President Joe Biden said Tuesday he will tap former assistant federal defender Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to replace Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Chicago’s federal appeals court. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Jackson-Akiwumi, 41, would be the only Black woman on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Jackson-Akiwumi, a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, D.C., is a 2005 graduate of Yale Law School and was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge David Coar in Chicago before joining the federal defender’s office here in 2010. According to a bio released Tuesday by the White House, Jackson-Ak...
Four former Trump administration officials have been hit with subpoenas by the House select committee investigating the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building.
The first four officials receiving subpoenas are former chief of staff Mark Meadows, former political strategist Steve Bannon, former social media director Dan Scavino, and former defense official Kash Patel.
Journalist and civil rights activist Jemele Hill was told to "stay in her lane" by a Republican running for U.S. Senate in Ohio.
It started on Wednesday when former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel attacked "critical race theory" with a reference to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By advancing the lie of Critical Race Theory, the liberals are stomping on the grave of Martin Luther King. https://t.co/7uimOGR8cR— Josh Mandel (@Josh Mandel) 1632335452.0
Bernice King, the daughter of the civil rights leader CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, attempted to educate Mandel about her father.
"I invite you, if you truly desire to advance the cause of humanity toward true peace, to study my father's teachings in full and in context," she said. "He was not a drum major for a colorblind society, but for justice, which requires truth about our past and present."
Mandel replied angrily to learning more about her father.
"Spare me your lectures," Mandel ordered, before repeating the lie that "critical race theory" teaches kids to be racists and repeating his smear that it stomps on her father's grave.
It was at this point that Hill, a contributing writer for The Atlantic and host of the "Jemele Hill is Unbothered" podcast weighed in.
"Imagine being the obnoxious moron who tried to lecture DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR'S DAUGHTER on her own father. This is some peak Caucasity," Hill wrote.
That apparently also angered Mandel, who told Hill to "Stay in your lane."
Hill suggested Mandel, "sit this play out."
Hi Josh: I know facts aren’t really your thing, but I wasn’t fired from ESPN. 2nd: I’m better at my job than you… https://t.co/3s7qDRova0— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill) 1632437345.0
In addition to Mandel spreading conspiracy theories about "critical race theory" that result in him getting repeatedly dunked on by a sportswriter, he also continued pushing Trump's "Big Lie" of election fraud.
On Thursday, Mandel pushed to repeat the widely-panned Arizona audit to the other 49 states.
Not only should we audit the vote in AZ, WI, MI, PA, GA — we must audit the vote in all 50 states. Even in states… https://t.co/LNqLkb46CC— Josh Mandel (@Josh Mandel) 1632428608.0
Mandel is facing venture capitalist J.D. Vance in the GOP primary. Vance's campaign spent the day denying that he described a rape victim being forced to deliver a rapist's baby as an "inconvenient" situation.
GOP lawmaker drops the mic on Lindsey Graham's Trump worship: 'He just needs a strongman to tell him where to go'
On Thursday, The Atlantic released an interview between Jeffrey Goldberg and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who made it clear he no longer feels at home in the Republican Party and has lost respect for its leadership.
"I don't have a tribe," Kinzinger told Goldberg. "The good thing is, I don't really care. The only reason this hurts me is that it reminds me of how frigging crazy the Republican Party has become. It's not my tribe anymore."
"I think it's just power," he said in the interview. "[Mike] Pompeo convinced himself that he would help temper some of the more isolationist tendencies of Trump, and then he bought into the idea that he could one day be president. And Lindsey [Graham] — well, Lindsey just needs somebody to tell him where to go, a strongman. [John] McCain was that guy. Now it's Trump. It's sad."
"You always think that everyone has a red line," added Kinzinger. "No matter how much politics a person can play, there's a red line that people can't cross. I was naive. There are some people who only care about access to power. I'm still coming to terms with this."
Kinzinger has increasingly been on the outs with GOP leadership. He was a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, voted to impeach him after the January 6 attack on the Capitol fomented by his conspiracy theories, and is currently working on the Congressional committee investigating the attack.
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