Anita Hill: Joe Biden ‘Hasn’t Apologized to Me’ for Handling of Thomas Hearings

Professor Anita Hill says time is long past for a personal apology from former Vice President Joe Biden, over how things went when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 that she had been sexually harassed by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Biden, considered a potential candidate for president in 2020, chaired the committee during the hearings to confirm Thomas’ nomination to the high court, and has since been frequently criticized for the way Hill was treated during her testimony. A year ago during Glamour’s Women of the Year summit, Biden said that he was “so sorry that she had to go through what she went through” during the hearings, and later told Teen Vogue that “I owe her an apology” for not doing more to rein in attacks on her character by Republican members of the committee.

“He said he apologized, but he hasn’t apologized to me,” Hill said amid frequent applause and two standing ovations during USC Dornsife’s “From Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” event Thursday afternoon.

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“The statute of limitations has run on an apology. I don’t need an apology,” Hill continued. And yet. “But sometimes when the doorbell rings, and I am not expecting anyone, I think, could that be Joe Biden?” she joked, provoking roars of laughter from the audience of students and professors.

Biden, Hill says, keeps saying he “could have done more” to support her testimony in 1991, such as calling her supporting witnesses. Her retort now: “Yes, you could have!”

Representatives for Biden did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Hill also criticized the decision by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, despite Prof. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. “It was a political decision,” Hill said of Collins’s vote. “I would have respected her more if she said, ‘this is a political decision.’”

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Hill was troubled by Collins’s proclamation that Ford did not know who attacked her, and Collins’s statement that she is “100% sure” it was not Kavanaugh. “I resented that Sen. Susan Collins would tell Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that [the senator] would know who [Ford’s] assailant was better than [Ford] did,” Hill said.

Hill also criticized Collins for suggesting that the standard of “innocent until proven guilty” was the correct standard for Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings. That high standard is an important protection for criminal defendants, Hill said, but Collins “debased” that protection by saying the rule applied to a political process.

What kind of questions would Hill have asked Kavanaugh had she been on the Judiciary Committee when he testified? “How do you view your power? Do you view it is something that can be used as a weapon? Or do you use it as something that should be shared?” she said.

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Hill added that she thinks much has improved in terms of the courts and society recognizing that sexual harassment is harmful and against the law, but says there is still much work to be done, such as exploring how sexual assault impacts the lives of transgender women of color and others who are not the stereotypical image of a rape victim – a young, attractive, white woman.

Sexual assault, she said, “should be treated as a public health issue, a public safety issue, a business issue, and a civil rights issue.”

Hill is a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University.

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Professor Anita Hill says time is long past for a personal apology from former Vice President Joe Biden, over how things went when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 that she had been sexually harassed by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Biden, considered a potential candidate for president in 2020, chaired the committee during the hearings to confirm Thomas’ nomination to the high court, and has since been frequently criticized for the way Hill was treated during her testimony. A year ago during Glamour’s Women of the Year summit, Biden said that he was “so sorry that she had to go through what she went through” during the hearings, and later told Teen Vogue that “I owe her an apology” for not doing more to rein in attacks on her character by Republican members of the committee.

“He said he apologized, but he hasn’t apologized to me,” Hill said amid frequent applause and two standing ovations during USC Dornsife’s “From Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” event Thursday afternoon.

“The statute of limitations has run on an apology. I don’t need an apology,” Hill continued. And yet. “But sometimes when the doorbell rings, and I am not expecting anyone, I think, could that be Joe Biden?” she joked, provoking roars of laughter from the audience of students and professors.

Biden, Hill says, keeps saying he “could have done more” to support her testimony in 1991, such as calling her supporting witnesses. Her retort now: “Yes, you could have!”

Representatives for Biden did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Hill also criticized the decision by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, despite Prof. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. “It was a political decision,” Hill said of Collins’s vote. “I would have respected her more if she said, ‘this is a political decision.'”

Hill was troubled by Collins’s proclamation that Ford did not know who attacked her, and Collins’s statement that she is “100% sure” it was not Kavanaugh. “I resented that Sen. Susan Collins would tell Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that [the senator] would know who [Ford’s] assailant was better than [Ford] did,” Hill said.

Hill also criticized Collins for suggesting that the standard of “innocent until proven guilty” was the correct standard for Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings. That high standard is an important protection for criminal defendants, Hill said, but Collins “debased” that protection by saying the rule applied to a political process.

What kind of questions would Hill have asked Kavanaugh had she been on the Judiciary Committee when he testified? “How do you view your power? Do you view it is something that can be used as a weapon? Or do you use it as something that should be shared?” she said.

Hill added that she thinks much has improved in terms of the courts and society recognizing that sexual harassment is harmful and against the law, but says there is still much work to be done, such as exploring how sexual assault impacts the lives of transgender women of color and others who are not the stereotypical image of a rape victim – a young, attractive, white woman.

Sexual assault, she said, “should be treated as a public health issue, a public safety issue, a business issue, and a civil rights issue.”

Hill is a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University.

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John Oliver Blasts Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation

John Oliver opened Last Week Tonight recapping the pretty good week for Donald Trump, “the mentally unstable man with nuclear weapons we all love making angry.”
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‘SNL’ Goes Inside the Rowdy Republican Locker Room After Kavanaugh Confirmation

“SNL” kicked off this week’s episode with a cold open sketch about Senate Republicans partying in their locker room after somehow managing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite numerous sexual assault allegations.
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“SNL” kicked off this week’s episode with a cold open sketch about Senate Republicans partying in their locker room after somehow managing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite numerous sexual assault allegations.

“There are a lot of pacemakers being put to the test tonight,” joked “SNL” cast member Heidi Gardner as CNN correspondent Dana Bash.

The old people jokes kept coming when Gardner’s Bash interviewed Mitch McConnell, as played by cast member Beck Bennett, asking him how if he was proud of the victory.

“Oh, hell yeah, Dana. Oh, yeah, Republicans read the mood of the country,” Bennett’s McConnell said. “And we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh. Everyone is pumped from white men over 60 to white men over 70.”

Then Bash asked McConnell to “put this victory in context.”

“Oh, it’s up there with Vetnam for sure. I mean this could be historic,” Bennett’s McConnell said.

The “SNL” cold open delivered some burns for Maine senator Susan Collins, of course.

“The last thing I wanted was to make this about me,” said Collins, who was played by Cecily Strong. “That’s why I told everyone to tune in at 3 p.m. to tell all my female supporters, ‘Psych!'”

And Kate McKinnon brought back her Lindsey Graham impression.

“This one is is about the fans,” McKinnon’s Graham said. “They’ve been there for us all week cheering and screaming outside our offices.”

“I’m sorry, you think those were fans?” Bash asked.

“Oh, for sure. I know they agree with us because they were out there shouting, ‘Me too!'” Graham said.

Stephen King Calls Out Susan Collins, His State’s Senator, on Day of Kavanaugh Vote

In case there were any doubt, it doesn’t sound like Maine Sen. Susan Collins can count on Stephen King’s vote the next time she’s up for re-election.

As the Senate prepared Saturday to ultimately confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the “Christine” novelist — who has made no secret of his contempt for the Trump administration — took to Twitter on Saturday, to call out Sen. Collins, who represents King’s state of Maine.

“When Al Franken was accused of sexual impropriety, Susan Collins demanded he resign. Without a hearing,” King wrote, referencing the sexual misconduct allegations that prompted him to resign his seat as senator for Minnesota.

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“On the unfair way Merrill [sic] Garland was treated, Susan Collins was silent,” King wrote, presumably referring to Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016 by Barack Obama, and whom the Senate refused to hold a hearing or vote for.

Collins signaled her intention to vote for Kavanaugh, whose nomination was marred by accusations of sexual misconduct, on Friday, and ultimately made good on that with Saturday’s vote.

On Friday, despite Collins’ declaration, King still held out hope that the senator would turn around on the matter, writing, “Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe ‘settled law.’ Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.”

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On Sunday, King weighed in on Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee addressing the accusations against him, the novelist likened Kavanaugh to someone recovering from alcoholism.

“Brett Kavanaugh’s angry performance corresponds closely to what people in AA call a ‘dry drunk,’” King tweeted.

Read King’s tweets below.

When Al Franken was accused of sexual impropriety, Susan Collins demanded he resign. Without a hearing.

– Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 6, 2018

On the unfair way Merrill Garland was treated, Susan Collins was silent.

– Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 6, 2018

Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.

– Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 5, 2018

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In case there were any doubt, it doesn’t sound like Maine Sen. Susan Collins can count on Stephen King’s vote the next time she’s up for re-election.

As the Senate prepared Saturday to ultimately confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the “Christine” novelist — who has made no secret of his contempt for the Trump administration — took to Twitter on Saturday, to call out Sen. Collins, who represents King’s state of Maine.

“When Al Franken was accused of sexual impropriety, Susan Collins demanded he resign. Without a hearing,” King wrote, referencing the sexual misconduct allegations that prompted him to resign his seat as senator for Minnesota.

“On the unfair way Merrill [sic] Garland was treated, Susan Collins was silent,” King wrote, presumably referring to Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016 by Barack Obama, and whom the Senate refused to hold a hearing or vote for.

Collins signaled her intention to vote for Kavanaugh, whose nomination was marred by accusations of sexual misconduct, on Friday, and ultimately made good on that with Saturday’s vote.

On Friday, despite Collins’ declaration, King still held out hope that the senator would turn around on the matter, writing, “Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe ‘settled law.’ Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.”

On Sunday, King weighed in on Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee addressing the accusations against him, the novelist likened Kavanaugh to someone recovering from alcoholism.

“Brett Kavanaugh’s angry performance corresponds closely to what people in AA call a ‘dry drunk,'” King tweeted.

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Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh to United States Supreme Court

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will become Justice Brett Kavanaugh, so says the Senate, who voted 50 to 48 Saturday to confirm him to fill the ninth seat in the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh’s nomination was split down party lines, with all but one member of the Democratic caucus opposing him and all but one Republican backing him. Alaska’s Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted with the Democrats against Kavanaugh, while West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin split with his party and supported Kavanauagh. The final margin of victory was provided by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who announced her support for the nominee in a lengthy Senate floor speech on Friday.

Saturday’s vote was interrupted multiple times by loud protests from the gallery, as Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly called for the sergeant at arms to restore order. “Shame on you!” one protester was heard yelling at one point as the votes were taken.

Shortly after the confirmation, President Trump tweeted, “Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in.”

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In an exclusive Axios poll, 45 percent of Americans approved of Kavanaugh’s nomination, while 50 percent disapproved. From early September to this week, strong disapproval rose from 26 percent to 35 percent, while strong approval rose from 23 percent to 30 percent. The gender gap is significant, with just 36 percent of women approve of Kavanaugh, compared to 55 percent of men.

The vote is a big win for President Trump, who staked much of his political capital backing Kavanaugh. As the vote neared, Trump repeatedly doubled down on the judge, blasting critics and calling the sexual misconduct charges leveled against him a “smear.”

The Senate vote caps weeks of, at times, graphic accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh from his high school days and years at Yale. On Sept. 27, the judge’s most serious accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying Kavanaugh tried to rape her while he was intoxicated during a party in the early 1980s.

“Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk,” Ford told senators in her opening statement, choking up on several occasions. “I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. This was what terrified me the most,” she said.

Later that day, Kavanaugh testified before the committee. With his remarks veering between angry and tearful, he denied misconduct. In what many on the left are calling a show of political bias, he also called the scrutiny he was under “a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about president trump and the 2016 election.”

“Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said. ” I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.”

Kavanaugh also faced two additional charges, one from Deborah Ramirez, whose told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face without her consent while at a freshman year party at Yale.

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A third woman, Julie Swetnick, said in a sworn statement that she attended parties where Kavanaugh along with his high school friend Mark Judge participated in spiking punch at house parties “with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.’” Swetnick is currently being represented by Michael Avenatti.

Last week Republican Sen. Jeff Flake threw yet another wrench into the nomination after demanding an FBI inquiry into the misconduct allegations. The move, which GOP leadership had strenuously resisted, delayed the final vote by a week.

The final report of the bureau was never made public and was only viewed by members of the Judiciary Committee, whose assessment of the findings broke down along partisan lines. Republicans like Chuck Grassley said it showed nothing new, while Democrats like Bob Menendez call it a “bulls– probe.”

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh will become Justice Brett Kavanaugh, so says the Senate, who voted 50 to 48 Saturday to confirm him to fill the ninth seat in the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh’s nomination was split down party lines, with all but one member of the Democratic caucus opposing him and all but one Republican backing him. Alaska’s Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted with the Democrats against Kavanaugh, while West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin split with his party and supported Kavanauagh. The final margin of victory was provided by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who announced her support for the nominee in a lengthy Senate floor speech on Friday.

Saturday’s vote was interrupted multiple times by loud protests from the gallery, as Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly called for the sergeant at arms to restore order. “Shame on you!” one protester was heard yelling at one point as the votes were taken.

Shortly after the confirmation, President Trump tweeted, “Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in.”

In an exclusive Axios poll, 45 percent of Americans approved of Kavanaugh’s nomination, while 50 percent disapproved. From early September to this week, strong disapproval rose from 26 percent to 35 percent, while strong approval rose from 23 percent to 30 percent. The gender gap is significant, with just 36 percent of women approve of Kavanaugh, compared to 55 percent of men.

The vote is a big win for President Trump, who staked much of his political capital backing Kavanaugh. As the vote neared, Trump repeatedly doubled down on the judge, blasting critics and calling the sexual misconduct charges leveled against him a “smear.”

The Senate vote caps weeks of, at times, graphic accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh from his high school days and years at Yale. On Sept. 27, the judge’s most serious accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying Kavanaugh tried to rape her while he was intoxicated during a party in the early 1980s.

“Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk,” Ford told senators in her opening statement, choking up on several occasions. “I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. This was what terrified me the most,” she said.

Later that day, Kavanaugh testified before the committee. With his remarks veering between angry and tearful, he denied misconduct. In what many on the left are calling a show of political bias, he also called the scrutiny he was under “a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about president trump and the 2016 election.”

“Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said. ” I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.”

Kavanaugh also faced two additional charges, one from Deborah Ramirez, whose told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face without her consent while at a freshman year party at Yale.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, said in a sworn statement that she attended parties where Kavanaugh along with his high school friend Mark Judge participated in spiking punch at house parties “with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.'” Swetnick is currently being represented by Michael Avenatti.

Last week Republican Sen. Jeff Flake threw yet another wrench into the nomination after demanding an FBI inquiry into the misconduct allegations. The move, which GOP leadership had strenuously resisted, delayed the final vote by a week.

The final report of the bureau was never made public and was only viewed by members of the Judiciary Committee, whose assessment of the findings broke down along partisan lines. Republicans like Chuck Grassley said it showed nothing new, while Democrats like Bob Menendez call it a “bulls– probe.”

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Rosanna Arquette Has a Warning for Senators Voting to Confirm Kavanaugh: ‘Karma Is a Bitch’

Actress and #MeToo activist Rosanna Arquette had stern words for Republicans eager to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned and we will take our fury to the polls!” Arquette told TheWrap, adding that, “karma is a bitch.”

On Friday, Kavanaugh was all but guaranteed a seat on the Supreme Court after two wavering senators, Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin, announced that they would back his confirmation.

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Maine senator Susan Collins announced in a lengthy 42-minute speech in front of the Senate that she would vote “yes” on appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“I can’t watch this anymore,” actress Padma Lakshmi said on Twitter Friday. “This is such a letdown for women everywhere.”

Stephen King tweeted: “Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.”

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Ironically, Friday also marked the first anniversary since The New York Times first reported decades-long accusations of serial misconduct and assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Many #MeToo activists were already on edge. The looming confirmation didn’t help.

“I’m not surprised by anything the Trump administration does,” Arquette said. “The administration has proven themselves over and over to have zero respect for women, the Earth people of color, LGBTQ community,murdered or trafficked children.”

Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 5, 2018

I can’t watch this anymore. This is such a letdown for women everywhere @SenatorCollins.

— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins turns her back on women who have been traumatized by sexual assault. Elections have consequences. To start turning the ship of state back towards the rule of law, decency, truth, and the preservation of Democracy, Nov.6 has to be a lot more than a blue wave. VOTE!!!

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 5, 2018

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Actress and #MeToo activist Rosanna Arquette had stern words for Republicans eager to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned and we will take our fury to the polls!” Arquette told TheWrap, adding that, “karma is a bitch.”

On Friday, Kavanaugh was all but guaranteed a seat on the Supreme Court after two wavering senators, Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin, announced that they would back his confirmation.

Maine senator Susan Collins announced in a lengthy 42-minute speech in front of the Senate that she would vote “yes” on appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“I can’t watch this anymore,” actress Padma Lakshmi said on Twitter Friday. “This is such a letdown for women everywhere.”

Stephen King tweeted: “Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.”

Ironically, Friday also marked the first anniversary since The New York Times first reported decades-long accusations of serial misconduct and assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Many #MeToo activists were already on edge. The looming confirmation didn’t help.

“I’m not surprised by anything the Trump administration does,” Arquette said. “The administration has proven themselves over and over to have zero respect for women, the Earth people of color, LGBTQ community,murdered or trafficked children.”

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Has a Supreme Court Justice Ever Been Impeached?

Many critics of Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have said that, should he be confirmed, his openly partisan statements and the accusations of sexual assault against him should be considered grounds for possible impeachment.

Well, with Maine Sen. Susan Collins and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s statements Friday that they will vote yes, his confirmation looks all but assured. But assuming Democrats decide to put their money where Kavanaugh critics’ mouths are, how likely is it that impeachment will happen?

The truth is, not very. In fact, in the entire history of the U.S. Supreme Court only one justice has ever actually been impeached: Samuel Chase, in 1805.

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The constitution does allow elected or civil officials to be impeached on grounds of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” But the barriers to actually bringing impeachment charges forward, much less securing a conviction (remember, impeachment is just another way of saying someone has been charged with a crime) are high. And those barriers came into play in the case of Chase.

Chase was appointed to the court in 1796 and during his early years as an associate justice developed reputation for open partisanship in favor of the Federalist Party, and specifically the policies of President John Adams. This put Chase in direct opposition to the executive branch after Thomas Jefferson, whose Democratic-Republican party bitterly opposed the Federalists, was elected president in 1800.

Jefferson already disliked Chase for openly political statements he often made while presiding over lower court cases. (Until the late 1800s, Supreme Court justices also served as lower court judges.) But things worsened after Chase, according to the Federal Judiciary Center, went so far as to open a grand jury charge in a U.S. circuit court that ardently criticized a law passed by the Democratic-Republican-controlled congress.

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Jefferson seized on those statements as evidence of Chase’s inappropriate political bias and his allies in the House of Representatives agreed. Chase was eventually served with eight articles of impeachment, one related to his grand jury charge and the other seven focused on alleged improper behavior when he resided over in lower court cases.

Chase was tried in the Senate for 22 days. But, before you start drawing possible examples for the present day — think again. On March 1, 1805, he was acquitted. He would serve on the Supreme Court for the rest of his life, dying in 1811 after 25 years on the bench.

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Impeachment is a tough process. First, the House Judiciary Committee must conduct an investigation and recommend charges. Second, a majority of the House Judiciary Committee must approve articles of impeachment, which then would face a vote by the fill House membership. Next up would be the trial in the Senate, where as we mentioned before a two-thirds majority vote is needed to convict. Only then would the official in question be dismissed from office (and possibly be forbidden from holding a position in government in the future).

If Democrats decide they want to make Kavanaugh the second-ever SCOTUS justice to be impeached, they’ll find it much harder going than it was in Jefferson’s day. His Democratic-Republicans enjoyed more than a two-thirds majority in the Senate and weren’t able to pull it off. Right now, Democrats control neither the house nor the Senate. And “blue wave” or not, Democrats are not expected to regain control of the Senate this year.

In other words, if he’s confirmed in Saturday’s vote, Kavanaugh is likely to on the Supreme Court to stay.

Many critics of Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have said that, should he be confirmed, his openly partisan statements and the accusations of sexual assault against him should be considered grounds for possible impeachment.

Well, with Maine Sen. Susan Collins and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s statements Friday that they will vote yes, his confirmation looks all but assured. But assuming Democrats decide to put their money where Kavanaugh critics’ mouths are, how likely is it that impeachment will happen?

The truth is, not very. In fact, in the entire history of the U.S. Supreme Court only one justice has ever actually been impeached: Samuel Chase, in 1805.

The constitution does allow elected or civil officials to be impeached on grounds of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” But the barriers to actually bringing impeachment charges forward, much less securing a conviction (remember, impeachment is just another way of saying someone has been charged with a crime) are high. And those barriers came into play in the case of Chase.

Chase was appointed to the court in 1796 and during his early years as an associate justice developed reputation for open partisanship in favor of the Federalist Party, and specifically the policies of President John Adams. This put Chase in direct opposition to the executive branch after Thomas Jefferson, whose Democratic-Republican party bitterly opposed the Federalists, was elected president in 1800.

Jefferson already disliked Chase for openly political statements he often made while presiding over lower court cases. (Until the late 1800s, Supreme Court justices also served as lower court judges.) But things worsened after Chase, according to the Federal Judiciary Center, went so far as to open a grand jury charge in a U.S. circuit court that ardently criticized a law passed by the Democratic-Republican-controlled congress.

Jefferson seized on those statements as evidence of Chase’s inappropriate political bias and his allies in the House of Representatives agreed. Chase was eventually served with eight articles of impeachment, one related to his grand jury charge and the other seven focused on alleged improper behavior when he resided over in lower court cases.

Chase was tried in the Senate for 22 days. But, before you start drawing possible examples for the present day — think again. On March 1, 1805, he was acquitted. He would serve on the Supreme Court for the rest of his life, dying in 1811 after 25 years on the bench.

Impeachment is a tough process. First, the House Judiciary Committee must conduct an investigation and recommend charges. Second, a majority of the House Judiciary Committee must approve articles of impeachment, which then would face a vote by the fill House membership. Next up would be the trial in the Senate, where as we mentioned before a two-thirds majority vote is needed to convict. Only then would the official in question be dismissed from office (and possibly be forbidden from holding a position in government in the future).

If Democrats decide they want to make Kavanaugh the second-ever SCOTUS justice to be impeached, they’ll find it much harder going than it was in Jefferson’s day. His Democratic-Republicans enjoyed more than a two-thirds majority in the Senate and weren’t able to pull it off. Right now, Democrats control neither the house nor the Senate. And “blue wave” or not, Democrats are not expected to regain control of the Senate this year.

In other words, if he’s confirmed in Saturday’s vote, Kavanaugh is likely to on the Supreme Court to stay.

Activists Blame ‘White Women’ After Susan Collins Says She’ll Vote for Kavanaugh

Sen. Susan Collins made it official on Friday, saying toward the end of a lengthy speech on the Senate floor that she would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” she said offering a robust (and nearly hour-long) defense of his personal and professional record.

The decision was a blow to #MeToo activists hoping that Collins would provide a critical vote against Kavanaugh. On Twitter many complained bitterly about Collins and other “white women” in the Republican Senate caucus, who they accused of selling them out.

“The way white women accept to be used as pawns by a party that consistently strips their rights and minorities’ rights away cannot be overstated,” said Vox host Liz Plank.

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The way white women accept to be used as pawns by a party that consistently strips their rights and minorities’ rights away cannot be overstated. pic.twitter.com/V2qCpee1Ug

— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins was always the 53% of white women. She always will be.

This is how white supremacy works.

— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) October 5, 2018

another day, another reminder that white women will happily benefit from the activism of black women only to turn around and back the white patriarchy pretty much every time

— Claire Fallon (@ClaireEFallon) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins voting for Kavanaugh is the perfect snapshot of white women bringing Trump and his administration over the finish line.

— Jessica Mason Pieklo (@Hegemommy) October 5, 2018

A good time to remind y’all that 53% of white women voted for Trump

— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) October 5, 2018

White Women. https://t.co/kxP1tx04ut

— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) October 5, 2018

White women suck. pic.twitter.com/DVATWRp5oW

— Molly JongFast (@MollyJongFast) October 5, 2018

The decision from Collins all but assures that Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court by what is expected to be a razor thin 51-49 margin. The vote is expected to run almost totally along party lines, with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin defecting from his party by also saying he would vote “yes” on Kavanaugh while Republican Lisa Murkowski split from her side as well by announcing she would vote “no.”

Kavanaugh has denied every accusations leveled against him, testifying under oath last month that he had never committed any act of sexual misconduct toward anyone.

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Sen. Susan Collins made it official on Friday, saying toward the end of a lengthy speech on the Senate floor that she would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” she said offering a robust (and nearly hour-long) defense of his personal and professional record.

The decision was a blow to #MeToo activists hoping that Collins would provide a critical vote against Kavanaugh. On Twitter many complained bitterly about Collins and other “white women” in the Republican Senate caucus, who they accused of selling them out.

“The way white women accept to be used as pawns by a party that consistently strips their rights and minorities’ rights away cannot be overstated,” said Vox host Liz Plank.

The decision from Collins all but assures that Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court by what is expected to be a razor thin 51-49 margin. The vote is expected to run almost totally along party lines, with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin defecting from his party by also saying he would vote “yes” on Kavanaugh while Republican Lisa Murkowski split from her side as well by announcing she would vote “no.”

Kavanaugh has denied every accusations leveled against him, testifying under oath last month that he had never committed any act of sexual misconduct toward anyone.

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Brett Kavanaugh Headed To Supreme Court As Sen. Susan Collins Vows ‘Yes’ Vote For Tomorrow

Brett Kavanaugh will formally be confirmed to the Supreme Court; he’s got GOP Sen. Susan Collins to thank.
Collins announced her “yes” vote, giving Kavanaugh the 50th vote he needed to seal the deal, in the very last sentence of a 45-…

Brett Kavanaugh will formally be confirmed to the Supreme Court; he’s got GOP Sen. Susan Collins to thank. Collins announced her “yes” vote, giving Kavanaugh the 50th vote he needed to seal the deal, in the very last sentence of a 45-minute address on the floor of the Senate. But Collins showed her cards at the outset, eviscerating Democratic “dark money” groups who spent money opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination, while not mentioning their conservative counterparts who had…

Hollywood Slams Susan Collins’ Yes on Kavanaugh: ‘I Can’t Watch This Anymore’

Maine senator Susan Collins announced in a lengthy 42-minute speech in front of the Senate Friday that she would vote “yes” on appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court… and Hollywood has something to say about it.

Reaction came swiftly to the Republican senator’s announcement, with many frustrated at how long she spoke in criticizing the nomination process and praising Kavanaugh’s background before revealing her ultimate vote.

“I can’t watch this anymore,” actress Padma Lakshmi said on Twitter Friday. “This is such a letdown for women everywhere.”

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Earlier in the day, activists and protestors flooded the hallway in front of Sen. Collins’ office. She was one of the few remaining swing votes in a tight race in which Republicans have a 51-49 majority over the Democrats. Friday, Collins had supported limiting debate on the Senate floor and advancing Kavanaugh’s appointment to a vote on Saturday.

Arizona senator Jeff Flake announced earlier Friday that he planned to vote “yes,” while Alaskan Republican Lisa Murkowski broke with party lines and voted against advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination to a vote on Saturday. Democratic senator Joe Manchin also supported advancing Kavanaugh’s appointment to a vote Saturday, but it is unclear how he’ll ultimately vote.

Collins argued in her speech that Kavanaugh will be a check on Presidential power and is more of a centrist than he has been given credit for. She also called Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony “sincere” and “painful.”

Here’s how some other voices in Hollywood reacted to the news:

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Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 5, 2018

I can’t watch this anymore. This is such a letdown for women everywhere @SenatorCollins.

— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 5, 2018

You refused to meet wit Merrick Garland @SenatorCollins. Don’t lecture us about polarization. You stand for nothing.

— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins turns her back on women who have been traumatized by sexual assault. Elections have consequences. To start turning the ship of state back towards the rule of law, decency, truth, and the preservation of Democracy, Nov.6 has to be a lot more than a blue wave. VOTE!!!

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins gets to go on and on about Kavanaugh on the Senate Floor but Senators are limited to 5 mins of questions during a hearing for a lifetime appointment….

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins you are a betrayer of women.

— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins about to bring out Louis CK for a quick set

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 5, 2018

If anything good comes from the negative after the 2016 election it’s Feminine Solidarity… Thanks TRUMP Thank You Biggots, Thank You morally deficient Senators, Thank You Slimy wealthy Power abusing entitled men, & Thank You spineless sheep, So grateful for the Last Straw. https://t.co/g99MkwH1ZC

— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) October 5, 2018

Keep away from Reacharound Sue.

— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 5, 2018

Senator Collins says she is worried about public faith in the judiciary system diminishing if they vote NO on Kavanaugh. Well, whatever faith I had in the judiciary system is fading with every YES. Vote her out.

— ????????Scary Shannon???? ???? (@shannonpurser) October 5, 2018

It’s nice of Susan Collins to become the face of the generation I can’t wait to die.

— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) October 5, 2018

.@SenatorCollins you should be ashamed of yourself

— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins giving Kavanaugh all the passes. The double standards that conservatives build into their thinking and into our institutions are sickening.

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 5, 2018

So all of that time senator Collins said she spent talking to Kavanaugh I guess they were just planning what she was going to wear

— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins & the rest of ‘em teaching us how they look at one of their own and see only the good, but when they turn eyes on you, duck. And then fight like hellfire. November 6, come on here.

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 5, 2018

Those in the media similarly shared their thoughts on Collins. Fox News host Laura Ingraham praised Collins’s “substantive and in-depth” speech, while Michael Avenatti chided Collins as being “entirely disingenuous and shameful.”

.@SenatorCollins is channeling Donald Trump. Entirely disingenuous and shameful. Where was she when Judge Garland could not even get an up or down vote? This is all about her post-office job opportunities on K street. We shall never forget. Not in Nov. Not in 2020. Not ever.

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 5, 2018

Thank you @SenatorCollins — for not giving into the mob.

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins castigating everyone for opposing the nominee before he was even named, which is, of course what McConnell did immediately after Scalia’s death.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 5, 2018

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Maine senator Susan Collins announced in a lengthy 42-minute speech in front of the Senate Friday that she would vote “yes” on appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court… and Hollywood has something to say about it.

Reaction came swiftly to the Republican senator’s announcement, with many frustrated at how long she spoke in criticizing the nomination process and praising Kavanaugh’s background before revealing her ultimate vote.

“I can’t watch this anymore,” actress Padma Lakshmi said on Twitter Friday. “This is such a letdown for women everywhere.”

Earlier in the day, activists and protestors flooded the hallway in front of Sen. Collins’ office. She was one of the few remaining swing votes in a tight race in which Republicans have a 51-49 majority over the Democrats. Friday, Collins had supported limiting debate on the Senate floor and advancing Kavanaugh’s appointment to a vote on Saturday.

Arizona senator Jeff Flake announced earlier Friday that he planned to vote “yes,” while Alaskan Republican Lisa Murkowski broke with party lines and voted against advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination to a vote on Saturday. Democratic senator Joe Manchin also supported advancing Kavanaugh’s appointment to a vote Saturday, but it is unclear how he’ll ultimately vote.

Collins argued in her speech that Kavanaugh will be a check on Presidential power and is more of a centrist than he has been given credit for. She also called Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony “sincere” and “painful.”

Here’s how some other voices in Hollywood reacted to the news:

Those in the media similarly shared their thoughts on Collins. Fox News host Laura Ingraham praised Collins’s “substantive and in-depth” speech, while Michael Avenatti chided Collins as being “entirely disingenuous and shameful.”

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Collins, Manchin to Vote ‘Yes’ on Brett Kavanaugh, Making Supreme Court Confirmation Likely

WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said they will vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, making it more likely that his selection will be approved by the Senate in a final vote e…

WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said they will vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, making it more likely that his selection will be approved by the Senate in a final vote expected on Saturday. In a speech on the Senate floor, Collins decried the contentious […]

Donald Trump Takes Victory Lap As Senate Votes To Move Forward With Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

Donald Trump took a victory lap this morning, tweeting he is “very proud” of the U.S. Senate vote to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Moments earlier, the Senate voted 51 to 49 to move Kavanaugh’s nomina…

Donald Trump took a victory lap this morning, tweeting he is “very proud” of the U.S. Senate vote to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Moments earlier, the Senate voted 51 to 49 to move Kavanaugh’s nomination along. The procedural vote triggered 30 hours of Senate speechifying before a final vote tomorrow to appoint Kavanaugh to the swing seat on the Supreme Court. It’s also expected to be the tally on tomorrow’s vote, though GOP Sen. Susan Co…

Colbert Slams FBI’s Kavanaugh Investigation: ‘I’ve Had More Thorough Investigations to Find My AirPods’ (Video)

The Brett Kavanaugh news cycle is so powerful at this point that it’s even completely overshadowed a New York Times report that said Donald Trump committed massive tax fraud for years and years, so of course Stephen Colbert began “The Late Show” on Thursday with more discussion about the latest developments in the Kavanaugh situation.

He started by trying to figure out whether Kavanaugh would be confirmed, and after an extended sequence of pretending to punch numbers into a calculator concluded that, of course, every single Republican will vote to confirm. And then he went in on the FBI’s less-than-a-week-long investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

“Before the FBI investigation, both sides were confused and angry. Now both sides are confused and furious,” Colbert said. “Last night, the White House released a statement saying the FBI had completed its report and that it represented an unprecedented look at a nominee. That statement was released around 2:30 a.m. 2:30 a.m. isn’t typically a time you release critical materials that exonerate a Supreme Court nominee. It’s typically when you release your drunkest tweets.”

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Colbert did manage to slip in some jabs at Donald Trump as he was dissecting the situation.

“Only senators and very limited number of staff in the Senate are allowed to read it. And only at a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, in the Capitol visitor center, and just one physical copy of the report will be available,” Colbert said. “I would say they’re treating this report like the nuclear launch codes, but then I remembered they have given the launch codes to an idiot.”

Colbert then picked apart the report itself.

“Democrats say that the report is lacking in, ah, report,” Colbert joked. “For one thing, the sexual assaults that Kavanaugh is accused of both allegedly happened while he was hammered. And he said under oath that he was never a big drinker, but the White House admits that the FBI didn’t even investigate Kavanaugh’s drinking. What? That’s like investigating an arson and saying, ‘We’re not really looking into the fire part, we’re more wondering how this building disappeared. Was it wizards? Did they use mirrors? Haul in David Copperfield for questioning! What?! He’s disappeared?!’

“In total, 40 people came forward to say they had information, and the FBI interviewed nine people. A lot of potential witnesses offered to talk to the FBI, but the FBI evidently wasn’t interested.”

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After a couple jokes about how the FBI missed out on all the juicy info Kavanaugh’s freshman year roommate could have offered up, Colbert delivered a hell of a zinger as the punchline to this thread.

“But Republicans seem satisfied. Maine’s Susan Collins says ‘It appears to be a very thorough investigation.’ No, it doesn’t,Susan, ” Colbert said. “They interviewed nine people over five days. I’ve had more thorough investigations to find my AirPods.”

You can watch Stephen Colbert’s full monologue from Thursday night’s episode of “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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The Brett Kavanaugh news cycle is so powerful at this point that it’s even completely overshadowed a New York Times report that said Donald Trump committed massive tax fraud for years and years, so of course Stephen Colbert began “The Late Show” on Thursday with more discussion about the latest developments in the Kavanaugh situation.

He started by trying to figure out whether Kavanaugh would be confirmed, and after an extended sequence of pretending to punch numbers into a calculator concluded that, of course, every single Republican will vote to confirm. And then he went in on the FBI’s less-than-a-week-long investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

“Before the FBI investigation, both sides were confused and angry. Now both sides are confused and furious,” Colbert said. “Last night, the White House released a statement saying the FBI had completed its report and that it represented an unprecedented look at a nominee. That statement was released around 2:30 a.m. 2:30 a.m. isn’t typically a time you release critical materials that exonerate a Supreme Court nominee. It’s typically when you release your drunkest tweets.”

Colbert did manage to slip in some jabs at Donald Trump as he was dissecting the situation.

“Only senators and very limited number of staff in the Senate are allowed to read it. And only at a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, in the Capitol visitor center, and just one physical copy of the report will be available,” Colbert said. “I would say they’re treating this report like the nuclear launch codes, but then I remembered they have given the launch codes to an idiot.”

Colbert then picked apart the report itself.

“Democrats say that the report is lacking in, ah, report,” Colbert joked. “For one thing, the sexual assaults that Kavanaugh is accused of both allegedly happened while he was hammered. And he said under oath that he was never a big drinker, but the White House admits that the FBI didn’t even investigate Kavanaugh’s drinking. What? That’s like investigating an arson and saying, ‘We’re not really looking into the fire part, we’re more wondering how this building disappeared. Was it wizards? Did they use mirrors? Haul in David Copperfield for questioning! What?! He’s disappeared?!’

“In total, 40 people came forward to say they had information, and the FBI interviewed nine people. A lot of potential witnesses offered to talk to the FBI, but the FBI evidently wasn’t interested.”

After a couple jokes about how the FBI missed out on all the juicy info Kavanaugh’s freshman year roommate could have offered up, Colbert delivered a hell of a zinger as the punchline to this thread.

“But Republicans seem satisfied. Maine’s Susan Collins says ‘It appears to be a very thorough investigation.’ No, it doesn’t,Susan, ” Colbert said. “They interviewed nine people over five days. I’ve had more thorough investigations to find my AirPods.”

You can watch Stephen Colbert’s full monologue from Thursday night’s episode of “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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“Game Over” Signals Susan Collins After Seeing FBI’s Brett Kavanaugh Probe Report

Republican Sen. Susan Collins told reporters she now has the cover she needs to vote in favor of seating Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, saying the nominee’s controversial FBI speed-probe “appears very thorough.”
“Me too” GOP Sen. Jeff Flak…

Republican Sen. Susan Collins told reporters she now has the cover she needs to vote in favor of seating Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, saying the nominee’s controversial FBI speed-probe "appears very thorough." "Me too" GOP Sen. Jeff Flake told reporters in so many words, signaling it’s game-over time and Kavanaugh will get his lifetime appointment. Collins, Flake, and GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski held the keys to the kingdom for Kavanaugh, being three yes-vote…

Senate Votes to Block FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality

The FCC’s long and winding journey towards repealing Obama-era net neutrality rules hit a roadblock on Wednesday, with Senate Democrats gaining critical Republican votes on a resolution against the agency’s decision.

It was a tight vote. All 49 Democratic Senators voted in favor of blocking the FCC’s plan, along with John Kennedy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The Resolution of Disapproval temporarily stops the FCC’s decision — spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, President Trump’s appointee — to undo 2015’s “Open Internet” ruling, baring internet companies from throttling or blocking access to certain sites.

Under the FCC’s proposed changes, companies like Verizon — which owns Yahoo — would be allowed to slow down or block access to Google, as long as it discloses its decision. Opponents of Pai’s decision argue this gives too much power to a select few ISPs and hurts consumers, who could see price hikes; those in favor say the Federal Trade Commission, which the FCC will cede power to, will be able to tackle companies that act anti-competitively. Pai has also argued the 2015 rules have stymied internet investment.

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“We don’t let water companies or phone companies discriminate against customers, we don’t restrict access to freeways deciding you can use them and you can’t,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday. “Are you on the side of large internet companies, or are you on the side of American families? That’s what this debate is about.”

The FCC’s proposed changes, dubbed the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, were set to go into effect on June 11.

“It’s disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin.  But ultimately, I’m confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail,” said Chairman Pai in a statement. “The Internet was free and open before 2015, when the prior FCC buckled to political pressure from the White House and imposed utility-style regulation on the Internet.  And it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on June 11.”

The battle to stop the FCC’s rollback isn’t over yet, though. The resolution now heads to the House of Representatives, where Democrats will need 25 Republicans to cross party lines. If that happens, President Trump could veto the decision.

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The FCC’s long and winding journey towards repealing Obama-era net neutrality rules hit a roadblock on Wednesday, with Senate Democrats gaining critical Republican votes on a resolution against the agency’s decision.

It was a tight vote. All 49 Democratic Senators voted in favor of blocking the FCC’s plan, along with John Kennedy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The Resolution of Disapproval temporarily stops the FCC’s decision — spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, President Trump’s appointee — to undo 2015’s “Open Internet” ruling, baring internet companies from throttling or blocking access to certain sites.

Under the FCC’s proposed changes, companies like Verizon — which owns Yahoo — would be allowed to slow down or block access to Google, as long as it discloses its decision. Opponents of Pai’s decision argue this gives too much power to a select few ISPs and hurts consumers, who could see price hikes; those in favor say the Federal Trade Commission, which the FCC will cede power to, will be able to tackle companies that act anti-competitively. Pai has also argued the 2015 rules have stymied internet investment.

“We don’t let water companies or phone companies discriminate against customers, we don’t restrict access to freeways deciding you can use them and you can’t,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday. “Are you on the side of large internet companies, or are you on the side of American families? That’s what this debate is about.”

The FCC’s proposed changes, dubbed the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, were set to go into effect on June 11.

“It’s disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin.  But ultimately, I’m confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail,” said Chairman Pai in a statement. “The Internet was free and open before 2015, when the prior FCC buckled to political pressure from the White House and imposed utility-style regulation on the Internet.  And it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on June 11.”

The battle to stop the FCC’s rollback isn’t over yet, though. The resolution now heads to the House of Representatives, where Democrats will need 25 Republicans to cross party lines. If that happens, President Trump could veto the decision.

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins Joins Effort to Reverse FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she will join Senate Democrats in their effort to reverse the FCC’s recent move to repeal most of the net neutrality rules. Collins’ spokeswoman told the Bangor Daily News that she would support an effort by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) to force a Senate floor vote to reinstate rules that prohibit […]

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she will join Senate Democrats in their effort to reverse the FCC’s recent move to repeal most of the net neutrality rules. Collins’ spokeswoman told the Bangor Daily News that she would support an effort by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) to force a Senate floor vote to reinstate rules that prohibit […]

Jimmy Kimmel: Graham-Cassidy Bill Almost Certainly Dead After “Emotional Weekend”

Jimmy Kimmel told fans about his “emotional weekend”  and the almost certain death of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill that entirely failed The Jimmy Kimmel Test one of its authors vowed to uphold.
Kimmel talked about the many people who came up to him at events he attended over the weekend, to let him know Obamacare  had saved their life of a family member.
“They came to me and said ‘Mr. Fallon, thank you for speaking out.’ And I just let it go,” he joked.
Republican…

Jimmy Kimmel told fans about his “emotional weekend”  and the almost certain death of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill that entirely failed The Jimmy Kimmel Test one of its authors vowed to uphold. Kimmel talked about the many people who came up to him at events he attended over the weekend, to let him know Obamacare  had saved their life of a family member. “They came to me and said ‘Mr. Fallon, thank you for speaking out.’ And I just let it go,” he joked. Republican…

Jimmy Kimmel Says Graham-Cassidy Bill ‘Is Almost Certainly Dead’ (Video)

Jimmy Kimmel jumped back into the health care debate on Monday night — but he did it with a dash of his signature humor — to celebrate the fate of the Graham-Cassidy bill.

The late-night host said while he was traveling to three cities over the weekend, “strangers wanted to tell me that the Affordable Care Act — that our president and half our senators are so desperately trying to kill — saved or drastically improved their lives, members of their family’s lives and or their children’s lives,” he said.

“They came to me and said ‘Mr. Fallon,’ thank you for speaking out,” he joked, adding that a lot of the people were Republicans.

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Kimmel went on to thank Sen. John McCain for going “Red Wedding” on the Trumpcare bill, saying McCain “probably saved the Republican Party by doing this.”

“Just about an hour and a half ago, one of the two key Republican holdouts — Susan Collins — the senator from Maine, said she would not support Graham-Cassidy,” he said. “Which means, this bill is almost certainly dead. Or at the very least it’s on life support, which isn’t covered.

“So that is great news. Thank you Senator Collins …  And the best news is, now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians,” he added. “Guys, Kylie’s pregnant!”

Earlier on Monday, Kimmel tweeted: “Thank you @SenatorCollins for putting people ahead of party,” Kimmel tweeted. “We are all in your debt.”

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Collins joins Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., as Republican “no” votes against the bill that would repeal Obamacare. This prevents the party from hitting the needed 50 votes, unless one of the dissenters has a change of heart.

However, Sen. Lindsey Graham vowed Monday to “press on” in a bid to pass Affordable Care Act, dubbed Trumpcare, calling the proposal a “damn good idea.”

“We are going to press on. It’s OK to vote. It’s OK to fall short, if you do, for an idea that you believe in,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash at town hall debate in Washington, CNN reported.

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Kimmel has been an outspoken critic of the legislation in recent days, saying that Sen. Bill Cassidy lied to him about his health care plans during a previous visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

He became part of the health care debate earlier this year when he announced that his newborn son, Billy, had undergone open-heart surgery, leading the ABC personality to emphasize the importance of accessible medical treatment.

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Jimmy Kimmel jumped back into the health care debate on Monday night — but he did it with a dash of his signature humor — to celebrate the fate of the Graham-Cassidy bill.

The late-night host said while he was traveling to three cities over the weekend, “strangers wanted to tell me that the Affordable Care Act — that our president and half our senators are so desperately trying to kill — saved or drastically improved their lives, members of their family’s lives and or their children’s lives,” he said.

“They came to me and said ‘Mr. Fallon,’ thank you for speaking out,” he joked, adding that a lot of the people were Republicans.

Kimmel went on to thank Sen. John McCain for going “Red Wedding” on the Trumpcare bill, saying McCain “probably saved the Republican Party by doing this.”

“Just about an hour and a half ago, one of the two key Republican holdouts — Susan Collins — the senator from Maine, said she would not support Graham-Cassidy,” he said. “Which means, this bill is almost certainly dead. Or at the very least it’s on life support, which isn’t covered.

“So that is great news. Thank you Senator Collins …  And the best news is, now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians,” he added. “Guys, Kylie’s pregnant!”

Earlier on Monday, Kimmel tweeted: “Thank you @SenatorCollins for putting people ahead of party,” Kimmel tweeted. “We are all in your debt.”

Collins joins Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., as Republican “no” votes against the bill that would repeal Obamacare. This prevents the party from hitting the needed 50 votes, unless one of the dissenters has a change of heart.

However, Sen. Lindsey Graham vowed Monday to “press on” in a bid to pass Affordable Care Act, dubbed Trumpcare, calling the proposal a “damn good idea.”

“We are going to press on. It’s OK to vote. It’s OK to fall short, if you do, for an idea that you believe in,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash at town hall debate in Washington, CNN reported.

Kimmel has been an outspoken critic of the legislation in recent days, saying that Sen. Bill Cassidy lied to him about his health care plans during a previous visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

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Trump Calls Senate Republicans ‘Fools,’ Rants About Filibuster Reform

After a stunning defeat in his attempted repeal of Obamacare, President Donald Trump retired to his favorite pastime on Saturday by slamming his party on Twitter.

A flurry of angry messages saw Trump criticize Republican senators for mandating 60 votes to pass legislation, as opposed to a simple majority of 51.

“The very outdated filibuster rule must go,” Trump said, before directly calling on majority leader Mitch McConnell to lower the vote count requirements. Filibuster rules, by the way, were not a factor in the failure of the Trump administration’s repeal efforts.

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McConnell said in April, and doubled down to political blog Roll Call on Saturday, he would not bend to Trump’s will.

It’s been a scorched-earth week at the White House with the surprise failure of the “skinny repeal,” which would have deprived a reported 16 million Americans of healthcare coverage. Republicans John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski all defected in a dramatic middle-of-the-night vote that blocked Trump from dismantling a legacy bill for his predecessor Barack Obama.

Shortly after the vote, Trump fired his Chief of Staff Rence Priebus and replaced him with Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly.

Read the tweets:

If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

After seven years of “talking” Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute. They are laughing at R’s. MAKE CHANGE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

….8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate’s Law and complete Healthcare. Get smart!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

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After a stunning defeat in his attempted repeal of Obamacare, President Donald Trump retired to his favorite pastime on Saturday by slamming his party on Twitter.

A flurry of angry messages saw Trump criticize Republican senators for mandating 60 votes to pass legislation, as opposed to a simple majority of 51.

“The very outdated filibuster rule must go,” Trump said, before directly calling on majority leader Mitch McConnell to lower the vote count requirements. Filibuster rules, by the way, were not a factor in the failure of the Trump administration’s repeal efforts.

McConnell said in April, and doubled down to political blog Roll Call on Saturday, he would not bend to Trump’s will.

It’s been a scorched-earth week at the White House with the surprise failure of the “skinny repeal,” which would have deprived a reported 16 million Americans of healthcare coverage. Republicans John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski all defected in a dramatic middle-of-the-night vote that blocked Trump from dismantling a legacy bill for his predecessor Barack Obama.

Shortly after the vote, Trump fired his Chief of Staff Rence Priebus and replaced him with Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly.

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Trump Slams ‘3 Republicans and 48 Democrats’ for Skinny Repeal Failure

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to slam “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats” for failing to pass a stripped-down version of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The President said they “let the American people down.”

3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017

The Senate voted 49-51, with Arizona Sen. John McCain splitting from fellow Republicans to cast the deciding vote.

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The vote on the so-called “Skinny Repeal” bill came just after 1:30 a.m. ET, following hours of efforts by GOP leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence, to convince Republicans like Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, to vote yea.

Neither budged, and in the end the effort concentrated on McCain, who on Tuesday helped make early Friday’s vote possible. He left the hospital where he is being treated for aggressive brain cancer to vote in favor of bringing various Republican health care bills to the floor for debate.

Throughout the night, broadcast live on C-SPAN2, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Pence could be seen speaking to McCain, often heatedly.

It was unclear what was said among the three, but at one point Pence left the Senate building outright, only to return half an hour later, just before voting began. Had McCain voted with the Republicans, creating a 50-50 tie, Pence would have cast the deciding vote.

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There was speculation from observers that McCain’s final vote wasn’t clear even to his party colleagues, and given the reaction by Senate Democrats, that seems plausible. Democrats gasped, while McConnell looked inconsolably angry.

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to slam “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats” for failing to pass a stripped-down version of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The President said they “let the American people down.”

The Senate voted 49-51, with Arizona Sen. John McCain splitting from fellow Republicans to cast the deciding vote.

The vote on the so-called “Skinny Repeal” bill came just after 1:30 a.m. ET, following hours of efforts by GOP leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence, to convince Republicans like Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, to vote yea.

Neither budged, and in the end the effort concentrated on McCain, who on Tuesday helped make early Friday’s vote possible. He left the hospital where he is being treated for aggressive brain cancer to vote in favor of bringing various Republican health care bills to the floor for debate.

Throughout the night, broadcast live on C-SPAN2, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Pence could be seen speaking to McCain, often heatedly.

It was unclear what was said among the three, but at one point Pence left the Senate building outright, only to return half an hour later, just before voting began. Had McCain voted with the Republicans, creating a 50-50 tie, Pence would have cast the deciding vote.

There was speculation from observers that McCain’s final vote wasn’t clear even to his party colleagues, and given the reaction by Senate Democrats, that seems plausible. Democrats gasped, while McConnell looked inconsolably angry.

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Senator on Hot Mic Calls Rep Who Wanted to Duel Her ‘Huge,’ ‘So Unattractive’

Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jack Reed (D-RI), who were caught on a hot mic Tuesday after a Senate subcommittee meeting, dissed more than President Trump, as originally reported by The Washington Post.

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Collins went in for Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex), who said in a recent radio interview that he blames female senators for blocking the repeal of Obamacare, as TIME pointed out. “If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold said in an interview with “1440 Keys” on Monday.

Near the end of the recording, Collins asks Reed, “Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?”

“I know,” Reed said. “Trust me. Do you know why he challenged you to a duel? Cause you could beat the sh– out of him.”

“Well, he’s huge,” Collins said. “And he–I don’t mean to be unkind, but he’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable. Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this Playboy bunny?”

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This is the photo Sen. Susan Collins was referring to when she commented on Rep. Blake Farenthold wearing pajamas in 2010. pic.twitter.com/jZYCPC4FYW

— Beatrice-Elizabeth (@MissBeaE) July 25, 2017

The conversation included a discussion about Trump. Collins and Reed were discussing the federal budget following a hearing by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee when the Trump bashing started.

“I think — I think he’s crazy,” Reed said of Trump, according to the Washington Post. “I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”

“I’m worried,” Collins said, the Post reported.

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Collins implied that Trump doesn’t even know about the Budget Control Act, a 2011 law that defines the budget process. The pair noted that Trump discussed his budget at an event last weekend to launch a new aircraft carrier.

“He was down at the Ford commissioning… saying, ‘I want them to pass my budget.’ Okay, so we give him $54 billion and then we take it away across the board which would cause chaos,” Reed said.

“Right,” Collins 
fired back before Reed said, “Not one word about the debt ceiling.”

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Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jack Reed (D-RI), who were caught on a hot mic Tuesday after a Senate subcommittee meeting, dissed more than President Trump, as originally reported by The Washington Post.

Collins went in for Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex), who said in a recent radio interview that he blames female senators for blocking the repeal of Obamacare, as TIME pointed out. “If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold said in an interview with “1440 Keys” on Monday.

Near the end of the recording, Collins asks Reed, “Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?”

“I know,” Reed said. “Trust me. Do you know why he challenged you to a duel? Cause you could beat the sh– out of him.”

“Well, he’s huge,” Collins said. “And he–I don’t mean to be unkind, but he’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable. Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this Playboy bunny?”

The conversation included a discussion about Trump. Collins and Reed were discussing the federal budget following a hearing by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee when the Trump bashing started.

“I think — I think he’s crazy,” Reed said of Trump, according to the Washington Post. “I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”

“I’m worried,” Collins said, the Post reported.

Collins implied that Trump doesn’t even know about the Budget Control Act, a 2011 law that defines the budget process. The pair noted that Trump discussed his budget at an event last weekend to launch a new aircraft carrier.

“He was down at the Ford commissioning… saying, ‘I want them to pass my budget.’ Okay, so we give him $54 billion and then we take it away across the board which would cause chaos,” Reed said.

“Right,” Collins 
fired back before Reed said, “Not one word about the debt ceiling.”

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