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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.

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“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.

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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If Trump were the raving mad King of Liechtenstein all of this would be comical

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

This week, a former White House official told Politico that “Trump’s been asking his government for some matter of months what can we do to make sure that China doesn’t get Greenland.”

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Donald Trump and the Jews: He’s exactly why most of us vote for Democrats

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If President Trump doesn't understand why a large majority of American Jews are Democrats, maybe he should take a look in the mirror.

In case you need a quick refresher, Trump sparked an enormous furor on Tuesday when he said, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." He added that "five years ago, the concept of even talking about this . . . of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the State of Israel?"

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Wall Street Journal drops a truth-bomb on Trump over his market-destroying trade war: ‘Everyone loses’

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In yet another blast from the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors looked back at Friday's stock market free fall and pointed the finger directly at President Donald Trump and his "trade-war general" Peter Navarro for being the main culprits.

After Friday's disastrous stock market session that took a major downturn due to the escalation of the trade war -- with China and Trump ordering billions of dollars in new tariffs -- the Journal pointed out that there will be no winners.

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