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September 3, 2018 | Kavanaugh Hearings Promise an Entertaining Week

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s choice to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, promise a week rich in partisan theatrics on Capitol Hill. By any measure, Kavanaugh has enjoyed a very distinguished career in law, including getting hired in 2008 as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School by none other than Elena Kagan, the school’s dean at the time. He was a favorite of students, although most of them would probably view him these days as a grave threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in America. It is predictable that the hearings will be filled with vicious slander against Kavanaugh, and that the vehemence of it will make Democrats and their supporters seem unhinged. It is also predictable that Kavanaugh will be confirmed — with at least 55 Senate votes, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham. The Republic will survive, possibly for an even nastier confirmation battle if Trump gets to replace the aging (85) Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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September 3rd, 2018

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