Bill Blum: Unlike the retiring Kennedy, Kavanaugh will not be a “swing voter” on the high court, but an unflagging confederate of the court’s present extreme right-wing cohort.
Lauren Windsor: This time around their appeasement would tilt the balance of the court far to the right, and imperil women’s reproductive freedoms across the country by confirming the decisive justice in overturning Roe v. Wade.
Tom Hall: Kavanaugh was simply appointed because he guaranteed The Donald that he will be a constant vote on the Supreme Court against allowing any legal process to reach The Donald.
Bill Blum: Short of selecting 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a religious zealot who belongs to the fringe Catholic cult People for Praise and was reportedly among the finalists for the nod, Trump could not have chosen a candidate who poses a greater threat to progressive values and causes.
Tom Hall: He is, in fact, a standard Reagan era, corporatist, racist, misogynist judge, who happened to write a couple of opinions that reflected one small area of decency in his work.
Eric Ortiz: After spending 41 years at Angola prison in Louisiana, Gary Tyler has become a community leader in the struggle for justice.
Larry Wines: How does this happen, and keep happening, in the United States of America, the land of the free, the home of the brave, the only place on Earth where gun murders and maimings and assaults exceed the death tolls of all the world’s active war zones combined?
John Peeler: Given the 51-49 split, and John McCain’s terminal illness, it is by no means inconceivable that the Senate could reject the nomination, particularly if the nominee is unable to soothe the moderates in both parties.
Ted Vaill: The answer for progressives is not to give more money to the Democratic politicians who are using these events to ask for more right now, but to tell them to put their balls (or guts) where their mouths are.
David D. Cole: The court effectively closed its eyes to what the world sees and rubber-stamped a ban that effectively erected a sign at the U.S. borders reading “Muslims not welcome.”
Kary Love: Involuntary separation of minor kids from their parents is, I am sorry to say, clearly a most odious punishment. A hearing before doing so seems mandated by John 7:51.
It’s clear that the time is right for sports betting to be legalized, and many predict that other forms of gambling will also soon be more widely accepted across the US.
Jacqueline Bedaiko: Rigorous training programs and extensive time spent studying theory, and applying this theory under close supervision, could be considered as a way of preparing officers for the profession.