Episode 164 checks in on the efforts to stop Brett Kavanaugh from becoming our next US Supreme Court Justice. Chip Somodevilla / Staff


Dozens of people have now been arrested for protesting inside the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. We talk to one of them: Tiffany Hankins.

After that, Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog talk about whether Democrats are really showing enough spine in trying to stop Kavanaugh, and what more they can really do without a Senate majority.

Next: The New Yorker’s decision to invite Steve Bannon to headline its annual festival, the subsequent Twitter furor, and the magazine’s decision to cancel Bannon's invitation. Who screwed up here?

And finally, two books, one podcast, and one old Netflix series that offer quick, delightful escapes from our political hellworld.

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.