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Oct 7, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
But let's talk about the connection between the Kavanaugh defense and the Title IX reg changes the Trump administration is proposing for a minute, okay? We heard *a lot* about a return to the presumption of innocence and due process.

These are sacrosanct and the very fact Republicans are playing games with them should tell you how important they are
Oct 7, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
Yes everything is terrible with Kavanaugh's confirmation but I think it's also important to remember that the Court for the majority of its history has also been terrible The Supreme Court has rarely sided with disadvantaged people over the privileged. More often than not it has been the branch that has solidified power rather than pushed it back.
Oct 6, 2018 107 tweets 9 min read
Senate debate on the Kavanaugh nomination has begun. You can watch here if you're so inclined… Sen. Sherrod Brown speaking now making his case against Kavanaugh.

What matters here, what really matters here is that we listen to women.
Sep 28, 2018 86 tweets 7 min read
Sen. Grassley's defense of Kavanaugh and yesterday's proceedings is a brand new level of insult to survivors everywhere. It was only fair that his accuser had the burden of proof, Grassley said. And in my opinion that wasn't met said Grassley

Then he suggests the press should leave the room for standing up and taking pictures
Sep 27, 2018 204 tweets >60 min read
Kavanaugh hearings start soon. As I said last night I'll tweet as I can.

A reminder. This is not a criminal trial no matter what the right says. The committee room is coming to order. Grassley likes to start things on time so I expect we'll be gaveled to order real quick here
Sep 7, 2018 226 tweets >60 min read
It’s DAY FOUR of the Kavanaugh hearings how we doin friends? The format for today's hearings is different with 5 panels of witnesses, some from the GOP and some from the Dems. Senators will likely shuffle in and out today
Sep 6, 2018 293 tweets >60 min read
It's DAY THREE of the Kavanaugh hearings. Gather round, friends for another full day of shenanigans I'll be here all day!

Miss day two? Here's a quick recap… Today's format is largely the same. Members of the Judiciary Committee get to question Kavanaugh. Unlike yesterday's 30 minute rounds are shortened to 20 minutes
Sep 5, 2018 387 tweets >60 min read
Gather round, friends as we settle into Day Two of Kavanaugh confirmation hearings!

Senators are milling about judiciary and things should be starting soon Grassley gavels the room to order and wishes everyone a good morning.

Reminder: no good mornings for Grassley
Sep 4, 2018 307 tweets >60 min read
As I already said, good morning to everyone but Grassley who just wished us good morning. Senator Kamala Harris interrupts Grassley to object to the opening of the hearing. Grassley talks over Harris. Klobuchar joins in. Grassley continues with the introduction of Kavanaugh
Aug 17, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
Fetal homicide laws are unnecessary and dangerous. They criminalize pregnant people and encourage prosecutorial overreach. He’ll be charged in the deaths of three BORN people which is sufficient. I’ve spent damn near the last ten years reporting of fetal homicide laws and their abuses and this story is exactly the kind of tragedy lawmakers will use to expand state power over pregnant bodies. Just ask Indiana
Jun 20, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
This is part of their play. They've been gunning for Flores for a while and see this as an opening. Even now they are using kids as bargaining chips. The administration is going for indefinite detention of babies and will argue that anyone who challenges the EO ending family separation under Flores is a ghoul. It's leveraging moral outrage for its own wicked policy goals.

It's really just so awful, y'all.
Nov 7, 2017 14 tweets 2 min read
Ways in which we excuse white male violence while stigmatizing others:

It’s mental illness not guns
Boys will be boys what was she wearing Gay panic
Trans* panic
Economic anxiety
Oct 20, 2017 95 tweets 8 min read
The Garza hearing starts now. I'll be live tweeting whether Trump administration can force an undocumented minor to give birth. Government starts by saying it is not preventing Garza from getting an abortion just that they are not facilitating it. Sound familiar?