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TheChat: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarks about Donald Trump stir it up

By Steve Kraske

skraske@kcstar.com

July 14, 2016 06:16 AM

UPDATED July 14, 2016 06:16 AM

Good morning.

▪ “Normally Supreme Court justices should refrain from commenting on partisan politics. But these are not normal times.” — Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor and a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, defending Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent denunciation of Donald Trump.

Ginsburg’s remarks have drawn a range of reactions, including the question of whether a Supreme Court justice should ever take a partisan position during a presidential election year. Even some Democrats are saying Ginsburg stepped over the line.

▪ “The young Army veteran is the favorite candidate of many Washington Democrats, who credit his strong work ethic and natural political talent with forcing an otherwise uncompetitive race into play.” — Roll Call explaining its ranking of Democrat Jason Kander as the third most formidable Senate challenger this year.

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Kander, of course, is taking on incumbent Republican Roy Blunt in Missouri.

▪ “Senator Schaefer's shameful ad displays a profound lack of understanding of American national security, and a total disregard for the truth. These are the sorts of falsehoods that disqualify those who tell them from holding public office.” — John Bolton, a former United Nations ambassador and an assistant U.S. attorney general, in a statement released by Josh Hawley's campaign for Missouri attorney general.

Bolton was talking about a 30-second political spot that Hawley rival Kurt Schaefer is running that accuses Hawley of working for terrorists. Schaefer’s camp defends the ad.

▪ “Just the tip of the iceberg.” — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell predicting more stories about sexual harassment in the National Park Service are on the way.

Allegations are swirling of widespread harassment in at least two parks. Members of Congress are calling for investigations and hearings. Meantime, several Republican lawmakers have called for Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to resign.