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U.S. Supreme Court picks Jackson to recuse himself from Harvard race case
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson said Wednesday that if confirmed for lifetime employment, she would recuse herself from a major upcoming case challenging the race-conscious admissions policy which Harvard University uses to increase its number of black and Hispanic students. Jackson, President Joe Biden’s nominee to become the first black woman to serve on the High Court, made the comment during the third day of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. Jackson is a Harvard graduate and current member of the Ivy League School Board of Supervisors.
U.S. Supreme Court throws out Republicans in Wisconsin congressional map dispute
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the use of a map configuring Wisconsin’s congressional districts for this year’s election drawn by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, giving a boost to the efforts of President Joe’s party Biden to retain control of the US House of Representatives. Justices rejected a Republican bid to block the map drafted by Evers and approved by the Wisconsin Supreme Court setting the boundaries of the state’s eight US House districts after the governor vetoed the one made by the Republican-controlled legislature which he felt was unfairly biased against the Democrats. The emergency request to the justices was made by five Republican members of the United States House.
Sarah Palin seeks to disqualify judge after NY Times ‘contaminated’ defamation lawsuit
Sarah Palin has called on the judge who oversaw her unsuccessful libel suit against The New York Times to disqualify herself, and said her string of mistakes tainted the outcome and required a new trial. In a late Tuesday filing in federal court in Manhattan, lawyers for the former Republican vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor said U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff had set the bar too high for she could prove that the Times had acted maliciously.
US basketball player detained by Russia in good condition – State Department
Detained U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner was deemed undamaged by an official from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow who was granted access to her on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said. Griner, an Olympic gold medalist and All-Star player, was held in a Russian prison during a period of heightened tensions between the United States and Russia following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
US Supreme Court nominee Jackson deflects Republican attacks
On Wednesday, Republicans pressed their attacks on a series of questions against Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s nominee to become the first black woman on the United States Supreme Court, as she neared the end of two intense days of questioning with Democrats coming to his defense. Jackson, who had remained even-tempered throughout marathon questioning at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, showed impatience with repeated questions from Republicans who accused her of being too lenient as a judge in sentencing child pornography offenders.
Madeleine Albright, former US secretary of state and feminist icon, dies at 84
Madeleine Albright, who fled the Nazis as a child in her native Czechoslovakia during World War II, went on to become America’s first female secretary of state and, in her later years, a feminist pop culture icon. died Wednesday at the age of 84. Her family announced her death on Twitter and said she died of cancer. Leaders, diplomats and scholars remember her as a pioneer on the world stage.
Tornado leaves New Orleans neighborhood in ruins, killing one
Crews were assessing damage Wednesday on the east side of New Orleans where a powerful tornado killed at least one person and injured eight others as it left a two-mile path of destroyed homes, uprooted power lines and overturned vehicles.
A dark funnel cloud touched down at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (00:30 GMT Wednesday), flattening buildings and overturning vehicles in the Arabi neighborhood of St. Bernard Parish.
Trump drops Brooks’ tough campaign endorsement in Alabama Senate
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday withdrew his support for the difficult campaign of Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mo Brooks, dealing a crippling blow to the ambitions of one of his most staunch allies in the U.S. Congress. In a statement underscoring the loyalty demanded by Trump, the Republican lambasted Brooks — a hardline firebrand in the House of Representatives — for telling Alabama voters it was time to move on from the 2020 presidential election and Trump’s false claims that it was stolen from him. .
Madeleine Albright remembered as a ‘pioneer’ on the world stage
Madeleine Albright, who served as America’s first female secretary of state, was mourned after her death on Wednesday as a pioneer and visionary who left a mark on the world with her deep compassion for humanity. Albright, 84, has died of cancer, her family has announced.
New York mayor set to lift vaccination mandate for athletes and entertainers – report
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is expected to lift the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for entertainers and professional athletes as early as this week, Politico reported Wednesday, a rule that has come under increasing criticism from from local sports teams. The mandate, imposed by former Mayor Bill de Blasio, is part of a broader order that all private sector workers in New York must show proof of vaccinations, including professional athletes.
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