Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court can’t decide whether to decide key LGBT cases

Featured image The Supreme Court has been presented with two sets of cases relating to issues at the core of the LGBT agenda. Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda raise the question of whether discrimination against an employee because of sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination “because of. . .sex,” within the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Lower courts have divided »

The Kavanaugh Report

Featured image Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has released a 28-page memorandum summarizing its investigations of numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford et al. Attached to the memorandum are nearly 400 pages of exhibits. Committee investigators interviewed more than 40 witnesses, monitored social media and news reports and reviewed evidence provided by Kavanaugh and his accusers. The memorandum and exhibits are posted here. They are »

The not Jane Doe referral

Featured image By letter to Senator Kamala Harris during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation proceedings on Brett Kavanaugh, the committee received an allegation of rape committed by Judge Kavanaugh (as he then was). The handwritten letter was signed by “Jane Doe” of Oceanside, California. Kavanaugh was asked about the Jane Doe charge and a transcript of his testimony denying the allegation was released. Justice Kavanaugh testified: “[T]he whole thing is ridiculous. Nothing »

Whatever happened to Blasey Ford?

Featured image Christine Blasey Ford appears to have shuffled off the scene as quickly as she shuffled onto it. Surely, however, she must be in the process of reaping the rewards of her service to the cause. Surely some benefactor must be endowing a chair for her in academia dedicated to the study of the hippocampus. She is apparently taking time to weigh the book offers and other opportunities that now come »

The Avenatti referrals

Featured image Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has referred Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnick to the Department for investigation. You may have seen news of the referral on FOX News or elsewhere. Senator Grassley’s 12-page letter making the referral is embedded below together with attached exhibits. The letter makes for intensely interesting reading. It includes a useful summary of issues going to Avenatti’s credibility at pages 9-11. Footnoting a number a »

More evidence of a Kavanaugh effect

Featured image Most of us understood, I think, that the Democrats’ attempt to bring down Brett Kavanaugh with a pathetically thin allegation of sexual misconduct as a teenager would energize the Republican base just in time for the 2018 elections. But apparently the “Kavanaugh effect” extends further than that. A new poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal finds that likely voters in the most hotly contested House races favor Kavanaugh’s confirmation by »

Bar complaint filed against Blasey Ford’s lawyer

Featured image Judicial Watch has filed a complaint with the Board of Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals against Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers, Debra Katz, Lisa Banks, and Michael Bromwich. The complaint is based on the alleged failure of these lawyers to inform their client that Chairman Grassley offered to fly female staff investigators to meet Dr. Ford in California to obtain her testimony. Rule 1.4(a) of the »

Standing up to the mob (2)

Featured image The interview of Senator McConnell by Laura Ingraham below dates back to October 5, in the immediate aftermath of the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Senator McConnell explicitly discusses the mobs opposing confirmation that Republican Senators faced at their homes prior to the vote. It is worth pausing over this interview and reflecting further on the Democrats and their supporters. This is the new Democratic normal. Quotable »

Josh Hawley for Senator

Featured image In the past three congressional election years, Power Line has presented a slate of six candidates for whom we tried to raise money. I’ve selected five of the six candidates, with the advice and consent of my colleagues, and John has rounded out the list with a Minnesota pick. This year, I did not make any picks, evidence, I think, of the much-discussed enthusiasm gap among conservatives. But now, following »

Cassidy’s Kavanaugh lesson

Featured image Louisiana Senator (Dr.) Bill Cassidy seized on a teachable moment that made the rounds on Twitter yesterday, where I found it with John O’Sullivan’s comment: “Please, please, please keep showing this. It makes a better case for putting Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court than any of his supporters managed to do–with the possible exception of Senator Linds[e]y Graham.” Protester demands that GOP Senator @BillCassidy "apologize to my children for ruining »

Query the Kavanaugh effect

Featured image Rep. Martha McSally’s run for retiring incumbent Jeff Flake’s Senate seat against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is one of the races holding the key to the Republicans’ continued majority. Given the qualitative disparity between the candidates, the race has remained annoyingly difficult. Sinema has clung to a small lead. I put the race number 1 in “Save the Senate: On defense” (contribute to the McSally campaign here). Tom Bevan is the »

The K smear & the Schumer connection

Featured image John wrote about the possible FBI connection to the Kavanaugh smear. Speaking this morning with Hugh Hewistt — audio and transcript here — Senator Tom Cotton drew the connection to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Hugh asked Senator Cotton if he had any doubt that the smear “was planned long before it was unveiled.” Senator Cotton responded: Hugh, I believe the Schumer political operation was behind this from the very »

At the WH with Justice Kavanaugh

Featured image Yesterday evening President Trump presided over the ceremonial swearing in of Brett Kavanaugh as associate justice of the Supreme Court at the White House. Justice Kavanaugh was officially sworn in on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justice Kennedy administered the oath again in the ceremony yesterday evening. President Trump prefaced the swearing in with a national apology to Justice Kavanaugh for his ordeal. He »

The Kavanaugh Smear and the FBI: A Connection?

Featured image James Kunstler is a liberal who has a site called Clusterf*** Nation. Although a liberal, he casts a cold, intelligent eye on the follies of our time. The linked post begins by questioning why anyone would believe Christine Ford. What follows is an explosive theme: I believe that the Christine Blasey Ford gambit was an extension of the sinister activities underway since early 2016 in the Department of Justice and »

Kavanaugh confirmed

Featured image Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now Justice Kavanaugh. He was confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court by a 50-48 vote in the Senate late yesterday afternoon. Senator Murkowski voted no but withdrew her vote to pair off with Senator Daines, who was otherwise engaged back in Montana walking one of his daughters down the aisle. Only Senator Manchin crossed over from the dirty Democrats to support the confirmation »

Two More Kavanaugh Cartoons

Featured image Michael Ramirez’s latest works came out too late to make The Week In Pictures, so consider this a supplement. This one nicely sums up the Democrat smear campaign. On Michael’s site, it is accompanied by my post from last night, Where Do We Go From Here?: I especially like this one. When Professor Alan Dershowitz spoke at an event sponsored by my policy organization last Monday, he expressed grave disappointment »

Thank you, Senator Collins

Featured image I don’t have anything to add to the praise that Seth Lipsky and Roger Simon have lavished on the scrupulous and lucid speech Senator Susan Collins delivered on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon in explanation of her vote in favor of the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (video below, text here). The editors of National Review say “Thank you, Susan Collins.” In that spirit, I only want »