Kavanaugh hearing: Christine Blasey Ford shows how far women have to go to be believed  | Vox


As women have learned again and again, an allegation alone is almost certainly never enough to prompt any kind of action — including an impartial review. When women bring these claims, it’s not an effort to dismantle due process and argue for an automatic conviction, as some have argued; it’s an effort to simply have their stories heard.

To even reach that point, however, they not only have to endure the attacks that come with speaking out, they also have to have a bulletproof case built from the get-go.

It’s something Ford clearly knew all too well.

Source: Kavanaugh hearing: Christine Blasey Ford shows how far women have to go to be believed  – Vox

Bill Gates-led energy fund is investing in Commonwealth Fusion Systems | Quartz


Wielding the power of an artificial star on Earth to generate electricity has great advantages over our current sources of energy: it produces no carbon, sulfur, or nitrogen emissions;

we have enough of the fuel used in the process—istopes of hydrogen—in the world’s oceans to run fusion power plants for billions of years;

it is energy dense, so it takes up just a fraction of the space of, say, a solar farm producing the same amount of energy;

it can be turned on whenever energy is needed (unlike wind and solar power, which are intermittent); and

there is no possibility of a meltdown like the one that occurred in Fukushima in Japan in 2011.

It mostly sounds too good to be true, and so far it has remained so.

Source: Bill Gates-led energy fund is investing in Commonwealth Fusion Systems — Quartz

Kavanaugh: Video of Republican Ben Sasse on politics goes viral | Quartz


Sasse said that the hearings were doomed to be a “politicized, overblown circus” because Congress has effectively handed over its power to the White House, making the Supreme Court a “substitute battleground for America.”

“The legislature is impotent. The legislature is weak. And most people here want their jobs more than they really want to do legislative work. And so they punt most of the work to the next branch,” Sasse said.

“Our constitution places the policy-making power in the 535 of our hands because the voters can hire and fire us. And, if the voters are going to retain their power, they need a legislature that’s responsive to politics, not a judiciary that’s responsive to politics.”

Source: Kavanaugh: Video of Republican Ben Sasse on politics goes viral — Quartz

Christine Blasey Ford’s vulnerability shows strength | Quartz


As my colleague Annalisa Merelli writes on Twitter, womanhood is fundamentally defined by fear …

And yet, despite the tremendous trauma she’s endured, Ford did not visibly shed a tear throughout an excruciating hours-long hearing. Her sanity, mental health, memory, and credibility were relentlessly questioned. She addressed every question. She’s repeatedly described vivid details about the scene of the assault she says Kavanaugh made on her.

Source: Christine Blasey Ford’s vulnerability shows strength — Quartz

Positive Views on Trade, but Countries Are Not Convinced | US News


A new study from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center reveals that more than 80 percent of respondents in advanced and emerging economies such as Kenya, the Philippines or Indonesia believe trade is good.

At the same time, people surveyed in 27 countries are not as enchanted about the potential benefits of more commercial cooperation.

In advanced economies, only 47 percent of respondents agree that trade leads to more job creation, while 56 percent in emerging economies shared the same view.

Source: Positive Views on Trade, but Countries Are Not Convinced | Best Countries | US News

Health Equity Not Just About Race – It’s Also About Place | US News


Healthiest Communities findings released this week show that when it comes to health and the drivers of health, we are far from equal.

The analysis measured race and ethnicity in relation to overall community health and well-being and to specific social determinants of health such as area economy, education and natural environment, and indicates that living in a community that’s more heavily black or Hispanic means an unhealthy life is more likely than for those living in a community that’s mostly white.

Source: Health Equity Not Just About Race – It’s Also About Place | Healthiest Communities | US News

Tax cuts: The gift that keeps not giving


With additional tax cuts, Republicans are throwing good money after bad.

An analysis of last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) indicated that it would do little to help Republicans in the midterms.

As the campaign season has unfolded, more and more evidence has helped to confirm this prediction. An internal GOP poll commissioned by the Republican National Committee and obtained by Bloomberg News this week found a significant number of voters believed President Trump’s tax overhauls benefitted “large corporations and rich Americans” over “middle class families.”

Source: Tax cuts: The gift that keeps not giving

The rise of the microconsultants | FCW


Until last December, there had been no governmentwide statutory changes in the original 1995 micropurchase threshold, though the threshold had risen in two stages to $3,000 and then $3,500, based on a regulatory ruling that tied most thresholds for various procurement policy requirements to inflation.

Source: The rise of the microconsultants — FCW

Moderate Republicans remain undecided on Kavanaugh after hearing | TheHill


Joseph (Joe) Manchin (D-W.Va.), a swing Democrat vote, huddled with three of the undecided Republican votes, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.), in a Capitol hideaway office before the entire GOP conference met to discuss how to proceed on the controversial nominee.

Source: Moderate Republicans remain undecided on Kavanaugh after hearing | TheHill

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Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Executive Meeting Brett Kavanaugh Nomination


Senate Judiciary Committee holds an executive meeting to possibly vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Source: Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Executive Meeting Brett Kavanaugh Nomination