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News & Views | Wednesday, September 19, 2018


'Beyond Shameful': Attempting to Put Victim on Trial, Collins Wants to Let Kavanaugh's Lawyer Question His Accuser
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
According to her own compelling and credible account, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is the victim of an attempted rape at the hands of Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh—but critics say Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) wants to put Ford on trial as if she was the one being accused of a serious crime.


As Kavanaugh Caught Bragging 'What Happens at Georgetown Prep Stays at Georgetown Prep,' Sen. Hirono Calls on Men to 'Shut Up and Step Up'
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the White House made clear on Tuesday that they are committed to rushing through Trump Supreme pick Brett Kavanaugh and have no intention of honoring Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's request for a complete FBI investigation into her sexual assault allegations, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) delivered a scathing condemnation of the GOP's attempt to "railroad" Ford.
With Supreme Court Decision on Dark Money "We're About to Know a Lot More About Who Is Funding Our Elections"
by Jon Queally, staff writer
"This is a great day for transparency and democracy," said Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). "Three courts, including the Supreme Court, have now rejected Crossroads' arguments for a stay, meaning we're about to know a lot more about who is funding our elections."
Duda, Trump Imperial Flattery and Presidential Narcissism: Poland's Offer to Help Build 'Fort Trump' Has It All
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
While the U.S. empire has long maintained a constellation of military bases and outposts across the planet as part of its strategy for global hegemony, the president of Poland on Tuesday exposed a new way foreign governments may try to exploit President Donald Trump's narcissistic impulses for their own geopolitical gain.
With Soaring Profits Going Straight to the Top, Disregarded Steel Workers Unanimously Approve Strike
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Union leaders said this week that tens of thousands of steelworkers are increasingly likely to go on strike as their companies rake in profits—refusing to allow recent windfalls to benefit their employees while handing out bonuses to executives.
Enabling Big Oil to 'Pollute With Impunity' on Public Lands, Trump Guts Methane Restrictions
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Continuing its relentless "assault on clean air, public lands, our health, and our climate," the Trump administration on Tuesday gutted a major Obama-era rule that required oil and gas companies to reduce methane emissions and take certain measures to prevent leaks on public lands.
McDonald's #MeToo Movement Takes on McDonald's as Workers Strike Against Sexual Harassment 'Epidemic'
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
In the first-ever nationwide strike of its kind for the fast food industry, hundreds of McDonald's workers channeled the power of the #MeToo movement on Tuesday by walking out to protest the company's failure to address the "sexual assault epidemic" at its restaurants.


Professor Hill endured hours of testimony by US senators who doubted her and a nation that discounted her. She was vilified by men and women, Republicans and Democrats. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Christine Blasey Ford Is Risking it All to Speak Out
by Eleanor McManus
It comes at the cost of being victimized all over again—but this time with a nation watching her every word and move, and then peeling it apart over and over again
Pregnant women must sacrifice their careers, comfort, health, and sometimes even lives to have a baby. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)  Men’s Bodies and the Politics of Abortion
by John Buell
Men do not become pregnant, and in our society they are not asked to sacrifice their bodies
In Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore takes aim at the Trump presidency—and others. (Photo: Screenshot) Michael Moore Turns Up the Heat in Fahrenheit 11/9
by Ed Rampell
The cinematic son of America’s industrial proletariat launches a blistering broadside
Why aren’t the hundreds of full-time reporters covering Congress demanding to know why members, or their staff, routinely do not reply to substantive letters, calls, or e-mails, without constant hammering by citizens? (Cover detail: Seven Stories Press) Questions, Questions Where are the Answers?
by Ralph Nader
Have you had a serious personal or critical inquiry put to your U.S. Senator or Representative that has gone unanswered?
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his confirmation hearing on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Zach Gibson / Getty Images file) The Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Are Not Simply a 'He Said, She Said' Situation
by Mimi Rocah, Barbara McQuade, Jill Wine-Banks, Joyce White Vance and Maya Wiley
Prosecutors look for corroborating evidence — and there are strong indications already that Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth about her attack
Brett Kavanaugh claimed he did not know that documents given to him regarding judicial candidates had been stolen, but attorney Lisa Graves said that claim is implausible. Graves, who now lives in Dane County, was a Democratic staffer and wrote some of the notes regarding judicial candidates that were stolen by Republicans from 2001 to 2003. She wrote that Kavanaugh lied under oath — an impeachable offense. (Photo: Associated Press) Brett Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying to Senate
by John Nichols
Lying to the Senate should be a concern for conservatives as well as liberals, for Republicans as well as Democrats

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