After Trump’s Worst Week: Joan Walsh; plus David Cole on Brett Cavanaugh and Michael Kazin on Jimmy Carter

Jul 25, 2018, 10:00 PM

A week ago Trump returned from his disastrous press conference with Putin in Helsinki to face a firestorm of criticism.  Joan Walsh reviews the political landscape this week, when a significant minority of Republicans disagree with Trump on Putin – but nevertheless “approve” of his presidency.   On the Democratic side, he tumultuous week has further energized candidates and voters for the fall elections. 
Also: Some questions for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: David Cole, legal director of the ACLU and legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, says there are questions that Kavanaugh should be required to answer.
Plus: Jimmy Carter is widely regarded as a failed president, despite the fact that he promoted human rights around the world, granted amnesty to Vietnam era draft resisters, and was a dedicated opponent of racism who enforced the Voting Rights Act.  Historian Michael Kazin analyzes what went wrong with Carter’s presidency.