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Kamala Harris To Decide On 2020 White House Run ‘Over The Holiday’

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The California Democrat is one of the most highly anticipated presidential prospects.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Saturday she’ll decide whether to launch a 2020 presidential bid as 2019 prepares to dawn.

“It will ultimately be a family decision,” Harris told MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski at the “Know Your Value” conference in San Francisco. “And over the holiday, I will make that decision with my family.”

Harris, 54, is biracial and made history in 2016 as the first Indian-American to serve in the Senate, as well as just its second black woman.

In her Saturday comments, she acknowledged the challenges that a campaign against President Donald Trump will entail. Trump has made deriding his opponents in starkly personal terms a hallmark of his brand of politicking

“Let’s be honest. It’s going to be ugly,” Harris said.

Harris, who was California’s attorney general before winning her Senate seat in 2016, is one of the most highly anticipated 2020 contenders. As she mulls whether to make it official, there have been unmistakable signs that she plans on entering the race.

As this year’s midterm elections approached, Harris campaigned for Democratic candidates in the key early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina. She also stumped for two other nationally prominent black politicians in gubernatorial races ― Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida.

In another tell, the senator sent $25,000 to the Democratic parties in all four early nominating states: Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada, and New Hampshire.

The clearest sign of her White House ambitions may be that she just happens to have a book scheduled for release in January ― about a year before, if tradition holds, the Iowa caucuses kick off the voting in the Democratic presidential race. Titled “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” the memoir draws on her personal story fighting for social justice to offer a “master class in problem-solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times,” according to its publisher.

Sounds awfully like the beginning of a presidential run.

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Republicans Sink Trump Judicial Nominee Hostile To Black Voters’ Rights

Sens. Tim Scott and Jeff Flake joined Democrats in rejecting Thomas Farr to be a lifetime federal judge.

In a shocking defeat for President Donald Trump, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) announced Thursday that he can’t support his controversial judicial nominee Thomas Farr, torpedoing the nomination.

Scott said in statement, first reported by The State, that a 1991 Justice Department memo leaked this week raised concerns for him over Farr’s role in a voter suppression scheme that took place during the 1984 and 1990 campaigns of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.). Farr worked with Helms’ campaign at the time.

“I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a federal judge,” Scott said in his statement. “This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination.”

Without Scott’s support, and with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) already saying he was a no vote, Farr doesn’t have the votes to be confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Every Democrat opposed him.

Civil rights groups and the Congressional Black Caucus have been trying to sink Farr’s nomination for nearly a year. The 64-year-old attorney wrote North Carolina’s extreme voter ID law in 2013, which was later struck down by a federal appeals court. The court found the law targeted black people “with almost surgical precision.”

Farr also defended the state’s racially discriminatory gerrymandering in federal court in 2015 (and lost), and he may have lied to the Senate about his role in disenfranchising tens of thousands of black voters when he worked for Helms in 1990. 

“It is unconscionable that the Senate would even consider someone with Thomas Farr’s record,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said Tuesday. “In 2018, this should simply be unacceptable.”

Scott’s rejection of Farr marks the second time he’s opposed one of Trump’s court picks. In July, the South Carolina Republican refused to support circuit court nominee Ryan Bounds, citing his record of racist writings in college. His vote killed that nomination, too.

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In a shocking defeat for President Donald Trump, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) announced Thursday that he can’t support his controversial judicial nominee Thomas Farr, torpedoing the nomination.

Scott said in statement, first reported by The State, that a 1991 Justice Department memo leaked this week raised concerns for him over Farr’s role in a voter suppression scheme that took place during the 1984 and 1990 campaigns of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.). Farr worked with Helms’ campaign at the time.

“I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a federal judge,” Scott said in his statement. “This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination.”

Without Scott’s support, and with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) already saying he was a no vote, Farr doesn’t have the votes to be confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Every Democrat opposed him.

Civil rights groups and the Congressional Black Caucus have been trying to sink Farr’s nomination for nearly a year. The 64-year-old attorney wrote North Carolina’s extreme voter ID law in 2013, which was later struck down by a federal appeals court. The court found the law targeted black people “with almost surgical precision.”

Farr also defended the state’s racially discriminatory gerrymandering in federal court in 2015 (and lost), and he may have lied to the Senate about his role in disenfranchising tens of thousands of black voters when he worked for Helms in 1990. 

“It is unconscionable that the Senate would even consider someone with Thomas Farr’s record,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said Tuesday. “In 2018, this should simply be unacceptable.”

Scott’s rejection of Farr marks the second time he’s opposed one of Trump’s court picks. In July, the South Carolina Republican refused to support circuit court nominee Ryan Bounds, citing his record of racist writings in college. His vote killed that nomination, too.

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In a shocking defeat for President Donald Trump, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) announced Thursday that he can’t support his controversial judicial nominee Thomas Farr, torpedoing the nomination.

Scott said in statement, first reported by The State, that a 1991 Justice Department memo leaked this week raised concerns for him over Farr’s role in a voter suppression scheme that took place during the 1984 and 1990 campaigns of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.). Farr worked with Helms’ campaign at the time.

“I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a federal judge,” Scott said in his statement. “This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination.”

Without Scott’s support, and with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) already saying he was a no vote, Farr doesn’t have the votes to be confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Every Democrat opposed him.

Civil rights groups and the Congressional Black Caucus have been trying to sink Farr’s nomination for nearly a year. The 64-year-old attorney wrote North Carolina’s extreme voter ID law in 2013, which was later struck down by a federal appeals court. The court found the law targeted black people “with almost surgical precision.”

Farr also defended the state’s racially discriminatory gerrymandering in federal court in 2015 (and lost), and he may have lied to the Senate about his role in disenfranchising tens of thousands of black voters when he worked for Helms in 1990. 

“It is unconscionable that the Senate would even consider someone with Thomas Farr’s record,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said Tuesday. “In 2018, this should simply be unacceptable.”

Scott’s rejection of Farr marks the second time he’s opposed one of Trump’s court picks. In July, the South Carolina Republican refused to support circuit court nominee Ryan Bounds, citing his record of racist writings in college. His vote killed that nomination, too.

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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Known For Weakening Black Voters’ Rights

Thomas Farr built a career out of making it harder for black people to vote in North Carolina. Now he's on track to be a life

“It is unconscionable that the Senate would even consider someone with Thomas Farr’s record,” said Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The Senate on Wednesday inched closer to confirming Thomas Farr to be a lifetime federal judge, despite strong opposition from civil rights groups and Democrats over his long career of trying to weaken black voters’ rights.

The Senate voted 50-50 on a procedural step to advance Farr’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Vice President Mike Pence came in to break the tie. Every Democrat voted against Farr, as did Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is opposing all of President Donald Trump’s nominees until he gets a vote on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. 

Farr’s final confirmation vote is expected later this week.

Civil rights groups and the Congressional Black Caucus have been trying to sink Farr’s nomination for nearly a year. The 64-year-old attorney wrote North Carolina’s extreme voter ID law in 2013, which was later struck down by a federal appeals court. The court found the law targeted black people “with almost surgical precision.” Farr also defended the state’s racially discriminatory gerrymandering in federal court in 2015 (and lost), and he may have lied to the Senate about his role in disenfranchising tens of thousands of black voters when he worked for the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) in 1990. 

“It is unconscionable that the Senate would even consider someone with Thomas Farr’s record,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said Tuesday. “In 2018, this should simply be unacceptable.”

It would only have taken one more Republican voting with Democrats to stop Farr’s nomination. Democrats had been eyeing Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a moderate who sometimes sides with them, and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the lone black senator in his party, as potential allies. But despite a dramatic delayed vote by Scott, both voted to advance Farr’s nomination.

But Scott said he remained undecided on whether to ultimately support Farr’s confirmation. He explained he had more questions about the nominee’s work as a lawyer on Helms’ campaign and his role in an effort to discourage black people from voting. 

I’ve been in the Senate long enough to see a whole bunch of questionable nominees, frankly from both parties, but Thomas Farr is unquestionably one of the worst. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Ahead of the vote, Democrats took turns ripping Farr as unfit for the federal bench.

“I’ve been in the Senate long enough to see a whole bunch of questionable nominees, frankly from both parties, but Thomas Farr is unquestionably one of the worst,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “It’s hard to believe President Trump nominated him; it’s even harder to believe Senate Republicans are considering him again. This is a man who stands for disenfranchisement of voters, particularly minority voters.”

Republican Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, who are ushering Farr’s nomination through the Senate, have dismissed Democrats’ concerns about Farr and noted that he was rated “well-qualified” by the American Bar Association.

“It’s basically downsized Kavanaugh tactics, as far as I’m concerned,” Tillis told Roll Call on Tuesday, suggesting Democrats are unfairly attacking Farr in the same way he thinks they unfairly attacked Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process this summer.

In a development late Tuesday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law cited new revelations in a 1991 memorandum from the U.S. Justice Department showing that Farr played a central role in voter suppression schemes targeting black voters as far back as 1984.

“The Justice Department described Farr as the ‘primary coordinator’ of these schemes,” said Kristen Clarke, the group’s president and executive director. “Moving forward with this nomination in light of this new evidence would make a mockery of the Senate’s advice and consent obligation.”

It’s not clear how much that detail could affect Farr’s confirmation. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Farr is on track to be confirmed no later than Thursday night.

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Hakeem Jeffries Wins Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race

   

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The congressman from New York beat fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee of California.

In perhaps the most contentious battle for House Democratic leadership, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) beat out fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Barbara Lee (Calif.) to take the Democratic Caucus chairman position, the No. 5 spot in Democratic leadership in that chamber.

Jeffries won the race with a vote of 123-113.

With the top Democratic leadership positions uncontested, the caucus chairman position became somewhat of a proxy election for calls of new blood in leadership. Jeffries, 48, sought the position by arguing that he was best-equipped to represent the multitude of viewpoints in the Democratic Caucus. And Lee, 72, argued that, with African-American women serving as a backbone to the Democratic Party, it made sense for an African-American woman to serve in Democratic leadership.

Ultimately, in a race that divided the usually united CBC, Jeffries won out with a tireless whip operation.

Asked after the vote whether ageism or sexism played a role in the results, Lee replied: “Well, I think you heard and saw what took place. So I absolutely think that’s the case.”

Jeffries, however, said the race was just a “friendly competition of ideas.”

While both Jeffries and Lee are unabashedly liberal, Lee has consistently ranked as one of the most liberal members of Congress. She was the only member to vote against the broad 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which has allowed the U.S. to justify military efforts in more than 20 countries over the last 17 years.

Lee has been in Congress for 20 years, and she would have been another seasoned Democrat in leadership, albeit further to the left. But both Democrats are still potential candidates for more-prominent positions in leadership.

For Jeffries, the Democratic Caucus position could be a launching pad to becoming the first African-American speaker of the House. And while Lee lost Wednesday, she could also be a strong future candidate for speaker or another position ― considering her liberal credentials and support among African-American women.

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For Thanksgiving, Trump Is Tweeting About Death And Obama Is Volunteering In Chicago

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Trump’s tweet on Thanksgiving read, “Justice Roberts can say what he wants, but the 9th Circuit is a complete & total disaster. It is out of control, has a horrible reputation, is overturned more than any Circuit in the Country, 79%, & is used to get an almost guaranteed result. Judges must not Legislate Security.”

He continued, “And Safety at the Border, or anywhere else. They know nothing about it and are making our Country unsafe. Our great Law Enforcement professionals MUST BE ALLOWED TO DO THEIR JOB! If not there will be only bedlam, chaos, injury and death. We want the Constitution as written!”

Bedlam, chaos, injury and death? That’s the holiday spirit.

Trump is angry that John Roberts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Monday to block Trump’s attempt to ban entry for asylum seekers. Clearly, our unconstitutional president is threatened by independent courts. Therefore, because  he didn’t get his way, he babbled on Twitter.

On the other hand, Obama decided to spread charity and gratefulness on the holiday. volunteered at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This incredible organization feeds people on  Thanksgiving Day. Watch the beautiful video below:

We  miss you Obama.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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