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As the Senate potentially heads for a showdown today—barring some magic compromise, a vote is expected on whether Republicans are allowed to break the rules and deny Democrats the right to filibuster Bush’s judicial nominees or not—the Wall Street Journal has a great article that illustrates just why Bush’s nominees are so contentious. It’s not just that they’re radical right-wingers. It’s that they’ve all been specially selected for courts in which their rightism can really flex its muscles:

Janice Rogers Brown, for instance, has made scathing assessments about the reach of the federal government — and she is nominated to the appellate court that handles the majority of appeals of government-agency rulings.

William Myers, who has advocated against environmental groups, is in line to join the appellate court that sorts through land-use battles.

William Pryor, who called a section of the Voting Rights Act “an expensive burden that has far outlived its usefulness” — may be headed for an appellate court with jurisdiction over parts of the old Confederacy.

This isn’t some lunatic conspiracy theory that Democrats have about Republicans who want to roll back the New Deal. It would take a particularly willful act of obliviousness not to see what was going on here. Now if Republicans could just come out and say, “Yes, we want to start chipping away at government regulations, environmental protections, and maybe even the Voting Rights Act,” that would be one thing. But instead they hide behind the mantra of “fair up-and-down” votes for all nominees.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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