Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, and his replacement will likely shape U.S. political life for decades. Right now, all eyes are on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson , a federal judge serving on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate has already confirmed Jackson twice: once in 2013, when she became a federal trial-court judge, and then again in 2021, when she was elevated to the federal appeals court. Her most recent confirmation vote was bipartisan, with Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski voting along with all Democrats to support her . So, even though there will undoubtedly be a partisan battle ahead, with the Democrats still controlling the Senate, all bets are on this being a successful nomination. That would be a huge victory for President Biden for two reasons. First, he will now have the opportunity to fulfill his campaign pledge of putting the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. There have been two Black … [Read more...] about Stephen Breyer’s Retirement Won’t Save Us From Supreme Court Insanity
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President Biden will nominate a Black woman to fill the seat left vacant by retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer . Biden initially promised on the campaign trail to nominate a Black woman if he was elected and a Supreme Court seat became vacant. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed hours after Breyer’s retirement was reported that Biden stands by his pledge. “The president has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court, and certainly stands by that,” she said at a press briefing. . @PressSec Jen Psaki: "The president has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court, and certainly stands by that." #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/MwrW0oFWNQ — CSPAN (@cspan) January 26, 2022 NPR’s Nina Totenberg noted earlier on Wednesday that federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger are the leading contenders to land the nomination. Both … [Read more...] about Biden Will Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court, White House Says
The Portland City Attorney apologized Tuesday to the Department of Justice for not turning over riot-police training materials that included a right-wing meme about bashing “dirty” hippies. “In retrospect, I agree that we should have provided the material to DOJ sooner,” wrote city attorney Robert Taylor in a letter dated Jan. 25. “I take responsibility and apologize.” The mea culpa comes days after the feds formally rebuked the Portland Police Bureau for covering up its use of a Proud Boys meme in training materials. A slide from a crowd-control PowerPoint developed for Portland police featured the “ Prayer of the Alt Knight ” — a meme showing a riot cop bashing a long-haired citizen, with an overlay of text that reads, in part: “Woe be unto you, dirty hippy… I shall send among you, My humble servants with hat, and with bat; That they may christen your heads with hickory, And anoint your faces with pepper spray.” (The meme is linked to the “Fraternal Order of … [Read more...] about Portland Police Used a Proud Boy Meme in Their Training Materials. The Feds Want Answers
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is set to announce his retirement at the age of 83, avoiding a repeat of the debacle created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s untimely death and handing the Biden administration a chance to install the first new liberal justice on the court since Elena Kagan in 2010. Standing in the way, as always, is the Other Joe. Our task, once again, is to read the tea leaves and arcane symbols scrawled in clean coal on cavern walls in order to divine what West Virginian Senator Joe Manchin will do next. As Vox notes, pondering this exact question , Manchin has so far voted to confirm every lower court judge Biden has nominated, including D.C. circuit court judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is the presumptive frontrunner to be Biden’s Supreme Court nominee. He voted for Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s first two Supreme Court nominees, but opposed the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett on the grounds that her nomination was squeezed in right … [Read more...] about Will Joe Manchin Kill Biden’s Legacy Forever by Rejecting His Supreme Court Nominee?
Noom is a subscription-based wellness service that touts itself as a more ethical alternative to traditional diet apps. So it’s somewhat surprising that the app would be accused of lifting a fitness instructor’s photo without her consent to use in its Facebook ads. Candice Rivers, a fitness instructor who goes by Candace Harmony on Instagram, filed suit against the company last December for allegedly using a promotional photo of herself for a Facebook ad. In the ad, according to court documents, Noom featured a photo of Rivers lifting weights with the caption “I was pushing a size 16, now a year later I’m around a size 10.” “Noom’s Secret? Brainpower, Not Willpower,” the headline of the post reads. In a conversation with Rolling Stone, Greg Harp, an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama who is representing Rivers, says that Rivers had not posted the photo on Facebook, nor had she posted it on her own website. “We’re at a loss as to how Noom acquired the photograph,” he says. Harp … [Read more...] about Noom, the ‘Empowering’ Diet App, Sued for Allegedly Stealing a Fitness Instructor’s Photo For an Ad
If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission. Valentine’s Day is here, but with the rising Omicron variant Covid cases all around the country, many couples are hesitant to celebrate with a night out on the town. This has led to many of us improvising, trying to plan an at-home date night activity that’s fun, easy to set up and worth your buck. Whether that’s opening up a bottle of champagne and cooking a gourmet meal worthy of Gordon Ramsey’s praise or trying out a new video game from start to finish, there are a ton of fun and romantic at-home date night ideas for you and your significant other to try out. We’ve even included out-of-the-box options like taking an online-only painting class together or solving a really compelling fictional cold case murder. Keep in mind that many of these indoor date night ideas require materials, so order them well ahead of your at-home date … [Read more...] about RS Recommends: Home Date Night Ideas Take Off as Covid Shutters Valentine’s Day Plans