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Video Here’s Proof Trump Is Picking Unqualified Hot Messes To Be Federal Judges

But wait, it gets worse.

NewsOne has already reported at length how President Trump has only nominated White men to the federal bench, but perhaps more alarmingly is the fact that at least one of the nominees is apparently completely unqualified for the job.

Remember all the hubbub about Trump’s replacement for former President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court? Well, Matthew Spencer Petersen, who was nominated for a seat with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, made Neil Gorsuch look like Thurgood Marshall while he was being questioned during his confirmation hearing Thursday.

READ MORE: Fewer Black Federal Judges Under Trump As White Males Thrive

Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy appeared to be asking Petersen standard, boilerplate questions for such a hearing, but the commissioner on the Federal Election Commission who was appointed by President George W. Bush couldn’t answer any of them. In fact, Peterson admitted he had never even tried a civil, criminal trial with a jury either in state or federal court, which are requirements for to be a U.S. District Court judge.

Watch the debacle unfold below.

MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohnKennedy asks one of @realDonaldTrump’s US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he can’t answer a single one. Hoo-boy. pic.twitter.com/fphQx2o1rc

— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017

Petersen is not alone.

Trump has also nominated Brett Talley, a Ku Klux Klan sympathizer who, according to The Boston Globe “has practiced law for only three years and has yet to try a case,” for a federal judicial seat in Alabama.

As egregious as it sounds, the writing was scrawled on the wall since before 45 was ever elected. As the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Trump provided a glimpse of his judiciary oversight when he released his list of all-White and mostly male Supreme Court nominees.

It’s easy to laugh off this mess as another instance of ineptitude coming from the White House, but the stakes are high. Trump is orchestrating the reversal of a decades-long trend toward judicial diversity that will have long term consequences “where the courts are not a place people can go and vindicate their civil rights,” senior policy counsel for the NAACP Leg

Read more: https://newsone.com/3764992/trump-judge-petersen-kennedy-video-hearing-controversy/

8 Unintentional Racist Comments You Might Hear At The Office Holiday Party

People let loose at holiday parties after a little too much spiked eggnog or champagne on New Year’s Eve. Unguarded conversations at these festive events inevitably result in unintentional racist remarks from White co-workers. A Chicago-based group called Make Yourself Useful is offering workshops on how Black people could manage those situations and White people could avoid them, The Chicago Tribune reported.

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“Racism persists because a lot of White people aren’t concerned with race in their daily lives. They affirm and coddle one another’s experiences, which creates an echo chamber and reinforces racial hierarchies,” said Jenna Jackson, a University of Chicago Ph.D. candidate in Black politics, adding that Whites should realizes that colorblindness is an illusion.

https://newsone.com/3764938/unconscious-bias-unintentional-racism-communication-open-conversation/

Texas Mother Accused Of Forcing Son To Undergo 13 Unnecessary Surgeries

ADallas, Texas mother was accused of subjecting her 8-year-old son to years of abhorrent medical abuse, including 323 doctor visits and 13 major surgeries, CBS 11 reported Wednesday. Police believe that Kaylene Bowen-Wright faked her son, Christopher’s illnesses and exaggerated symptoms to medical professionals in suffering from Munchausen Syndrome by proxy. She was charged with injury to a child and was jailed.

Bowen-Wright allegedly took her child to several hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth and filed a number of false illness complaints, according to Child Protective Services (CPS), which is investigating the abuse allegations. She is also accused of cutting the boy’s hair and posting a picture of him in a Make-A-Wish shirt in an attempt to “fake” cancer and raise money. The boy had a feeding tube, used oxygen and took seizure medication as recently as November, CPS officials found.

The mother allegedly shopped her son around hospitals and lied about his medical state for eight years to get attention and other perks, the report said.

The abuse started when the boy was just 11 days old, investigators believe. The mother moved from exaggerating symptoms to inducing symptoms, a doctor said. https://t.co/1klO8c8IlL

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Bowen-Wright began lying about the boy’s health soon after he was born, Ryan Crawford, the boy’s father said. “She claimed he had issues drinking milk,” he said. “I never saw those issues.” She even went as far as to claim their son was handicapped for life. “Saying Christopher is never going to walk and we need to… I need to learn to take care of a disabled child,” he said about the mother who surprised him with the gross explanation at a custody hearing.

Crawford made attempts to free his child from the mother’s neglect and seek custody, but judges sided with her and believed her fabricated stories, he said. A visit to a doctor at Dallas Children’s Medical Center in November finally outed Bowen-Wright, who the physician believed tried to induce her son to have seizures. The doctor made his complaints to CPS, triggering its investigation, which has resulted in Christopher and his two siblings being removed from Bowen-Wright’s home. Crawford is now

Read more: https://newsone.com/3764896/child-protective-services-texas-medical-abuse-case-mother-kaylene-bowen-wright-jailed/

Who’s Mignon Clyburn What We Know About FCC Commissioner Against Net Neutrality Repeal

The Federal Communications Commission may have repealed the Obama-era net neutrality rules on Thursday, but the movement against the repeal had one very powerful voice: Mignon Clyburn.

An open and free internet is something near and dear to Clyburn, the first Black woman to become commissioner of the FCC. She denounced the commission’s decision walking back net neutrality protections after fighting hard against the FCC’s roiling reversal of course. The democrat, who was part of a three-person squad that helped to establish net neutrality rules, spoke with such eloquent prose in condemning the Republican-flanked commission to undo guidelines, The Verge reported, that thwart hungry internet providers from having free rein over the net.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn closes her remarks on the #NetNeutrality vote: "What saddens me the most today is that the agency that is supposed to protect you is actually abandoning you." pic.twitter.com/AHtRZnXMSY

— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 14, 2017

If people want to know exactly what drives Clyburn, then her words and actions provide many insights. Her record, dominated by her concerns for communities of color, has proven that she’s an outspoken advocate for marginalized folks for some time now. Clyburn previously was a member and chair of the Public Square Commission in South Carolina, according to the FCC. Also, she was the publisher and general manager of the Coastal Times, a newspaper that covered issues tied to African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. She co-owned the family-founded paper for 14 years.

Clyburn has made use of her business knowledge in her previous roles. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.

She joined the FCC during the Obama administration in 2009, rising to acting chairwoman and commissioner in early 2013. Since then, she has provided such an ancillary voice for net neutrality, with many folks joining in her supported #SaveNetNeutrality online campaign. Many people of color see the polemic move against an open internet as an affront, a disservice against civil rights activist groups that use social media to communicate and mobilize.

The FCC may have landed a win now, but there is already a strong blowback against its decision, which Clybu

Read more: https://newsone.com/3764858/mignon-clyburn-fcc-net-neutrality-vote-federal-communications-commission/

GOP Ready To Deliver A Tax Gift To The Wealthy By Christmas

After GOP House and Senate members reconciled their separate tax plans, President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he’s closer to delivering the Christmas gift he promised to taxpayers. But Democrats, who were shut out of the legislative process, are warning that corporations and the wealthy are biggest beneficiaries.

RELATED: What Trump’s Tax Plan Means For The Average Black Family

Some Democrats are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allow Democratic Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama to be seated before a vote on the tax bill.

“So much is at stake in Washington right now — from the tax bill to net neutrality, to the urgent issue Doug Jones mentioned in his victory speech: the ongoing fight to save health care for nine million lower-income kids” Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted. She’s leading an online petition drive to seat Jones. In the meantime, other Democrats are also sounding an alarm.

There has not been one public hearing, no opportunity to hear from economists, governors, mayors or ordinary Americans who will be impacted by this tax bill. This is a sham. pic.twitter.com/YBHBMXkLEN

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 13, 2017

Lawmakers have been meeting over the past few weeks to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the $1.5 trillion tax bill. The Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, resolved the most significant differences. In the end, though, middle- and low-income families are on the short end, USA Today reported.

The consensus tax bill would reduce the corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent to 21 percent. It would take effect in 2018 instead of the Senate version’s 2019 date. The reconciled bill would cut the top tax rate for the wealthy from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. Although it would nearly double the standard deduction for married couples, the bill would still scale back several popular tax breaks, such as the state and local tax deduction and mortgage interest. And in their zeal to revoke the Affordable Care Act, the consensus tax bill would eliminate Obamacare’s tax requirement.

It’s almost ready for a final vote in both houses. A few Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Read more: https://newsone.com/3764832/tax-bill-status-2017-middle-class-wealthy-corporations-republicans-democrats/

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