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NYT Opinion: The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh. Signed, 650+ Law Professors (and Counting).

The following letter will be presented to the United States Senate on Oct. 4. It will be updated as more signatures are received.

Judicial temperament is one of the most important qualities of a judge. As the Congressional Research Service explains, a judge requires “a personality that is even-handed, unbiased, impartial, courteous yet firm, and dedicated to a process, not a result.” The concern for judicial temperament dates back to our founding; in Federalist 78, titled “Judges as Guardians of the Constitution,” Alexander Hamilton expressed the need for “the integrity and moderation of the judiciary.”

We are law professors who teach, research and write about the judicial institutions of this country. Many of us appear in state and federal court, and our work means that we will continue to do so, including before the United States Supreme Court. We regret that we feel compelled to write to you, our Senators, to provide our views that at the Senate hearings on Sept. 27, Judge Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land.

The question at issue was of course painful for anyone. But Judge Kavanaugh exhibited a lack of commitment to judicious inquiry. Instead of being open to the necessary search for accuracy, Judge Kavanaugh was repeatedly aggressive with questioners. Even in his prepared remarks, Judge Kavanaugh described the hearing as partisan, referring to it as “a calculated and orchestrated political hit,” rather than acknowledging the need for the Senate, faced with new information, to try to understand what had transpired. Instead of trying to sort out with reason and care the allegations that were raised, Judge Kavanaugh responded in an intemperate, inflammatory and partial manner, as he interrupted and, at times, was discourteous to senators.

Posted by bearsfootball516 | Wed Oct 3, 2018, 08:34 PM (2 replies)

Social Media can help Democrats: Check out these Twitter numbers I quickly pulled.

Florida Gov Race:

Andrew Gillum followers: 351,000

Ron DeSantis followers: 37,000

Florida Senate race:

Bill Nelson followers: 360,000

Rick Scott followers: 240,000 (And this is combined for two accounts he has)

Indiana Senate race:

Joe Donnelly followers: 109,000

Mike Braun followers: 8,000

Missouri Senate race:

Claire McCaskill followers: 450,000

Josh Hawley: followers 21,000 (Again, this is combined for two accounts he has)

This is only a small sample of competitive races, but it continues access the board. Democrats are having significantly social media presences than their opponents, which can be huge for turnout.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 12:14 PM (2 replies)

I live in redder than red Elkhart County Indiana...and the support for Donnelly here is unreal.

Here's your optimistic post from me today.

My drive to work is about 20 minutes, and on the way every day, there are 5 houses with Joe Donnelly signs in their front yard. One house I pass has a Mike Braun sign. Five-to-one. I'm not driving through the city either, these are rural areas I'm passing through.

I'm also my precinct chair and spend time on Saturday's canvassing for the Donnelly campaign. It was my first year getting actively involved, and I've been amazed at the number of Democrats meet when canvassing who say they've never voted in midterms before, but are sure as hell going to vote for Donnelly this November.

Just thought I'd let everyone know. Happy Tuesday!
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 07:49 AM (5 replies)

Avenatti: Swetnick will take her story directly to the American people this weekend.


"Because @realDonaldTrump and the Senate Republicans refuse to allow my client Julie Swetnick to testify, we will be taking her story directly to the American people this weekend. This is about a search for the truth. Details to follow."
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Fri Sep 28, 2018, 09:03 AM (35 replies)

So, how does this end?

Just curious to see what DU thinks.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Thu Sep 27, 2018, 01:11 PM (7 replies)

After Trump's tweet about him, Avenatti responds with brutal takedown.


Then, a few minutes later.

Posted by bearsfootball516 | Wed Sep 26, 2018, 01:07 PM (121 replies)

Paul Manafort pleads guilty in Mueller probe

Source: MSNBC

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has agreed with federal prosecutors to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, court filings Friday show.

A superseding criminal information against Manafort, 69, was filed Friday in the District of Columbia, which alleges a conspiracy against the United States (money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Account Reports, violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and lying and misrepresenting to the Department of Justice) and a conspiracy to obstruct justice (witness tampering).

News that Manafort and special counsel Robert Mueller's office were nearing a deal was first reported by ABC News, and later confirmed by The New York Times, Reuters and Fox News.

Jury selection for the trial, in a Washington, D.C., federal court, had been scheduled to start Monday.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/paul-manafort-pleads-guilty-mueller-probe-n909576?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

Here comes the pardon...
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:30 AM (1 replies)

Trump on Twitter: "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico."




3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000...

.....This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Thu Sep 13, 2018, 08:53 AM (14 replies)

Trump knows something is about to break.

I know he's already insane on Twitter every morning, but this morning he's really losing it.



Posted by bearsfootball516 | Thu Aug 30, 2018, 07:27 AM (90 replies)

Ron Desantis this morning on the Florida general: "Let's not monkey this up."


...don't think I need to say anything more.
Posted by bearsfootball516 | Wed Aug 29, 2018, 10:07 AM (47 replies)
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