The Kavanaugh vote
The vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court happened in the Senate today. Before it began, some GOP insiders worried “We don’t have 50 right now," Jonathan Swan wrote at Axios.
Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, revealed she’s voting no on Kavanaugh and gave her reasoning to WDAY News’ Kevin Wallevand.
In the end, the Senate voted 51-49 to move ahead with Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to vote no, while Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote yes, according to the New York Times.
Some Kavanaugh opinions
Thursday night, the man of the hour wrote an op-ed about himself in the Wall Street Journal saying, “I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge.” Todd Ruger added, “Supreme Court nominee Brett #Kavanaugh writes an op-ed in the WSJ to say he might have been too emotional when testifying last week.”
Meanwhile, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens thinks Kavanaugh does not belong on the high court. Stevens said so to a crowd of retirees in Boca Raton, which is how Lulu Ramadan got the scoop for the Palm Beach Post.
In the Opinion section at the Washington Post, Lynne Brookes, Elizabeth M. Swisher, and Charles Ludington write: We were Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking buddies. We don’t think he should be confirmed.
Within that same section, the Washington Post editorial board urged lawmakers to Vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh. “It’s the first time since 1987 it has done so,” Michael Del Moro pointed out. Sahil Kapur added that was “(with Robert Bork).”
The Wall Street Journal adds that a Friend of Dr. Ford Felt Pressure to Revisit her Statement, according to reporting from Natalie Andrews, Rebecca Ballhaus, and Sadie Gurman. “Leland Keyser told FBI she felt pressured by Monica McLean, Ford’s friend, to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about the assault. Her later statement said she believed but couldn't corroborate Ford's account,” Ballhaus explained.
In the New Yorker, Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow write that The F.B.I. Ignored Testimonies from Kavanaugh’s Former Classmates. That’s “including a professor now on the record about Ramirez allegations,” Mayer tweeted.
Colorado’s Cory Gardner was reviewing the FBI’ Kavanaugh report after listening to sexual assault survivors, per the Denver Post’s Anna Staver. Even after all this listening and reviewing, Gardner still voted “Yes” on Kavanaugh.
And here’s a story about how the Kavanaugh hearing is causing rifts to break open at Facebook from the New York Times. Mike Isaac, who wrote the piece, says, “For the past week, Facebook employees have been in open internal revolt over an FB VP appearing in support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.” Ben Walsh added this: “'Facebook, love it or leave it.’”
What else is happening in government?
Ben Terris tries to figure out Why is Lindsey Graham acting like this? for the Washington Post. Terris explains, “The man formerly known as ‘Stinkball’ has found the center of attention once again.”
BuzzFeed News’ Emily Dugan says People Suing The Government Were Denied Legal Aid After The Government Was Briefed On Their Cases. Stuart Millar explains, “BuzzFeed News has seen internal emails which show officials in ministerial private offices discussing legal aid applications with supposedly independent decision makers. The applications were then rejected.”
The AP hasn’t forgotten about that infamous New York Times op-ed from a White House insider. But according to Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey, the writer is Still Anonymous as the White House hunt for the op-ed author fades.
Another Nobel prize winner
The Nobel Peace Prize was Awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad this morning. Benjamin Mueller has a write-up in the New York Times. Both Mukwege and Murad work to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
In their reporting, the BBC called the newest Nobel winners “anti-rape activists.”
Troubled international relations
Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet was denied his visa renewal in Hong Kong, according to FT’s Ben Bland. Mallet is a veteran foreign correspondent who’s run the FT’s news operations in Asia for almost two years.
Mallet is also the vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong and has been since 2017. Writing for HKFP, Kris Cheng points out that Mallet recently chaired an independence talk. But the Financial Times says, “We have not been given a reason for the rejection.”
The Washington Post’s Opinion section (which has been extremely busy in recent weeks) today published Where is Jamal Khashoggi? The Saudi journalist apparently disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday. The editorial board insists, "We are worried."
In another part of the world, the Interpol president was reported missing after a trip to China, according to the AP’s Lori Hinnant.
Dan Petrella: “We're Tronc no more.”
Kathleen O'Malley: “At long last!”
Charles Johnson: “More like nonc.”
- Award-winning sportswriter Dave Anderson died at 89. Anderson wrote for the New York Times. The paper’s Richard Goldstein wrote his obituary. “Sad to hear. I was lucky to interview him and he was most gracious. And a great sports newsman,” Joe Strupp remembered.
- And the Charleston Gazette-Mail's Ken Ward received a MacArthur Fellowship. Ward himself shared: “Here’s a @wvgazettemail story about why I work at this newspaper in my home state and what this MacArthur Fellowship means to me.” According to the MacArthur people, Ward was chosen because he excels at “revealing the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia and spurring greater accountability among public and private stakeholders.” Stephanie Mencimer applauded, “This is so totally awesome and deserved.”