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Here’s how Democrats can destroy Brett Kavanaugh even if he makes it onto the Supreme Court

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Very few commentators are willing to predict the outcome of this week’s Supreme Court nomination hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.

The woman who came forward with a storm of a violent sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh will testify this week, and the judge will also have his say.

But, regardless of the vote, the Kavanaugh saga is just beginning, writes a Bloomberg columnist.

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After explaining why today’s landscape is so different than when Justice Clarence Thomas survived accusations of sexual harassment and went on to join the court as a silent and reliably conservative vote.

“The Clarence Thomas battle ended when Thomas took his seat on the court. The Kavanaugh war could escalate if he reaches the same height,” writes Bloomberg’s Francis Wilkinson.

Part of the reason is Trump himself—and the way he’s changed the dialogue. No longer is it verboten to attack the judiciary or even American intelligence.

“Trump’s multifaceted attacks on rule of law and his sprawling corruption, ignored, excused or fully embraced by the Republican Congress, have clarified the stakes for Democrats,” Bloomberg says. “It’s no longer just about who gets to run things until the other guys take over… It will be in Democrats’ political interest to delegitimize a partisan Republican court waging war against a Congress and state governments under Democratic control.”

If Democrats have control of one house of Congress, Kavanaugh’s possible lifetime appointment and deep unpopularity—he’s less popular than Trump—will make him “appear to them as a wounded, vulnerable prey.”

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What can Democrats do? Plenty, Bloomberg says. Though there is no real precedent, Supreme Court justices can be impeached from office. And they can be investigated by Congress for that purpose.

“Democrats can revisit evidence of his misleading testimony,” Wilkinson writes for Bloomberg. “They can pursue documentary corroboration, among the vast trove to which Republicans denied the Democrats and the public access, to buttress potential claims of perjury. And if Ford is bullied out of her moment now, they can give the alleged victim a belated but still-powerful platform, designed to her specifications.”

Read the full piece here.

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Trump rages at Twitter — but the social media outlet fears public opinion more than it fears the president

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In a landmark action, Twitter has for the first time attached independent fact-checking information directly to two tweets from President Donald Trump. The president’s tweets make false claims alleging that wider use of mail in ballots will result in an increase in voter fraud.

This is far from the first time Trump has posted falsehoods on Twitter. But it is the first time the social media company has taken action against his account.

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‘I’m entitled’: Kayleigh McEnany defends her 11 mail-in votes while calling it ‘fraud’ for the masses

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday faced questions from Fox News about why she had voted by mail 11 times even though President Donald Trump has called absentee ballots a "scam."

McEnany was asked about her voting history after the Tampa Bay Times reported that she had used mail-in voting nearly a dozen times in recent years.

"So why is it OK for you to do it?" Fox News host Ed Henry asked McEnany. "I understand you are traveling, you're in a different city. But how can you really be assured that your votes were counted accurately but when other people do it, it's fraud."

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‘They want their civil war’: Far-right ‘boogaloo’ militants have embedded themselves in the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis

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Young, white men dressed in Hawaiian-style print shirts and body armor, and carrying high-powered rifles have been a notable feature at state capitols, lending an edgy and even sometimes insurrectionary tone to gatherings of conservatives angered by restrictions on businesses and church gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Just as many states are reopening their economies — and taking the wind out of the conservative protests — the boogaloo movement found a new galvanizing cause: the protests in Minneapolis against the police killing of George Floyd.

A new iteration of the militia movement, boogaloo was born out of internet forums for gun enthusiasts that repurposed the 1984 movie Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo as a code for a second civil war, and then modified it into phrases like “big luau” to create an insular community for those in on the joke, with Hawaiian-style shirts functioning as an in-real-life identifier. Boogaloo gained currency as an internet meme over the summer of 2019, when it was adopted by white supremacists in the accelerationist tendency. In January, the movement made the leap from the internet to the streets when a group boogaloo-ers showed up at the Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Va.

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