Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Thursday slammed her Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee for pushing through a large number of President Donald Trump’s right-wing nominees.
At a hearing to discuss attorney general nominee William Barr, Hirono turned her attention to 40+ judicial nominees that the committee is expected to confirm.
“This week, I would like to focus on some of the nominees… that are part of this administration’s effort to pack our federal courts with ideologically-driven nominees,” Hirono told the committee. “Who gets on the federal court for life is high stakes. Just ask the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation who have spent decades and lots of money placing people who are on their ideological page on our federal courts.”
The senator noted that “over 80 percent” of the president’s nominees are members of the conservative Federalist Society.
“And yet, less than 4 percent of all American lawyers are Federalist Society members,” she explained. “Court packing is proceeding apace.”
According to Hirono, “Too many of these nominees have spent their careers opposing the rights of women, minorities, the LGBTQ community and Americans who need affordable health care.”
“Month after month, we have seen a parade of these so-called conservative activists nominated to the federal courts,” she added. “They have been groomed by conservative political ideologues. They want to see Roe v. Wade overturned or narrowed into oblivion, LGBT people permanently consigned to the margins of American life and constitutional and civil right encroached on the religious preference of a vocal few.”
Watch Hirono’s entire statement to the committee below.
Officer won’t face charges after killing black man who didn’t have bicycle light
A Wisconsin police officer will not face charges after he chased and killed a black man who did not have a bicycle light.
According to WITI, Police Sgt. Eric Giese of Mount Pleasant will not be charged in the killing of 18-year-old Ty'Rese West.
Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson said that she determined that Giese actions "fall under the privilege of self-defense."
Dwight Person, West's father, father demanded to see a "thorough investigation done, and also to see Eric Giese locked up."
‘Better wages, more toys’: Watch an adorable 3-year-old girl lead chant at General Motors strike
A 3-year-old girl was caught on video leading a chant of "better wages, more toys" at a the General Motors strike in Ohio.
Video of the girl was posted by Mike Elk of The Payday Report.
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 18, 2019
WATCH: 16-year-old Greta Thunberg rebukes GOPer who thinks other countries must solve climate change
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, faced off with members of Congress on Wednesday.
In a hearing before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Thunberg declined to submit a written opening statement.
"I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists and I want you to unite behind the science,” she said.
Republican Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana tried to make the point that the U.S. should not curb its carbon emissions until other countries agreed to do so.
"Let me ask you a question," Graves said. "If you were sailing across the ocean and you were picking up trash along the way and for every one piece of trash you pick up, there's a boat right next to you dumping out five pieces, how would that make you feel?"