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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to define what a "woman" is because she's not a "biologist."

The Supreme Court nominee faced a second day of questions during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Jackson was questioned for 12 hours by Republican senators of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

When asked to define a "woman" by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) Jackson declined to answer.

Instead, she deferred to her lack of knowledge on the subject: "Not in this context. I can't... I'm not a biologist."

Blackburn responded, "The meaning of the word woman is so unclear and controversial that you can't give me a definition?"

Jackson, who was specifically nominated because she's a Black woman, also couldn't describe the inherent differences between a man and a woman.

The senator asked, "Do you agree with Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?"

Jackson replied, "Senator, respectfully, I am not familiar with that particular quote or case, so it's hard for me to comment as to whether or not—."

Blackburn interrupted, saying "Do you interpret Justice Ginsburg's meaning of men and women as male and female?"

"Again, because I don't know the case, I do not know how I'd interpret it. I'd need to read the whole thing."

"The fact that you can't give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about," Blackburn said.

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"What message do you think this sends to girls who aspire to compete and win in sports at the highest levels?," the senator asked, referring to Lia Thomas (left), a male-bodied swimmer who won a women's NCAA championship for the University of Pennsylvania.

Republicans have expressed concern that, if Jackson is confirmed, the left's campaign to erase biological women will continue.

If Jackson is confirmed, she would become the first Black woman to serve as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Pres. Joe Biden nominated D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. Brown Jackson was the frontrunner on Biden's list.

Biden, 79, made the announcement today, Feb. 25.

The seat will be vacated by Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his retirement in January.

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Justice Breyer, 83, was the oldest Justice on the high court. He plans to step down at the end of his term this summer.

Breyer's retirement pleases Democrats who believe the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stayed too long and deprived the Democrats of appointing another liberal to the highest court.

Judge Brown Jackson was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by former President Barack Obama in 2013.

She is married to Dr. Patrick Graves Jackson, the chief general surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. They share 2 children.

Brown Jackson is related, by marriage, to former House speaker Paul Ryan. Her brother-in-law is married to Paul Ryan's sister-in-law.

Jackson will become the sixth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court if she is confirmed by the Senate.

Biden made a vow to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court during the 2020 primary debate in South Carolina.

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Biden made his decision after narrowing his choices down to three women: Jackson Brown, 51, Michelle Childs, 55, and Leondra Kruger, 45.

Biden's vice president, Kamala Harris, 57, who is mixed race, didn't make his list.

She is currently hiding out in an underground nuclear shelter in Jackson Hole, WY, amid the Russia, Ukraine conflict in Europe.
 

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Justice Stephen Breyer reportedly plans to step down from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of his term in 6 months.

Breyer's announcement gives Pres. Joe Biden time to find his replacement -- reportedly a liberal Black lesbian or transgender judge.

Breyer is the court's oldest Justice at 83. His retirement pleases Democrats who believe the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stayed too long and deprived the Democrats of appointing another liberal to the highest court.

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The frontrunner on Biden's short list is D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a Black female judge from Florida.

Brown Jackson was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by former President Barack Obama in 2013.

Jackson is married to Dr. Patrick Graves Jackson, the chief general surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. They have 2 children.

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Biden is also reportedly considering Vice President Kamala Harris, 57, to replace Breyer on the Supreme Court.

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Other potential Black or brown female nominees include 7th Circuit Appeals Judge Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, 42 (pictured).

The list continues below:

  • California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, 45
  • S.C. US District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs, 55
  • District Judge Wilhelmina "Mimi" Wright, 58
  • Circuit Judge Eunice Lee, 51
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, 59

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Jay Z is using his substantial influence to reform the criminal justice system for rappers who go on trial in New York.

The 51-year-old rap mogul has joined forces with other rap activists to end the unfair practice of using harmful lyrics against rappers in court.

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Rappers typically glorify murder, violence, drug dealing, prostitution and burglary in their rap lyrics. But most of them don't live that life when they leave the recording studios.

According to Rolling Stone, Jay Z, government name Shawn Carter, has teamed up with Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe, Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland, and Yo Gotti to urge lawmakers to sign and support the "Rap Music on Trial" bill.

The rappers argue that rather than acknowledge rap music as a form of artistic expression, police and prosecutors interpret rap lyrics literally. They say the tactic gives prosecutors "a dangerous advantage in the courtroom."

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"This is an issue that's important to [Jay-Z] and all the other artists that have come together to try to bring about this change," Alex Spiro, Jay-Z's lawyer, told Rolling Stone. "This is a long time coming. Mr. Carter is from New York, and if he can lend his name and his weight, that's what he wants to do."

Rolling Stone reports the bill passed through the New York Senate Codes Committee on Tuesday. The bill is headed to a full vote on the Senate floor.

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Two Democrats crossed the aisle to rebuke the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on businesses with over 100 employees.

Senators Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) joined all Republicans in a vote of 52-48 to pass a Senate resolution repealing vaccine mandates on private businesses on Wednesday.

Sen. Manchin had previously said he was against vaccine mandates on private businesses.

And Sen. Tester said, while he is in favor of the mRNA vaccine, a mandate on private businesses would hurt the economy.

Last night's vote was the first congressional rebuke of Pres. Joe Biden's vaccine mandates. He has also lost several key federal court decisions.

The House needs 218 signatures to force a floor vote, and Biden has promised to veto any Congressional effort to repeal his vaccine mandates.

Sen. Mike Braun, (R-Ind), who introduced the resolution, said Biden had no authority to impose the requirements on private businesses.

"This bipartisan vote is a crystal clear message to the @WhiteHouse: Back off, and stop this crazy federal overreach immediately," he tweeted.

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Symone Sanders, Vice President Kamala Harris' chief spokesperson, is leaving the Biden-Harris administration.

Sanders announced her exit in a letter to her colleagues on Monday, following rumors of a toxic work environment in Harris' office.

Sanders, who is also Harris' senior adviser, will leave the White House at the end of December.

"Symone has served honorably for three years," a source told CNN.

"The President and vice president are grateful for Symone's service and advocacy for this White House. She is a valued member, a team player, and she will be missed. We are grateful to have her working through the end of the year."

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In her letter, Sanders thanked Harris and her chief of staff Tina Flournoy.

"I'm so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been," she wrote.

"I'm grateful for Tina and her leadership and her confidence as well. Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you."

Sanders' resignation is the second high level departure of a Black woman from the Biden-Harris administration in just the last month.

Last month, vice president's communications director, Ashley Etienne, announced she was leaving to pursue "other opportunities."

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Stacey Abrams has announced her second run at becoming the nation's first Black female governor. Abrams still hasn't conceded the 2018 election when she lost by a narrow margin to incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

Abrams was influential in helping Joe Biden become the first Democratic presidential candidate to capture Georgia since 1992.

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The voting rights activist campaigned for Biden and Kamala Harris in 2020, but sources say she was bitterly disappointed when Biden told her she was not his choice for vice president months earlier.

In a video announcing her "We Are One Georgia" campaign on Wednesday, Abrams said the Democratic Party's "opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn't be determined by background or access to power."

Abrams, 47, said she would provide "leadership that knows how to do the job, leadership that doesn't take credit without also taking responsibility, leadership that understands the true pain that folks are feeling and has real plans. That's the job of governor, to fight for one Georgia, our Georgia."

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In a statement on Wednesday, Kemp, who is running for reelection in 2022, said Abrams was on a "never-ending campaign for power" and linking her to the "failed Biden agenda."

"Her far-left agenda of open borders, gun confiscation, high taxes, and anti-law enforcement policies don't reflect who we are as Georgians," Kemp said.

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Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens won last night's runoff election over City Council President Felicia Moore.

Only 20% of Atlanta's registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday night. The turnout was among the lowest -- if not the lowest -- in Atlanta's history.

Atlanta's current mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms and former mayor, Shirley Franklin attended Dickens' election watch party at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta on Tuesday night.

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Bottoms (center) was joined by local celebrities, rappers Tip "T.I.' Harris (left) and Jeezy (right).

Dickens was endorsed by rappers and nightclub owners, who claimed Moore threatened to shut down the city's strip clubs.

Not much is known about the veteran city council member. Someone took a hatchet to his Wikipedia page last night while we slept.

Most of the information about Dickens was edited overnight, leaving only a single paragraph explaining that Dickens defeated Moore in the runoff election.

The paragraph also mentions that he is the chief development officer and founder of TechBridge, a nonprofit designed to prepare unemployed individuals for jobs in the technology sector.

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There was no hint about his personal life, although other bios on the Internet mention that he is married with at least one child, a daughter named Bailey Dickens (pictured).

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We don't like to assume on Sandrarose.com, but we're assuming this is his wife in the red.

According to loyal reader, Trey, "[Dickens] introduced the woman in red as his girlfriend."

Even Dickens' age is something of a mystery. His Wiki page says he's 47-48 years old. Another bio claims he is 45-55 years old.

There is no information about his personal life on his campaign website's About page, which ironically states "Transparency Is Key."

Dickens will be sworn in as Atlanta's 61st mayor in January 2022.

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Today is Election Day in Atlanta. The two Black candidates, Felicia Moore and Andre Dickens face off in a close mayoral race.

Atlanta residents are heading to the polls today to replace one-term mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms who decided not to seek a 2nd term.

The polls opened early Tuesday, but poll watchers say the turnout has been low so far.

Current Atlanta City Council President Moore won 41% of the vote on Nov. 2nd. Fellow City Council member Dickens followed with 23% of the votes. A runoff was necessary since neither candidate won 50% of the vote.

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed somehow came in third in the voting behind Moore and Dickens. Reed conceded a few days later.

Keisha Lance Bottoms has since thrown her support behind Dickens, who has the support of rappers and nightclub owners.

Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris endorsed Dickens in a video in which he seemed to blame Moore for the sexual harassment allegations lodged against him and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

There are also reports that Moore threatened to shut down strip clubs, which would send dozens of Atlanta's finest strippers to the unemployment line.

But Moore has vigorously denied the allegations (see video below, courtesy of ATL Uncensored).

Polls will stay open until 7 or 8 p.m. tonight. Find out your polling place here and check out the results of all runoff races here.
 

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A comment made by Pres. Joe Biden during a Veterans Day speech on Thursday sparked debates on social media.

Biden, 78, referred to baseball legend Satchel Paige as "the great negro" because he pitched in the Negro Leagues before breaking the race barrier in Major League Baseball.

Negro in Portuguese and Spanish means "black" and is derived from the offensive racial slur ni**er.

During his speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, Biden said he had "adopted the attitude of the great Negro—at the time—pitcher in the Negro leagues, went on to become a great pitcher in the pros in Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson, his name was Satchel Paige. And Satchel Paige on his 47th birthday pitched a win against Chicago."

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Paige was not a military veteran. His Selective Service records show he was never drafted into the U.S. military.

Twitter users debated Biden's true meaning when he muttered the word.

Democrats defended their President by advising that he was referring to the Negro Leagues. While others argued that Biden called Paige "a great Negro" in the Negro leagues.


 
One Twitter user wrote: "A white man referring to the negro baseball league would be tore to pieces .. But Biden can get away with being a Supremist."
 
Another Twitter user wrote: "Biden's one hit wonders now include: Calling black children "roaches" And calling famous baseball players “great negros."

And a third person tweeted: "Biden is calling people of color negros cringe."

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It was a historic night in Virginia on Tuesday. Winsome Sears, a Black Republican woman was elected Lt. governor in the blue state.

Sears, a 57-year-old black immigrant from Jamaica and a former U.S. Marine, defeated a seasoned Clinton-backed Democrat in a blue state.

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Sears defeated Democratic challenger Hala Ayala, winning more than 51.2% of the vote.

She vows to protect gun rights and has expressed support for the police.

"I am at a loss for words for the first time in my life," said Sears during her victory speech. "I'm only here because you put your trust in me. That's the only reason I'm here. Thank you!"

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She then introduced her husband, Terence, a former Marine, and their two daughters.

"I'm telling you, what you're looking at is the American dream," she said. "When I joined the Marine Corps... I was still a Jamaican."

Before running for public office, Sears ran a homeless shelter in Virginia. She served in the House of Delegates in 2002-2003, representing parts of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Va. Beach.

Tragically, Sears lost her daughter DeJon L'Air Williams, 27, and her granddaughters, Faith, 6, and Victoria, 8, in a multi-vehicle crash in Virginia in 2012.

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Democrats reacted with outrage to the Supreme Court declining to block Texas' rigid anti-abortion fetal heartbeat law this week.

The Texas law, passed in May, bans abortions after six weeks or if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

CNN interviewed liberal author Irin Carmon who noted, "Roe v. Wade said a woman - or pregnant person - has a right to end their pregnancy before viability."

Anti-abortion rights groups cheered the Supreme Court's decision to allow the law which bans abortions after six weeks pf pregnancy.

Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, called the SCOTUS's decision a "massive victory" for the unborn.

Some states have similar fetal heartbeat laws, but the Texas law allows everyday citizens to file lawsuits against anyone who assists women seeking abortions.

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Critics say the law turns common citizens into "bounty hunters" by offering "cash prizes" for citizens who snitch on their neighbors.

They complain that the law is unreasonable because most women don't realize they are pregnant at six weeks.

Pres. Joe Biden called the law an "unprecedented assault" on women. "It unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts," he said in a statement on Thursday.

He directed federal agencies to see what steps they can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to "safe and legal abortions".

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Vice Pres. Kamala Harris condemned the abortion law. She referred to abortions as "health care".

"The Biden-Harris Administration will always fight to protect access to healthcare and defend a woman's right to make decisions about her body and determine her future," she said in a statement.

"This all-out assault on reproductive health effectively bans abortion for the nearly 7 million Texans of reproductive age. Patients in Texas will now be forced to travel out-of-state or carry their pregnancy to term against their will."

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Black Americans who are descendants of slaves celebrated the news that Congress approved Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

However, Rep. Cori Bush, a member of "The Squad", says that's not enough.

On Wednesday, June 16, the House of Representatives approved a bill making Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday known as "National Independence Day."

Bush, a Democrat, is also calling for monetary reparations and "Black liberation."

"It's Juneteenth AND reparations. It's Juneteenth AND end police violence + the War on Drugs," she tweeted on Wednesday night.

"It's Juneteenth AND end housing + education apartheid. It's Juneteenth AND teach the truth about white supremacy in our country. Black liberation in its totality must be prioritized."

Fourteen Republicans voted against the measure for Juneteenth, saying another federal holiday will hurt small businesses financially.

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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the day African-Americans learned they had been emancipated. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas.

Juneteenth is recognized by 48 states and Washington DC. North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states that don't recognize the holiday.

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Former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has officially entered Atlanta's mayoral race for a historic third term.

Reed, who left the mayor's office under suspicion of corruption in 2017, is running again after serving as mayor for eight years.

He is pictured with Atlanta's current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a photo dated October 4, 2017.

AJC.com reports Reed filed paperwork Tuesday night forming a committee that will allow him to begin accepting campaign donations for the 2021 mayor's race.

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Reed, who turns 52 on Thursday, will celebrate his birthday with a party that will double as a $1,000-per-guest fundraiser.

Speculation swirled that Reed would run for a third term after embattled Atlanta Mayor Bottoms announced she couldn't take the pressure anymore and would not run for reelection.

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Bottoms' announcement was historic -- the first time since Mayor Maynard Jackson that an incumbent mayor chose to not seek reelection.

Reed becomes the first mayor since Jackson to run for a third term.

Reed's second term was marred by a federal corruption investigation into several members of his administration, including bribery convictions against his chief procurement officer and a deputy chief of staff. Reed’s chief financial officer is currently under indictment for fraud and weapons charges.

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Republican lawmakers joined millions of Americans who snatched off their masks when the CDC gave the greenlight last week.

The CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans can remove their masks indoors -- except in crowds.

Conservatives who never wore masks even during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak celebrated the CDC's announcement as freedom from restrictions.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imposed a $500 fine on any lawmaker who walked the halls of Congress without masks.

While some Democrats vowed to continue wearing their masks, Republican lawmakers happily paid Pelosi's $500 fee to go maskless.

"Best $500 I ever spent," Republican Rep. Brian Mast told NBC News. He refused to wear a mask on the House floor even after a member of the House Sergeant at Arms' office approached him on Tuesday, in full view of C-SPAN's camera, and asked him to wear one.

Mast and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were among a group of GOP lawmakers seen on the House floor without a face covering on Tuesday. They all paid Pelosi's $500 fine.

"Proud to join these Patriots for a peaceful protest on the House floor against mask mandates!," Greene tweeted with a photo showing her and other barefaced Republican lawmakers.

"Enough is enough! #FreeYourFace," tweeted Illinois Rep. Mary Miller.