What’s your conclusion…???

What’s your conclusion…???

Would the House GOP plan have prevented ‘price discrimination’ against people with preexisting conditions?

Republicans are scrambling to defend their efforts to replace Obamacare. We examine a claim that people with preexisting conditions would not face higher prices.

By Glenn Kessler  •  Read more »

…Really this is how our Supreme Court Justice’s see women…???

…Really this is how our Supreme Court Justice’s see women…???

Kavanaugh Character Witness Mark Judge in 1983 Yearbook: ‘Certain Women Should Be Struck Regularly, Like Gongs’

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Judge’s Georgetown Prep 1983 yearbook page has a few astonishing quotes. READ MORE»

 

This Lawyer Contacted Senators With ‘Important Stories’ About Kavanaugh — But Says He Was Ignored

By Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos

Lawyer Cyrus Sanai first attempted to contact the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of July. READ MORE»

Republican Senators Are Laying the Groundwork to Support Kavanaugh Despite Sexual Assault Allegations

By Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

Republicans are busy laying the groundwork to vote for Brett Kavanaugh—almost no matter what happens. READ MORE»

At this juncture I suspect many, including moi, hope this charade is collapsing … but … like the adage goes … don’t count the chickens before the eggs hatch … and the fat lady has NOT yet sung…

image…At this juncture I suspect many, including moi, hope this charade is collapsing … but … like the adage goes … don’t count the chickens before the eggs hatch … and the fat lady has NOT yet sung…

The Massive Brett Kavanaugh Charade Is Collapsing Before Our Eyes    Republicans have put it all on the line.

By Joe Conason / Creators Syndicate

September 18, 2018, 4:40 PM GMT

 

Facing a public relations debacle, Senate Republicans have come up with a surefire compromise to win confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: Instead of simply dismissing the sexual assault accusation lodged against their nominee, they will pretend to investigate — and only then rubber-stamp him.

Won’t both sides be served by taking sworn testimony from the nominee and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, about his alleged attack on her in high school? The public hearings announced by the Senate Judiciary Committee for next Monday will feature "he said" and "she said" and nothing more. What could be fairer?

Only the Republicans who control this process could consider such an approach legitimate, let alone responsible. They want to assure midterm voters, especially women, that they have listened to Ford, considered her accusation seriously and done the right thing. But they also want to rush Kavanaugh into a lifetime appointment on the high court, despite the fact that he lied to the Senate and the public under oath, repeatedly. They aren’t eager to look closely at the strong possibility that he is lying about his encounter with Ford, too.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the Judiciary Committee chair, says he won’t allow the introduction of any evidence beyond the testimony of the two main witnesses. He sees no reason to seek the testimony of any additional witness or ask the FBI to investigate Ford’s story.

"The FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh is closed," Grassley said, adding later, "We’ve got two people involved, and two people ought to be able to present their stories, and then we’ll have to be the jury." He specifically excluded any testimony from Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh identified by Ford as present in the room when the alleged incident occurred. Like Kavanaugh, Judge has issued a denial.

So Grassley has barred the only potential witness who might corroborate the Republican nominee’s defense — on the surface, a very strange position for a Kavanaugh supporter. But the chairman’s reticence makes perfect sense to anyone who has examined the writings and social media droppings of Judge, which betray a strong misogynistic streak and more than a tinge of racism.

A senator who has read Judge’s collected works, now available on the internet, might ask him to explain his peculiar opinions about who is to blame when a woman is raped. Such a senator might inquire about his charming high-school yearbook quote: "Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs." Such a senator might also question Judge about his 1997 memoir, "Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk," which features scenes of blackout drunkenness with a character called "Bart O’Kavanaugh."

Judge has even more embarrassing material in his portfolio, all of which tends to undercut his role as alibi for his high school buddy. His confessed bouts of binge drinking and bizarre sexist bluster would likely make him an entertaining witness, but not in a good way for Kavanaugh. And his memoir’s theme of alcoholic youth corroborates Ford, who told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh and Judge were stumbling drunk when the alleged assault happened.

Rather than put Judge under oath, however, Grassley will pretend that the sole named witness, other than Kavanaugh and Ford, simply doesn’t exist. Meanwhile Judge, who clearly doesn’t fear a Senate subpoena, has informed the committee that he plans to skip its hearing altogether.

Somehow Grassley thinks most Americans won’t see through this charade, which mocks the fact finding that senators are actually supposed to do. He insults his colleagues as well by assuming that they will go along. Yet even in the ultrapartisan atmosphere of Washington, a fake pro-forma "investigation" of the allegations against Kavanaugh may not pass muster. Only one or two conscience-stricken Republicans need to dissent for this scheme to blow up.

Watch: Anita Hill Explains Why Brett Kavanaugh Has ‘Burden of Persuasion’ in Sexual Assault Allegation

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet   The woman who became famous for standing up to sexual harassment has a powerful message for the Senate GOP, and for America

White House Advisers Are Reportedly Fearful More Allegations About Kavanaugh Will Emerge

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump response to the controversy has been surprisingly muted, compared to his previous reactions to similar issues. 

Aren’t Afraid of Anita Hill Redux: They Know That Power Matters More Than Tru Conservatives th

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Republicans aren’t worried the Kavanaugh hearing will backfire, because in 2018 the facts almost don’t matter

Kavanaugh Character Witness Mark Judge in 1983 Yearbook: ‘Certain Women Should Be Struck Regularly, Like Gongs’

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Judge’s Georgetown Prep 1983 yearbook page has a few astonishing quotes.

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You honestly believe in TRUMPLAND this “dark$$$” will NOT get protected…???

You honestly believe in TRUMPLAND this “dark$$$” will NOT get protected…???

Political nonprofits must now name many of their donors

The Supreme Court decision not to intervene in a long-running case could curtail the ability of major political players to raise money and would force the disclosure of some of the country’s wealthiest donors.

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Robert Barnes  •  Read more »

thought the skids were sufficiently greased

…GOP and TRUMP and their lead “sherpa”… AZ ..  fill- in U S Senator Jon Kyl … thought the skids were sufficiently greased and Kavanaugh would simply slime his way through…OOPS…

Intercept Report Reveals Senate Ignored Federal Court Employees Willing to Testify Against Kavanaugh

 

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Sexual assault allegation forces Republicans to whitewash dirty Kavanaugh confirmation process

Is this true for Arizona

…Is this true for Arizona…  It is well known by now that drought has spread to the entirety of the Colorado River watershed, a vital source of water for 1 in 10 Americans…???

Water Deeply. As part of your community membership, we will be holding an exclusive Deeply Talks virtual event on Friday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET to discuss the unseen consequences of long-term water scarcity in the Upper Colorado watershed, and potential solutions that could ease the way forward.

It is well known by now that drought has spread to the entirety of the Colorado River watershed, a vital source of water for 1 in 10 Americans and 5 million acres of farmland. All indications are that this is a new permanent condition, not merely an episodic drought. The question looming before us is, what to do about it?

In this 30-minute conversation we’ll be joined by experts Bhavna Arora, a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, who studies the effects of changing snowmelt in Colorado headwater streams; and by Jack Schmidt, watershed sciences professor at Utah State University, who plans a new study on managing the watershed differently in light of climate change. Matt Weiser, our managing editor, will moderate the discussion.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about challenges facing the Colorado River – and potential solutions. If you’d like to give us your feedback or ask a question of the panelists, email us (water@newsdeeply.com) or tweet us @WaterDeeply

this from the guy who for 8 years blocked every action

clip_image002…WOW… I imagine this from the guy who for 8 years blocked every action President Obama attempted…???

Mitch McConnell claims Dems not playing fair on SCOTUS confirmation

 

Aldous J Pennyfarthing  Community...https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/9/17/1796448/-Mitch-McConnell-claims-Dems-not-playing-fair-on-SCOTUS-confirmation