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Kavanaugh's Tell: "Revenge on Behalf of the Clintons," Plural

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emptywheel
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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The DNC-Centric Focus of the HPSCI Investigation

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emptywheel
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.
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Jeff Flake's "Investigation" Is A Predicable Trumpian Sham

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bmaz
This was about the easiest thing in the world to predict. Jeff Flake issues some hollow self indulgent bullshit to make himself look like the last great reasonable man, and it is all garbage being run as cover for a complicit Trump White House…
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The End Of The Airplane Trash Talk

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bmaz
Okay, after a week of hijacking by Rayne (just kidding if you don't get our humor here), we return you to your normal Trash Talk programming. This week is going to be a little different of format. We'll talk sports in a bit, but the lead today…

On Squi and the 65-Lady Letter

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emptywheel
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.

The Record Supports Christine Blasey Ford

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emptywheel
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…

Kavanaugh Hearing: The Aftermath

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Rayne
It was a disaster, no matter how Republicans spin it. As after a disaster, damage continues.
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Contra Kavanaugh, Redux

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Rayne
Here's an open thread to accompany today's political theater -- I mean, the next Kavanaugh hearing.

The Two Legitimacy Problems with the Nghia Pho Sentence

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emptywheel
The government continues to have to explain why David Petraeus got probation when others get 5 year sentences for the same actions.
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Can Senator Feinstein Block The Appointment of Rachel Mitchell?

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bmaz
As you know by now, Maricopa County (Arizona) sex crimes unit chief Rachel Mitchell has been deemed by Chuck Grassley and the Senate Judiciary Republicans as their front person to examine Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. From NBC News: The woman…
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Three Things: CRC—What? An Indictment, Plus Shut Downs Ahead

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Rayne
Here are three things which are in some way related and worth more of our attention, whatever is left after the 800-pound gorillas Kavanaugh and Rosenstein are done with it.

Democracy Against Capitalism: Democracy

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Ed Walker
Is Ancient Athenian Democracy a good model for us today?

Brett Kavanaugh: "It Depends on What the Meaning of the Phrase 'Sexual Assault' Is"

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emptywheel
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.
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Not All Influencers Are Celebrities on YouTube

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Rayne
There's something hinky going on with news feed in Twitter over the last two days. Is it faulty curation or deliberate promotion?

Brett Kavanaugh Just Provided Compelling Evidence He Received Sexually Explicit Emails from Alex Kozinski

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emptywheel
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.
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Trash Talk: Possession is 9/10ths of the Law

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Rayne
This weekend's Trash Talk has been hijacked -- I've taken adverse possession.
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On KT McFarland's Belated Unforgetting of the Truth

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emptywheel
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.
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Rob Goldstone Continues to Work the Press to Spin His Role in the June 9 Meeting

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emptywheel
There's a really funny line in Rosalind Helderman's profile of Rob Goldstone in conjunction with the release of his book. First, Helderman comically asserts that Goldstone -- who did an interview for a long piece in the British Times that…
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