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Friday, March 23, 2018

Trump’s 87 Judicial Nominees Include Zero Black Or Hispanic Women

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Trump got a record number of nominations for federal judgeships confirmed to appeals courts in his first year. And as of March 20, he had nominated 87 people for the federal bench.

But that list is very male and very white.

Indeed, the most immediately obvious thing about his picks is how strikingly little diversity there is among them. Trump hasn’t found a single woman of color he deems qualified to sit on the federal bench.

According to Pew Research, only 21 percent of Trump’s judges are women, and only 10 percent of Trump’s judges are nonwhite.…

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Democrats’ Missing Voters: Young, Diverse, Working-Class (And Mostly Liberal)

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2020 are already under the microscope.

Did Kamala Harris cozy up to the Israel lobby by speaking “off record” to AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington last week? (Sounds like it, according to The Intercept.)

Did Mark Warner sell out to Wall Street by voting to water down Dodd-Frank bank regulations? (No: Warner, a tech entrepreneur, has always had a Wall Street soul.)

Did Kirsten Gillibrand throw Al Franken under the bus? (Maybe not, but I know some women in Minnesota who won’t vote for her.)

But what the candidates stand for (and against) is arguably less important at this early juncture than the campaign strategies they choose to pursue.…

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Why Trump Remains Silent On Texas Bombings

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

By Mehreen Kasana


Although there have been three reported bombings in Austin, Texas, the current administration under Donald Trump has issued zero official comments on the incidents. In fact, there’s a peculiar silence surrounding the heinous explosions that led to the horrific deaths of three people, all of them people of color. Two of the victims were Black while one was Latina.

The bombs took place on Mar. 2 and Mar. 10, and two bombs detonated on the latter day. Local police authorities have now identified the victims, including a 17-year-old Black student named Draylen Mason.…

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