Democracy Now! (9/20/18)
As Republicans charge forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nominee hearing despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that he raped her as a teenager, a new Nation investigation reveals a secret network of right-wing activists has spent millions of dollars attacking questions about Kavanaugh’s stance on abortion, LGBTQ rights and executive privilege as “anti-religious bigotry.”
We speak with Sarah Posner about her explosive new report for The Nation, “The ‘Anti-Catholic’ Playbook.” She is a reporting fellow at the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.
- The Nation: The ‘Anti-Catholic’ Playbook — Does Brett Kavanaugh think abortion should be illegal? A secret network of right-wing activists has spent millions attacking such questions as anti-religious bigotry. … Read the Rest
The Boys’ Club That Protects Brett Kavanaugh — A C-SPAN clip has been circulating online. It dates from September 6th, the third day of the Senate hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In the video, John Neely Kennedy, the Republican senator from Louisiana, asked Kavanaugh about his time at Georgetown Preparatory School, the Jesuit boys’ school he attended. “I can tell from your testimony those were formative years for you,” Kennedy said, in his Southern drawl. “Very formative,” Kavanaugh replied. … Read the Rest
‘Sinister’: As GOP Tried to Push Through Kavanaugh Vote, Senators Knew Of Second Assault Allegation — Senate Republicans’ reason for attempting to push through a vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation came into view Sunday night after The New Yorker reported on a second woman who’s accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault—an accusation that Senate Republicans have reportedly known about since last week. In a report by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s named Deborah Ramirez alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party. “Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination,” wrote Farrow and Mayer. “Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote. … Read the Rest