June 15, 2020

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Right-Wing Leader Who Pushed Gorsuch Is Furious Over His LGBTQ Rights Opinion (David Badash, June 15, 2020, National Memo)

Judicial Crisis Network, a "powerful dark money group pushing [the] court to right," ran a $10 million campaign in 2017 to force Gorsuch onto the bench. He is President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court nominee. The group also spent $1 million to block President Barack Obama from putting Merrick Garland on the bench.

In a series of tweets Carrie Severino blasted Justice Gorsuch and the five others who sided with his opinion. She even claims they are merely trying to appeal to college students by finding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination.

Gorsuch, a textualist who replaced Justice Antonin Scalia on the bench, decided that as written, the actual words of the Civil Rights Act make clear that discriminating on the basis of sex is illegal.

Nothing was easier to call than that the Right was going to hate Gorsuch, a libertarian.

Posted by orrinj at 1:06 PM


California 'sanctuary' law won't face Supreme Court review (JEREMY B. WHITE 06/15/2020, Politico)

California's "sanctuary" immigration enforcement law will not go before the U.S. Supreme Court, handing California a capstone victory in an ongoing clash with the federal government.

The high court on Monday turned down the Justice Department's request to review a federal appeals court decision that largely upheld three California laws. One of the laws passed soon after Donald Trump became president, Senate Bill 54, partitions local law enforcement from federal immigration authorities, protecting arrested immigrants and low-level offenders from deportation.

The federal government asked the Supreme Court to review SB 54. The court announced Monday that it declined that review, though Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas would have heard the case.

Posted by orrinj at 1:00 PM


Florida has largest daily spike in COVID-19 cases after Republicans move convention to Jacksonville (IGOR DERYSH, JUNE 15, 2020, Salon)

Officials in Florida expressed concern about public safety as coronavirus infections hit a record number for the third straight day following the Republican National Committee's decision to relocate part of its annual convention to Jacksonville.

The state saw at least 2,581 new confirmed cases on Saturday, a 35% increase over the previous day. It was the third consecutive day that the state recorded its highest daily total of cases yet, according to the Miami Herald. 

Posted by orrinj at 12:57 PM


Trump will travel to Jeff Sessions's home town -- to campaign for his opponent: report (Brad Reed, 6/15/20, Raw Story)

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The Tea Party's Last Stand (STANLEY B. GREENBERG JUNE 15, 2020, The American Prospect)

[T]he Tea Party groups had genuine grass roots. More than 500,000 people joined over 500 rallies; 250,000 would join Tea Party groups. Most already belonged to pro-life, gun rights, anti-immigrant, or white nationalist groups. They gained momentum with funding from the Koch brothers and their allies, and from Fox News's most prominent personalities broadcasting from their protests. The Tea Party leaders were replete with "birthers" who wanted to "take our country back." The members were infused with a deep anti-Obama venom, deep racial resentment. Stopping Obama meant repealing Obamacare--the new federal entitlement to health insurance.

The marches and protests translated into organization that elected a whole class of Tea Party members to the Congress and governors' offices. Two-thirds of the House members first elected in 2010 supported the Tea Party; they took office with a mandate "to go nuclear," to stop government spending and repeal Obamacare.

The Tea Party wave elections allowed Republicans to gridlock government, to shut down the federal government time and again, to force the acceptance of spending caps and fiscal austerity that slowed President Obama's efforts at economic recovery. They demanded votes to "repeal" Obamacare, and in the states, their leaders blocked all efforts to set up health care exchanges and expand Medicaid. Nationally, they blocked Obama's efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and in the states, blocked undocumented immigrants getting any public benefits.

What animated them most of all was the legal and illegal immigration of the past three decades--a surge that had been welcomed and legalized on a bipartisan basis by Republican presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, working quite publicly with Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

Reagan legalized millions of the undocumented, the first President Bush joined with Kennedy to massively grow legal immigration, and George W. Bush tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Even after the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee and establishment Republican leaders in the Congress still called for immigration reform.

Imagine the building anger in Tea Party ranks when they watched the metropolitan elites and national leaders of both parties take irreversible actions that grew the percentage of foreign-born Americans every year, and saw that a growing majority of Americans since Obama's re-election welcomed a multicultural America replete with and open to immigrants.

A party of old white men has no future.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst is in a surprisingly competitive re-election battle (The Week, 6/15/20)

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was not on the list of vulnerable incumbents all that long ago, but a Des Moines Register poll released over the weekend has her trailing new Democratic opponent Theresa Greenfield by 3 percentage points, 46 percent to 43 percent, among likely voters Ernst has never fallen behind a Democratic opponent since her winning 2014 campaign, said J. Ann Selzer, the highly regarded pollster who conducted the survey. 

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Report: Assad's brother rejects Russia orders to remove checkpoints (MEMO, June 15, 2020)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on Saturday that Maher Al-Assad, the brother of Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad, has rejected direct orders from Russia to withdraw all checkpoints erected by the 4th Division from around the country.

According to the war monitor, the 4th Division led by Maher Al- Assad is deployed across Syria though it is only supposed to be stationed in the capital Damascus.

Earlier on Saturday, clashes broke out between the 4th Division and a group of dissidents in the city of Al-Dameer in Damascus Province. 


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Revealed: The Family Member Who Turned on Trump (Lachlan Cartwright, Jun. 15, 2020, Daily Beast)

One of the most explosive revelations Mary will detail in the book, according to people familiar with the matter, is how she played a critical role helping The New York Times print startling revelations about Trump's taxes, including how he was involved in "fraudulent" tax schemes and had received more than $400 million in today's dollars from his father's real estate empire.

As she is set to outline in her book, Mary was a primary source for the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation, supplying Fred Trump Sr.'s tax returns and other highly confidential family financial documentation to the paper. 

Details of the book are being closely guarded by its publisher, Simon & Schuster, but The Daily Beast has learned that Mary plans to include conversations with Trump's sister, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, that contain intimate and damning thoughts about her brother, according to people with knowledge of the matter.