Call Senators; Postpone the Kavanaugh Vote!

Your Action

Call your Senators and tell them to insist a vote on the Kavanaugh nomination by the Senate Judiciary Committee be postponed until the sexual assault allegation can be fully evaluated.

Background

Everyone knew Brent Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. Wade, the pre-existing coverage provision of the ACA, affirmative action and the ability of a prosecutor to force a president to comply with a subpoena.

Most Republicans have appeared willing to ignore these issues and rush through an approval of Kavanaugh, without receiving most of his records, and despite apparent inconsistencies in his testimony with the documents the committee has received. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has scheduled a vote for Thursday.

However, a new and very troubling issue has arisen.  A woman has come forward with a highly credible claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the claim. However, the woman’s claim is bolstered by the records of a therapist with whom she discussed the lingering trauma years ago and by a polygraph she took last week.

Many Democrats and at least two Republican Senators, Senator Jeff Flake (R-CO), who is on the Judiciary Committee, and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) have called for the committee vote to be delayed so that the claims of the accuser can be evaluated.

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This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].

I urge [Sen.____] to insist any vote on the Kavanaugh nomination be postponed until the sexual assault allegation can be fully evaluated.

The accusation has credibility and, if true, should disqualify Kavanaugh from sitting on the Supreme Court.  Inconsistencies in Kavanaugh’s testimony already call his character into question, and it would be a travesty to confirm him to the Supreme Court without fully evaluating this credible claim of sexual assault.


Tell the Senate NO to Perjuring, Corrupt, anti-Rule of Law Judge Kavanaugh

Your Action

Call your Senators at (202)224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Background

Everyone knew Brett Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. Wade, the pre-existing coverage provision of the ACA, affirmative action and the ability of a prosecutor to force a president to comply with a subpoena. The reversal of these settled cases would have profound implications on Americans’ well-being. And Kavanaugh’s views on whether the president is essentially above the law could have additional profound implications for Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.

There are many Republican Senators who would welcome adverse rulings on some of these policy items. However, no Democratic Senator supports reversing these Supreme Court rulings and some Republican Senators also favor upholding existing precedents on one or more of these issues.

In an effort to disguise Kavanaugh’s record and muddy the waters on whether he would respect these existing precedents, Trump and the GOP leadership has withheld an unprecedented number of Kavanaugh’s records. Of the those records shown to the committee, some were designated as “committee confidential,” meaning Democratic Senators who release them or reference them in questions risk being stripped of their Senate seat.

Democrats have forced the release of at least some of these documents – literally risking their Senate seats to do so. It is easy to see why GOP leadership attempted to hide many of these documents as they make it clear that Kavanaugh has misrepresented his positions in meetings with Senators and in the hearings this week. The document release also makes it clear there are controversial matters from his Bush years that Kavanaugh has denied being involved with, under oath, when he was in fact involved; and it appears he committed perjury in some of these instances.

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This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].

I urge [Sen.____] to vote No on Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh does not belong on the Supreme Court. His testimony and documents show several instances that appear to be perjury, which lead to serious concerns of corruption. They also show he has not been straightforward about:

  • whether a president can be investigated or subpoenaed;
  • Roe v. Wade;
  • whether the ACA pre-existing conditions requirement is Constitutional; and
  • whether affirmative action is Constitutional.

“Soft Power” – Why Russia’s is Much More Dangerous than the West’s

The Kremlin, the seat of Russia’s government, in Moscow.

By Kseniya Kirillova

This article was originally published on DemWritePress.

There are several main channels of influence that Moscow uses to undermine Western democracy. Among them are propaganda (both broadcasting media to foreign audiences and bribing the local media), bribing officials and politicians, building corrupt ties through business lobbies, and working with various segments of the population to exacerbate friction as well as dissatisfaction and conflicts, which exist in all societies.

Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, continues to stubbornly ensure that Russian propaganda broadcasts two mutually exclusive theses: “It’s not us” and “We are just defending ourselves.” Russian authorities, and after them the media, have for several years successfully proven to the population that any meanness and crime are justified by the unprecedented state of “external threat.”

They assure that the United States is to blame for all that Russia does today because they “organized” the orange revolution at the Russian border, supported and continue to support the opposition, cultivate a “fifth column,”“lobby their interests in Russia” and so on. Thus, Russia is trying to prove that its actions are only a “mirror image” of Western foreign policy. However, this statement is absolutely untrue.

The Russian threat is incalculably more destructive and terrible than the activities of the United States. Apart from espionage which all great states conduct, I shall attempt to concentrate on the differences in so-called “soft power.” These differences manifest themselves as follows:
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Urgent CTA: Protect Mueller – Reps Must Vote No on Rosenstein Contempt

Your Action

Call your Republican representative and tell them to vote NO on Rosenstein contempt.
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Trump’s GOP Gets Swampier

By Adam Cohen

Donald Trump was right.

There was substantial election fraud in 2016. Trouble is, it seems he was the one who committed it.

In an unprecedented debacle of a day in presidential history, on Tuesday Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, was convicted on eight counts of financial crimes. A few scant moments later, Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, plead guilty to eight criminal charges, including two where he directly implicated the president in felony violations of campaign laws. According to Cohen, Trump was directly involved in arranging hush money payments to women, including porn stars, with whom he allegedly had extramarital affairs, and he did this to affect the results of the 2016 presidential election.

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