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Screaming match between right-wing zealot US senator and AG Barr scuttles nomination of Asian-American woman

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Jessie Liu was the first woman President Donald Trump nominated to become a U.S. Attorney, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly and en masse fired all U.S. Attorneys in 2017.

Now the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Liu was President Trump’s nominee to replace Rachel Brand, the first woman to serve as Associate U.S. Attorney General. Brand left the DOJ in February of 2018 and the office, like many in the Trump administration, has remained vacant since.

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But now Liu has pulled her name from consideration after far right wing extremist U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) (photo) reportedly got into a “shouting match” with Attorney General William Barr, according to NPR. Senator Lee, who strongly opposes women’s reproductive rights, felt Liu was not sufficiently anti-abortion.

“The reasons are apparently a mix of ‘not hating abortion enough’ and opposing Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court confirmation,” is how Splinter described the decision to pull her name.

The Associate Attorney General is not supposed to imprint their personal values on decisions the Dept. of Justice makes.

“Interest groups had begun drafting letters to senators about their fears that Liu would not support restrictions on abortion,” NPR explains.

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Abortion is legal and has been deemed a civil right under the U.S. Constitution.

“Another key factor: Earlier in her career, Liu had an affiliation with the National Association of Women Lawyers, which sent a letter opposing the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.”

Again, abortion is legal and has been deemed a civil right under the U.S. Constitution.

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Liu is one of just ten women who serve as U.S Attorneys. The remaining 83 are men. As a woman and as an Asian-American, she would have brought much-needed diversity to the DOJ.

Her actual position on abortion is not publicly known.

The position remains open.

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Oh. And by the way, if the name “Mike Lee” sounds familiar, this is Senator Lee earlier this week:

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Robbery sends shoppers at California Westfield Topanga Mall fleeing in panic of possible mass shooting

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Americans are running scared as mass shootings erupt all over the United States. The Los Angeles police are responding to a possible shooting that hasn't been verified. Local news reports that it could have been a robbery, but it was enough to send patrons into sheltering in place at the Westfield Topanga Mall. The mall is in a northwestern suburb of Los Angeles and to the east of Thousand Oaks.

ABC7 News reported that it was an organized group of robbers who tried to do a "Smash and grab" at a Neiman Marcus store in Canoga Park.

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Trump told his administration to check if he can stop hurricanes with a nuclear bomb

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President Donald Trump's lack of knowledge about science prompted another embarrassing moment when the U.S. president said that we should simply "nuke hurricanes" to solve the problem.

Another hurricane is headed toward Puerto Rico this week. The island is still recovering from being hit twice in 2017. Trump's solution, however, wasn't entirely thought out, however, Axios reported Sunday.

"I got it. I got it. Why don't we nuke them?" Trump said during a hurricane briefing at the White House, sources said. "They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they're moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane, and it disrupts it. Why can't we do that?"

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Trump allies acquiring ‘dirt’ on journalists to take them down during the 2020 election

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President Donald Trump's war against the media has taken a next step. According to The New York Times, Trump's allies have been compiling information on reporters at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times to strike back because the president believes they "aggressively investigated" him.

The information was revealed Sunday using information disclosed by associates of conservative Arthur Schwartz, who is spearheading the project. Schwartz is an adviser to Donald Trump Jr. and previously worked with Steve Bannon.

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