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GOP: If Ford Won't Testify, Let's Vote on Kavanaugh

Grassley says there is no reason to delay hearing

(Newser) - Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers say she wants the FBI to investigate her alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh before a Senate hearing on the incident—but such an investigation is highly unlikely to happen by Monday, and Sen. Chuck Grassley says he's not going to delay the hearing,... More »

Kavanaugh Accuser: I've Tried 'to Forget This All My Life'

Kavanaugh, accuser will testify before Senate

(Newser) - This isn't the smooth path to confirmation Republicans were hoping for: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her in high school, will both testify in a public hearing before the Senate on Monday. Plans for a Senate Judiciary... More »

Kavanaugh's Accuser Is Willing to Testify Before Senate

GOP senator Jeff Flake says she should be heard before a vote takes place

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court no longer appears to be a sure thing. After detailed accusations from a woman who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers were published Sunday, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he was... More »

Woman: In High School, Kavanaugh Tried to Assault Me

Letter referred by Sen. Feinstein describes alleged attack from 1980s; judge denies it

(Newser) - Back in high school, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly held down a female student and tried to force himself on her sexually. That's the undisclosed "information" Sen. Dianne Feinstein passed on to the FBI this week without divulging any significant details, per the New Yorker . According to... More »

Booker Releases New Batch of Kavanaugh Records

He says they raise 'concerning questions' about Supreme Court nominee's honesty

(Newser) - Sen. Cory Booker released a new batch of confidential documents about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday night, even after a conservative judicial group referred his earlier disclosures to the Senate Ethics Committee. The 28 new documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office during the... More »

Kavanaugh Opponents Play Hardball With Sen. Collins

They're threatening to donate $1.1M to her next opponent

(Newser) - Activists trying to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are threatening to make a hefty donation to Sen. Susan Collins' opponents if she votes for him—but the plan could backfire. So far, a group of liberal activists including the Maine People's Alliance and dying ALS patient Ady Barkan... More »

Kavanaugh Hearing: 22 Arrests, Charge of 'Mob Rule'

And the direct questioning hasn't even started yet

(Newser) - One word keeps showing up in coverage of the first day of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing: "chaos." (See here , here , and here .) Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas had a stronger phrase: "mob rule," while Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois heard the... More »

Why a 1904 Paint Ad Has Advertisers Worried

It was used to push lead paint, and cited in a recent court ruling

(Newser) - Sherwin-Williams is asking the Supreme Court to take up a case regarding the historical sale of lead paint—and advertisements that go back more than a century. The move comes after a California court found Sherwin-Williams and two other paint brands responsible for health risks tied to lead paint and... More »

Kavanaugh Hearing Off to Raucous Start

Democrats try to have it adjourned as it begins

(Newser) - Early fireworks: The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing got off to a lively start on Tuesday as Democrats repeatedly interrupted the opening statement of Republican Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reports the Hill . One Democrat after another spoke up to demand that the hearing be postponed until they... More »

On Eve of Hearing, Lawyer Releases 42K Pages on Kavanaugh

Schumer slams 'least transparent SCOTUS process in history'

(Newser) - Tuesday is the first day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh—but only those who were able to review 42,000 pages of documents overnight will be fully prepared, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer. The Senate minority leader blasted the "absurd" process Monday night... More »

White House Blocks Release of 100K Kavanaugh Documents

Schumer slams 'unprecedented' move

(Newser) - Democrats are up in arms about what Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer calls a "Friday night document massacre." The Trump administration has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that it plans to withhold around 100,000 pages of records relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because they are... More »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Talks Future on Supreme Court

She says she's got 5 years left

(Newser) - If there's a third vacancy on the Supreme Court during President Trump's first term, it won't be the result of Ruth Bader Ginsburg stepping down. The 85-year-old justice said Sunday that her senior colleague, John Paul Stevens, stepped down when he was 90, so she thinks she... More »

GOP Senator on Latest Trump Threat: 'Let's Hope Not'

Ron Johnson pushes back over possible government shutdown

(Newser) - With President Trump tweeting about a possible government shutdown, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson appeared Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation with a little pushback: "I certainly don't like playing shutdown politics," he says, per the Hill . "I don't think it'd be helpful, so... More »

Kavanaugh's 'Final Nail' Remark Riles Democrats

Trump Supreme Court pick has no love for independent counsels

(Newser) - Independent counsels that investigate the president? Brett Kavanaugh says he'd hammer "the final nail" into a precedent allowing them—and Democrats are none too happy about his remark, CNN reports. President Trump's Supreme Court pick made the statement in 2016 when asked if there was a case... More »

Kavanaugh Disclosure Reveals Big Baseball-Related Debt

Debt of up to $200K included major spend on Nationals tickets

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears to have had something of a soft spot for the Washington Nationals, to put it mildly: He went tens of thousands of dollars in debt buying baseball tickets over the last decade, according to the White House. Kavanaugh, who reported having between $60,000... More »

Meeting With Kennedy Helped Trump Make His Pick

President favored Brett Kavanaugh from the very start

(Newser) - The White House had floated a list of four finalists, but multiple stories Tuesday suggest that President Trump's pick of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court was a no-brainer. "Locked in from the start," is how CNN puts it, adding that Trump liked the 53-year-old for the... More »

What Editorials Are Saying About Brett Kavanaugh

Concern, praise issue from different corners

(Newser) - Politicians on both sides of the aisle have weighed in on Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Now publication editorial boards are having their say, variously painting the conservative judge, who serves on the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia,... More »

Dems Vow to Do All They Can to Oppose Kavanaugh

GOP prepares for showdown over nominee

(Newser) - President Trump has unveiled his Supreme Court nominee —and the stage is set for yet another highly partisan Washington showdown. Brett Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, tried to portray himself as an ally of women in his remarks Monday night,... More »

Meet President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, gets the nod to replace Anthony Kennedy

(Newser) - It's Brett Kavanaugh. President Trump made his monumental Supreme Court pick Monday night, selecting the 53-year-old to replace Anthony Kennedy, reports CNN . Prior to the announcement, Sam Baker of Axios looked over the four presumed finalists and wondered , "Do you think Trump will nominate the very conservative appellate... More »

Trump Close to Picking 'Exceptional' Supreme Nominee

He plans to make up his mind by noon Monday

(Newser) - After a weekend spent golfing at his private club in New Jersey, President Trump told reporters that he was "very close" to a decision likely to determine the direction of the Supreme Court for decades to come. Trump said he plans to make up his mind on a Supreme... More »

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