Senate Republicans have just confirmed Wendy Vitter, a highly controversial anti-abortion activist, to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench in Louisiana.
Vitter believes abortion causes cancer, and “promoted a brochure that links birth control to ‘violent death,'” as Vanity Fair reports.
Vitter is more commonly known as being the wife of former GOP Senator David Vitter, and standing beside him in 2007 as he confessed to having been caught in a prostitution scandal.
Before that, as Louisiana’s The Advocate reports, Wendy Vitter “proclaimed to reporters in 2000 while responding President Bill Clinton’s affair scandal that she would be ‘a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary,’ referring to the Virginia woman who infamously severed her husband’s penis in 1993.”
The Advocate also notes that the American Bar Association “rated Vitter as ‘qualified’ but with a mark noting that the 15-member judicial panel wasn’t unanimous in that assessment and at least a minority of the group found her to be unqualified.”
The final Senate vote early Thursday afternoon was 52-45.
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Japan’s Hirohito ‘prevented from voicing remorse over war’
Japan's wartime emperor Hirohito wanted to express his regret and remorse shortly after World War II but the prime minister at the time stopped him, local media reported Tuesday, citing newly disclosed documents.
The 18 notebooks, written by Michiji Tajima, a top official at the Imperial Household Agency, featured dialogue between him and Hirohito between 1949 and 1953.
According to the documents, the emperor said in 1952: "No matter what, I really think I need to include the word remorse" in his planned speech to mark Japan's regaining of its independence later that year.
Hong Kong leader hopes peaceful rally presages ‘return to calm’
Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said she hoped "calm" will prevail after a massive weekend march passed without clashes between police and demonstrators, but again refused to give ground to protester demands.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the heart of the city on Sunday in a show of peaceful protest after escalating street battles with police drew stark warnings from Beijing and threatened to undermine public support.
"On Sunday, many Hong Kong residents participated in a rally at Victoria Park that was largely peaceful," Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a televised press conference.
US states ready antitrust probe of tech titans: report
Top prosecutors from a group of US states are readying a joint investigation into whether major technology firms have violated antitrust law, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The alliance of state attorneys general could formally announce next month that they are delving into whether leading internet firms and technology platforms have used their clout to thwart competition, the Journal reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.
The US Department of Justice last month announced it is reviewing "whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers."