Supreme Ambition review: Trump, Kavanaugh and the right’s big coup

Ruth Marcuss well-sourced account reveals a conservative push to dismantle FDRs legacy through the supreme court Supreme Ambition has already earned the presidents ire. In a Book link Supreme Ambition offers a possible additional glimpse into Kennedys thinking. Marcus reports that at a gathering of Washingtons high and mighty, the Alfalfa Club dinner, shortly after Trumps inauguration, Gregory Kennedy, the justices son, approached the White House aide Kellyanne Conway and conveyed that no one was happier about the election than his father. In fairness, the author also records the younger Kennedys email denial that he ever spoke to Conway about his fathers views about the election or any other subject. Notably, he does not deny meeting Conway. Justice is not …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a hero to women. A future without her is a chilling prospect | Moira Donegan

The 86-year-old justice cant live forever, and it increasingly looks like womens freedoms wont either You can find her face on enamel pins, tote bags, posters, and greetings cards. She stares at you from T-shirts, from stickers, from stationery, from inside embroidery hoops, her face rendered in tiny squares of thread. She is shown stern faced, eyes impenetrable behind her oversize glasses; or with the tiny smile of someone who knows a secret. Sometimes she is shown with a toy crown on her small head, cocked slightly askew in reference to a famous photo of the Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls. Underneath, the word Notorious. These tributes have come under ridicule and rebuke, often by men, as an argument arises on …

A world of walls: the brutish power of man-made barriers

Trumps border wall isnt unique. From Calais to Hungary, walls are always with us The latest atrocity in El Paso, when an avowed white supremacist drove for 10 hours to a supermarket used by Latino families in order to murder and maim, was explicitly motivated by Trumps baleful, anti-immigrant rhetoric. He was also a big fan of Trumps wall, which Trump himself has rhapsodically described as an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. Yet despite its Ozymandian ambition, the beautiful wall has stuttered and stumbled, still more frenzied rallying cry than bricks and mortar reality. Geography and logistics quietly conspire against it Americas border with Mexico is nearly 2,000 miles long, for a start. Incendiary talk of spiralling …

Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, Barker also noted the parallel between Christian nationalism and white nationalism over Trumps 2016 election slogan, Make America great again. He said: While it is certainly true, …