Kavanaugh, wrongly, thinks the challenge to his nomination is revenge for tactics he pioneered long ago. And having faced those tactics and discovered how painful they are, he has doubled down.
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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
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Reviewing the scope of the HPSCI Russian investigation interviews shows how assiduously the committee avoided learning about some of the ways most helpful to Republicans that Russia targeted Democrats.
Given the mutual ties each had to “Squi” the summer in question, the fact that Christine Blasey Ford was (presumably) not asked to sign a letter attesting that Brett Kavanaugh treated women well during the summer of 1982 is evidence it cannot be said to represent the sample you’d need to ask to learn how Kavanaugh treated women at the time.
This may sound counterintuitive. But the Republican-led whitewash hearing into allegations that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Blasey Ford actually ended up supporting her case, not Kavanaugh’s. Ford withstood Rachel Mitchell’s interrogation As bmaz noted, the Republicans hired a skirt: Maricopa sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. Mitchell conducted all of the questioning — save one impetuous outburst […]
According to a new Mike Lewis book, the moment that Mike Flynn got hired is the moment that Chris Christie got fired.
The government continues to have to explain why David Petraeus got probation when others get 5 year sentences for the same actions.
The guy who helped impeach Bill Clinton for a blowjob just used an, “It depends on what the meaning of the phrase ‘sexual assault’ is” defense to serial accusations he committed sexual assault.
I’m not sure we really know what will happen if and when Trump fires Rosenstein on Thursday.
Brett Kavanaugh just provided evidence that he’s an assiduous record keeper.
Which leaves just one credible explanation for why he refuses to check to see whether he received sexually explicit emails from Alex Kozinski.
KT McFarland just made it clear to Donald Trump — who may be working on his take home exam from Robert Mueller as we speak — that both she and Mike Flynn have made it clear that he ordered them to tell Russian they’d get sanctions relief.