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This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. Nina Totenberg previews the hearing in two reports at NPR, here and here (audio). At Bloomberg, Laura Litvan and others report that “[a]t Ford’s request, she and Kavanaugh will not be in the hearing room at the same time. She will testify first, giving an opening statement before questioning by senators and by an outside lawyer, Rachel Mitchell, hired by the panel’s 11 all-male Republicans to handle much of their questioning. Then Kavanaugh will do the same.” For The Wall Street Journal, Rebecca Ballhaus and Aruna Viswanatha report that “[o]n the eve of [the] hearing …, a third woman came forward to accuse [Kavanaugh] of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s as partisan anger deepened on both sides.” Commentary comes from the editorial board of The New York Times, Ramesh Ponnuru in an op-ed for Bloomberg, Christina Cauterucci at Slate, Charles Cooke at National Review, Jim Geraghty, also at National Review, the editorial board of The Washington Post, Marc Thiessen in an op-ed for The Washington Post, and Linda Greenhouse in an op-ed for The New York Times.


  • At A House Divided, Calvin TerBeek looks at “the simultaneous development of movement conservatism and originalism, both ‘old’ and ‘new’” to predict “[w]hat kind of originalist” Kavanaugh would be.
  • At The Atlantic, Natasha Bertrand observes that a “key Republican senator has quietly weighed in on an upcoming Supreme Court case” – Gamble v. United States, which asks whether the Supreme Court should overrule an exception to the double jeopardy clause that allows state and federal courts to prosecute the same person for the same offense – “that could have important consequences for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.” 
  • At Education Week, Mark Walsh reports that “[t]he U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term Oct. 1 with no education cases yet on its docket, but with the potential for several to be added in the coming months involving such issues as teacher First Amendment rights, employment discrimination in schools, and equal pay for teachers of similar experience”; he looks at “a new book assessing more than 100 years of U.S. Supreme Court constitutional cases involving students [whose author] argues that ‘the public school has served as the single most significant site of constitutional interpretation within the nation’s history.’”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 27, 2018, 7:15 AM),