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There are only 79 days left til midterms.

Registration deadlines in some states are approaching. It's essential that if you've recently moved that you register at your new address AND UPDATE your ID.

ALL VOTERS should verify & update their registrations before the deadline.
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Please remind your friends, family, and co-workers who are sympathetic to the resistance that they must verify their registration.

Remember that #SCOTUS this year ruled in favor of States conducting voter purges.

Your government is actively seeking to take away your vote.

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It is essential that every voter have and maintain a legal state or federal identification. Bring it with you every time you vote. And make sure all the information on your ID matches that on your registration.

We must not give them any cause to not allow us to vote.

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"Anyone willing to be corrected is on the pathway to LIFE. Anyone refusing has lost his chance."

-Proverbs 10:17 👇😎👇

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Republicans announced #SCOTUS hearings will begin on Sept 4th. Let’s recap how the Senate GOP’s blatant and historic obstruction of Judge Kavanaugh's record is denying both the Senate & the American people access to critical information about a potential Supreme Court justice.
The GOP is deliberately withholding the entire record of Judge Kavanaugh’s 3 years as Staff Secretary– the most senior position he held in the Bush Admin & a job Kavanaugh himself said was “formative” & “instructive” as preparation for being a judge
Meanwhile, the small % of docs the Judiciary Committee will get to see are being pre-screened by a GOP political operative who worked for Kavanaugh in the Bush admin and currently represents Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Don McGahn.

If this seems shady, it’s because it is.
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Even “chipping away” at #RoevWade means deeply egregious restrictions on real rights, & enduring damage to real lives—especially women least able to afford or access care.
Ask the women of TX or those living in 22 states (not all red) about laws deterring & limiting access to abortions. With Kavanaugh’s appointment, the ‘Most Likely’ option = severe restrictions & free license for more states to follow.
Every outcome on abortion with Kavanaugh on #SCOTUS would result in women’s health & rights being fundamentally undermined. Call your Senator & share your story. #WhatsAtStake
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Good morning: consider this your daily reminder - we’re 13 business days out from confirmation hearings beginning for #SCOTUS/#Kavanaugh.
I know we’re all tired, but please make the time to call your Senators today. I’m honestly alarmed at how little people are talking about this. We can’t accept Kavanaugh as being inevitable.
If you need the thread in guide form, it’s here. I’ll transfer it to Medium this week. tinyletter.com/Celeste_pewter…
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As you're waiting for more primary news to come in tonight, take a moment to read this piece on Kavanaugh + the document fight:

washingtonpost.com/politics/white…
To put this entire fight into perspective, Kavanaugh was nominated 36 days ago.

While there have always been short turnaround times for SCOTUS nominations (67 days on average), Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have had even shorter-than-normal timeframes.

nbcnews.com/card/how-long-…
You know what I'm going to say, but I'm going to keep saying it:

Please continue calling your Senators. I know we're all tired - I certainly am - but #SCOTUS is a critical fight we have to keep pushing our Senators on. Scripts.

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Sigh. As I said yesterday, there are legitimate convos to be had around Omarosa, including the fact WH employees shouldn’t be made to sign non-disclosures. But.
Please do NOT forget we’re fifteen business days out from confirmation hearings beginning for #SCOTUS/#Kavanaugh.

This has to remain a top focus for everyone. I’ll boost the scripts again in the next tweet.
Scripts + detailed thread re: #Kavanaugh. Please don’t let the tedium of August in DC, lull us into a sense of inevitability re: SCOTUS.

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I think we can have legitimate conversations about Trump hiring awful people (and said awful people getting book deals 🤨), but let’s also continue to focus on pressing issues.
559 kids between 5-17 still haven’t been reunited with their parents. npr.org/2018/08/10/637…
We are SIXTEEN business days out from hearings beginning for #Kavanaugh/#SCOTUS. Please call your Senators.
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Trump: Day 567
-143rd Day at Trump Golf Club
-186th Day at Trump Property
-Sz NFL'ers "Unable 2 Define" Protests
-Omarosa Pens White House Memoir
-Mueller Subpoenas Randy Credico
-China Fires 6 Warnings at US Navy
-RHONY Friend Dead in Trump Tower
-Kavanaugh Hearings 2 Begin 9/4
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Day 672 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
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Day 524 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #fakenews #TrumpLies
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Take a moment to read this article about #Kavanaugh/#SCOTUS.

Not for the overall tone of pessimism, but with the understanding that we have to step it up. From the piece:

washingtonpost.com/powerpost/demo…
What we have is an uphill battle, for sure. But the only answer IS to increase the pressure, not accept Kavanaugh is inevitable.

We want to approach confirmation hearings and beyond, with the understanding we've done and are doing, everything in our power to stop him.
I'm hearing from way too many people, "Oh, Kavanaugh will be confirmed." Yes, the odds aren't in our favor.

But would you rather go down fighting, or having not fought at all? And there's plenty to do, to defend against him at the state-level.

Scripts in TL.
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If you haven't been calling your Senators about Kavanaugh/#SCOTUS, now is the time to start.

We are 16 business days out from the start of confirmation hearings on 09/04.

Boosting guide again in next tweet.

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Guide for #Kavanaugh.

Please make sure you call your Senators, and then get five other people to call their Senators. Make it easy for them, by either giving them switchboard number OR sending them DO contact information.

medium.com/@Celeste_pewte…
(And I'll make updates to the guide as needed, this weekend)

Remember: the objective is to Bork Kavanaugh. It's possible, given his record-low popularity. But that involves all of us working, and contacting our Senators however we can.

fivethirtyeight.com/features/brett…
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when I tweet about the same thing over and over, but we can't stop focusing on Kavanaugh/#SCOTUS, all.

Here's a key story about Kavanaugh from the release of Bush White House-era documents today. Take the time to read it: nytimes.com/2018/08/09/us/…
Remember: Mitch McConnell has been pushing for September hearings all along, with the aim of confirming Kavanaugh by October 1st.
rollcall.com/news/politics/…
While it looked like the Democrat fight for documents might delay the hearings past September: politico.com/story/2018/07/…
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I’m filing a Freedom of Information Act request with my Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee in an attempt to obtain crucial documents our Republican colleagues refuse to request from Judge Kavanaugh’s formative time at the White House.
The extraordinary step of filing a FOIA is a last resort—unprecedented & unfortunate, but necessary to fully & fairly review Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. We need these documents to do our job.
Never before has the minority party been forced to use FOIA to access vital information about a #SCOTUS nominee. But there is too much at stake to accept anything less than a complete picture of Judge Kavanaugh’s background.
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Trump: Day 564
-140th Day at a Trump Golf Club
-183rd Day at a Trump Property
-Considers Means 2 Limit Citizenship
-Ross Accused of Stealing $120M
-EPA is Allowing Asbestos 2 Return
-Tariffs Cost 126 S Carolina Mfg Jobs
-Took 11 Months 2 Restore PR Power
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Day 669 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
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Day 521 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #fakenews #TrumpLies
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THREAD on new 9th Circuit decision in Rodriguez v. Swartz, our (@ACLUaz @sdACLU + @ACLU) cross-#border shooting case: On Oct. 10, 2012, a U.S. Border Patrol agent on duty in Nogales, AZ fired between 14 & 30 bullets across the #border. aclusandiego.org/wp-content/upl…
Approximately 10 of those bullets hit J.A. Rodriguez, a 16 year old boy peacefully walking down the street on the other side of the #border wall, in Nogales, Mexico.
The 9th Circuit opinion first *affirms* the AZ district court's decision denying Agent Swartz qualified immunity: 📢📢📢"It is inconceivable that any reasonable officer could have thought that he or she could kill J.A. for no reason." Slip Op. at 9.
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Exclusive w/ #FOIA master @JasonLeopold: New Documents From Kavanaugh’s Time In The Bush White House Show He Worked On Key Questions Of Presidential Power —> buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
Wild to think this heavily redacted subset (3 months) of a subset (Kavanaugh's communications w/ OLC) is the most we have seen of the #SCOTUS nominee's 5 years of communications in the GWB White House. And this little bit shows he did key work. —> buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
READ the Kavanaugh documents for yourself because, of course, being @BuzzFeedNews, we posted them so that you can read them all. Links throughout the story: buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
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GOP wants a vote on #Kavanaugh for #SCOTUS before documents are released. Many asking #WhatAreTheyHiding?

He was with G.W. Bush, 2000-2006.

Thought someone should do a thread of all controversies during that time that they might be hiding. Continued⤵
slate.com/news-and-polit…
This thread ended up being longer than I anticipated, turns out the George W. Bush admin had more than a few controversies—I expect I missed a few things.

If you notice something big I missed, comment with reputable news article, and I’ll quote tweet your comment onto the thread
The 2000 FL Vote recount (Florida law required recount for a razor close election, Bush legal team argued to end it, eventually successfully before the #SCOTUS … he was on the Bush legal team).
miamiherald.com/news/nation-wo…
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You can’t make this s**t up @SenWarren @SenatorCarper @SenWhitehouse @SenBlumenthal are demanding an investigation from the Department of Defense IG into who’s toured Air Force One. These people are insane, what a horrific waste of resources. #VOTEDEMSOUT
WHAT do you think giving tours to campaign donors was for? You are a further embarrassment to the VA Committee Blumenthal the @DeptofDefense has better sh*t to do like defend the Country.
The whole damn world has had a tour of Air Force One?! THIS is what you worry about? OMG. ENOUGH.
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⚡️LONG THREAD ⚡️

@SenateDems have done an about-face on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s #SCOTUS nomination.

At first, they had no doubt he was anything less than an existential threat to the Constitution. If he were confirmed, they said, millions of lives would be lost...
Now, they are claiming we have no idea who Kavanaugh is or what kind of #SCOTUS justice he would be. Solving that mystery, they say, requires putting the confirmation process on hold while they access more than 1 million documents related to Kavanaugh’s service in the Bush WH.
This demand raises an obvious question: What is the point of this demand, since the Democrats making it announced their opposition to Kavanaugh before President Trump even announced that he was the nominee?
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Today, the DC Circuit sided with WMATA in its fight with the Archdiocese over holiday ads, holding that WMATA did not violate the Archdiocese's First Amendment rights by rejecting their religious ads. From Judge Rogers' opinion:
Here's the full opinion: documentcloud.org/documents/4623…
Judge Wilkins joined Rogers' opinion but also wrote separately "to discuss the importance of traditional forum doctrine to protecting First Amendment values."
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JUST IN: #SCOTUS denies the Trump administration's request for a stay in the kids' climate change case in Oregon, but with a note of how broad and questionable the claims are.
Here was DOJ's stay request: supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/18/1… / Here was the brief in opposition from the plaintiffs: supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/18/1…
Given that no executions are scheduled for today or tomorrow, that is likely the last vote to be cast by Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement is effective tomorrow.
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Every year, my students find it mind-blowing that, for its first 44 years, #SCOTUS usually delivered opinions only from the bench, leaving the substance to be fleshed out through private transcription by reporters (who neglected to actually transcribe all of the Court's rulings):
It wasn't until:

1816 that Congress even began appropriating funds to pay someone to report on the Court's decisions;

1874 that Congress began paying to (privately) publish the Court's decisions, and

1922 that the government began publishing the Court's decisions itself.
And then, of course, there is the #copyright dispute between the third and fourth of the Court's reporters, culminating in the 1834 decision in Wheaton v. Peters, which, not coincidentally, was handed down five days after the rule change flagged above:

supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/…
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Women make a difference, then and now.
“As it turns out, nearly two-thirds of all known rescuers have been found to be women.”

Make your plans about how you can save our families, our country.
I’ve been repeatedly warned that I’ll destroy my career if I dare speak out, so most of my political tweets and blogs are under a different name.
BUT when a govt starts harming children and their families, I realized that speaking out for them IS my career.
I need some help
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I delayed my divorce until my kids were beyond custody battles, thinking I could obtain my share of our assets to move on.
I didn’t realize that divorce cts in the US (some worse than others) are set up 2 asset-strip and discard the more dependent spouse, like venture capitalists
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1/ Divided 9th Circuit panel finds that 2nd Amendment "Second Amendment encompasses the right of a responsible law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm openly for self-defense outside of the home"
documentcloud.org/documents/4616… - J O'Scannlain & Ikuta in majority. J Clifton in dissent.
2/ Panel distinguishes Hawaii case from Peruta (San Diego): "Young’s claim therefore picks up where Peruta’s left off and presents an issue of first impression for this circuit: whether the Second Amendment encompasses a right to carry firearms openly in public for self-defense."
3/ Judge Reinhardt has already issued a call for rehearing en banc from the great beyond.
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