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This time next week, you will refer to Amy Coney Barrett as Justice Barrett. Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the judge’s nomination on Thursday; Democrats boycotted the procedure…


Two years later, another woman faces the Senate Judiciary Committee, with a very different reception from the GOP

Christine Blasey Ford chats with her attorneys as she testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018. Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

Amy Coney Barrett, a “tireless mother of seven,” as Chuck Grassley and other Republican senators insist on pointing out, has spent all week sitting in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, secure in her nomination to the Supreme Court. Watching the process play out has been a startling contrast to the Kavanaugh hearings two short years ago.

Judge Barrett is a “typical right-wing woman” writes Jill Filipovic, “someone who undermines feminism, even when she herself has benefited from it. There’s no doubt the GOP will trumpet the fact Barrett is a woman and try to use her gender to bulldoze…


Did you know Amy Coney Barrett is the mother of seven children? It’s something Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, and Josh Hawley wouldn’t let us forget at her confirmation hearing, which began today.

The GOP insists Democrats must focus on Barrett’s qualifications — not her private life or whether she’ll be confirmed to a lifelong seat days away from the election — while continually coming back to her identity as a Catholic mother. The implicit message is: How could a mother possibly rule in ways that would harm people? …


Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the highest court could spell bad news for LGBTQ equality, voting rights, and health care

Judge Amy Coney Barrett meets with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) (not seen) on October 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett meets with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) (not seen) on October 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Somehow, with the election less than a month away and Capitol Hill still reeling from a recent Covid-19 outbreak, Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s first Supreme Court confirmation hearings are set to begin today. Assuming the Senate votes to confirm Barrett — a woman who’s been described as an ideological heir to Justice Antonin Scalia — conservatives will take a 6–3 majority on the Supreme Court, giving the U.S. its most right-wing Court since 1950.

A conservative Supreme Court could rewrite the law around a number of issues, including reproductive rights, voting rights, health care, and law enforcement immunity. …


With seven kids and a Supreme Court nomination before age 50, she could teach a master class in having it all. But should she?

Donald Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The October 3 broadcast of Saturday Night Live opened with a debate spoof featuring Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump and Jim Carrey as his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. The mostly unfunny sketch took an even unfunnier turn when Maya Rudolph emerged playing Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. The conceit was that the boys were refusing to play nicely, and so it took “Momala” (that’s Harris’ stepkids’ nickname for her) to intervene and bring order to the house.

“Why don’t the two of you finish this debate or whatever the hell this is with some dignity…


To understand the role Trump’s pick will play, you have to understand how right-wing women wield power

Amy Coney Barrett
Amy Coney Barrett
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Tomorrow afternoon, President Donald Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick: Amy Coney Barrett. If she is confirmed, Barrett will fill the seat of storied justice, legal scholar, and women’s rights pioneer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died earlier this month at the age of 87. Unlike Ginsburg, who dedicated much of her career to furthering the very basic goal of gender equality, Barrett is a typical right-wing woman — someone who undermines feminism, even when she herself has benefited from it.

There’s no doubt that the GOP will trumpet the fact that Barrett is a woman and try…

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