Tonight, the Senate voted 63-33 to confirm Tiffany Cunningham to be a lifetime judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

She will be the court's first-ever Black judge.

She's also Biden's third appeals court judge confirmed. All have been Black women.
For a little context:

In four years, Trump appointed zero Black women to any federal appeals court seat.
For a little more context:

Only 11 Black women have *ever* served as a federal appeals court judge since the U.S. courts were formed in 1789. That includes today's confirmation of Cunningham.

Of those 11, 3 have been appointed by Biden in the six months he's been in office.
Ok last bit of context:

Of all 838 people (including Cunningham) who have served as federal appeals court judges since 1789, when the U.S. courts were formed, only 11 have been Black women and Biden has appointed three of them in his first six months in office.

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21 Jul
Hi. While I've got you here: You voted to overturn the presidential election based on a lie about voter fraud that fueled a deadly Capitol insurrection. Why should any of the 147 Republicans who rejected democracy that day, including you, play a role in investigating that attack?
Here are the names of those 147 Republicans by the way.…
As a follow-up question: Of those 147 Republicans I just referenced, 139 of them -- including you -- also voted against standing up an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.

Why did you do that?…
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21 Jul
Pelosi rejects GOP Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan for the Jan. 6 committee, saying they could hurt “the integrity of the investigation."


Oh, both voted to overturn the presidential election based on a lie that fueled the insurrection that day.…
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee."
Kevin McCarthy has responded by saying he's pulling all 5 of his GOP picks from the committee.

Also the committee is charged with investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection that was fueled by the same lie he told about voter fraud when he voted to overturn the presidential election.
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20 Jul
Six months in, Biden has already appointed more Black women to lifetime seats on federal appeals courts than all but one president in U.S. history.…
Only 11 Black women have *ever* served as a federal appeals court judge since the U.S. courts were formed in 1789.

Of those 11, three have been appointed by Biden in the six months he's been in office.…
And those 11 Black women are out of a total of 838 people who have been appointed to lifetime seats on U.S. appeals courts since... 1789.
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14 Jul
Five more of Biden's nominees to lifetime federal court seats are getting their Senate confirmation hearing today.

Up first, Myrna Perez, Biden's pick for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

She's a voting rights attorney and if confirmed, she'd be the only Latina on that court.
Just watched GOP Sen. John Kennedy do what he does all the time in these hearings:

Repeatedly interrupt a female nominee after asking her to answer a "simple" question that is not simple. And then complain and/or say he can't support her because she didn't answer his question.
This basically went on for 5 minutes:

Kennedy: Are you gonna use the Constitution to try to create new rights?

Perez: Senator, appellate court judges don't create new rights.
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14 Jul
Good morning! ☕

After secretly leaving their state to kill a voter suppression bill, 50+ Texas Democratic lawmakers plan to hunker down in D.C. for the next month to beg Congress to protect the voting rights that they can't…
I caught up with one of these Texas Dems, @jamestalarico, to talk about how 50+ lawmakers came up with the plan to leave the state, how long they’re prepared to stay in DC + what their endgame is back in Texas.

"Congress is the only play we have."…
Talarico said Texas Ds are well aware that Gov. Abbott can keep calling special sessions til the GOP passes the voter suppression bill. They can't stay in DC forever.

"This is not a long-term plan to kill this bill....We are living on borrowed time. We are buying Congress time."
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Pretty sure Texas Republicans don't have the jurisdiction to arrest people out of state.
(That's why Texas Democratic lawmakers left the state.)
This same thing happened in 2003.

Texas Dem lawmakers fled the state to prevent the Texas House and Senate from getting a quorum to convene.

There was nothing Texas Republicans could do but complain and wait.
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