Olson Vote Proves Dems Have the Votes to Sustain Filibuster
Senator James Jeffords’ party switch to become Independent overshadowed the Senate vote on Ted Olson, who was confirmed as U.S. Solicitor General last night. “Once again, the Democrats are showing that they have enough votes to filibuster right-wing nominees to federal appointments, but chose not to in Olson’s case,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “The extremely close 51-47 vote shows a willingness to stand up for principle, and represents an increase since the Ashcroft vote, when only 42 Senators voted against the conservative nominee,” Smeal continued. As the fight for the Supreme Court nominees approaches, Smeal suggested, pro-choice and women’s rights advocates can be hopeful that the struggle is winnable.
Olson, a conservative, anti-women’s rights, anti-affirmative action attorney, is well-known for arguing the Bush v. Gore case before the Supreme Court. He also unsuccessfully argued a case on behalf of the Virginia Military Institute and its policy of sex discrimination.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .