eclipsed the margin by which Trump defeated Clinton. Victory in those three states catapulted Trump into the White… Read More in Real Clear

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Graham: GOP Has Votes To Confirm Trump Court Pick by Nov. 3

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans have the votes to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick before the Nov. 3 presidential election, according to the Senate Judiciary chairman who will shepherd the nomination through the chamber. “The nominee is going to be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee,” Chairman Lindsey Graham told Fox News late Monday. “We’ve got the votes to confirm the justice on the floor of the Senate before the election and that’s what’s coming.” Trump is expected to announce his choice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg by week’s end, setting… Read More in Real

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Beware Ad Homonyms

In the late 1990s, as a graduate student in history, I had the good fortune of serving as a teacher’s assistant to Julian Bond. Bond was a gentlemanly presence in the history department at the University of Virginia. He was also an excellent teacher, and the class he taught every semester on the history of the civil rights movement was always popular. So popular that he always had three TAs – many or most of the American history grad students served in that capacity at some point. I happened to be assisting Bond (pictured in 2006) the year that an

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Biden Anti-Business Agenda Would Wreck the Economy

The Democrats are rewriting history, celebrating the Obama record on the economy as if these were the salad days for America. In Washington parlance, that is called “misremembering.” The reality is that the Obama tax-and-regulate agenda led to the weakest economic recovery from a recession since the Great Depression. This week, the Census Bureau released its economic report — the gold standard of measuring the finances of American families. In President Donald Trump’s first three years in office, real median family income for Americans rose by more than $6,400. In Obama’s EIGHT years in… Read More in Real Clear Politics

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Court Packing Is a Bad Idea. Here's a Better One

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death — and Mitch McConnell’s situational ethics — have revived calls for enlarging (“packing”) the Supreme Court to alter its potential conservative tilt. It’s a bad idea — and there’s a better way to go. The better way is to restore the Senate rule that required a supermajority of 60 senators – – to approve a Supreme Court justice. A constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority (67 votes) would be even better, ensuring that all new justices would have bipartisan support. Democrats tempted by the court-packing idea should heed to words of RBG herself. “If… Read More

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The American Voter Will Pick Next Supreme Court Justice

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, like Justice Antonin Scalia’s death four-and-a-half years ago, will have profound effects on the fall general election, as well as the shape of constitutional law in the decades to come. While a move by the Republican Senate to confirm a potential Trump nominee would be well in line with historical precedent, there are good reasons — practical, political, and constitutional — for the Senate to forbear. We will hear a lot over the next few days and weeks about a “Biden rule,” a “Thurmond rule,” and the Senate’s 2016 treatment of Judge Merrick Garland. All…

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Last Best Chance to Capture Supreme Court

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are on the cusp of making history. With Trump having named two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they have an opening to elevate a third justice to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, thereby securing the constitutionalism of the court for a generation. Trump and McConnell need only persuade 50 of the 53 Senate Republicans to vote to confirm the nominee Trump says he will send up at week’s end, following the days of mourning for Ginsburg. Two Republican senators, however, Susan Collins of…

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Two Cheers for Our Drugmakers

America’s big drug companies are refusing to let President Donald Trump use them as campaign props. That is right and proper. First, nine of them pledged to not release a vaccine before one is deemed effective and safe. Having failed to manage or even acknowledge the COVID-19 crisis, Trump has turned to pushing the fantasy that an acceptable vaccine would appear by Nov. 3. Big Pharma said not before its time. The companies vowed to “stand with science,” a point that has to be made nowadays. Then the drug companies refused to participate in the Trump Card scheme. Trump wanted

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