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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- Former president George W. Bush says that he and wife Laura (pictured above) are standing by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following newly public attempted rape allegations. In a statement, Bush calls his former employee “a fine husband, father, and friend.” Not great. Just fine. [Politico]
- Our current president, Donald J. Trump, says that he feels a lot of sympathy for Kavanaugh, which is a very expected reaction from someone who’s literally been caught on tape bragging about how easy it is to assault women when you’re rich and powerful. “I feel so badly for him that he is going through this,” said Trump. “This is not a man who deserves this.” [The Hill]
- Weird how all the bad men are actually good. [mine own mental unraveling dot com]
- Hey, look. It’s everyone’s good guy Brett Kavanaugh talking about how “What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep” in a speech he gave in 2015. “That’s been a good thing for all of us,” he said, which, yeah, I fucking bet!!!! [MSNBC]
- WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING. A federal judge says Georgia does not have to switch out its paperless voting machines for ones that will produce paper records before the fall midterms, which worries election security activists. [Politico]
- Recently released documents reveal that Commerce Security Wilbur Ross repeatedly pushed the Justice Department to include the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Ross had previously testified before Congress that the Justice Department requested he include the question, so 😬😬😬. [Mother Jones]
- Sharen Wilson, the Texas district attorney who sentenced Crystal Masen to prison for unintentionally casting an illegal ballot, apparently violated state law when she used a work computer to ask employees for their contact info so she could invite them to a fundraiser. Not to prop up the legitimacy of the carceral state, but she should probably go to prison immediately, right?? [The Appeal]
- Ted says Beto’s gonna ban barbecues. [The Austin American-Statesman]
- Trump’s ordering the declassification of a bunch of documents relating to the ongoing Russia investigation. [CBS News]
- ONE LAST THING ABOUT KAVANAUGH, SORRY: Mark Judge, the man Christine Blasey Ford says was in the room when Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her, says he has “no memory of this alleged incident” and that he does not “wish to speak publicly about the incidents described.” [CNN]
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