Willingly martyred to own the libs
Well, first of all, as Chris Colin tweets, “Let he who is without sin cast the first beer at a dude’s face after a UB40 concert and also cast ice.” Having said that, we’ve learned from Emily Bazelon and Ben Protess of The New York Times that Kavanaugh Was Questioned by Police After a Bar Fight in 1985 following a UB40 concert. Osita Nwanevu puts it this way: “Brett Kavanaugh: willingly martyred to own the libs. Every bad thing this guy has ever done is going to be national news. Literally dozens of other nominees available. Just incredible.” Anyway, we’d make the red, red wine joke now, but we’d hate for you to be stuck with that song in your head all day.
The outlines of the incident were first referred to in a statement issued on Sunday by Chad Ludington, who says he has been in touch with the F.B.I. And Peter Baker and Michael Schmidt of The New York Times report that the White House has told the F.B.I. to interview anyone necessary for Kavanaugh inquiry. Tweets Michael Del Moro, “Two people briefed tell the NY Times that the WH has told the FBI agents can interview anyone necessary... and they have ALREADY interviewed Judge, Ramirez, Smyth, and Keyser.”
Meanwhile, a mutual friend of Ramirez and Kavanaugh is anxious to come forward with evidence but hasn’t received a response from the F.B.I. so far, according to reporting by Heidi Przybyla and Leigh Ann Caldwell of NBC News. Text messages between Kavanaugh friends Kerry Berchem and Karen Yarasavage “suggest that the nominee was personally talking with former classmates about Ramirez’s story in advance of the New Yorker article that made her allegation public.”
Does he meet his own standards?
Speaking of his more recent behavior, David Corn of Mother Jones found a 2015 speech Kavanaugh delivered at the Columbus Law School at Catholic University in which he said, A Judge Must Keep “Emotions in Check” and Not Be a “Political Partisan.” Corn wonders, “Does Brett Kavanaugh meet his own standards for judicial temperament?”
At BuzzFeed News, Zoe Tillman writes, Brett Kavanaugh’s Partisan Jabs Raise Ethics Questions That Will Likely Follow Him Whether Or Not He’s Confirmed. She tweets, “We're aware of at least two ethics complaints against Kavanaugh, one about his response to the sexual assault allegations. Chief Judge Merrick Garland would typically handle those — we’re waiting to see if Garland asks to have them sent to another circuit.” That’s right, Merrick Garland. If nothing else, “Merrick Garland is going to write a really good memoir one day,” notes Carter Sherman.
Meanwhile, The Harvard Crimson confirms that Kavanaugh Will Not Return to Teach at Harvard Law School, according to an email administrators sent to Law students Monday evening.
And finally, The Onion reminds us, Nation Urged To Be Extra Sensitive To Men Reliving Trauma Of Not Getting Something.
Amy Argetsinger says, “If you read only one thing today, it should be this breathtaking @MonicaHesse piece. That’s Dear dads: Your daughters told me about their assaults. This is why they never told you, by Monica Hesse of The Washington Post. While dads may not be hearing about assaults, the stories are pouring into Hesse’s inbox. Stephanie Merry calls it “Yet another moving, thoughtful story by @MonicaHesse. No doubt it'll bring up a lot of emotions for women. I hope it does the same for men.” Put simply, “Are you a father? A brother? A husband? A friend? A human person of any kind whatsoever? READ THIS,” tweets Caitlin Gibson.
It comes from the top
“‘You’re not thinking. You never do,' Trump tells @CeciliaVega as the men behind him chuckle. Vega, undistracted, continues asking her question with focus and authority. Video clip here --> with analysis by @byamberphillips.” Libby Casey links to that analysis by Amber Phillips of The Washington Post, who highlights “two things about this exchange [with Cecilia Vega of ABC News] that were disturbing, although not out of character for Trump.” Jacqui Banaszynski offers, “I would like to assure him that we are thinking. And always do.” “Total disrespect for women comes from the top and trickles into the SCOTUS,” says Antoinette Machiaverna. Meanwhile, The Daily Beast points out that the White House edited the insult out of the official transcript.
Also, new from Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld at The Wall Street Journal, Trump Directed Legal Action to Enforce Stormy Daniels’s Hush Agreement. “I hope conservatives outraged over Kavanaugh’s treatment do not spare the president from condemnation over the fact that he is still intimately involved with the Trump Org and coordinating efforts to silence one of his paramours, contrary to his assertions,” tweets Noah Rothman.
At Foreign Policy, Colum Lynch reports that, starting today, domestic same-sex partners of U.N. officials and foreign diplomats can no longer receive a diplomatic visa. The new policy will insist they be married, even if they’re from countries that criminalize gay marriage, and if you’re at a loss for words, Stephen Robert Morse has you covered: “F*cked up!”
“Per the Washington Post, the *internal* watchdog at DHS found ‘administrative indifference’ to the separation of small children from their parents and comms/planning issues with the family separation policy.” Michael Del Moro links to the scoop from Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti at The Washington Post, Trump’s family separation policy was flawed from the start, watchdog review says. Tweets Miroff, “Kids stuck in Border Patrol stations for as long as 25 days. Communication chaos. A database that didn’t exist. We got a copy of the Inspector General’s autopsy of Zero T family separations.” As Alison Frankel notes, “This @washingtonpost story is equally heartbreaking and enraging. Homeland Security's in-house watchdog report details chaos, rule-breaking and inhumanity of short-lived family separation policy.”
And on to the scoop from Demetri Sevastopulo and Tom Mitchell at the Financial Times, US considered a ban on student visas for Chinese nationals. Jonathan Cohn notes, “Sources told @FT that Stephen Miller said the proposed policy had a bonus: It would hurt elite universities where staff and faculty had been critical of Trump.” “This would have been a horrible, horrible, horrible idea, and I can say confidently that everyone I respect in the China watching community feels the same way,” says Isaac Stone Fish. And Adam Serwer offers “Congratulations to Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts for encouraging this.”
Not so good for the brand
Dan Alexander and Chase Peterson-Withorn of Forbes explain How Trump Is Trying—And Failing—To Get Rich Off His Presidency. Tweets Peterson-Withorn, “Since Trump won the election, we have interviewed nearly 200 of his colleagues, partners and industry observers, all to answer a simple question: Is Trump getting rich off the presidency? Here are the early results.” While reporting this story, Alexander says they learned, “One thing that is clear: Trump’s campaign converted donations from people across the country into revenue for his business.” But the bottom line, they write: “His net worth, by our calculation, has dropped from $4.5 billion in 2015 to $3.1 billion the last two years, knocking the president 138 spots lower on the latest The Forbes 400 (which will be published in full tomorrow).”
That was quick...
Scott Kirsner is reacting to the news from Thomas Gryta, David Benoit and Ted Mann at The Wall Street Journal that GE has already named a new CEO to replace ousted executive John Flannery. Board member Larry Culp, a former CEO of Danaher Corp., has been named as its new chairman and CEO, effective immediately.
Meanwhile, co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger announce Adam Mosseri as new Head of Instagram. He joined Instagram earlier this year after being head of News Feed for Facebook.
Also at The Wall Street Journal, Laura Stevens reports that Amazon Will Raise Its Minimum U.S. Wage to $15 an Hour. Tweets Mohamed El-Erian, “.@WSJ on @Amazon's decision to hike its minimum wage to $15. I suspect that the decision's drivers go beyond the increasing political pressures on the company. It is also a reflection of tighter labor conditions for a major employer.”
At Poynter Hannah Storm writes of being shamed into silence: Female journalists are disproportionately targeted for sexual harassment and assault - and I’m proof. Tweets David Folkenflik, “British sports journalist Hannah Storm (not the espn host) writes harrowingly of harassment from colleagues and assault by sources... a reminder of how vulnerable female reporters can be as they go out on stories.” Kristen Hare adds, “Thank you, @HANNAHSTORM6, for telling your story. <3.”
Meanwhile, Mark Di Stefano of BuzzFeed News reports that Carl David Goette-Luciak, a freelance journalist writing for The Guardian and Washington Post, has been deported from Nicaragua after being doxxed by an online mob.
A year later
Some “remarkable storytelling,” as Audra D. S. Burch says, a year after the Las Vegas shooting. In After the Las Vegas Shooting, the Nation Moved On. Many Survivors Did Not, Ash Ngu, Julie Turkewitz, K. Lai, Anjali Singhvi and Sergio Peçanha of The New York Times share some of the survivors’ stories. Tweets Turkewitz, “A year ago I was hopping a plane to Las Vegas, to cover what turned into the deadliest shooting in modern American history. This last week I traveled all over southern California to speak with survivors. They're hanging in.”
A year after Tom Petty’s death, author Warren Zanes shares a tale of loss, memory and the search for the perfect cup of coffee. Read that piece in Rolling Stone, Tom Petty’s Biographer on the Story He Didn’t Tell. Tweets Michael Barclay, “This is an amazing piece about Tom Petty, about how ‘the pile of songs he left us with had earned him a place in the present tense,’ about the art of biography, and about... Maxwell House coffee?!”
30 years later
“Love this sweet, perfect tribute to Matilda by Mara Wilson, with ruminations on what the character might like now, 30 years after she was first introduced (and captivated kiddos like me),” tweets Jessica Derschowitz. She’s referring to Matilda and Me at 30, Mara Wilson’s essay for Vanity Fair. Kayla Yandoli has discovered, “apparently i share a birthday with matilda wormwood (october 1st) and everything just makes so much sense... jokes and doppelgängers aside, this is a lovely piece by @MaraWilson.”
And while we’re on the topic of Matilda, CNN’s Rob Picheta reports that a statue of Donald Trump has gone face-to-face with a formidable new critic—the classic British children’s character Matilda. As Connie Schultz quotes, “‘All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen. If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television.’ ― Roald Dahl, Matilda.”