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Holy Jesus H. Christ on an amicus brief -Charlie Pierce On Kavanaugh's new brief on voting rights


Holy shit—Brett Kavanaugh just endorsed Rehnquist's concurrence in Bush v. Gore, which was too extreme for Kennedy or O'Connor.

This is a red alert. I can't believe he put it in a footnote. This is terrifying. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/7276432/10-26-20-DNC-v-Wisconsin-SCOTUS-Order.pdf

Replying to
The headline news here is that, by a 5–3 vote, SCOTUS made it harder for Wisconsin residents to cast a ballot and make sure it's counted.

But arguably the bigger news is that Brett Kavanaugh endorsed a theory so radical that the court refused to adopt it in Bush v. Gore. My God.

This is VERY BAD NEWS for voting rights. Appallingly bad. Brett Kavanaugh used a footnote to throw his support behind an extreme theory that would severely limit state courts' ability to protect voting rights. It's the revenge of Bush. v. Gore. Actually, it's much worse.

How radical is Kavanaugh's theory? John Roberts felt compelled to reject it in a separate opinion, correctly noting that federal courts should keep their noses out of a state court's interpretation of its own state's election laws.

Roberts is now the moderate on voting rights.

Gorsuch also endorsed Rehnquist's position in Bush v. Gore. And Kavanaugh joined his opinion. Both want to prevent governors, state courts, and state agencies from expanding voting rights—and have federal courts decide what how the legislature *really* wanted elections to be run.

We should be extremely worried that Kavanaugh would use this Trumpian rhetoric to describe counting ballots that arrive after Election Day. 18 states and DC count these ballots. Does Kavanaugh think that creates "chaos and suspicions of impropriety"?

Check out this tweet from Christopher Hale who's running for the House(TN)



Great campaign slogan! Oh my god.

One of the most evocative political photographs taken a week before election 1960


The photo is jarring.

An angry Lyndon Johnson, on the steps about to board an airplane, is pointing his finger and angrily shouting. Presidential candidate John Kennedy is a step or two above him, a serious look on his face, and reaching down to Johnson in an effort to cool him down.

American historian Michael Beschloss, who specializes in the U.S. presidency, tweeted that photo on Sunday. He called the photo “one of the most evocative photographs ever made of American political history.” And it was taken this week in 1960, and right here in River City, right here in Amarillo by Globe-News photographer Richard Pipes. Today, it’s archived in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Just as Kennedy was about to speak on the makeshift platform to a crowd about to hang on his every word, an aircraft taxied not far away. It then revved its engines. That annoyed the crowd, which was waiting for the plane or jet — it’s not clear what it was — to take off so they could hear Kennedy. But the aircraft never moved. Its engines just roared and roared.

. It was political dirty tricks. The photo showed Johnson wanted to fight somebody. He was embarrassed by Amarillo in his home state. He likely filed that one away.


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This seems to be the media's take on Trump last night.


This reporter is rightfully getting slammed in the comments. Trump may have been a little less shouty but he sure as hell wasn’t more disciplined.

This is why I think if a smart, competent authoritarian is ever elected, we are sooo fucking screwed.

One of Trump's guests is expected to be Tony Bubolinski


I hate this fucking asshole.



This seems like a problem ( voter intimidation in Florida)


This is why Ratcliffe held that press conference

and didn’t take any questions.



The FBI to make an announcement tonight on a major election security issue

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