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Judge Brett Kavanaugh's hearings begin with protests

Sep 4, 2018

What does Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record tell us about what kind of Supreme Court Justice he would be? What would his confirmation mean for crucial issues like abortion, LGBTQ rights, affirmative action, and gun control?

Kavanaugh’s record on national security suggests a strong deference to executive power. He has defended mass surveillance of Americans’ phone records. Labor groups say Kavanaugh’s record is anti-labor and anti-union. He strongly supported the Trump administration’s attempt to block a pregnant detained immigrant teen from exercising her right to have an abortion. How would Kavanaugh affect the court and the country?


Ian Millhiser, justice editor for ThinkProgress, and the author of Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted

Jodi Jacobson, president and editor in chief of Rewire.News

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Politico: Brett Kavanaugh's track record

ThinkProgress: Brett Kavanaugh won’t have to wait long for a chance to overrule Roe v. Wade

Rewire.News: Brett Kavanaugh’s ‘Forced Abortion’ Decision Is About Far More Than Reproductive Rights

SCOTUS blog: Judge Kavanaugh’s record in national-security cases

New York Times: How Abortion Rights Will Die a Death by 1,000 Cuts

New York Times: A Kavanaugh Signal on Abortion?

Mother Jones: Brett Kavanaugh’s History as a Judge Has Organized Labor

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Politico: Inside Kavanaugh's hearing prep: Mock hearings and faux protesters