The board of aldermen there appointed Susan Tomlinson, who is white, to fill one of the five seats on the local school district’s board of trustees. The appointment lasted a day as Mayor Parker Wiseman, an up-and-coming Democrat who is also white, vetoed the appointment last week based on the race of the candidate. His veto letter made no bones about it: With this appointment, he said, the board would be 80 percent white in a school district that is only 32 percent white, and that’s just not acceptable, diversity-wise, regardless of Ms. Tomlinson’s qualifications. Read all about it here.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is demanding an apology from a San Francisco hair salon owner for what she is calling a “set up” against her, after the California Democrat was caught inside the salon without a mask in violation of city guidelines. The city had forced salons to close in March to limit the ... Read More
Why There Has Never Been a Supreme Court Justice Confirmed in the Fall of a Presidential Election Year
I have previously written up the history (mainly here and here) of Supreme Court nominations in presidential election years, or in lame-duck sessions following a presidential election. To summarize: there have been 29 such vacancies, and presidents made nominations for all of them, in most cases promptly: In ... Read More
Senate Report Details Hunter Biden’s Extensive Foreign Business Dealings — and Obama Officials’ Efforts to Distance From Him
Senate Republicans released a report Wednesday detailing the extensive business dealings that Hunter Biden pursued with politically connected foreign nationals while his father Joe Biden was serving as vice president. The 87-page interim report comes amid a months-long probe in which members of the Senate ... Read More