Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in an important show of solidarity with the international movement for women's rights, spoke out against the Taliban's treatment of women. Speaking at the California Governor's Conference for Women, Ms. Albright pledged U.S. support for women and girls in Afghanistan stating that the rights of women must be included in U.S. foreign policy. She also responded to the claim by some that the treatment of women in Afghanistan is part of Afghan culture, stating, "I say it is criminal and we each have a responsibility to stop it." Albright sent a clear message to the Taliban that the treatment of women is threatening U.S. and other international relations.
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .