The Supreme Court opted against reviewing three cases relating to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. In a 6-3 vote, the high court declined to take up the issue of whether states can strip the abortion provider of Medicaid funds if it’s found the group is harvesting and selling “fetal materials.” The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Planned Parenthood in 2015 in the cases; the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case upholds that decision. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas accused the court majority of playing into political concerns.
ALSO—Disappointing liberals who insisted Brett Kavanaugh was the next Hitler, the newest Supreme Court justice sided with Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s liberal bloc in declining to hear the case, effectively siding with Planned Parenthood.
—QUOTABLE: “So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?…I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood’…Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty…If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background.” -Thomas opinion
Justice Brett Kavanaugh—“Coach K”—has returned to coaching his daughter’s basketball team. The justice returned to DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland over Thanksgiving weekend to do what he said in Senate hearings he loves so much—coach. During his hearings, Kavanaugh said the unfounded accusations hurled against him could cost him the chance to coach. Turns out, he was wrong. Kavanaugh shortly after his confirmation to the Supreme Court also returned to one of his other favorite volunteer activities, servings meals at Catholic Charities.
—QUOTABLE: “I love coaching more than anything I’ve ever done in my whole life…But thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to coach again.” -Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing
Every Democrat senator in a red state who voted against Brett Kavanaugh lost on Tuesday. Heidi Heitkamp, Claire McCaskill, and Joe Donnelly all lost their bids for re-election. On the flip side, the only red state Democrat to vote for President Trump’s Supreme Court pick—Joe Manchin of West Virginia—was rewarded by voters by returning to his seat. Even Trump’s campaigning against Manchin couldn’t deny him his seat.
So-called comedian Chelsea Handler is getting naked to encourage people to vote. “You have to vote like your life depends on it! Vote!” Handler said while naked in a video post on Instagram. Handler has been vocal about what she sees as the takeover by white males, especially in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight.
—QUOTABLE: “Republican Party = white male party. They don’t care about women and they don’t care about the future. They care about the past where all white men are in power. Rape is fine. Keep minorities and women down. All white men, oh, and Ben Carson.” -Handler in September
A lesser-known woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has admitted she fabricated her claims in order to “get attention.” Judy Munro-Leighton had accused now-Justice Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in a “Jane Doe” letter purporting to be from someone in Oceanside, California. But in a conversation with her on Nov. 1, investigators with the Senate Judiciary Committee verified the allegations were false. The woman is actually a liberal activist who is decades older than Kavanaugh and actually lives in Kentucky. Giving false information to a Senate committee is a crime. Thusly, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley referred Munro-Leighton to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. He has already done so with another discredited accuser, Julie Swetnick.
—QUOTABLE: Asked why she sent the letter: “I was angry, and I sent it out.” -Munro-Leighton
—Asked if she’d ever met Kavanaugh: “Oh Lord, no.” -Munro-Leighton
—”It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations.” -Grassley
Two big time lefty senators are in trouble for their fundraising in the midst of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation circus. California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren essentially tried selling their votes on the confirmation by sending fundraising solicitations to support their “no” vote—prior to actually voting against the confirmation. That amounts to vote selling, according to a complaint filed by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. Senate rules prohibit Senators from cashing in on their positions, and FACT, the group suing, says linking a promise of official action with campaign cash is a clear violation.
—QUOTABLE: “This is a clear violation of the Senate Ethics rules which safeguard against the appearance or actuality of elected officials ‘cashing in’ on their official position for political purposes.” -Kendra Arnold, FACT executive director
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is criticizing Congress for politicizing the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees. Speaking at the U.S. Court of Appeals’ D.C. Circuit, Ginsburg urged lawmakers to return to the bipartisan confirmations of days gone by, to “reach across the aisle.” The justice was confirmed unanimously in 1993—a sharp difference from the divisive 50-48 confirmation circus of Brett Kavanaugh, which she did not directly reference.
—“What a difference in time that was from what we are witnessing today,” she said in reference to her own glide-path confirmation, elsewhere adding that the “obvious culprit is Congress.” -Ginsburg
The Democrats are finally getting an FBI investigation in the wake of the Kavanaugh circus. Well, maybe not the one they wanted. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Thursday referred sleazy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti and a client to the FBI for investigation. The client is Julie Swetnick, who accused now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of drugging girls at house parties in the ‘80s and running a gang rape ring while a 15 year old high schooler. Grassley alleges that the two engaged in a possible conspiracy to give false statements and info to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
—“The obvious, subsequent contradictions along with the suspicious timing of the allegations necessitate a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.” -Grassley
Kavanaugh update—Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has recused himself in three cases so far. The court in this term has granted 40 cases a review so far, three of which Kavanaugh believes he has conflicts of interest in, because the cases went through the D.C. appeals court where he served as a judge prior to ascending to the high court. Kavanaugh’s recusals should calm his left-wing opponents, who portrayed him as an immoral snake during his confirmation hearings.
—QUOTABLE: “Certainly, Justice Kavanaugh’s intemperate remarks during the confirmation process will be the basis of voluminous, and potentially unprecedented, recusal issues. Thus far, however, his recusals appear routine.” -James Sample, Hofstra University professor.
More bad news for Senate Democrats. The Republican challenger in Missouri, attorney general Josh Hawley, is now pulling ahead of incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill. Hawley is now polling outside the margin of error, according to internal polling from the GOP candidate’s campaign, leading by 7 points. Hawley’s pollsters attribute the bump to more fallout from the confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh—in particulary, McCaskill’s party’s antics and her ultimate “no” vote. The race promises to be one of the closest in the country.
More naughty professors. One University of Southern Maine prof who was barred from campus for offering students extra credit for protesting Brett Kavanaugh penned an op-ed Tuesday slamming the university for giving in “to the moment’s rabid misogyny.” The rogue professor, Susan Feiner, was teaching a course that the university hadn’t even authorized called “Engaged Citizenship” in which she offered class credit to students who hopped a bus to Washington to protest Sen. Susan Collins. Despite that, Feiner in her column insisted the system is rigged against her and all women.
—“Without ever talking to me — and with the Maine Republican Party on his case — USM President Glenn Cummings capitulated to the moment’s rabid misogyny.” -Feiner column
—“We are embarrassed by and apologize for the rogue behavior of a former colleague.In response to her inappropriate actions Dr. Susan Feiner has been notified that she is now barred from teaching at the University of Southern Maine, a prohibition that will be upheld by the other campuses of the University of Maine System as well.” -USM President Glenn Cummings
Early voting is underway nationwide, and so far it’s favoring Republicans. NBC News reported that in key states Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee and Texas, at least 10 percent more Republicans have already cast their ballots than Democrats. That’s a stark contrast with what Dems hoping to take back Congress and statehouses by riding a “Blue Wave” were hoping for, but polls have clearly shown an energized Republican electorate in the wake of the backfired “search and destroy” campaign against Brett Kavanaugh.
—“The most recent polling suggests it’s going to be a tale of two elections, with center-left voters powering Democratic gains in the House and center-right voters expanding Republicans’ Senate majority.” -GOP strategist on Fox News
A red state Democrat senator is in absolute freefall. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat from North Dakota, has been declining in the polls ever since her “no” vote on Brett Kavanaugh. Republican challenger Kevin Cramer is now leading Heitkamp 56 percent to 40 percent. She’s also viewed unfavorably by 52 percent, which is up 11 since September. The poll implosion comes in the wake of a Heitkamp ad that featured survivors of sexual assault who did not give consent to have their names used, as well as a botched apology.
The Washington Post has disgraced itself again. The liberal rag reported that the Georgetown Preparatory School—where Justice Brett Kavanaugh went to high school—was hiring a new employee to deal with PR fallout after the confirmation circus. But the school is directly contradicting the report. In fact, the job was posted in July, well before the meltdown, a fact that Post reporter Emily Heil was informed of prior to publication. The school demanded a correction, which was added, but the corrected story still carried the suggestion the job was posted in response to the confirmation imbroglio. Still, Heil insisted she just overlooked the, you know, minor matter of the date of the posting.
—QUOTABLE: “This was a completely unintentional error-I read right over the date in haste. Story was corrected and correction is noted. Have a great weekend, all! … I don’t mean to sound blasé about a correction. Believe me, I hate them\have kicked myself plenty over it.” -Heil tweets
Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn’t backing down on her quest to destroy Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In a debate with her challenger, the California Democrat proclaimed she’d be in favor of reopening an investigation into the allegations of sexual impropriety against Kavanaugh made during his confirmation circus. She was apparently trying to out-liberal opponent Kevin de Leon, a fellow Democrat who emerged from a primary on the notion that Feinstein isn’t progressive enough. Feinstein threw the Kavanaugh proceedings into chaos when she leaked a confidential letter from accuser Christine Blasey Ford in the Nth hour of the hearings.
A University of Mississippi professor is in hot water after calling for activists to harass Republican senators in public. The sociology professor, James Thomas, tweeted the day Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in that activist goons shouldn’t just interrupt senators during meals, but “put your whole damn fingers in their salads,” he tweeted, adding that Republicans “don’t deserve your civility.” The chancellor of Ole Miss condemned the tweet in a statement issued Sunday.
—QUOTABLE: “Put your whole damn fingers in their salads…Take their apps and distribute them to the other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out. They don’t deserve your civility.” -Prof. James Thomas
—QUOTABLE: “A recent social media post by a UM faculty member did not reflect the values articulated by the university, such as respect for the dignity of each individual and civility and fairness.” -Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter
Republican Senators have their groove back when it comes to judicial confirmations. With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court complete, the Senate Judiciary Committee is pivoting to filling the rest of the federal courts. They’re eyeing up more than 40 district and circuit court judges they plan to confirm before the end of the year. Of particular interest to Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley is filling the D.C. Court of Appeals spot left open by the departure of Kavanaugh—the court is regarded as second in influence only to the Supreme Court. And committee members, inspired by the successful Kavanaugh brawl, are willing to burn the midnight oil to get the job done.
—QUOTABLE: “McConnell ought to keep the Senate in session until we get all 41 of those judges done.” -Grassley
—QUOTABLE: “I think we will easily get through them by the end of the year. If not, we will be here Christmas Day.” -Sen. John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana
Sen. Claire McCaskill is facing, and benefiting from, a renewed onslaught of outside money. Polls haven’t favored the Missouri Dem after she voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanugh to the Supreme Court—McCaskill and GOP challenger Josh Hawley are now virtually tied. More than $41 million from outside groups has flooded the state in a barrage of TV and radio ads, the most of any Senate race in the country. The ads are mostly negative, portraying the other side as a corrupt self-serving Washington insider—in the case of McCaskill—and a political ladder climber beholden to corporate special interests in the case of Hawley.
Susan Rice’s son was assaulted at a rally in support of Brett Kavanaugh. That’s right—John David Rice-Cameron, the son of failed former president Barack Obama’s national security adviser, is a Republican and a student at Stanford University. He’s pressing charges after being pushed, shoved and hit by anti-Kavanaugh protesters during a rally earlier in the week supporting the Trump Supreme Court nominee. Other students went after the Stanford College Republicans’ “Change My Mind” table and ripped up College Republican and pro-Kavanaugh signs at a display table. Rice-Cameron is the president of the Stanford College Republican group.
—QUOTABLE: “She got in my face and proceeded to hit me in the chest area and push me back forcefully…Nobody should be assaulted on campus, under any circumstances.” -John David Rice-Cameron
The flogging will continue until Dems regain power, says Hillary Clinton. In an interview with Clinton News Network’s Christiane Amanpour, the twice-failed presidential candidate rejected the idea that the country should return to civility after the Kavanaugh confirmation circus. Civility can only return when Democrats take control of Congress, she argued. The Clintons on Monday announced a 13-stop comedy tour—speaking tour—called “an evening with the Clintons.” Tickets start at $250,000 or three tons of uranium ore.
—QUOTABLE: “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about…That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.” -HRC
Clinton indicated she’s still harboring a 25 year old vendetta against the GOP: “I remember what they did to me for 25 years — the falsehoods, the lies, which unfortunately people believe because the Republicans have put a lot of time, money, and effort in promoting them.”
Christine Blasey Ford’s assertion that she had a second front door installed on her house because she was haunted by an early 80s attempted rape is being questioned. Real Clear Investigations discovered that the door appears to actually have been an access to a spare room and office that the Fords rented out, not as an emergency exit. Ford testified before the Senate that installing the door triggered an argument with her husband and supposedly led to a couple’s therapy session where she first talked about the sexual assault she pinned on a young Brett Kavanaugh. The wheels have also come off her assertion that that same claustrophobia made her terrified of planes, but it was discovered that she was actually a frequent flyer.
—QUOTABLE: “The door was not an escape route but an entrance route…It appears the real plan for the second front door was to rent out a separate room.” -Attorney familiar with the ongoing congressional investigation (RCI)
A Minnesota special ed teacher has resigned over a “Kill Kavanaugh” tweet. “So whose gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh,” reads the tweet, posted Saturday, Oct. 6 from a now-suspended account, obviously referring to the teacher’s anger over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Mark Zuzek, superintendent of the Independent School District 917, said the teacher voluntarily resigned after being placed on paid administrative leave.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh started his new job on Monday, and heard his first case on the nation’s highest court Tuesday. And he hit the ground running. Hearing arguments over what should be considered a “violent felony” under the Armed Career Criminal Act, Kavanaugh asked nearly as many questions as Chief Justice John Roberts. Speculation was that he might lay low at first, but Kavanaugh—who has 12 years of experience as a judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals—did the opposite. No protesters managed to crash the proceeding.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp claims she was a yes on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh at first. But she says his body language when he was giving impassioned testimony after being accused of attempted rape back in the 80s changed her mind. The North Dakota Democrat said she “saw rage” in Kavanaugh’s demeanor while he was speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling the confirmation “a circus” and “a national disgrace.” Heitkamp, who announced her opposition after a supplemental FBI report on Kavanaugh was given to senators, is down by about 12 points in her re-election battle.
—QUOTABLE: “We communicate not only with words, but we communicate with body language, we communicate with demeanor,” Heitkamp continued. “I saw somebody who was very angry, very nervous and I saw rage.” -Heitkamp
Dems are divided on whether to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Despite absolutely zero evidence to justify so much as a wag of the finger, some lefties are insisting that should they retake congress next month, Kavanaugh should be brought up on charges. Hair on fire leftist, some elected, think that would be a great way to win over a battle-weary American middle. But others, like Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, say not so fast—it’s the wrong message to send a month before an election. And Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed him, saying every Democrat running in a swing district should have to answer whether they’d support impeachment.
—QUOTABLE: “I think that’s premature…I think frankly we are just less than a month away from an election. Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate.” -Coons on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
—QUOTABLE: “I hope everyone running for the House in these purple districts will be asked the question, ‘Do you support impeaching Judge Kavanaugh based on five allegations, none of which could be corroborated?’”