Rick Garnett, Kyle Kashuv, Gordon Chang & John Solomon on The Larry O’Connor Show 07.06.18

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Trump Loses My Vote If He Nominates A Justice Weak On Religious Liberty (The Federalist)

The political buzz says President Trump’s top two finalists for a new Supreme Court nominee are Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. It also says White House staff, except Trump, lean towards Kavanaugh. Given Kavanaugh’s worrisome record on religious liberty, the underpinning of all our other rights and the system of natural rights itself, that’s a big problem. [Read More]


It has become something of a ritual among legal junkies and Supreme Court watchers: After nine months of experts’ telling all who ask about this-or-that hot-button, big-ticket case that “a decision is expected in late June,” late June finally arrives, and the Justices release a raft of highly anticipated—and often highly controversial—closely divided rulings.

This year, however, even the Court’s anxiously awaited rulings on the Trump administration’s “travel ban,” the free-speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers, the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, and the ability of public-sector unions to require financial support from non-members faded quickly from the conversation. That is because, on June 27, after more than thirty years at the center of many of the Supreme Court’s most famous (and infamous) decisions, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement. [Read More]

Pro-gun rights Parkland student Kyle Kashuv invites students to D.C. summit (Sun Sentinel)

Outspoken Marjory Stoneman Douglas High student Kyle Kashuv is promoting an expenses-paid trip to a conservative student summit in Washington, D.C., later this month.

The High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University is being hosted by Turning Point USA, a conservative student group founded by gun-rights advocate Charlie Kirk. It’s drawing speakers such as Donald Trump Jr., former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Students must apply to attend the summit, which is July 23 to 26. Most of the 70 paid places for Stoneman Douglas students have been awarded, but the goal is to get all interested teens from the school to attend, said Kashuv, also Turning Point USA’s director of high school outreach. [Read More]

The Case for Renaming Women’s Body Parts (BBC) 

Take a tour of the female pelvis, and you’ll encounter a few incongruous people along the way. How did James Douglas end up tucked behind the uterus? What is Gabriel Fallopian doing hanging around the ovaries? Why is Caspar Bartholin the Younger attached to the labia? And can we trust Ernst Grafenberg’s claim that he actually found the G-spot? Whether you know it or not, each of these dudes have ended up immortalised in the female pelvis – as the Pouch of Douglas, Bartholin’s glands, fallopian tubes, and that elusive Grafenberg spot. [Read More]

China hits back after U.S. imposes tariffs on $34B in Chinese imports (Fox News)

Washington increased tariffs at 12:01 a.m. ET on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports as Beijing said it would be “forced to make a necessary counterattack.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that the fight could last months—if not years. [Read More]

Trump mocks #MeToo movement in riff on Elizabeth Warren’s heritage during Montana rally (CNN)

President Donald Trump on Thursday mocked the #MeToo movement as he repeatedly attacked Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren over her heritage, said Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters had an I.Q. in the “mid-60s,” and made thinly-veiled swipes at fellow Republicans John McCain and George H.W. Bush, who are both in ailing health.

Trump held the rally in Montana Thursday primarily to inflict political vengeance on Democratic Sen. Jon Tester for his role in sinking the nominee for Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs earlier this year. [Read More]

Memos detail FBI’s ‘Hurry the F up pressure’ to probe Trump campaign (The Hill)

Multiple reviews of whether FBI agents’ political bias affected the Russia-Trump collusion case remain in their infancy, but investigators already have unearthed troubling internal communications long withheld from public view.

We already know from FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok’s now-infamous text messages with his fellow agent and reported lover, Lisa Page, that Strzok — the man driving that Russia collusion investigation — disdained Donald Trump and expressed willingness to use his law enforcement powers to “stop” the Republican from becoming president.

The question that lingers, unanswered: Did those sentiments affect official actions? [Read More]

Democrats Underperforming With Hispanic Voters (National Journal)

Democrats counting on President Trump’s hard-line immigration policies to spark energized Hispanic turnout and a wave against GOP candidates in this year’s midterms will be surprised to see what’s transpiring. Even during the heat of the family-separation crisis, Democrats are underperforming in heavily Hispanic constituencies, from GOP-held border battlegrounds in Texas to diversifying districts in Southern California to the nation’s most populous Senate battleground in Florida.

If immigration affects the battle for Congress, it will be because of the anti-Trump backlash among suburban women as much as any increased mobilization in the Hispanic communities. The early returns are a sobering reminder for Democrats that, even as the Republican Party is becoming a more nativist institution, GOP candidates are still holding their own in diverse battlegrounds by distinguishing themselves from Trump. [Read More]

Seventy may be the new 60, and 80 may be the new 70, but 85 is still pretty old to work in America. Yet in some ways, it is the era of the very old worker in America.

Overall, 255,000 Americans 85 years old or older were working over the past 12 months. That’s 4.4 percent of Americans that age, up from 2.6 percent in 2006, before the recession. It’s the highest number on record.

They’re doing all sorts of jobs — crossing guards, farmers and ranchers, even truckers, as my colleague Heather Long revealed in a front-page story last week. Indeed, there are between 1,000 and 3,000 U.S. truckers age 85 or older, based on 2016 Census Bureau figures. Their ranks have roughly doubled since the Great Recession. [Read More]

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