Pressley’s upset another win for fresh Democratic voices


Ayanna Pressley is all but assured of becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, the latest example of the Democratic Party’s embrace of diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.

The 44-year-old’s upset victory against longtime Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano in Tuesday’s primary sets the stage for Pressley to represent an area once served by Tip O’Neill and John F. Kennedy. Her win comes at the tail end of a primary season in which black politicians have made a series of advances.

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Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings will reveal Anthony Kennedy redux


In Justice Kennedy, Kavanaugh found an unfailingly polite lawyer’s lawyer with disarming warmth who just happened to be a pivotal voice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

For his part, Kennedy found just what he was hoping for in a young law clerk: a whip-smart go-getter who shared his boss’ love for baseball, U.S. history and the law.

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Brett Kavanaugh hearings are the start of something big | CNN

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh brought many cheers from conservatives.

Kavanaugh is one of the legal minds who comes from the movement that centers around the Federalist Society, which conservatives built in the 1980s in an effort to transform the courts. Faced with what they perceived to be the liberal dominance of law schools and justices, conservatives nurtured thick networks of intellectuals, justices, and lawyers who mentored talented conservative minds so that there would be deep bench from which presidents could make their appointments.

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Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame | TheHill


When Senate Democrats decided in 2017 to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took Sen. Reid’s nuclear tactic one step further, jettisoning the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

Consequently, Justice Gorsuch’s nomination went relatively smoothly and he was approved by a simple majority, 54-45.

Source: Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame | TheHill

Chaos reigns on day one of Kavanaugh hearings | TheHill


A steady stream of protesters contributed to the circus-like atmosphere. By the end of the day, 70 people had been arrested by Capitol Police and 61 people had been taken out of the hearing room. They included actress Piper Perabo of television’s “Covert Affairs.”

Outside the committee’s room, the scene was similarly chaotic, with lines winding down the hallways of the Hart Senate Office building and protesters filling the hallways during a brief recess.

More than a dozen demonstrators dressed as characters from Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a reminder that Kavanaugh’s confirmation could tilt the balance of the court against women’s rights.

Source: Chaos reigns on day one of Kavanaugh hearings | TheHill

Imprisoned in Myhanmar | Reuters.com


Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were detained in Myanmar on Dec. 12, 2017. At the time of their arrests, they had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

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Commentary: From newsroom to cockpit: my new challenge as a female pilot | Reuters


Multi-tasking is just one skill I must demonstrate. As a journalist, I have already been drilled in speed, accuracy and antisocial hours, but I feel a higher calling. I’ve written about European airlines for five years, and now I want to work in the cockpit.

To see if I could make it, I’ve had a go at taking off a real jet, brushed up on my math and physics, and calculated my chances of paying back the frighteningly expensive training fees.

I remain undeterred.

First, there’s the thrill of flying. Aviation fascinates me.

Source: Commentary: From newsroom to cockpit: my new challenge as a female pilot | Reuters

Facebook, Twitter face U.S. Congress over foreign bids to tilt politics | Reuters


Executives from the companies, which have repeatedly denied any political bias, have traveled to Washington several times to testify in Congress, including 10 hours of questioning of Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg over two days in April.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into Russian efforts to influence U.S. public opinion throughout President Donald Trump’s presidency, after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that entities backed by the Kremlin had sought to boost his chances of winning the White House in 2016.

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Trump’s Supreme Court nominee in hot seat as Democrats seek answers | Reuters


They plan to press Kavanaugh on abortion, gun rights and his ability to be independent of Trump, among other issues.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would move the court, already majority conservative, further to the right. Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight. But with Republicans narrowly in control of the Senate, and no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

Source: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee in hot seat as Democrats seek answers | Reuters

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What’s at Stake If Brett Kavanaugh Ascends to the Supreme Court | Pacific Standard


The Senate hearing to approve a new judge to the Supreme Court got off to a chaotic start on Tuesday morning. Protesters—sitting in seats reserved for the public—kept interrupting proceedings, while Democratic members of Congress called for a halt to the hearing, saying they needed more time to consider the nominee, District Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (The lawmakers’ effort failed.)

One central issue for both public protesters and Democrats is how Kavanaugh will rule on Americans’ right to obtain an abortion.

Source: What’s at Stake If Brett Kavanaugh Ascends to the Supreme Court – Pacific Standard