USA – We don’t have to wonder how Brett Kavanaugh will rule on abortion, or almost anything else

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We don’t have to wonder how Brett Kavanaugh will rule on abortion, or almost anything else
by Paul Waldman
July 12

Abortion and the fate of Roe v. Wade are always near the center of the debate on any Supreme Court nomination. The controversy over nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh’s views on Roe offers a window into a system conservatives established a few decades ago to produce the kind of justices who would be fervent advocates for their cause, while also being just restrained enough in their beliefs to be confirmed. As a piece of political strategy, it’s absolutely brilliant, and it could hardly be working any better.

Among other things, it allows Republicans to finesse issues such as abortion on which their goals are terribly unpopular; only a third of the public believes Roe should be overturned. So Republicans rather shamelessly make self-contradictory arguments.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/12/we-dont-have-to-wonder-how-brett-kavanaugh-will-rule-on-abortion-or-almost-anything-else/?utm_term=.f60b802de42b

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Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

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Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

By Katha Pollitt
July 10, 2018

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is bad news for reproductive rights.

That Judge Kavanaugh’s record on abortion and contraception is slim will be used by his supporters to paint his views as moderate, but let’s get real: The president promised to nominate only justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, and his potential nominees were vetted by a committed abortion opponent, Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society. There is no reason not to take Mr. Trump at his word.

What should the pro-choice movement be doing — right now and in the months and years to come?

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/opinion/abortion-roe-kavanaugh-supreme-court.html

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USA – Stop fooling yourself. Roe is gone.

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Stop fooling yourself. Roe is gone.

by Paul Waldman
July 9, 2018

For years, the right has treated the Supreme Court as the ultimate consideration when strategizing about presidential and even congressional politics, a prize worth doing anything to seize, whether it’s rallying around candidates whom it has misgivings about or finding repugnant and indefensible procedural maneuvers, such as refusing to consider an appointee simply because he was nominated by a president of the other party.

Democrats, on the other hand, have thought of control of the court as only one goal among many — important, sure, but not much more important than whether we can achieve health-care reform or a higher minimum wage, and certainly not worth setting aside concerns about procedural fairness.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/09/conservatives-are-finally-getting-the-supreme-court-they-dreamed-of/?utm_term=.05004fe49f44

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USA – The anti-abortion conservative quietly guiding Trump’s supreme court pick

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The anti-abortion conservative quietly guiding Trump's supreme court pick

Jon Swaine in New York
Fri 6 Jul 2018

Just 20 months ago, Leonard Leo’s life’s work appeared in jeopardy. Hillary Clinton would soon be elected president. A liberal judge would be chosen to replace Antonin Scalia, the late lodestar of American conservatism, on the supreme court.

“Staring at that vacancy, fear permeated every day in that countdown to November 8,” Leo recalled last year, in a speech to fellow religious conservatives. His three-decade fight to push the US judiciary to the right – and enable a crackdown on abortion – looked to be lost.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/jul/06/leonard-leo-supreme-court-replacement-trump-justice-nomination-abortion

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With Kennedy Retiring, Senate Democrats Need to Fight for Our Lives. Do They Have the Guts?

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With Kennedy Retiring, Senate Democrats Need to Fight for Our Lives. Do They Have the Guts?

Jun 28, 2018,
Jodi Jacobson

This is not a drill. This is not politics as usual. This is survival. The Democrats must treat it as such or, if we survive to write a history, be forever infamous for preemptive surrender.

At the end of a week in which the illegitimate U.S. Supreme Court pick of an illegitimate president now under criminal investigation provided the critical fifth vote on cases eviscerating labor rights, the rights of Muslims, and the rights of pregnant people to medically accurate information, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. As a result, Donald Trump (or more accurately Vice President Mike Pence and the Federalist Society) will make the most consequential Court pick for at least a generation. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has, not surprisingly, already vowed to confirm Trump’s nominee by the fall, without even knowing who that will be.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/06/28/kennedy-retiring-senate-democrats-need-fight-lives-guts/

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