Manchin faces firestorm at home following Kavanaugh vote

Demand the Democratic defeat and expel a politician who betrayed his party, women, and the rule of law in America. The vote-blue-no-matter-who doctrine has to end now:

Danielle Walker cried on Joe Manchin’s shoulder after she shared her story of sexual assault in the senator’s office. She thought he listened.

The 42-year-old Morgantown woman said she was both devastated and furious when Manchin became the only Democrat in the U.S. Senate to support President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

“I feel raped all over again,” Walker told The Associated Press.

Verizon Lays Off 44,000, Transfers 2,500 More IT Jobs To Indian Outsourcer Infosys

Wasn’t Trump supposed to bring jobs back to America? It looks like the opposite is happening:

Earlier this week, Verizon confirmed that it offered a voluntary severance package (VSP) to about 44,000 employees and that it will transfer over 2,500 IT staff – some rumors suggest the figure to be closer to 5,000 employees – to India-based Infosys as part of a $700 million outsourcing deal.

The layoffs and transfers will impact more than 30% of Verizon’s 153,100-employee workforce – as of the end of June – and are part of a 4-year plan to save the largest U.S. wireless carrier $10 billion by 2021.

Related: “Surveys Find Outsourcing Continues to Grow under Trump Administration”

Bloomberg Editorial: Kavanaugh Confirmation Is a Loss for Supreme Court’s Reputation

Kavanaugh doesn’t belong on the Supreme Court for many reasons. We must continue the fight until he is impeached:

President Trump has secured Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has kept his promise to “plow right through” all obstacles. Against the odds, or so it seemed in recent days, they got their way. The country will bear the costs of their victory for many years, and the toll could be grave.

There is a basis on which we can continue the fight against an ethically challenged Kavanaugh:

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has received more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints in recent weeks against Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice Saturday, but has chosen for the time being not to refer them to a judicial panel for investigation.

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — the court on which Kavanaugh serves — passed on to Roberts a string of complaints the court received starting three weeks ago, said four people familiar with the matter.

That judge, Karen LeCraft Henderson, had dismissed other complaints against Kavanaugh as frivolous, but she concluded that some were substantive enough that they should not be handled by Kavanaugh’s fellow judges in the D.C. Circuit.

How the Democrats got outplayed on Kavanaugh

This is an inexcusable failure on the part of the Democratic Party. How could they fail again after Clarence Thomas? It’s time to abandon a party that refuses to fight for women, African-Americans, and working people:

For all the chaos of the Trump White House, the GOP remains adroit at using the levers of power in our modern political system. Senate Democrats and Republicans are not even playing the same kind of game. The GOP comes to work ready for full-contact boxing while Democrats were setting up for a friendly game of checkers.

Congressman Nunes buried evidence on Russian meddling to protect Trump. I know because I’m on the committee

This is a big deal even though the press isn’t covering it. A Congressman is accusing his colleague of Russian collusion:

No one really expected President Donald Trump, who benefited from Russia’s 2016 election interference, to counter that hostile regime’s active measures: Russia wanted him to win, and when they hacked, he invited them to hack more.

But America should have been able to rely on a united Congress to ensure that our next elections aren’t just as vulnerable if not moreso. Instead, due to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ persistent and pernicious obstruction, America has been spectacularly let down.

Just last week, hours before the Republican-led House recessed for six weeks, Nunes broke out his shovel yet again to bury even deeper the evidence of Russian interference, once again demonstrating there’s no distance he won’t go to protect this president.

Karl Rove admits the GOP is toast as long as Trump is president: ‘We’re screwed for now’

No. The GOP is screwed forever:

Karl Rove, the former political strategist for President George W. Bush, told a group of conservatives this week that Republican Party is likely to lose control of the House of Representatives, and that Republicans would not be able to make any further gains as long as President Donald Trump is in office.

The Austin American Statesman reports that Rove said American politics had entered a phase of madness led by Trump that makes it nearly impossible to imagine anything constructive happening in Washington.

U.S. Trade Deficit Continues to Grow Despite Trump Tariffs

The opposite of what was promised is happening. Trade deficits leads directly to job losses in America.

Record imports drove the U.S. trade deficit up for the third straight month in August. The deficit in the trade of goods with China and Mexico hit records.

The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade gap — the difference between what America sells and what it buys abroad — rose to $53.2 billion in August from $50 billion in July. The August reading was the highest since February.