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Karine Jean-Pierre became the first Black woman in decades to lead a press briefing at the White House on Wednesday. Jean-Pierre, White House principal deputy press secretary, made history by also being the first openly gay spokeswoman as she stood behind the podium and answered journalists’ questions.
ICYMI: Former Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, a centrist Republican who served as Navy secretary and one of the Senate’s most influential military experts, has died at 94, his longtime chief of staff said Wednesday. (Plus, he was Elizabeth Taylor’s sixth husband.)
It’s Mabinty, with today’s news.
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AAPI groups look to the Supreme Court to make history
As lawmakers quietly brace for a battle over the next opening on the Supreme Court, some in the Asian American legal community are already looking ahead to the vacancy after that – and what may be the next opportunity to make history.
They’re gearing up to push for the first Asian American or Pacific Islander justice on the Supreme Court, as soon as an opportunity arises. They want Biden to start laying the groundwork.
In the near term, any changes to the court’s composition will hang on Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, 82, who has for months been the center of speculation – and pressure from the left – over his potential retirement. The president vowed to name a Black woman to the Supreme Court for the first time, and he would almost certainly do so to fill Breyer’s seat if Breyer retires during Biden’s time in office.
That has left legal advocates in the Asian American community focused on the next opening and ensuring there is a deep pool to draw from when a vacancy occurs.
What else is happening in Washington?
- Arizona recount tech company backs out of election audit:‘They were done’
- Biden tells intelligence agencies to step up probe of COVID-19’s origins, including theory of Wuhan lab leak
- Kristen Clarke narrowly confirmed as first Black womanto lead Justice Department’s civil rights division
- Federal government gives OKfor states to offer lotteries, cash incentives for vaccinations
Why the Capitol riot commission might not happen
The proposed commission to study the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 could be scuttled as early as Thursday in the Senate, as Democrats press for a bipartisan review of the attack while Republicans worry it will be used as a weapon against them in the 2022 election.
To overcome a potential GOP filibuster of legislation creating the commission, Democrats would need at least 10 Republicans to join them in limiting debate on the measure. But opinion is divided even among the seven Republicans who voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting the insurrection.
Meanwhile, the mother of late Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died a day after the Capitol riot, is seeking meetings with senators to push for the creation of a commission to study the attack.
“Not having a January 6 Commission to look into exactly what occurred is a slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs that day,” said Gladys Sicknick, who urged lawmakers to visit her son’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
Hope you eat something sweet today —Mabinty
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