Notorious Indeed

I’m grateful that I finally saw On the Basis of Sex, one of two movies about the accomplished and amazing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is smart. She is committed to her family. She champions equality, justice, and rights. She is a compelling role model for anyone who aspires to greatness.

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A Supreme Matter

A recent event offers insight into the actual costs of the recent Supreme Court confirmation.

Reports indicate that a mysterious foreign corporation owned by another nation is fighting a Mueller subpoena that, it claims, requires it to violate the laws of that nation. A District Court judge and three Circuit Court judges concluded that these sovereign immunity claims lack merit, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts decided on the Sunday before Christmas to block the unanimous decisions of these courts until the U.S. government could respond.

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Learning From Losses

President Trump’s mid-term election characterizations — “Big Victory” and “very Big Win” and “great Midterm Election” — are disingenuous at best, but the bigger loss, I believe, was their lost opportunity.

The Republicans did win two to four U.S. Senate seats but did so with what has been called the most favorable Republican Senate election map as a result of redistricting, gerrymandering, and population shifts in over 100 years, but they lost control of half of the legislative branch. Moreover, the number of Republican women will likely decrease even as the number of women in Congress increased by at least ten. Even state-level results are mixed at best where Republicans won some important governor races, such as Florida and Ohio, but flipped none while losing at least seven, such as Wisconsin, Kansas, and Illinois. Continue reading “Learning From Losses”