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Who’s the Gorgeous Black Woman Sitting Behind Neil Gorsuch?

T he first best thing so far during Neil Gorsuch ’s Supreme Court nomination hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee was Sen.  Al Franken ’s pointed and tough questions for the SCOTUS hopeful.

The second has to undoubtedly be the camera time given to a Black woman seated almost directly behind Gorsuch for each day of his hearings; one we found out is as accomplished as she is beautiful.

Her name is Mary Elizabeth Taylor, and  she currently works for the Trump administration in the White House legislative affairs unit, a liaison between the President and Congress which tries to push the President’s agenda through the legislative branches.

Why she’s been given such a prominent role when Heavy.com reports she’s not a lead staffer on Gorsuch’s nomination team . . . well, we’ll leave that to you.

Taylor’s career in Washington reportedly began while she was in college. She started by interning in the Senate in July 2006 while at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania where she received a B.A. in political science.

Taylor was also an intern for Koch Industries (yes, the company run by the politically powerful Koch Brothers) during college and also interned in the Washington Nationals marketing department.

Taylor was also a Public Policy Leadership Fellow at the  Fund for American Studies  (TFAS) after graduating. The Fund for American Study’s mission is to develop “leaders for a free society;” it was established in 1967 by former New Jersey Governor Charles Edison , the son of Thomas Edison .

Taylor has also worked for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  and was an assistant in the Senate Republican Cloakroom, where politicians often make deals outside official meetings. She currently works under Amy Swonger, a longtime lobbyist who also worked for Sen. McConnell in the past. Taylor also reportedly works closely with Makan Delrahim,  the lead staffer on Gorsuch’s nomination team.

SOURCE: Heavy , Washington Post

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H oward University faculty and administrators released a scathing letter last week calling for the ouster of HU president Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick , saying that his “ presidency is failed and represents a dark and shameful moment in Howard’s history.

The undated letter, which copied members of the Washington Post, New York Times, U.S. News and World Report as well as organizations such at the United Negro College Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank, was signed by “Concerned Howard University Administrators, Faculty and Staff.”

An asterisk by the writers notes that they chose to remain anonymous because of fear of reprisals from Frederick and his provost, Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh .

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The letter claims that Frederick has not submitted a strategic plan, has had the University’s credit rating downgraded, and is not supported by students or faculty—and the bulk of the tome outlines five questions, which the letter says Frederick of having “lie-answered. These include questions around the school no longer being ranked in the top 100 colleges/universities by U.S. News & World Report; the school’s financial status; the school’s declining enrollment; the school’s strategic plan; and the faculty staff and student morale.

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“I was so offended that I wanted to protest it. Unfortunately there’s no type of Black people protest that Tomi is comfortable with so I guess we should just move on.”

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