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Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh, who helped pen Starr report, to Supreme Court

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On Monday night, President Donald Trump announced that he’s chosen United States Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the Supreme Court, NBC first reported.

An appointee of George W. Bush, Kavanaugh’s first notable role in public life was helping to draft the Starr report, which detailed the sexual relationship between former President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky and called for the President’s impeachment.

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In 2000, Kavanaugh helped the Bush campaign cinch the Presidency by working on behalf of Bush in the Florida recount.

Kavanaugh has caught a small amount of flack from conservatives for a dissent that helped uphold a key tenet of Obamacare (his minority opinion had nothing to do with the constitutionality of the program—rather he took issue with the court’s jurisdiction in the case). Anti-choice right-wingers have also noted that he appears less likely than other top contenders to drastically curtail abortion rights.

There are plenty of reasons for liberals to be concerned about Kavanaugh: he’s ruled in favor of sweeping NSA surveillance of call records and has argued that the President should be exempt from criminal prosecution or civil suits while in office.

His history also signals a regressive stance on issues like immigrant and workers’ rights.

“Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families, regularly rejects the right of employees to receive employer-provided health care in the workplace, too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace and promotes overturning well-established U.S. Supreme Court precedent,” said the AFL-CIO in a press release.

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In 2008, Kavanaugh issued a dissent in a case where the majority ordered a company to bargain with a union. Kavanaugh argued that the employees couldn’t vote because of their immigration status.

“I would hold that an illegal immigrant worker is not an “employee” under the NLRA for the simple reason that, ever since 1986, an illegal immigrant worker is not a lawful “employee” in the United States,” he wrote in his dissent.

 

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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