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Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson for Federal Appeals Court

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On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

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  • With a Senate vote of 53-44, Jackson was confirmed and now holds the appeals court seat that former U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland held. She became a federal judge in Washington DC in 2013 and was appointed by former President Barack Obama.
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) all joined Democrats in voting yes in Jackson’s vote. Graham stated, “I think she’s qualified. I think I try to be somewhat consistent here. She has a different philosophy than I do.” Christopher Kang, the chief counsel for Demand Justice, believes that Jackson’s experience makes her the perfect type of judge and is the blueprint for the type of judges the Senate should keep confirming.

“Judge Jackson’s confirmation will mark the beginning of a new era for a court system that Trump and McConnell have stacked in favor of the rich and powerful,” said Kang.

  • Jackson’s most popular case is her 2019 opinion ruling that former White House counsel Don McGahn had to testify in the congressional investigation into former President Donald Trump and Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. McGahn believed he had immunity in the case and didn’t have to participate in his congressional subpoena because he was under Trump.
  • Jackson is a top pick for the Supreme Court if a vacancy appears while President Joe Biden is in office. Biden has made it one of his missions to make a Black woman a Supreme Court justice if the chance arises. Many believe Jackson is a shoo-in for a vacancy because she is 50-years-old, a Black woman, and has a good court record. Jackson also has served as a federal public defender and a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
  • Many Democrats are hoping that Breyer retires by the end of the Supreme Court term so that Biden can nominate his pick for his seat. Breyer has served on the Supreme Court for 27 years and was nominated by former President Bill Clinton. For now, Democrats hold a slight led of control in the Senate, but with 2022 midterms coming up, some feel as if they may lose that control.
  • In an interview with CNN, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said she believes Breyer should retire at the end of the term. She stated that she would have to think about it more, but she’s “inclined to say yes.” If Breyer retires and Biden’s liberal choice is confirmed, the Supreme Court will continue to have three left-leaning Supreme Court justices in a majority right-leaning court. Minority Senate leader Mitch McConnell has claimed that he will not confirm Biden’s pick if Republicans retain the majority after the 2022 elections.

“I think in the middle of a presidential election, if you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880’s to find the last time a vacancy was filled…I think it’s highly unlikely. I don’t think either party if it controlled, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election,” said McConnell.

Jackson is the first of Biden’s appeal court nominees to be confirmed and comes just after his nominee Zahid Quraishi was confirmed as a judge for the district court in New Jersey. Biden wants to add more diversity and liberal thinking judges to the appeals court and federal level courts to help balance out the conservative judges confirmed at the end of Trump’s presidency.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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