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Democrats Are Asking Amy Coney Barrett to Violate Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Judicial Standard
Senate Democrats know “that judicial nominees cannot and should not express their personal views on controversial political issues that could come before the courts. Doing so would make them appear biased and unable to do their job,” Kaylee McGhee writes in the Washington Examiner.
“Democrats should instead use their time to ask Barrett questions about her past court opinions in which she has expressed her legal views.” But they “seem bent on avoiding Barrett’s record—perhaps because they know it speaks for itself.”
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President Trump’s First Step Act “corrected many of the injustices of the Clinton Crime Bill and others,” Richard Johnson writes. Of the inmates the law helped, 91 percent have been Black and 98 percent are male. “Thousands of Black men are now back home because of President Trump’s policies. They’re being fathers, husbands, sons and brothers—restoring lives and families and communities.” Read more in The Hill.
Yesterday, President Trump “signed an executive order establishing the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council,” which “will not only expand on the recreational and economic benefits that forests provide our nation’s citizens but also work to improve the global environment for future generations,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell writes for Fox Business.
“Federal customs officers working at a border crossing between California and the Mexican city of Tijuana seized 3,000 pounds of meth from a commercial truck, making it the second-largest bust in history on the United States-Mexico border,” Anna Giaritelli reports. “Smugglers will try every way possible to try and get their product across the border,” one border official said. Read more in the Washington Examiner.
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