Ground Opposition Against Kavanaugh Sputters As Midterms Take The Spotlight
The fight to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh seemed like it was going to be the battle of the year, but Democrats' political enthusiasm is waning. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings have been set to start Sept. 4.
The New York Times:
‘So, So Jaded’: The Campaign To Stop Brett Kavanaugh Struggles For Liftoff
The two dozen or so liberal activists who had gathered in a darkened cafe on an unusually sticky evening recently were wrestling with a familiar challenge: how to persuade Susan Collins, Maine’s moderate Republican senator, to vote no. She had already helped sink her party’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and activists last Tuesday understood that they need to rally the same fervent clamor and rejectionist energy to pressure her to vote no again — this time on the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. (Fandos and Edmondson, 8/11)
Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Set For Sept. 4
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings will start on Sept. 4 and last between three and four days, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced on Friday. That scheduling tees up the GOP to meet its goal of getting President Donald Trump's pick seated on the high court by the time its term begins in early October, barring unforeseen obstacles or a breakthrough by Democrats who are pushing to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation. (Schor, 8/10)
The Washington Post:
White House Counts On Kavanaugh In Battle Against ‘Administrative State'
The White House did not mince words when it introduced Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to business and industry leaders on the occasion of his nomination to the Supreme Court this summer. “Judge Kavanaugh has overruled federal agency action 75 times,” the administration said in a one-page unsigned memo touting what it considered the highlights of Kavanaugh’s 12 years as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Barnes and Mufson, 8/12)