First Amendment This Week: Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh Testify; Elon Musk Settles; Twitter Boots James Woods; and… Sex Robots Invade Houston!


“I believed he was going to rape me”: Christine Blasey Ford testifies about alleged sexual assault by SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Christine Blasey Ford testifying before the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee on Septemter 27, 2018
Professor Christine Blasey Ford testifies during the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on September 27, 2018 (screenshot via C-SPAN)

“Grotesque and obvious character assassination”: SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh angrily declares his innocence

An angry Brett Kavanaugh testifies during confirmation hearing of the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on September 27, 2018 (screenshot via C-SPAN)

With epic meltdown at Kavanaugh hearing, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham auditions to be Trump’s next attorney general

Photo of a woman holding a poster depicting Judge Brett Kavanaugh, with "KAVA" above and "NOPE" below
A protester opposed to the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside the Warren E. Burger Federal Building in St. Paul, Minnesota, in September 2018 (Lorie Shaull via Flickr)

Trump gives thumbs-up to Kavanaugh on Twitter for being…Trumpy

Image of an orange-on-black stencil of Donald Trump, raising his tiny hands.
(DonkeyHotey via Flickr)

SEC sues, then reaches settlement with Elon Musk for misleading investors about Tesla

Actor James Woods compares Twitter suspension over hoax meme to having his throat slit

Federal judge dismisses Electronic Frontier Foundation FOSTA lawsuit

Associated Press reports that FOSTA’s passage led to a rise in street prostitution

Blurry nighttime photo of streetwalker in short skirt talking to driver of a car in Turin, Italy
(Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department, via Wikimedia Commons)

Reason’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown blasts U.S. House “human trafficking” bill that bolsters USA PATRIOT Act (it passed, 297-124)

Anti-sex-trafficking group wants to prevent sex-doll brothel from opening in Houston


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Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times,, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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