Bush Nominates Two More Right-Wing Candidates for Federal Judgeships
In his continued effort to pack the courts with far-right ideologues, President Bush recently nominated two more candidates to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals "whose views seem well to the right of the legal and political mainstream," the New York Times wrote in an editorial. "I'm not prejudging them, but from what I know, they both look like they're coming straight out of the ideological judicial activist factory," Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) told the Associated Press.
One candidate, Brett Kavanaugh, 38, who acted as associate counsel under Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, has absolutely no judicial experience. Best known for his efforts to impeach President Clinton, Kavanaugh is currently working as staff secretary to Bush. The other, California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, is an African-American woman who is best known for her opposition to affirmative action. In 2000, Brown wrote a decision that interprets Proposition 209 - the California voter initiative that bars racial preferences - that was described by the court's chief justice as "a serious distortion of history," wrote the Times. Brown also opposed the California high court's 1997 decision that allowed teenagers to obtain abortions without the consent of a parent or a judge, according to Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report.
Kavanaugh and Brown have been nominated to a court that is generally considered the second most powerful court in the nation and a steppingstone to the US Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans filed a cloture petition on the nomination of William Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals with a vote expected tomorrow.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .