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While Gorusch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously said he was wrong

(Think Progress) About 40 minutes after Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began his second day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eight of the justices he hopes to join said a major disability decision Gorsuch wrote in 2008 was wrong.

Both the Supreme Court’s decision and Gorsuch’s 2008 opinion involved the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires that public school systems which take certain federal funds provide a “free appropriate public education” to certain students with disabilities.

Applying this law to individual students, the Supreme Court acknowledged in its Wednesday opinion in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, is not an exact science. “A focus on the particular child is at the core of the IDEA,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the unanimous Supreme Court. “The instruction offered must be ‘specially designed’ to meet a child’s ‘unique needs’ through an ‘individualized education program.’”

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Manafort's plan to 'greatly benefit the Putin Government'

(AP) President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

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Elizabeth Warren Calls for Postponement of Gorsuch Hearing Until After Trump FBI Investigation

(Politicus USA) Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) doesn’t think the Senate should proceed forward with the Supreme Court nomination hearings as if there is no Russian smoke clouding President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Warren noted that Gorsuch is up for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court by a President “whose campaign is under FBI investigation… for collusion w/ Russia. Lifetime court appointments can wait.”

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Emails show Neil Gorsuch was a fan of a leading anti-voting rights activist

(Salon) Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court who is currently going through the ringer in the Senate Judiciary Committee, appears to have ties with an anti-voting rights crusader who popularized misinformation about widespread voter fraud.

Emails released to the Senate Judiciary Committee indicate that Gorsuch is not only familiar with Hans von Spakovsky, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation known for hyping the voter fraud narrative, but perhaps even a fan of his.

Back in July 2005, von Spakovsky sent out an email to a list of people announcing a speech he was giving at the Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Conference, as Ari Berman reported for The Nation. Gorsuch replied to the email, “Sounds interesting. Glad to see you’re doing this. I may tray to attend some of it.”

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Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley: "There’s a smell of treason in the air"

(Washington Post) Questions about Russia have hung over Trump for months, but the president always has dismissed them as “fake news.” That became much harder Monday after the FBI director proclaimed the Russia probe to be anything but fake.

“There’s a smell of treason in the air,” presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said. “Imagine if J. Edgar Hoover or any other FBI director would have testified against a sitting president? It would have been a mind-
boggling event.”

Brinkley, who has published biographies of such presidents as Gerald Ford, Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, said of Trump’s start, “This is the most failed first 100 days of any president.”

DonViejo

Comey Fact-Checks Trump Tweet About Russia Hearing--During Russia Hearing

(TPM) President Donald Trump took to Twitter in the middle of the House Intelligence Committee's hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election to cherry-pick a few moments that cast his administration in a positive light, while ignoring the most damning revelations from the morning.

As the hearing dragged into its fifth hour, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) read aloud one of the President's tweets from the dias and asked Comey to fact-check it.

"Thanks to the modern technology that's in front of me right here, I've got a tweet from the President an hour ago saying 'The NSA and FBI told Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process.' So that's not quite accurate, that tweet?" Himes asked.

"It certainly wasn't our intention to say that today," Comey answered. "We don't have any information on that subject. That's not something that was looked at."

DonViejo

Ossoff Expands His Lead in Georgia Special Election

(Political Wire) With just less than 30 days until the special election to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a new Clout Research poll finds that Jon Ossoff (D) is greatly solidifying his base of support and now leads the special election field with 41%.

Karen Handel (R) now only has a marginal edge over Bob Gray (R), as both effectively tie at 16%.

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