Leid Stories—The Democratic Socialist, the Independent and the Democratic Party—07.10.18

And so, with his nomination yesterday of Brett Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald J. Trump has revved up his campaign to swing the court to the right. If confirmed, Kavanaugh will join Justice Neil Gorsuch on the court. They both were law clerks to Kennedy early in their legal careers.

The Democrats have vowed to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but that will depend on whether they can muster up the votes.

Meanwhile, showman Trump is in his element, using the brewing Supreme Court battle as a main event to draw the people’s attention while he dims the lights on other battles that haven’t gone so well. But the people shouldn’t be fooled, says Leid Stories. This is not our fight. Our fight is in the lower courts.

Also, we look at the Democrats’ “Maxine Waters dilemma,” with the party leadership being accused of failing to “protect” the California congresswoman against charges that she advocated violence against Trump administration officials who approved of the “zero tolerance” immigration policy that separated thousands of families seeking legal entry into the United States and kept them in internment camps without due process.

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