Biden hits out at GOP’s ‘verbal abuse’ against Ketanji Brown Jackson_1.mp4
Joe Biden will give a White House speech today celebrating the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will become the court’s first Black woman justice when she joins the bench later this year.
Having garnered the support of three Republican senators – Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney – she also received the support of all 50 Democrats. The president yesterday shared video of himself watching the confirmation vote with Ms Brown Jackson at his side.
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Tim Scott has lashed out at criticism from progressive pundits after he voted “no” on the justice’s confirmation. He specifically attacked MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid after she accused him of allowing “Lindsey Graham and the sheriffs” to “dog-walk him” into backing conservative policies. “Now he’ll go along with Lindsey’s barking-dog racism against Judge Jackson because: he’s Tim Scott,” she tweeted.
“What is so offensive about what Joy is saying is that a Black man cannot think for himself,” Mr Scott said in response.
Voices: Judge Jackson should not have downplayed her work with Guantanamo Bay inmates
“The justice was targeted during her Supreme Court hearings for supposedly helping ‘terrorists’. As someone who has done the same kind of work — and proudly — I find it sad that she felt she had to minimize what she did,” writes Eric Lewis.
Oliver O’Connell9 April 2022 04:15
Pelosi thanks well-wishers, remains asymptomatic
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thanked well-wishers for their kindness since she tested positive for Covid-19.
She says that she remains asymptomatic thanks to the vaccine and booster shots and encourages everyone else to get them.
Oliver O’Connell9 April 2022 03:30
Senator Warnock wrote letter to daughter about Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
“The first Supreme Court Justice who looks like you — with hair like yours.”
Oliver O’Connell9 April 2022 02:45
Jury acquits two men in Michigan Governor Whitmer kidnapping plot, deadlock on others
Two men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer have been acquitted while the jury is still deadlocked on charges for two others portrayed as the “ringleaders”.
Jurors on Friday acquitted Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, but failed to reach verdicts for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr – prompting the declaration of a mistrial.
Graig Graziosi and John Bowden report.
Oliver O’Connell9 April 2022 02:00
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Oliver O’Connell9 April 2022 01:15
Questions raised about lack of mask-wearing by VP
Oliver O’Connell9 April 2022 00:30
Ketanji Brown Jackson delivers stirring speech marking historic confirmation to Supreme Court
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson delivered a stirring speech connecting her historic confirmation as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court to many Black Americans’ origin in the United States with a simple phrase: “We’ve made it.”
Ms Jackson made the remarks at the White House the day after the Senate voted to confirm her 53 to 47, with only three Republicans voting with every Democrat to vote for her.
“It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said. “But we’ve made it.”
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 23:45
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 23:30
Biden blasts ‘verbal abuse’ from GOP during confirmation hearings
Mr Biden, who as a senator was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that oversees Supreme Court confirmations, said that he expected that the woman he would nominate to replace Justice Stephen Breyer would face a tough confirmation process but that he was appalled by the way she was treated in her hearings.
“It was verbal abuse,” Mr Biden said during a speech on the South Lawn of the White House a day after the Senate voted to confirm her 53 to 47. “The anger, the constant interruptions, the most vile, baseless assertions & accusations. In the face of it all, Judge Jackson showed the incredible character & integrity she possesses.”
Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia report from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 23:00
White House releases first official portrait of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 22:55