Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The NRA is spending a million dollars on pro-Kavanaugh advertisements.

Trump again threatens to use state power to censor the press. With his “enemy of the people” rhetoric and efforts to punish the Amazon/Washington Post, this is the most serious assault on the 1st Amendment since Nixon.

Nunes has deceived the American people, distorted and lied about the facts and disgraced his office.

Levi Strauss teams up with gun control group: "We cannot stand by silently"

NEW: Capitol Police arrest 70 people on first day of Kavanaugh hearing

WATCH: Senate Republicans are taking “unprecedented” steps to jam through the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court – and Senate Democrats are fighting back.

Go figure, a long-time money launderer for organized crime is attacking the rule of law, and trying to weaponize it against his political foes. Who could’ve seen this coming?

Trump on Nike's new Kaepernick campaign: "I think it's a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent."

The Mystery of Brett Kavanaugh’s Baseball-Ticket Debt

Cory Booker: "I cannot support your nomination. Not just because of the body of your work, but also the perverse process by which this comes forward. We should not vote now. We should wait. And if we're not waiting, we should object to your nomination."

Trump decides that The Daily Caller is the outlet to which he will accuse Bob Woodward of having “credibility problems.”

Who is she? What’s up with the white power sign?

JUST IN: NFL says social justice issues raised by Kaepernick "deserve our attention and action"

NBC News: The FBI Director is now also a target of the President's ire.

@SenBlumenthal says Trump is “an unindicted co-conspirator who has nominated a potential justice who will cast the swing vote on issues relating to his CRIMINAL culpability...NO ONE can select a judge in his own case. That’s what [he] is doing.”

Ultra-right-wing forces have been working for decades to prepare for this moment because they know that a single vote from one justice is all it would take to radically change the direction of our country. That's #WhatsAtStake.

As I reflect on the honor of being John’s pallbearer, and on the events of this emotional weekend, I wonder: was this poignant celebration a “last hurrah” of values lost? Or is it a turning point, from which we rekindle and reclaim those values? That choice is now on us

Bob Woodward: Trump's aides stole his papers 'to protect the country'

Dick Durbin: "We waited for more than year with a vacancy on the Supreme Court under the direction of your leader in the U.S. Senate ... That we cannot take a few days or weeks to have a complete review of Judge Kavanaugh's record is unfair to the American people."

Richard Blumenthal: "No one can select a judge in his own case. That's what the president is potentially doing here: selecting a justice on the Supreme Court who potentially will cast a decisive vote in his own case."

Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, tries to shake hands with @realDonaldTrump's Supreme Court nom., Brett Kavanaugh, right, during a lunch break. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand.

JUST IN: Former GOP senator Jon Kyl to replace McCain in Senate: report

MUST WATCH: #Kavanaugh privately told me he had never taken a position whether a sitting President can be indicted under the Constitution.

This Bob Woodward book is bananas.

Bob Woodward's new book describes an administrative coup d’etat, a nervous breakdown of the executive, with aides conspiring to pluck official papers from Trump's desk so he couldn’t see or sign them because he's a lose cannon. THIS MAN IS UNFIT.

What you're seeing in the Woodward book is that the Cabinet essentially already activated the 25th Amendment They just didn't tell us.

Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse to Brett Kavanaugh: "If you are in that seat because the White House has big expectations that you will protect the president from the due process of law, that should give every senator pause"

BREAKING: Former GOP senator Jon Kyl to replace McCain in Senate: report

Most people wouldn’t buy a used car without checking the full vehicle history report. Yet Republicans are pressuring us to accept Brett Kavanaugh as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy without letting us check his full record. America could get taken for a ride.

Dick Durbin is making a GREAT argument to Kavanaugh-saying if he is the honest legal scholar he claims to be then he will insist hearings suspend until there is time to review all the documents: "For the sanctity of the Constitution, step up, ask this gathering to suspend."

This idiot must be from the same religious fundamentalist cult as Robertson, Falwell Jr, Graham, Dobson, Perkins, Bakker.

Big stmt from @SenatorDurbin: "What's happened in this room, just this morning--what we've heard is the noise of democracy. This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up & speak, and not be jailed & imprisoned, tortured or killed b/c of it. It is not mob rule."

The White House has never before withheld documents from the committee on executive privilege grounds with regard to a Supreme Court nominee. President Reagan attempted to do so with the nomination of Justice Rehnquist and the committee fought back on a bipartisan basis.

Did Grassley really just say the Senate can now "atone" for its treatment of Robert Bork? Well....Merrick Garland, Merrick Garland, Merrick Garland.

NEW: Bob Woodward sought an interview with President Trump as he was writing "Fear," a book about his presidency. Trump called Woodward in early August, after the manuscript had been completed, to say he wanted to participate. This is audio of that call

Durbin tells Kavanaugh that Trump "harasses and threatens his own attorney general on a daily basis." "You are his man. You are his personal choice. Are people nervous about this? Of course they are,” he adds

Richard Blumenthal: "If there is not vote on this motion … this process will be tainted and stained forever." Chuck Grassley: "No. The motion is out of order."

Trump must have serious dirt on Grasserly...watch...

BLUMENTHAL: "I've made a motion that is properly before this committee. The chairman said earlier he has never been through a confirmation process like this. The reason is that no administration in the past has engaged in this kind of concealment. That's the reason very simply."

Following Charlottesville, when Trump finally condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis at the urging of aides, he almost immediately said, "That was the biggest fucking mistake I've made" and the "worst speech I've ever given," according to Woodward.

The White House is tallying interruptions during Kavanaugh’s hearing

The Hand Maids have arrived. Posted on both sides of the Judiciary Committee hearing room entrance

Deputy Atty Gen Rod Rosenstein arrives for start of Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

Leahy eviscerates Grassley's claims that the process is the same as it was for Kagan. For Kagan, 99% of her White House records were public 12 days before the hearing. For Kavanaugh, the hearing has started and 4% of his White House documents are public.

Trump’s bedroom where tweets and watches cable news incessantly is referred to as “the devil’s workshop”

Woodward reports Trump called Sessions "mentally retarded" and a "dumb Southerner." And Woodward reports Trump mocked McCain for...accepting early release from the POW camp, forcing Mattis to tell him that that is the opposite of the real story. Anyway read the story.

Too many things here for a single tweet. Maybe the wildest Woodward story: Trump told Mattis to assassinate Bashar al-Assad after the 2017 chemical attack, allegedly saying, "Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them."

.@SenatorDurbin on the process by which a former deputy to Judge Kavanaugh – Bill Burck – is screening records: “By what authority is this man holding back hundreds of thousands of documents from the American people? Who is he? Who is paying him?”

Serena Williams, LeBron James show that Nike’s new campaign is bigger than Colin Kaepernick

John Dowd was convinced that Trump would commit perjury if he talked to Mueller. So in January, Dowd staged a practice session. Dowd peppered Trump with questions, "provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool."

According to Woodward, John Dowd did a practice Mueller interview with Trump. It went disastrously. Dowd told Trump: “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.” He resigned as Trump's lawyer the following day.

At a January meeting, Trump "disregarded the significance" of the U.S. military presence on the Korean Peninsula, Woodward writes. Mattis was alarmed, telling close associates Trump acted like — and had the understanding of — 'a fifth- or sixth-grader.

HAPPENING NOW: All ten Judiciary Committee Democrats are speaking on the extraordinary lengths Senate Republicans have gone to in order to keep Brett Kavanaugh’s records hidden from the Senate and American public.

BOB WOODWARD quotes John Kelly in his new book as saying of POTUS: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”

Opening Hours of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing See at Least 22 Arrests of Protesters

Former Vice President Joe Biden on what’s at stake in the midterms: “Everything. It’s simple. Everything. We’re in a fight for the soul of America”

Doctors in southwest Florida say they've seen an increase in patients complaining of breathing problems.

U.S. women see reason to reject Trump SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh

The Senate was just given an additional 42,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents the NIGHT BEFORE his confirmation hearing. This underscores just how absurd this process is. Not a single senator will be able to review these records before tomorrow.

Republican leaders in Congress and even Mike Pence are already quietly lobbying Trump to postpone a shutdown fight over his border wall with Mexico until after the election

Alex Jones, the founder of Infowars, and other large-scale purveyors of inflammatory speech have found refuge in private Facebook groups, where they can speak more openly with less fear of being punished

"Brett Kavanaugh’s views on privacy and the Fourth Amendment should make Republicans think twice"

It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining—And to Start Fighting Back

‘Two easy wins now in doubt’: Trump renews attack on Sessions

I still can’t get over this tweet. It’s the most outrageous and damning proof of Trump’s utter contempt for the rule of law to come directly out of his mouth. It’s also full of basic and provable lies. It will be Exhibit A in his undoing.