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Lesbian Jurist Alison Nathan Confirmed As Federal Judge Despite GOP Senators

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GOP Senators today banded together today in a concerted but failed attempt to kill the federal judgeship nomination of Alison Nathan, a lesbian jurist whose law career spans eleven years. Even Republican Senators considered more moderate, like Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Scott Brown (R-MA) voted against Nathan, but the Democratic majority in the Senate was able to squeak out a 48-44 vote in favor of Nathan, with no Republican Senators voting for Alison Nathan. The GOP lock-step vote is a clear indication of not only how far right even the moderates have become, but how the GOP cannot support a lesbian in any position of power or credibility in today’s America.

President Obama six and a half months ago nominated Alison Nathan to be a federal district judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before serving as President Obama’s White House Counsel, Nathan held several positions in both public and private practice, and clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Earlier today, Chris Geidner of Metro Weekly reported,

Nathan, an out lesbian, would be the second out lesbian federal judge with lifetime tenure in the country if confirmed, joining U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts of the Southern District of New York. Also on that court, which is located in Manhattan, is U.S. District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken. Oetken was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate for the judgeship earlier this year and currently is the only out gay male judge serving in the federal judiciary.

One particularly hostile attempt to quash the Nathan nomination came from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), whose own judicial nomination failed in 1986. Sessions claimed, “Perhaps if she had more legal experience, she would have a better idea of the role of a judge,” and claimed, falsely, that Nathan would rely on foreign law to decide her cases, an absurd comment that can be directly tied to Tea Party rhetoric.

“This is another step toward an America whose leadership class more accurately reflects the country it serves,” Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute said. “For too long gays and lesbians have been excluded from key public service roles, but that’s beginning to change, and we must continue fighting for opportunities for qualified, talented people like Alison Nathan who also happen to be open and honest about themselves.”

“We commend the Senate for their important vote today, confirming Alison Nathan to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Ms. Nathan’s demonstrated intellect and dedication to public service is a model of achievement. She will join Judges Deborah Batts and Paul Oetken in the Southern District of New York as the only openly lesbian or gay federal judges. We look forward to the day when the makeup of the entire federal bench truly represents the diverse American public.”

Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reported,

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said on the Senate floor there was “no question the Senate should confirm Ms. Nathan.”
“As her resume shows, she is an accomplished nominee with significant experience in private practice, academia and government service,” Leahy said. “Twenty-seven former Supreme Court clerks have written to the Judiciary Committee in support of Ms. Nathan’s qualifications, including clerks who worked for the conservative Justices.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who’s known for opposing pro-LGBT initiatives in Congress, also expressed concerns on the floor about Nathan’s legal experience and what he said was her belief that judges can look to foreign law in deciding cases.
“It’s very hard for me to believe that I should vote to confirm a judge who’s not committed to following our law, who believes they have a right to scrutinize the world, find some law in some other country, bring it home, and use that law to make it achieve a result in the case they wanted,” Sessions said.
LGBT advocates praised the Senate for confirming Nathan and sending the third openly gay person to the federal bench.
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‘Impose Gender Ideology’: DeSantis Continues Attacks on LGBTQ Equality at RNC

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Walking out beneath a banner that read “Make America Safe Once Again,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continued the GOP’s attacks on LGBTQ Americans into Tuesday night at day two of the Republican National Convention, despite the party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, vow to unite the nation.

Parading his far-right social agenda, DeSantis, who ended his 2024 presidential bid in January, angrily attacked President Joe Biden and American principles of equality.

“Let’s be honest here. Biden is just a figurehead. He’s a tool for imposing a leftist agenda on the American people. They support open borders, allowing millions and millions of illegal aliens to pour into our country and divert in our communities. But just don’t send any to Martha’s Vineyard then they get really upset,” the two-term Florida GOP governor mockingly declared, reminding Republicans that he spent state tax dollars to pick up 48 Venezuelan asylum seekers, including children, in Texas, and transport them to the tiny island town in Massachusetts, where they discovered, one said, they had been “tricked.”

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“They have unleashed progressive prosecutors across our nation who care more about coddling criminals than about protecting their own communities,” DeSantis continued at the convention where Donald Trump, a convicted felon, was officially chosen as the party’s presidential nominee just 24 hours earlier.

“They use the unelected bureaucracy to impose their will on us without our consent,” DeSantis added, although it was unclear if he was  referring to the nation’s justice system. “And they weaponize political power to target their political opponents like they’ve done to our own nominee.”

“They want to ban gas automobiles, eliminate Second Amendment rights and impose gender ideology on everyone from our infantry men to kindergarteners. They stand for DEI, which really means ‘division, exclusion and indoctrination’ and it is wrong.”

DEI stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“They mandated that you show proof of a COVID vaccine to go to a restaurant, but they oppose requiring proof of citizenship to cast the vote,” he claimed before adding, “They can’t even define what a woman is.”

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DeSantis originally had not been scheduled to speak at the convention, despite having endorsed Donald Trump when he ended his presidential campaign. On Tuesday it was announced both DeSantis, and Trump’s other top rival for the nomination, his former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, would both speak to the delegates.

As DeSantis praised Trump, the nominee was in the audience, standing next to his son Eric, his new vice presidential running mate, U.S. Senator JD Vance, and U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

CNBC reported Tuesday the second day of the Republican National Convention saw Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz “bend the knee.”

“The primary campaign is a distant memory now,” Florida Politics noted.

Watch DeSantis’ speech below or at this link.

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‘Release Your Medical Records’: No Report on Trump’s Health 3 Days After Assassination Attempt

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Exactly 72 hours after the attempted assassination of Donald Trump, neither his campaign nor his doctors have released any relevant information about the extent of his injuries, or any update on the health of the 78-year old man who just became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

While seeing apparent blood on his ear and dripping across his face, Americans have not been seen a medical report about the effects of the shooting that did take a supporter’s life and seriously wounded two other people.

Nor have Americans been told the extent of his injuries, how serious they were, if they were caused by a bullet, shrapnel, or shards of glass. No one has been told if any material entered the ex-president’s skull or brain, or if there is any lasting damage – cosmetic or otherwise.

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According to Eric Trump on Monday at the RNC, “my father got shot at. Somebody took off half his ear.”

There are far more questions than answers, and the questions are growing.

“As an investigative journalist, I notice missing evidence & ask why,” writes former Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg, who exposed Trump’s “John Barron” con. “Why is Trump hiding medical report/ear imagery? Where are bullet forensics of shooter to Trump & 3 victims? Where was Trump & what was he doing for 10 days prior to shooting? Where was shooter past month?”

Greenberg’s question about the convicted ex-president’s whereabouts for ten days also has also gone unanswered. After the damning debate with President Joe Biden, but before Saturday’s shooting that could have taken Trump’s life, some expressed wonder about the convicted ex-president’s apparent 10-plus day disappearance. That wonder, for some, has turned into baseless conspiracy theories including one that alleges the assassination was staged and Trump disappeared for over a week to “rehearse” the plot.

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Attorney and former congressional special counsel John P. Flannery II, a frequent cable news guest, declared, “hey Don release your medical records.”

“I am in no way saying anything wasn’t as it seemed but can we at least get an official medical report on Trump’s ear?” asked professor of law Eric Segall on Tuesday.

“You would think someone would inquire about Trump’s medical report if for no other reason than Trump has not provided any medical updates or information, neither has the hospital that treated him,” remarked former Republican Party chairman Michael Steele. “Outside of Trump telling us he’s ‘fine’, how severe was the wound? Did he loose part of his ear (bullets do terrible things to flesh)? How long for recovery? Will the wound require cosmetic surgery? What about reports that it may not have been a bullet which wounded him but glass from the shattered teleprompter?”

“I mean isn’t fair to ask Trump to release the medical records? What was the extent of the injury? Is he healing? How is his health? What did the doctors say? This is a 78-year-old man who survived a shooting and is running for President after all,” commented Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali.

Watch the video above or at this link.

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Secret Service Arrests Florida Man Threatening to Kill President Biden ‘Today!’

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The U.S. Secret Service has arrested a man in Florida who allegedly made repeated threats to kill President Joe Biden, including saying he would “kill joe biden today!!”

Late Monday, according to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seamus Hughes, “the Secret Service arrested a Florida man, Jason Alday, for threatening to ‘slit Joe biden’s throat.’ ”

Hughes wrote at Lawfare about Saturday’s attempted assassination of Donald Trump: “We Should Have Seen the Attempted Assassination Coming.”

“The assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump on Saturday was not a surprise to anyone paying attention. By almost every measure, the warning bells were sounding at a decibel level that should have been audible from the cosmos,” Hughes reported. “The attempted murder of a former president should be a wakeup call. Threats against public officials have been steadily rising for some time.”

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Hughes is also “a senior research faculty member and policy associate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha-based National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE),” according to his bio at Lawfare.

On social media Hughes posted a screenshot of the affidavit, and a link to the original.

According to the affidavit, an account on Twitter/X  that appears to be Alday’s posted on July 11: “I’ll kill joe biden today!!”

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Other posts reportedly read:

“sources: Joe biden’s health is declining rapidly. Not doing too good at all. Should I finish him off?”

“The secret service sent a special agent n*gg*r to my house with gadsden county officers. I’Il still slit joe biden’s throat.”

“I want special agent matthews dead, too. stupid n*gg*r has gotta go!!”

“Where you at special agent matthews ? come arrest me n*gg*r!! this is Jason Alday!!”

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