Biden hits out at GOP’s ‘verbal abuse’ against Ketanji Brown Jackson_1.mp4
Joe Biden will give a White House speech today celebrating the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will become the court’s first Black woman justice when she joins the bench later this year.
Having garnered the support of three Republican senators – Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney – she also received the support of all 50 Democrats. The president yesterday shared video of himself watching the confirmation vote with Ms Brown Jackson at his side.
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Tim Scott has lashed out at criticism from progressive pundits after he voted “no” on the justice’s confirmation. He specifically attacked MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid after she accused him of allowing “Lindsey Graham and the sheriffs” to “dog-walk him” into backing conservative policies. “Now he’ll go along with Lindsey’s barking-dog racism against Judge Jackson because: he’s Tim Scott,” she tweeted.
“What is so offensive about what Joy is saying is that a Black man cannot think for himself,” Mr Scott said in response.
Pelosi thanks well-wishers, remains asymptomatic
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thanked well-wishers for their kindness since she tested positive for Covid-19.
She says that she remains asymptomatic thanks to the vaccine and booster shots and encourages everyone else to get them.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022, 10:09 p.m.
The Independent raises Melissa Lucio death penalty case at White House
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Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022, 9:52 p.m.
White House asked about Rishi Sunak green card
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Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022, 8:41 p.m.
Oprah says ‘I’m feeling great renewal today’ after Ketanji Brown Jackson remarks
Oprah Winfrey celebrates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court by posting the final stanza of the poem I Am A Black Woman by Mari Evans.
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Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022, 8:30 p.m.
“Like anyone else, the president may, at some point, test positive for Covid,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki says at the daily briefing.
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Ms Psaki notes that he can continue his duties even if he tests positive: “We risk assess just like everybody else in the country and it’s important for him to be able to continue his presidential duties now and even if he tests positive in the future. ”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022, 7:48 p.m.
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The president will then travel to Camp David and remain there over the Easter weekend.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022, 7:43 p.m.
White House briefing: US security assistance to Ukraine
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Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022, 7:40 p.m.
Dan Rather hopes Jackson’s word ‘usher forth a vision of hope’
Veteran broadcaster Dan Rather tweets: “Please stop whatever you are doing to listen to, and share this historic moment. The words of Judge Jackson resonate in defiance of cynicism, they grow from the deep roots of pain and struggle, and they usher forth a vision of hope in a better and more just America.”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Biden tests negative for Covid-19
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Oliver O’ConnellApril 8, 2022, 6:57 p.m.