Good morning from Washington, where a bit of a stir arises on the left over President Trump’s second Supreme Court pick. D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh is no stranger to hostile Senate Democrats, as Fred Lucas’s recap of his 2003-2006 confirmation fight shows. The Senate’s top Dem already is making up stuff about precedent, Thomas Jipping writes. And the left is ready to eat its own, Jarrett Stepman reveals. Plus: Elizabeth Slattery on Kavanaugh’s actual record, Ted Bromund on a U.N. bid to control guns, and Walter Williams on the problem with tariffs.
In the last two weeks of June, the United Nations held another review conference on its efforts to counter what it considers illicit dealing in small arms. The U.S. played the game well. But unfortunately, you can’t beat a cheater.
Amid the hyperbole, there have been at least a few liberal voices arguing in favor of confirming Kavanaugh. The most prominent among them has been Akhil Reed Amar, a distinguished professor at Yale Law School who once taught Kavanaugh.
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