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What Judge Kavanaugh faces in the #MeToo Era

In the wake of the revelation of Christine Blasey Ford’s identity, some have suggested that her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh will be handled more sensitively than such accusations once were thanks to the #MeToo movement. That may turn out to be true, but only if at least one other woman comes forward with similar charges.

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Welcome back, Obama

In November of 2016, in the simmering afterglow of Donald Trump’s stunning defeat of Hillary Clinton, a still-stunned President Barack Obama traveled to Lima, Peru, for a summit of APEC, or Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

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Troubling takeaways from the Kavanaugh hearings

If you wanted further proof that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell severely damaged the Senate, look no further than the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanagh. With no filibuster and no interest in fairness or acting as a rigorous check on the executive, Republicans ran roughshod over the process, withholding documents and allowing Kavanaugh to give zero assurances on Roe v. Wade, executive power or much of anything else.

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An insider’s lament about Trump serves no public good

People write op-eds for all kinds of reasons. Some do it for recognition, some to draw attention to an issue they think has been overlooked. We can rule out both motives for a splashy New York Times op-ed, written by an anonymous someone whom the Times assures us is a senior Trump administration official, and who calls himself part of a “quiet resistance within the administration.”

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Trump staff’s resistance can’t avert a crisis. It is one.

The New York Times published an extraordinary column Wednesday afternoon by an anonymous contributor identified as a “senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.” (In a tweet, and perhaps inadvertently, the Times also described its op-ed columnist as a man.)

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When employers can’t stop workers from organizing, they create an underclass

Unions in the United States have always been subject to immense pressure from employers. They exist to counter employers’ desire to take as much as they can get from workers. As a result, they’re always under attack. With weakened unions come lower pay and standards for all of us who sell our labor for a living. Each lowering of union-contract standards sends a signal: Labor is weak, keep pushing.

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Trump is the commander of fear; his supporters love to be afraid

During the presidential campaign, in the spring of 2016, the Republican front-runner Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post. They quoted President Barack Obama on global power and foreign affairs saying that “real power means you can get what you want without having to exert violence.” They then asked Trump if he agreed.